Discovering beautiful tea shops on your trip to Lisbon is important! The Portuguese like to brag they were the first to be introduced to tea by the Chinese. And, Portugal’s Azores islands are home to Europe’s only remaining tea plantation! So taking away some very special tea from your Lisbon visit is a must! At markets you can find gorgeous loose-leaf, organic teas. And at the local groceries, you’ll find the Azores tea under the Gorreana label. As you wander the city you are sure to bump into some old-fashioned, mom and pop tea and coffee stores that sell supplies for tea making. One of my favorite shops, blends old traditions with new ideas resulting in the most charming jewel box of a tea shop on the Rua Poco dos Negros just beyond the bustling Chiado district.
At Companhia Portugueza do Chá, you’ll find their signature tea blends, which most likely you’ll be offered a sample of as you walk in the door. You can choose your tea from a small book that tells the origin of each tea and hosts a myriad of different blends. The shop even holds work shops on tea making and traditions. You’ll want to take home some tea just for the packaging, which is comprised of traditional tea tins, with handwritten labels. The teas I’ve tasted here have just the most gorgeous, subtle flavors. Each one is an experience.
Tea cannisters large and small fill the shelves, and here and there you’ll find special tea paraphernalia from around the world, tea tools like matcha brushes and strainers, and special, handmade ceramics for your tea rituals.
All photos by Frolic!