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Steeps

895 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z1J9
Tel: (778) 371-8343
Neighbourhood: Fairview
  • Cuisine: Tea house
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 8AM - 10PM, Sat - Sun: 10AM - 10PM
  • Visiting Steeps is an ongoing exploration in tea. Learn about tea from our experienced staff or discover a new world on your own by trying a different tea with every visit. Explore alternatives to coffee for a healthier energy boost. Enjoy a mighty matcha or yerba mate latte - both are stimulants rich in anti-oxidants but less taxing on your nervous system.

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My cup of tea
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I have mentioned in other reviews my love of tea (both the drink and the afternoon meal).

Steeps was recommended by a fellow mum. She brings her four year old, three year old and baby. The older children love to smell the teas and she liked the fact that she could order a single pot of tea and all three of them could drink from it.

I travelled all the way across town and I was not disappointed. The server took our order and then delived each item to our table (I was there with my 2.5 year old son). She brought two plates so we could share. We had a somasa (good flavour, generous amount of chutney and not-too-hot), we had a turkey pannini (absolutely delicious, crust not-too-thick, it even had brie cheese!!). The server came by and asked if I wanted the cake yet. I explained that I wanted my son to finish the more healthy food before having dessert. She understood perfetly and did not make me feel rushed. My son finished all his plate and then we got our cake (not-too-sweet, nice texture).

The whole bill came to just under $20. The seats were comfortable, and we loved sipping our tea from china cups.

My only tiny quibble - there is enough room in the washroom for a folding change table - I know it is not a "kiddie place" - but it would make mums very, very happy.

Excellent deal and wonderful experience.

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Quaint
By hippixie of Chilliwack (53 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Stopped by for a relaxing cup of tea and found this shop to fit the bill.
Friendly patient service - I was sniffing numerous containers before I made my choice. There is nothing like this in the Valley, so it was a nice experience. My daughter and I sat in a quiet corner and enjoyed our teas, we felt unhurried and relaxed, this is a nice quiet spot from the busy street. We didn't eat anything, so can't comment on the food.

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Can't get enough!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Love the rooibos chai, frothy matcha latte & the mountain of teas to choose from--served from a bodum w/unlim. hot water refills. The white hot chocolate drink just isn't my thing as white choco is generally throat stingingly sweetened but it's just a matter of preference.

The cakes offered hail from various bakeries. They taste relatively fresh, not too sweet, nor too heavy though the pumpkin varieties are a little too moist, light & foamy--a problem shared by the non-cheesy cheesecakes. The others, ranging from carrot cake to apple, etc., they all taste like a very basic angel foodcake only fluffed up w/fruit(s)/carrots instead. The banana loaf is nicely moist & definitely preferable over the other cakes. The lemon tart is sugary & buttery & not quite citrus-y enough, but still ok.

Since 3wks ago, after reading the reviews from this site & passing by numerous times in the past, it's become a difficult habit to break... several times a wk. As I'm no coffee drinker, this place is perfect! The service has been pleasant every time--usually very mellow--suiting the mood of the place, though I can understand how chirpy friendly could add to any establishment, I didn't find the service here anywhere near offensive...so far. The least smiley or most frown-filled one might very well be the only gentleman I've seen behind the counter though I've only barely interacted w/him as I prefer to hail the service of the others. I'm usually served by the Japanese woman or the brunette w/glasses.

The different tea cups you can choose from is nice, except the finer china ones, I've found at least twice so far to be quite dirty inside. You should look carefully, as it's pretty obviously bumpy & stained w/ light traces of filth--probably since they're not dishwasher friendly. Just watch out for those ones, as the rest seems perfectly clean.

I'm not so sure there is wifi offered from Steeps themselves, but WiFi is definitely very much accessible.

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Sniff, buy, then get out!!!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 10:47am [Dine in]

I went to Steeps for a nice relaxing after-events wind down on March 31 after a birthday dinner and theatre for a friend. There were 4 of us and it was a Friday night. Having heard lots of great things and driving by in wonder many times, I was excited to go here. We got to Steeps at around 11:30. We didn't know what time they closed, but figured it would be later considering it was a Friday night. My fav part about this teahouse was the castle of 'open-n-sniff' teas available for your sniffing pleasure. Awesome! We finally made our decisions and had just sat down to add our creams n' sugars. Before even taking one sip from our hot teas, the tea-barista comes around and, with attitute, says, "We closing, please hurry". We all look at each other in confusion...didn't we just get here? She didn't even mention anything while we were ordering and she served our teas in bodum and mugs.
If she had been more polite, we would have probably not have thought twice about it. When my friend brought her too-hot-to-drink-now tea up to the counter to ask for a take out container, the t-barista looked at her like, "You couldn't have asked for it to begin with? Now I have to wash your mug and bodum."
It wasn't a pleasant experience.

