TOKYO | Paris’ Mariage Freres is one of our favourite tea shops in the world, and have been producing some of the finest teas around since 1854, when the House of Mariage would blend tea for King Louis XIV. Today, Mariage Freres have several stores in Japan, where customers can choose from over 500 types of tea from 35 countries. The Aoyama store doesn’t have a cafe and tea salon like the larger store in Ginza, but is still a fantastic shop where you can purchase the complete range of Mariage Freres teas to take home, along with tea equipment.
We like so many of the teas here that it’s hard to pick just a few, but if you want a few recommendations, there they are. One of our favourites is the Paris-Ginza, an elegant black tea with a creamy caramel sweetness and fresh aromas of red fruit, the Earl Grey French Blue, which adds sweet scented blue cornflower to the familiar bergamot of Earl Grey, American Breakfast, a rich, malty, black tea blend, and the Sakura White Tea, which combines Japanese cherry blossom with the light floral notes of white tea buds.
Make sure you check out the iced tea canisters too – the Havana, a green loose-leaf tea blended with hibiscus, sunflower, pomegranate and goji berries, is delightful.
Mariage Freres (Aoyama)
5-9-1 Ninami – Aoyama
Telephone: 03 3486 1854
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 8:00pm