During one of my downtown excursions this past weekend in Victoria, I stumbled across a new shop on Fort Street.
Teaopia! I had read about this tea shop online on other blogs, but assumed it was only back in Ontario. But in a tea friendly town like Victoria (Silk Road, high tea at The Empress, etc) it only makes sense to have opened up there. Obviously, I had to go in.
The space was bright and open, very modern and inviting. They had a great seating area to enjoy not only freshly brewed tea, but also baked goods from Cascadia Bakery.
I spent a bit of time chatting with the staff, smelling various teas, and finally deciding upon one to sample.
Since it was still early in the day (and I had a Hallowe’en party coming up that night) I went with the Rise N’ Shine tea, one of their Wellness tea blends. From the website:
A perfect combination of lapacho, honeybush, Yerba Mate, apple pieces, cinnamon bits, green Mate, chrysanthemum flowers, guarana powder, cola nut, pomegranate blossoms, marigold and aroma. This blend is considered a great stimulant without the side effects of coffee, which makes it wonderful for those trying to make the switch to tea.
This was a great tea – naturally sweet, a bit citrusy, but the best part was that it smells like gummy coke bottles! Seriously, it’s awesome. As are their giant tea mugs. I definitely need to get one of them.
And yes, I bought 100g of the Rise N’ Shine tea to take home with me. Fortunately, Teopia is also opening two stores in Metro Vancouver soon, so I won’t have to wait until my next trip to Victoria to try out another one. Although I’m sure I will visit the one in Victoria next time I’m there, because it’s such a nice space to relax, people watch, and enjoy a mug of delicious tea.
Have you been to Teaopia? What’s your favourite variety?