SAN FRANCISCO | Samovar Tea Bar in San Francisco’s Mission district is a tea house that take a different approach to the familiar vintage, cozy aesthetic that most go for. It’s a modern, minimal space, designed by Arcanum Architecture, with lots of clean lines, white, wood and concrete – more like an art gallery than a tea house. The result is a space that’s pleasant on the eyes and one that exudes an air of calm.
Tea is served in weighty, white custom made cups created by the ceramists at Oakland’s Atelier Dion, and comes from around the world. On offer is a carefully selected range of black, green, herbal and iced teas, as well as matcha and a few blended chais. Tea is brewed using tablet-controlled, glass crucibles and the end result is a delicious drink. You can’t go wrong no matter what you order, but we highly recommend one of the chais, which are blended on site using fresh spices in a copper urn. Try the pumpkin chai with notes of caramelised pumpkin, butterscotch and spices.
For food, there are a few cakes and pastries on offer. We highly recommend grabbing a couple of the delicious, dense Japanese style mochi cakes. A small range of coffee making and serving equipment is also available.
If you can’t make it to the Mission tea bar, Samovar also have cafes at Yerba Buena Gardens and San Francisco International Airport Terminal A.
Samovar Tea Bar (Mission)
411 Valencia Street
Telephone: 415 553 6887
Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 8:00pm