As I mentioned before, we realized tea (or coffee) breaks were very essential in Shanghai for us. As we like to explore a city by foot, Shanghai could be stressful to navigate around due to the crazy drivers and endless constructions in the city. Even taking taxi cab could stress you out too (i.e. bad traffic, dangerous driving, grumpy taxi drivers etc etc.)
Thank god for all these cute cozy tea houses and cafe spotted around the French concession neighbourhood (It’s our favorite part of town in Shanghai)! After a long day of walking, we dragged our tired feet into Song Fang Maison de Thé, a pretty tea house/shop in a converted lane house in the French concession area.
The first floor is retail where u can buy different kinds of Chinese tea leafs as well as French tea in their signature tin cans. 2nd floor is a spacious pretty tea room that serves tea and homemade dessert.
I love those vintage tin boxes! The tea menu was kind of overwhelming as there are many tea to choose from.
I got a tieguanyin (premium oolong) that has white flower fragrance and fruity flavor. I love it, very crisp, calming and refreshing. Three of us got different tea (forgot what Freda and Angie got) and they were served in different types of teapots. One of them was an Yixing clay teapot which I like a lot. If you order non Chinese tea, they’re served in Song Fang’s signature robin blue teapot set which is lovely too. Occasionally the server would come back and pour more water into the teapot, afterall good tea leafs can be brewed multiple times.
We got the homemade Earl Grey ice-cream. It’s rich in tea aroma and not too sweet, very good !
I love their gorgeous signature porcelain teapot set with the logo so I bought the teacup + plate set home.
Song Fang Maison de thé
227 Yongjia Road near Shaanxi Nan Road