Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tea Places: Bellocq Tea Atelier

Bellocq has been on my to do list for a while and I finally made my way there last weekend. From the outside, it was a very plain and unassuming brick warehouse. The moment I stepped in the door, I was transported to wonderland for tea lovers. The entryway was decorated in the style of an enchanted forest. All of the teas were displayed in a way that made them easy to touch and smell. It definitely did not feel like any tea place I've ever shopped in. The back room was so beautiful that it looked like it could be a set for a magazine spread. We were there so early that the tea wasn't ready yet but I think it would be so relaxing to sit and enjoy a sip of tea.

The tea selection wasn't enormous but there was something for everyone. The owner was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I had heard that the teas are very expensive but I've seen worse. I generally expect to pay a bit of a premium for this kind of atmosphere, beautiful packaging and very good quality leaves. I wound up purchasing 2 ounces of White Wolf and 1 ounce of an unusual green tea called Tai Ping Hou Kui. When I declined a shopping bag, my teas were tied together with an adorable yellow ribbon. I will definitely be visiting this charming shop again soon.

You can find out more about this tea place here.