Song Fang Maison de Thé
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227 Yongjia Lu, near Shaanxi Nanlu
HOURS: Daily noon-10 p.m.
METRO: South Shaanxi Road (Line 1, Line 10)
This attractive three-story shop and teahouse is owned and managed by a French tea enthusiast named Florence Samson, who also happens to be a Harvard Business School graduate. She opened the store in 2007 inside a converted 1930s lane house.
Choose from over 70 varieties of Chinese and European teas, as well as a selection of covetable caddies and cups decorated with Song Fang’s signature powder-blue and pink logo. China is synonymous with tea, so if you want to go home with a special tea-related souvenir or gift, this is the place to find it.
Samson sources her tea in the provinces of Yunnan and Fujian and blends her brews with almonds and lavender.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition