Coffee is so basic. Try these Toronto tea shops instead

Tea shops are a busting new business in Toronto lately, and some really great venues have opened up, serving all kinds of tea from all kinds of places in the world. Tea is considered by some (enemies of coffee fans) to be delicious and nutritious alternative to the tried-and-true coffee shop that everyone already congregates at.

Stop being so basic and hit up tea shops instead of opting for a latte. Here’s why:

Great places all around Toronto

There are so many different options – Plentea is a tea bar in Parkdale that blends its own tea leaves and serves all kinds of variations of great drinks through their espresso-like machinery. Tealish is a store on Roncevalles that offers over 100 different types of teas! Annvita is another example of tea culture – a Victorian inspired tea room in North York which makes their own pastries and sandwiches to go along their delicious tea in fine bone china cups.

Relax and read a book                                                             

Tea shops are great atmospheres for relaxing and getting away from the crazy stresses of the day. Instead of going to a crowded and loud coffee shop or café, you could sit in the cozy environment of a tea store which are usually a lot less crowded. What better place to read a great book or just be alone and relax?

A different change of pace

It’s so easy just to go out for coffee, but what if someone asked you out for tea? Tea is an underrated drink, and when you’re doing amazing things to it like Plentea does, it becomes a whole new and interesting experience to have! Whether you’re trying some of their ‘teaspresso’ or another of their delightful concoctions, or whether you’re going the exact opposite route for a classic experience like Annvita provides, you’re certain to gain an appreciation for the lost art of tea drinking

It’s good to treat yo’self

There’s nothing like relaxing on a hot day, indoors, with a good drink to reward yourself after a tough day at work. Bring a friend or two and have some great quality time with the people that matter most to you. You need to relax and recharge your mental and spiritual batteries from time to time and nothing helps that more than sitting down and soothing your aching body with a relaxing cup of tea.

It’s important to know about all the amazing things that Toronto can provide, and it’s always good to go out and experiment, so get out there and try some tea! And then Insta and Snapchat it to death until it becomes as basic as coffee 😉

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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