I've been getting really into tea lounges lately. Something about the craziness of San Francisco coffee shops has pushed me towards finding peace in public spaces. Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE my coffee & you can always find me at a Philz. However, I feel like coffee shops have evolved from:
A place to get coffee --> To a place to sit & read a book --> To a place to do work --> To a place to meet with people --> To a networking hub
There's so much buzz and energy and excitement in coffee shops - especially in the Bay Area, and I LOVE IT. The only issue is I can rarely just sit down and read or do work there anymore.
Enter my latest obsession: Modern Tea Lounges
I've been exploring for the last few weeks - from the more traditional Tea Oasis to the trendy Samovar Tea Lounge...and they're all SO awesome. There's something about the modern tea lounge that is just so freeing. I can sit and savor my tea and get some of my best thinking / brainstorming / product revelations out.
I remember when I was traveling through South East Asia after I graduated from college, my two friends and I got stuck overnight in Guangzhou on our way from Hong Kong to Vietnam. The airport was chaotic to say the least. But we somehow stumbled upon a gift shop selling tea. They ladies who worked there sat us down and showed us how to perform a traditional tea ceremony - sipping from itsy-bitsy cups & sitting on the floor. It was a crazy juxtaposition of peace in the middle of this ridiculously busy airport. I remember being fascinated with the process & the inherent feeling I got when drinking tea. Now, in Sf, I feel that same peace in the middle of chaos whenever I step inside a tea lounge.
Next Adventure: Red Blossom in Chinatown
Next Mission: Discover or start a tea lounge that caters to modern life - i.e. can we create that peaceful atmosphere that still caters to having conversations or doing work?