Sampling a Spectrum of Tea in Chinatown in San Francisco
From Ten Ren Tea, the largest manufacturer of tea from the Far East, to the Red Blossom Tea Company, just a few blocks from the district's famous gate, the busy streets of Chinatown in San Francisco are steeped in opportunities to taste an exotic array of teas. When you stroll into a shop, you'll smell the aromas of hibiscus, green tea, jasmine, genmaicha (brown rice), and much more. Many shops—several notable ones along Grant—offer free samples, with walls lined with canisters of fine loose teas, boxes of your favorite flavors in bulk, and beautiful ceramic teapots and sets. Forget coffee—in this neighborhood, tea is more hip to sip.