Possibly my favorite place in Shanghai, Song Fang Maison de The is a lovely teahouse in the French Concession featuring premium Chinese and French teas. The teahouse is a labor of love from owner Florence Sampson, a Paris native and longtime Shanghai resident. Every detail, from the vintage tin cans lining the shelves, to the old-fashioned Chinese bird cages hanging from bamboo rods on the ceiling, to the elegant floral patterned cushions, adds to the charm and whimsy of the shop. You certainly pay a premium for the tea, priced at 40-70 RMB per pot, but it is certainly worth it for the quality of the tea an sheer loveliness of the shop.
Partly because I am pressed for time, and partly because Song Fang is so pictureque, I will keep the descriptions short and let the photos speak for themselves.
Song Fang features both a Chinese and a French tea menu. The above photo is of the Chinese tea set, with naixiang oolong cha. The tea was very aromatic, with some floral and even milky notes. My friend and I absolutely loved the tiny tea cup and the adorable frog ceramic teapot.
The French teas are served in whimsical Western-style teaware. I enjoyed the China Blue tea (60 RMB), a pleasantly fruity white tea with coconut, blackberry, and orange. My friend and I also shared a slice of freshly baked peach cake (40 RMB), which was light, buttery, and utterly delectable.
Despite the fairly steep prices, Song Fang Maison de The may be my favorite teahouse in Shanghai. With its charming setting, high quality teas, and knowledgable staff, Song Fang is definitely worth paying a premium for.
Song Fan Maison de The
227 Yongjia Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
(86 21) 6433-8283