Ideally situated in a courtyard of the Rosenthalerstr, I especially like the decoration of this Vietnamese teahouse. Many celebrities have come to taste their teas and bilingual menu (English and German), including Mannheim singer Xavier Naidoo, actors and filmmakers. Open from 12.00-24.00 there are natural orchids on both floors, ceramic teapots and brass occupy half the bar, there's a typical Asian cage with birds of various colors in the corner and a spacious terrace has 3 corners to make tea. The lamps of different colored fabrics and sizes create a calm yet cheerful atmosphere which perfectly reflect Vietnamese aesthetics. For 3 years Chén Chè has delighted tea lovers, with original varieties such as chrysanthemum and rose and the traditional green and black. Chén Chè literally means "cup of tea" and in this unique corner of Berlin you can drink it from typical porcelain or ceramic cups without handles. I recommend trying the Vietnamese spring rolls (very different from Chinese) with a good cup of green tea - it's what I always have when I come here. Its owner, Si An Truong, has another restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, which bears his name: SI An, and it's worth a visit, especially in summer, for its full pavement garden and exotic fruit desserts. The tea presentation and variety is equal to that of Chén Chè.
Between April and October, the Chinese Tea House China Teehaus-Tea-Marzahn Park opens its doors to enjoy tea or participate in a tea ceremony. The menu also offers exquisite Dim sum. The Marzahn gardens occupy 21 acres and opened on the 750th anniversary of the city, when Berlin was still divided in two. The so called "Gardens of the World" make lovely surroundings where nature and culture come together in honor of all the world's traditions. 25 years since, the Berliners have been enjoying the gardens of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French and other styles. My favorite is the setting of this tea house: Teehaus zum Osmanthussaft, the garden, its fountains, its door fengshui, lovable unbeatable service and knowledge about tea. I recommend you reserve the Chinese tea ceremony. Chinese Tea Osmanthussaft Teehaus zum Berghaus Str 99 12685 Berlin EISENACHER Tel: 0179 394 55 64/81 89 39 67 www.china-teehaus.de
Potsdamer Platz has a corner for tea. The Tea Lounge is in the Ritz Carlton Hotel. A mirror leaning against the wall, the marble floor, the piano raised on the stairs and bamboo screens painted in black and gold and foreshadow the experience one can have over tea or when enjoying the full English aftenoon Tea. The decor includes a long table of samovars, eastern trays for porcelain teapots and tea leaves in glass containers are shown on the shelves. There are three categories: Afternoon Tea, consisting of a teapot and stand, which costs 32 €, the ladies tea, which includes the above plus a glass of champagne and Gentlemans Tee, with glass of brandy, both at 38 € . Open from 14.00 to 18.00 hrs, Monday to Sunday. To choose tea, the staff bring a box with different types presented in crystal glasses, so you can touch and appreciate the aroma, thus following the principle that you should taste tea with all five senses. The Tea Lounge at the Ritz Carlton is the one I like most from among the 10 best hotels in the city because of the decor, service and quality of the stand. Also recommended for "Afternoon Teas", the Hotel Adlon on Unter den Linden, and the Regent Hotel in the Gendarmenmarkt. But given the choice, I prefer here.
If you like more than the usual teas, such as those typically from Arab countries with mint, spices or milk, I recommend the small but cozy Lounge Marrakesh in Schönhauser Allee, almost on the corner with Trostrasse. It has very popular and interesting timetables 17.00-3.00, both to hang out during the long winter and to enjoy the outdoor tables in summer. You'll find people of all ages and backgrounds and it's one of the most multicultural places in Berlin. The waiters speak English and German and the service is very fast. The 70 square meters can fit 60 people, so if you've not booked don't be surprised if they suggest sharing a table with others and eventually you end up making friends and smoking an apple Schischa, accompanied by good/excellent Moroccan teas or maybe my favorite chai, with a little milk, just enough sugar and many spices.
To learn more about tea you can attend customized a workshop that consist of tasting 3 types of tea, theory, practice and preparation with video projection and consult ion of specialized books in the library. Minimum: 4 participants. Price: € 18/person. Duration: 75 minutes.Held twice a week.