song tea & ceramics

pretty tea and prettier tea ware 

Tucked away just around the corner from all the shops and cafés on Fillmore in Pacific Heights is what can only be described as a sanctuary. Song Tea & Ceramics is a perfect curation of two beautiful things: tea and ceramics. The tea is sourced from Taiwan and China, and the ceramics are from artists in Taiwan, China and the U.S. The shop itself is part tea room part gallery. It kind of feels like you’re walking into a high end art gallery, except here, you’re encouraged to pick things up and touch the ceramics.


The boutique is a picture of serenity. Soft light dances along the minimal interiors, and light wood shelving and surfaces ensure that the ceramics are never upstaged. Along one wall is a selection of teas, in simple white canistered waiting to be opened to unlock the aromas from thousands of miles away. And in the back, an open tasting room, so you can get a little cultural experience while you admire the tea ware and wonder whether they belong in a museum or on a tea table.

the details

Address2120 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Hours11am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm Sunday
Price$$$-$$$$ – I mean, it’s rare tea and ceramics, so it ain’t cheap ($800 teapot anyone?) but it’s quality products, and even if the ceramics are out of budget, they have a range of looseleaf teas to satisfy a range of budgets
AestheticAsian minimalist art gallery with a natural palette  

good to know

Go here for: drooling over ceramics and buying loose leaf tea

Order this: treat yourself to a tea tasting, $10

Amount of time to spend: you’ll want to stay forever, but 20-30 min should suffice

When to come: whenever

Getting here: if you don’t have a car, your best bet would probably be by bus, 22 on Fillmore 

Other things to note: 

  • Weekday tea tastings are walk in, weekend tastings require reservation.
  • If you love tea but are looking for a café vibe, a lot of local restaurants and cafés serve their tea (see here).

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: June 2020

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