Pretty Scenes: La Maison des Trois Thés

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2comments No tags Permalink 0

More goodies from the October issue of Travel + Leisure. I’ve been itching to visit La Maison des Trois Thés in Paris for the longest time. The salon is run by tea master Yu Hui Tseng who is known for carrying some of the most exquisite and rare teas in France. Just thinking about this makes my heart beat faster! However due to poor planning, we didn’t make it to the tea shop last month*…or last year for that matter. But I guarantee you we will make it to La Maison des Trois Thés in 2012. Nothing can stop us!

My favorite article in this issue is The Asia Effect by Heather Smith Macisaac. An indulgent investigative piece on how, “from hotels to high-end dining, Paris is awash in the style of the far east.” In addition to La Maison des Trois Thés, Ladurée is mentioned. Look at the above photo. The shot directly above the tea urns is the Rue Bonaparte location of Ladurée’s tea salon. Did you know the wall paper at that particular location features bamboo and peacocks? “Chinoiserie wallpaper!” The article is full of little peeks into the Shangri-La Hotel Paris and Mandarin Oriental Paris. And what article is complete without a touch of haute couture? Givenchy and Louis Vuitton in this case ;)

I thought this bit on requesting that customers not wear perfume in the tasting room was somewhat excessive. You figure that if a customer is going out of their way to schedule a tasting they would know not to wear interfering scents. Having to explicitly request it is somewhat insulting. Just a small quibble, perhaps it’s just me ;)

*We did try a few of the teas during our visit to Jacques Genin, and they were lovely…but not the same as going directly to the tea salon.

  • K and S
    September 28, 2011

    I've heard of soba shops in Japan that refuse to serve people with perfume on. Excessive but totally for the appreciation of the product :)

  • anonymous
    September 28, 2011

    I would totally NOT know to NOT wear perfume during a tea tasting. I've only been to wine tastings… but perfume has never been an issue. I guess that's just how we non-New Yorkers roll :)

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