Granville Island Tea Co, can be found inside the Public Market on Granville Island. They have a small store, that sell's variety of tea's from around the world.
I was introduced to this tiny spot over a year ago, and been back many times. I was never big on Chai Tea, due to popular retailers not properly preparing this tasty drink the right way. Off I went to Granville Island, to check out this spot, never knowing at the time, that Chai Tea was something you could truly enjoy.
The staff is very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly when its come to their tea's. I only drink Chai Tea at this location, they know how to prepare it, and I order it on the sweet side, not spicy. When you had Chai Tea done the right way, steeped with flavours and with each taste, its inviting.
If you never had Chai Tea before or had it from the competitors that do it instantly, head to this spot and let your taste buds decide.
I love this place, I could live here and glad this is place is another favourite treat to enjoy. Until next time, I look forward to my chai tea.
I can always count on these guys for a soul soothing chai tea fix. From the day they opened, they've provided great service with a smile and a variety of tea to make any emperor smile. A great selection of teas from all over the world and the knowledge of the teas to boot. This makes decisions easier some days and some days,... well a bit of each is always fun to do to. Always a stop on Granville Island.
Have visited this place twice since they moved spots and have mixed feelings.
First time I had Chai and it was the second worst cup I've ever had anywhere, cheap spices used in some kind of peculiar dried milk powder mess with cheap Black Tea that resulted in something barely drinkable.
Today I ordered Lapsang Souchong and it was marginally better but tasted thin and metallic.
They don't help themselves by supplying only the cheapest milk to add to tea, the whole concept is poorly thought out IMO.
Service is on the odd side staff mean well but are.....well.....odd.
So I'll try it once more because I would like to patronise a place like this/have a place for decent cuppa close by and help the business work but as the subject lines says.....
There is something infinitely comforting about a nice cup of tea.
On Canada Day, when it was a gong show at Granville Island, my friend and I decided to stop for some iced tea for her and a hot tea for me. My friend had a fruit-based iced tea which she said was very refreshing.
I'm a bit of a tea snob, so I wanted to try one of their more bolder black teas, and she gave me a golden assam to try. Since I'm a green crusader who carries her own mug, this amazing tea was only $1. ONE dollar! Some places charge $3 for Red Rose and try to pass it off as tea, and this fine, single-estate tea was only a buck.
The lady who served us is likely the owner, along with the fella who I'm assuming is her husband and co-owner. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She at one point asked my friend if she wanted a top-up (free, and if you bring the container back, you can get a refill for $1).
While the ambience is busy-market, I suppose that is one kind of atmosphere.
Sometimes all it takes is about an hour of thoroughly enjoyable drink and company to make the experience wonderful.
Friendly little chill spot in the market in Granville island.
They serve hot or cold tea of all kind.
It located across a little asian food market, get something to go and shop around for food. Or drink your tea there and watch people goes by, or talk to the tea maker, they are friendly. Customer range from Teens to Elderly, they all love the place.
Ask for Eliot, she make awesome tea! ;)