7 Best Places for the Tea Lover’s Bucket List
1. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Why go: Tea may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Chiang Mai. But for those in the know, the city has a vibrant tea scene with plenty of plantations that are popular attractions in their own right. Some of Chiang Mai’s best known tea plantations include the 2000 Tea Plantation, Lung Dech Tea Plantation, Raming Tea, and the famous Araksa Tea Plantation among others.
2. Darjeeling, India
Why go: Darjeeling is one India’s major tea producers. The town is teeming with tea plantations that produce delightful light-bodied, floral teas. With all its glorious scenery and tea destinations everywhere, Darjeeling’s tea culture is something every tea lover should experience at least once.
3. Hangzhou, China
Why go: Tea in China is strongly connected with its culture. The country boasts of many great destinations that every tea enthusiast would love to explore. But one city stands out for the quality of its green tea — Hangzhou. The West Lake Dragon Well Tea is one of the city’s must-try.
4. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is known for a lot of things. And when it comes to beverages, the city not only offers delicious Turkish coffee. It is also known for its tea culture. In a country where nearly 245 million cups of tea are consumed every day, it should not be surprising that Istanbul carries its Turkish tea traditions with pride. You can enjoy a delightful brew and pair it with delectable snacks like baklava.
5. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is a great place for people looking for authentic Japanese tea experience. The city is known for its traditional tea ceremonies and one of the best spots to experience them are the Okitsu Club and En among others. It is also one of the best places to shop for teas, especially premium quality matcha.
6. London, England
If you love tea, you will find London to be a treasure trove of places to enjoy a delicious cup. A tea crawl is the perfect way to explore the city’s many tea spots like the Twinnings Tea Room. You can also take your pick of places for an afternoon tea like Bluebird at King’s Road, Claridge’s at Brook Street, The Langham at Portland Place, Seymour’s Parlour at Seymour Street, and The Ritz London in Piccadilly among others.
7. Uji, Japan
Nestled in a lush valley south of Kyoto, Uji offers not just stunning nature scenery and historic sites but also for its finest green teas. The city is widely-considered as Japan’s tea capital. Some of its best attractions, apart from the best teas in the country, are the Byodo-in Temple and the Phoenix Hall, Asagiri-bashi Bridge and the Ukifune Statue, Eshin-in Temple, Hashi-dera Hojo-in Temple, Kosho-ji Temple, Mampuku-ji Temple, Mimuroto-ji Temple, The Tale of Genji Museum, To-no-shima Island, Uji-jinja Shrine, and Ujigami-jinja Shrine. And of course, there are the tea shops to explore like the Tsuen-chaya Tea Shop.