A Chinese Teahouse In Paris (with 125-Year-Old Tea)

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La Maison des Trois Thès in Paris is presided over by Madame Yu Hui Tseng, a master of the Chinese tea ceremony and one of the world's preeminent experts on tea (and the only woman among them). She also happens to be a descendant of a famous Chinese philosopher and student of Confucius.

Master Tseng established La Maison des Trois Thès in 1995 in the Fifth arrondissement of Paris. Her shop sells around a thousand varieties of tea, rare vintages among them that date back as far back as 1890. Some black teas, she says, improve with age. She also relies on the 3,000-year history of Chinese tea to create blends that would otherwise no longer be in existence. Next time you're in Paris, consider stopping by for a rare (albeit pricey) cup.

Facade of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Facade of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Covered in large Chinese characters, the teahouse stands out on an otherwise mundane Paris street. Photo via TripAdvisor.

Interior of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Interior of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Above L: Though the shop might seem intimidating, reviews cite that the staff is warm and welcoming, and explanations of the many varieties of tea are forthcoming. Photo via TripAdvisor. Above R: The right vessels and cups are a crucial part of the Chinese tea experience. Photo via Yelp.

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Above: Around 1,000 blends of Chinese teas line the walls. Photo via Addicttea.

Proprietor of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Proprietor of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Madame Yu Hui Tseng, a master of tea. Photo via Le Figaro.

Green Tea Canisters in Interior of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Green Tea Canisters in Interior of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Chinese metal tea canisters. Photo via Un Livre, Un Thé Et Des Petits Gâteaux.

Menus of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Menus of La Maison des Trois Thes in Paris, Remodelista

Above: The menu reads like an intimidating wine list, long and filled with rare and expensive varieties. Shown here, boxes of thuan theng from spring 2008. Photo via Artedelte.

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Above: A variety of pu-erh teas from the Maison: sheng tea is raw pu-erh, and shu is ripe pu-erh. Photo via Vacuithé.

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Above L: Loose green (xian xia cui lan) tea. Photo via Pu-Erh & Yixing. Above R: The interior features antique and contemporary Chinese furniture against a backdrop of Chinese calligraphy, an inspired take on wallpaper. Photo via Namasaya. To contact the teahouse, see La Maison des Trois Thès.

More tea? See 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Tea Kettles and Restaurant Visit: Bellocq Tea Atelier in Brooklyn.

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