[Hong Kong] What would you call a café that serves just artisan tea and rustic home-style cakes?
Teakha 茶。家 at Sheung Wan is literally translated as “Tea. Home”.
Focusing on offering the tea experience from all around the world, Teakha is a quaint café for the tea aficionados. From the cold brew high mountain oolong, to keemun milk tea with red date honey, there is much to offer at Teakha.
The founder of Teakha Nana Chan revealed that afternoon tea was a big thing in her family during growing up days. And that would be her happiest time of the day.
Her desire was to recreate a space for tea and cakes, with the purpose of bringing people together.
Located in the hipster neighbourhood at Tai Ping Shan Street of Sheung Wan, Teakha is found upslope in the quieter parts of the area.
Prepare yourself for a bit of uphill walk but it will be all worth it when you get there.
With a selection of over 19 different tea brews on its menu, Teakha’s tealeaves are sourced from plantations all over the world and can also be bought from its sister brand, Plantation – which retails craft tea leaves and products.
They also have an on-site bakery that prepares the cakes they serve.
Due to the effect of expansion, the café is spread out across 3 shop spaces.
The main café houses the kitchen, the retail space for Plantation is right next-door and their bakery is right at the other end.
Seating spaces are spread out across all 3 sections and the cozy spaces are charmingly decorated with wooden furniture, Tiffany-blue walls and vintage teapots.
I was famished and decided on the brunch sets (served till 4pm) – the Avocado Toast with Thai Sausage (HKD80, SGD13.60), Brioche French Toast (HKD85, SGD14.50) and the Heuvos Rancheros (HKD88, SGD15).
An addition of HKD25 (SDG4.30) to the brunch set allows you to choose from the Roselle Mint Tea, Thai Iced Tea or Commoner’s Tea.
The Avocado Toast was delicious except that I found the Thai Sausage, which has a sweet taste similar to Chinese waxed sausages, to be a mismatch. Would opt for another topping the next time.
As for the Brioche French Toast was nicely complemented by the sliced apples and maple syrup and the Heuvos Rancheros was definitely our favourite pick out of the 3 brunch items.
You will never imagine yourself enjoying savoury pancakes that much till you tried the Cornmeal Pancakes with tomato salsa, sliced avocado, fried egg and Thai sausages.
As a finisher for the meal, I had the Iced Roselle Mint Tea and Thai Iced Tea. Both offered a cool respite from the heat and were perfect thirst quenchers.
Teakha is a perfect spot if you are looking for a nice place to chill and read a book on a lazy weekday afternoon.
Weekends however, are a different story altogether as Instagram hunters and tourists get out on the prowl for some photo-worthy shots.
Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2858 9185
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 8:30am – 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues
Google Maps – Teakha 茶。家
* Written by DFD’s Hong Kong Correspondent @kara_the_explorer, who is the Singaporean “tai tai” living the foodie dream in Hong Kong. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.