Tealish knows a thing or two about location. Having been in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood for quite a few years now, their location on Walnut about 1/2 a block south of Queen was good, but not good enough. What's a boutique tea shop to do? Well, they moved up and slightly to the east, to a new cozy little store with a proper Queen Street view.
It's cheerful, cozy and full of tea. Tealish is already starting to reap the rewards of a better location. Toronto isn't much for side streets, and now in a more visible location neighbors who never knew they existed before are now calling the tea boutique home.
Wood floors, exposed brick and a zen like tea room in the back make it a welcome retreat from the busy retail block.
Inside I found 100+ varieties of loose leaf tea, from White to Rooibos and everything in between - including Orthodox varieties like Gyo Kuro, which is a high quality Japanese green tea. I also found Silver Needle, which is rare considering it is only harvested in China 2 days a year.
Loose leaf teas start between $5-7 for 50g and go up to $30 for 250g.
Tealish doens't leave me high and dry in the tea-tools department either. Lots of different kinds of teapots, tea balls, infusers and various other tea making implements are available to go with my Lemon Meringue Rooibos.
In the back, I got my tea fix with an expertly made iced tea, shaken over ice ($2.75 small). There's also tea lattes ($3.95 small), tea smoothies ($3.95 small) and of course cups of tea staring at $2.35 and going up to a full pot for $5.95
It's obvious to me the staff here really know their stuff. Behind the counter are a dizzying selection of teas in giant canisters and it seems as though they have every one committed to memory.
Tealish is open Monday-Saturday 10-6, and if you can't make it to the store you can order teas online at www.tealish.com