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.
|Address||2120 Sutter Street, San Francisco|
|Hours||11am – 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|
|Aesthetic||Asian minimalist art gallery with a natural palette|
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
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: June 2020