A healthy and irresistible tea and toast spot opens its doors in Vancouver.
Nestled on the corner of Hamilton and Davie, on cusp of Yaletown, lies Cha Le Tea—meaning, Happy Tea. A name so very fitting, simultaneously bringing about a handful of lovely memories to mind—from proper tea taking, close conversations between dear friends, a cup of warm refuge after a long day…
Designed as a full-service tea cafe, Cha Le serves a delicious rotating list of proprietary teas (mainly sourced from China), blends, tea lattes, herbal infusions, as well as a delicious small bites menu. A favourite is certainly the avocado toast, which of course, includes tea ingredients. Considerably more healthy than traditional English tea taking, but every bit as dedicated to embracing tradition as well as modern technics—as seen with their computer-controlled glass vacuum brewing systems. Not only a visual delight, but one of precision.
Set up to inhabit both tea taking and retail aspects, the owners dreamt up a unique tea shop for the city of Vancouver—one that was far more bespoke in essence. One with an open and warm presence—with a grand counter to welcome customers to sit or to host tea tastings, and other such events. A place to share about, and to delight, in the culture of tea, to learn aspects of the agriculture, and the process that goes into the very creation—from growing the plants, to the curating, mixing, and blending. Not so unlike the fine wines of the world, the setting was to host the teas in both a respectful way, yet with today’s pace and accessibility in mind.
The interioir design by Leckie Studio is more akin to a beautiful apothecary or spiritual place—with areas for both retail and service, with a modern twist. Precise custom millwork is offset by beautiful copper and white containers for the teas, and other merchandise, as well as wonderfully imperfect handmade dishes, made by a local designer.
And from the warm, wished wood tones and lighting to the welcoming front row seating—even on the darkest of Vancouver days—the feeling of beauty found in warmth, energy, and life would surely resonate with each guest visiting Cha Le.