The Tea Emporium has been a fixture on Eglinton West near Avenue Road for over 11 years. With its fabulous selection of teas and accessories, a spacious tea lounge and a school of tea, it’s not hard to see why this pioneering tea shop has had such success.
The Tea Lounge
The Eglinton West location is a tea shop, yes, but also a tea lounge. I recently enjoyed a lovely cup of African Queen in the lounge, with a friend and her baby. Owner Frank Weber helped us to make our selections based on what we were in the mood for and what we like. Then the tea was steeped in individual iron pots and served up on a tray with a porcelain cup. As we chatted with Frank, he kept an eye on the time, in fact each pot had its own timer, as different teas require different timings.
The lounge area is just beyond the tea bar. You can’t miss it with a wall of inspirational words, the company’s mantras, as a backdrop. Many comfy sofas and simple yet elegant coffee tables create a cozy seating area to savour your tea.
It’s a quiet getaway and not prone to raucous conversations and loud music. It’s a great place to connect, with yourself or with friends. As my companion remarked, it would make a wonderful locale for a book club to meet.
Quality Loose Leaf Teas and Accessories
The Emporium imports and blends an astounding 140 teas, which you’ll see neatly displayed in large black canisters behind the tea bar. The knowledgeable staff (they’re tea sommeliers, really) will help you select the perfect tea.
You will also find a fine selection of tea accessories in the shop. In fact, as you pass by on the street, you’ll notice their beautiful wares right through the window. Cast iron Japanese teapots, or delicate porcelain tea sets, diffusers, bone china mugs — the selection and variety is astounding.
The School of Tea
Beyond the lounge, toward the back of the shop, a meeting room is home to the School of Tea. They offer tea seminars and tastings at a cost of $25 per person. And if you’d like to delve deeper into the world of tea, you might be interested in their Tea Specialist Certificate.
So whether you fancy yourself a tea connoisseur or you’re just catching on to the delights and benefits of tea, The Tea Emporium is a place you can’t miss.
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The Tea Emporium
351 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-488-4061