One of the prettiest tea shops in the city is Bellocq. It’s close enough for me to walk to on a nice day but in the midst of a polar vortex as we are now, I’m more than happy to use mass transit instead. The shop is located on a quiet, industrial street and the storefront is pretty unassuming. But once inside, you can’t help but admire the view.
There are small tins by the window for customers to sniff and examine the different teas available for purchase. Behind the counter are large canisters full of loose leaves ready to be sold by the ounce. And in the back room is a lovely little sitting area with plants everywhere.
On the day I visited, the store was pretty busy with a mix of out-of-town visitors and city residents. Everyone was buying tea so it was while before it my turn but I didn’t mind the wait since I was admiring all the things in the store. Though there were several teas I wanted to try, I showed some restraint and only bought a sample of Golden Pu-Erh. But have no fear, there will be future visits indeed.