A TEA TOUR OF THE CITY
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
WHERE TO SIP
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, cafediem.fr , 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 lebristolgourmandises.com