A tea-lovers' dream come true.
Two years ago when I first moved to Berlin, my best friend sent me an article about a tea shop and told me that I should go. Seeing that it was, yes, actually in Charlottenburg, I went.
It was a magical experience.
The shop, on a quiet street in Savignyplatz, beckoned me in. Mesmerized by the inviting thrill of potential things to be bought, I opened the door, took a step in, and was instantly transported to a world where only beautiful things exist.
Needless to say, I've been back quite a few times, dropping in when I find myself on Bleibtreustraße. To me, there's seriously no better way to spend an afternoon than sampling teas at Paper & Tea.
There's tea from all over the world, elegantly displayed in little glass capsules, arranged by type. Each leaf, unique in it's own right, is a work of art. I find it fascinating how different the leaves of each tea look. Some are silver and spindle-y, some have yellow-tinged tips, and some are coiled up like little balls.
Apart from a carefully curated selection of teas and "accessories", there are cards.
Girl, don't even get me started on the cards (replace girl with boy where applicable, but keep sassy tone).
A far cry from their generic, flimsy Hallmark counterparts, these are the kinds of cards that you'd buy even if you weren't late, card-less and en route to your best friend's birthday party.
These are the kind that feel nice to the touch.
These are the kind that conjure up visions of writing post by candlelight.
Ready for a pun?
In my imagination, these special cards would be hand-delivered on horseback. Sadly, this is the real world and my Paper & Tea cards are only delivered via luftpost. However, I can safely send them off knowing they're of high-grade and will stand up to inferior stock.
(Hey, I never said it would be a good one.)
To be honest, I don't go to Paper & Tea as much as I would like to in the fear - a completely rational fear - that I will spend my entire salary on beautiful tea things, cards for everyone I've ever met, and of course caddy upon caddy and envelope upon envelope of luxurious tea.
Although, if you're in City West, why not stop by? There are teas to be poured and knowledgable staff awaiting your visit.
Or why not attend one of their tea seminars?
Heck, forget it, let's just move in already.
**If you don't live in Berlin and want to feel special too, Paper & Tea has a website, and they will ship their products to you. Which will most likely be delivered to your door via unicorn.
Paper & Tea
Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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