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Tea Places: Franchia

I have been meaning to check out Franchia for quite some time and never managed to get around to it until now. The instant I walked through the door I felt as though I had left the buzz of the city behind me. It may be different during busier times of the day but the space was so quiet and peaceful. While it is a vegan café, they also have a selection of high quality loose leaf teas. I’m not vegan or even vegetarian so I struggled with the menu a bit. I settled on a couple of rolls of their meatless sushi. It was…interesting. The “chicken” teriyaki roll wasn’t too bad though. For dessert I had a piece of to die for blueberry coconut cake.

For my tea I ordered the Korean wild green tea 1st picked. I was pleasantly surprised when the waiter brought out a tray with a tiny kyusu and the all of the necessary accoutrements. He gave step by step directions on how to make this tea. It was delightfully delicate and I got at least five good steepings out of the leaves. The food was a little pricey but if you are going for tea is definitely worth giving this place a visit.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.