Tea is the new coffee.
High-end tea-shops are sprouting-up in urban neighborhoods around the world, faster than you can say Darjeeling. And Vancouver’s 05 Rare Tea Bar is one of our favorites of this new breedFirst, there’s the tea, of course. Blending, brewing, simmering, steeping and sipping are a precise science at this Canadian hotspot. So too is their unique collection of micro-farmed rare teas sourced directly by the owners from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas and beyond. Daily, new teas are featured alongside a description of their origin, type and style not unlike what you’d find at your local wine bar. From traditional ceramic pots to hool stone grinders, 05 Rare Tea Bar is pimped-out with every tool and technique needed to make that perfect cuppa, whether it is green or white, oolong or tisane. Can’t decide? Go for a flight.
To go along with your warm mug, is an imaginative menu of tea-inspired tapas. Take, for instance, the raddichio salad with quinoa, orange, pumpkin seeds, feta and Huang-cha balsamic vinaigrette, enjoyed alongside a Crimson Marie Tea Cocktail. Sweet tooths can dig in to their Darjeeling Caramels with Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling tea.
All of this is to say nothing of the interior, which is striking. High steel stools on either side flank an oiled and reclaimed Douglas fir dark wood communal table. Hanging lamps made of cushions stand out against pine wood paneling and a polished concrete floor. The contemporary design is a well-placed balance against the traditional tea brewing that takes centre stage here.
In case you needed one in the height of winter, 05 Rare Tea Bar is another excuse to trek up to the Great White North where a food revolution is indisputably hot.