We've been wanting to try the afternoon tea service at Craftsman and Wolves since it began in October, but due to its specialty nature, it is only served from 1-5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday so it took some time to catch it during this small window. However, after experiencing it yesterday, we think this window is definitely worth opening for its delightful surprises, which change according to the whim of C+W.
The Chai Cart has secured a second permanent location. Sippers can now find it at Market and Drumm streets weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with extended hours expected in the new year. This joins the original cart which is a few blocks up the street at 545 Market. Weekends, the original cart is stationed at 560 Valencia.
Holiday tea at Top of The Mark, located on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, is worth considering as an annual mini-splurge to have a taste of luxury in San Francisco. The almost 360-degree views of the city offer a cool feng shui-esque moment of feeling on top of the world. Put your pinkies up for a sip, a generous amount of food, and a choice of settings: One is a good bet for children, and one is more suited to adult tastes.
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society began throwing its annual Holiday Tea inside the Old Mint Building in 2009 as a fundraiser. The organization does a lovely job decking out a high-ceiling room formerly used for gold counting with winter wonderland flair to set a classic backdrop for the traditional English ritual (tea, finger sandwiches, and other tiny notions). This year's event takes place on December 7.
DAVIDsTEA opened its first San Francisco shop on August 25. The Canadian tea-tailer launched in 2008 and now has 78 locations across Canada, where it has helped to popularize the idea of loose tea, and it's now making serious inroads in the Bay Area. Eater SF reports that a Noe Valley (3870 24th St.) shop opens on September 22 followed by a Burlingame (1400 Burlingame Ave.) outpost on September 29.
Wander inside the Polk Street shop and the clean look reminds of a cosmetic counter. A wall is divided among white, green, black, pu'erh, maté, rooibos, and herbal, and you'll immediately be encouraged to start looking at and smelling canisters of loose tea.