Chinese tea in Paris at Maison des Trois Thés!
I know when you (and I) think of Paris you think croissants, baguettes, espresso at a cafe, fashion, macaroons, accordions, the Eiffel tower and basically the list of iconic “French” and “Parisian” things just keeps on going and nowhere on that radar is Chinese gong fu tea.
However if you are me, somehow wherever you go even if it is Peru or Budapest I find myself enjoying tea in the most unlikeliest of places. Basically chilling with tea is what I like to do, so I end up doing it everywhere.
So when we were in Paris, we went over to the catacombs one morning since we heard that was a fun thing to do. Once we got there though, the line was crazy. We walked the length of the line, decided against it, and instead decamped to Maison des Trois Thés.
I had heard about Maison des Trois Thes, from a friend who suggested I check it out since it is THE Chinese tea destination in Paris. But I wasn’t prepared for what an amazing Chinese tea paradise and haven of tranquility Maison des Trois Thés would be.
The tea selection is comprehensive and exhaustive, the staff incredibly friendly, and the atmosphere was such a great expression of the spirit of Chinese tea. It was the perfect way to relax in Paris (sort of the opposite of waiting in line for the catacombs for a few hours).
And to top off the wonderful morning/afternoon we spent at Maison des Trois Thés we were able to catch Master Tseng and had a chance to chat with her for a while. She even shared some of a very unique tea she found in Taiwan with us and made it for us herself!
Just as Tranquil Tuesdays aims to showcase and share Chinese tea with new audiences outside of China, Master Tseng has been doing the same in Paris and beyond with Maison des Trois Thés for years. It was such a treat spending time with a tea kindred spirit in Paris!
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