Best Tea Experience
Tucked into a little strip mall across the street from Rincon Market, Seven Cups is a charming Chinese teahouse that serves truly remarkable tea in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and will happily explain the different leaves and growing regions of the wide variety of teas they carry, including green teas and white teas. They offer etiquette lessons in Chinese tea drinking if you want, or you can just relax and enjoy the nuances of fine tea all afternoon. (The large pots are refilled with hot water three times.) If you get hungry, they also serve Japanese sweets-small, delicate pastries made from exotic ingredients, like red bean paste, that taste like nothing else on Earth.