Top 10 tea houses

Where East meets West over tea

5. Le Palais Des Thés
 Beverly Hills
The exquisite, upscale Le Palais, which sells 250 teas from all over the world, suits Beverly Hills to a T. Closed Sun; luxury- and rare-tea tasting $40, 10:30–12 Sat, registration required; or 310/271-7922.

6. Ooh Cha Teahouse
 Vancouver, B.C.
“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world” is the wise saying on Ooh Cha’s website. Just less than two years old, this teahouse (drink-in or take-out) was started by a father and daughter who spent time in Japan and while there acquired a love of good tea and conversation. Closed Sun; or 604/629-1331.

7. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse 
An architectural wonder in its own right, this ornate, handcrafted teahouse was a gift to Boulder from its sister city of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Host of the annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, the teahouse takes its tea very seriously but also serves meals. $$; or 303/442-4993.



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