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Orig­i­nat­ing in south west China and a bona fide tra­di­tion in the UK and across the Mid­dle East, tea has be­come the most widely con­sumed bev­er­age in the world af ter wa­ter. Rich and rare blends have changed the face of this pop­u­lar thirstquencher from a herbal rem­edy to a rather so­phis­ti­cated drink. Taste & fla­vors dis­cov­ers the best tea spots in town



Ladurée Away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Down­town Beirut lies Villa Zein, an oa­sis of tran­quil­ity and home to Ladurée’s tea­room. Be­neath the olive and pine trees, tea lovers can sa­vor the aro­matic taste of Melange Ladurée, a del­i­cate in­fu­sion of cit­rus fruit, rose, vanilla and ear thy cin­na­mon.

01 992992, Villa Zein, Bab Idriss, Omar Daouk Street


Oliver’s Nes­tled in the hear t of Beirut’s Gem­mayzeh, Oliver’s is re­as­sur­ingly cozy. With large so­fas and an ex­ten­sive li­brar y, it makes an ideal choice for en­joy­ing a tra­di­tional brew. Ex­ten­sive as­sor tments of loose-leaf teas are avail­able in­clud­ing Gaba Oo­long and Gun­pow­der Green va­ri­eties. 01 566375, The Al­ley­way, Gouraud Street, Gem­mayzeh, Oliver’s Kitchen and Cof­fee


Café Diem A sanc­tuar y for break­fast fa­nat­ics, Café Diem ser ves gourmet tea by renowned Par isian spe­cial­ists Mai­son de Thé Mariage Frères. Rel­ish the fla­vor­some taste in the warmth and com­fort of the café or pur­chase a box to sip at home. 01 333607, Build­ing 8, Petro Trad Street, Sodecco, Achrafieh, , Café Diem Restau­rant


Les Gour­man­dises The newly re­opened Les Gour­madises br ings tra­di­tional af ter­noon tea to Ver­dun’s fash­ion­able Br is­tol Ho­tel and Achrafieh’s Rue du Liban. A lav­ish med­ley of su­per ior teas are avail­able to en­joy with scones, jam and fresh cream. 01 353438, Bris­tol Ho­tel, Madame Curie Street; 01 320050, Rue du Liban, Achrafieh le­bris­tol­go­ur­man­

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