San Francisco // Song Tea & Ceramics

I visited San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and Song Tea & Ceramic was on the top of my list of places to go. About five different people recommended the tea shop, and it did not disappoint.

It’s heaven for tea and design lovers. The space is gorgeous and the tea is exceptional.


On a Saturday morning, I stopped in for a tea tasting and was warmly greeted by the staff. When you walk in, there is a long table where they have tastings and Amanda helped me select a few teas for me to try. As I sat down, a couple joined me, which was a good thing since they selected teas that I initially wasn’t interested in, but turned out, I really liked.


I wanted to try some green teas, so the Bird Tongue and Snow Jasmine were selected.


Amanda set up four little cups and coasters and weighed each tea and set the water temperature for a perfect steep.


Take a look at their tea tray which they are working on recreating. I want it.


Looking over the teas we were to try, Amanda recommended an order of tasting starting with the mildest, which was the Bird Tongue, shown above. We did three steepings and each one was slightly different.

After the Bird Tongue, we moved onto the Lishan Winter Sprout (tasted savory), San Lin Xi Winter Sprout (surprisingly sweet!), then ending with the Snow Jasmine (deep Jasmine flavor and scent). With three steeps each, I was quickly getting tea drunk.


After the tasting, I purchased some teas, and Amanda packed them up for me at their packing station at the back the store.

I didn’t want to leave. I should have brought snacks. Why don’t we have tea shops like this in New York? The closest experience to this would be the Mandarin Tea Room’s private tea session with Tim, although it is definitely different.

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  • sara shacket
    5 years ago

    that place sounds fantastic! if i’m ever in SF, I will definitely make it a priority to stop in.

  • Eric Scott
    5 years ago

    What about Tea Drunk or Ippodo in New York? I haven’t been to Tea Drunk yet, but my impression is that its on par with Song Tea.

    • Hi Eric, I like both Tea Drunk and Ippodo, but Song Tea & Ceramics is on a whole new level when it comes to the look and feel of the shop.

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