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A place to get away
By SmilesandFlirts of East Side, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

It is a unique tea experience. When you come in, you will be taken away from the rustle and bustle of Vancouver’s Broadway area and into a serene and relaxed environment. Perfect for wanting an intimate conversation with your date.

It is a great place to come in for a cup of tea as they specialize in loose tea leaves in a variety of leaves and flavors. Here’s your opportunity especially if you are not a coffee drinker or are one to try something new and different. This is one of the places to do that and be in a different atmosphere.

You will notice large tins and tins of tea by the counter and you’ll wonder how you will be able to pick one. Not too far off the counter, you will see a round shelf like kiosk holding stacks of small tins. Each tin is labeled and contains a sample of each kind of tea they serve. They are priced and rated according to the quality level for example: premium, rare etc.... They serve anywhere from green, black, white to herbal infusions. Open the tins up and you get to smell the aromas the tea has to offer. This will allow you to get an idea of what kind of tea experience you can get. This in itself becomes a great conversation piece as both of you talk and chat about what kinds of teas you’re smelling.

Once you have decided what kind of tea you want, just go to the counter and let them know and they will bring your teas in a bodum to your table.

This is a small cozy place intended for tables of two. So as you are sipping on tea and enjoying each other’s company, you can appreciate the serene environment.

A little hungry? They also serve sandwiches, soups, desserts and snacks. Perfect for a lunch meet or an afternoon / evening affair.

SMiLES+FLiRTS

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Great Ambiance!
By beenthere of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

This place was pretty cool in their decor with their trendy and rustic approach. They've got quite the selection of teas. All smell amazing. My favourite was the orange oolong. The service definately needs improvement. Felt a little hasty in their service even though it wasn't busy. Doesn't quite fit in with the whole relaxing tea atmosphere. Still, it is definately worth trying. One thing I noted though. They use coffee presses for making their teas and let it sit there until the customers finish. Don't some teas like green tea have a limited steeping time or they go bitter?-Just a thought.

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Sniff-a-thon!
By Viviyan of Burnaby (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

Compared to other tea houses in Vancouver, this is the least pretentious place ever. It's cozy yet sophisticated; they let you choose your own china tea cup or mugs, which is really cool. You could stay (and order tea in a flask) or choose to have tea to go. But I recommend taking the time to sniff a lot of the canisters of tea (beware! sniff at your own risk. some of them you'll be sorry you ever opened the lid).

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Best thing about the Neighbourhood
By kitCHEN_G of Fairview, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2007 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I haven't tasted the food yet but I've been here at least a dozen times since moving into the neighbourhood. I'm VERY glad to have Steeps in my area. It's my favourite tea spot in Vancouver.

The service has been prompt and always pleasant, which I like, and the ambience, hot water refills and sniffing "castle" are the best features. I've been courteously served by the francophone gentleman, the Asian woman, and the brunette with glasses.

I've sat there and studied for several hours without being rushed out the door as well. I've brought two or three other friends there as well and they have all approved highly.

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All the choices
By mini of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I found the place one night after dinner with my friend. Looking for a place to sit and talk, we decided to give steeps a try. We walked in and I liked the cozy environment. As we were standing there trying to figure out what to order, we were shown to the 200+ tin cans, which we can open and smell the aroma of different type of teas. It was a very neat way to see and smell all the options we have. We went back several times to try out different teas. I love the "strawberry & cream".

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Great teas, and iffy service
By kyller4cat of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I like good service and appreciate it very much but slow and disinterested service, is not somthing I suffer easily. I belive if you have to deal with the public you either like it or learn that you really hate it.

I love having tea here but I hate the service. It is slow and quite often none existent. Always dirty dishes sitting around with nowhere for even for customers to move out of the way other than to other tables. Chairs are very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. I just wish the service was there to match.

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Dissappointed
By kevind of Broadway, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 16, 2006 - 12:13am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went to steeps on broadway this evening and as we walked in we were immediately impressed by the ambiance, and the lavender tea we had was quite nice as well but the service was so unbearable we actually left, when the t-barista, first, rudely told me not to have the laptop plugged in across the flow of traffic, even though the cord wasnt taught.(what he said was fair, but how he said it was rude). Then he proceeded to tell me that me and my girlfriend shouldnt share the tea, i should buy my own if i wanted to use the power. (for my laptop). At that point we left and decided to take our business else where. Not for the money but for the principle and for the way that he treated us. Oct 15, 06 7pm - 8pm

Teach them a lesson, dont support there business until they improve there service, or even just improve there civility

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