Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hunt for the Best Tea Shop in Manila

I drink tea (ex: iced tea) and a few other types, but I'm no fan of milk teas. However, as this seems to be the latest craze in the city (and with all the tea shops sprawling here and there), my fiance and I can't help but be curious and therefore have tried a few of these shops. Like I said, I don't like milk tea at all so my dear would always order milk tea, and I would try out all the other drinks that do not have MILK and TEA together on its name. Here's our adventure!

This is one of my favorites! The Mongolian Choco Rock Salt and Cheese with Pearl from Caprice! Back when they weren't offering this, I would always order Wintermelon Fruit Tea, the perfect drink to bring inside the cinemas. The store is conveniently located at the Eastwood Citywalk cinema so I would always grab a drink before we head to watch a movie.

Our latest discovery in Marikina City: Zentea. Conveniently located within walking distance of my fiance's house, we can simply go there to satisfy our cravings. The store is quite small but cozy and is always packed with youngsters who cannot afford Starbucks anymore. I ordered a safe wintermelon tea drink, as pictured here. 

Here's my most favorite drink from my favorite tea shop! The Cocoa Rock Salt and Cheese from Happy Lemon. The store in Eastwood Mall is always packed, and I would always have to stand in line along with noisy (but entertaining) teenagers during weekends. 


Even my nephew loves the Lemon Peppermint Tea! 

Then there's the Moonleaf Tea Shop in Marikina, which is a jeepney ride away from my fiance's house. We would go here before we discovered Zentea, but I think their Wintermelon Black Tea is too strong for me. Last time I had one, it was so hard for me to sleep that night! The store is student-friendly, since it is located in front of a school (OLOPSC). Proof that students hang out in this shop often can be found on their vandalized tables.

I must say that Serenitea serves my favorite Wintermelon Tea. They also have a store in Eastwood where I usually hangout, so I go there when I am not in the mood for Happy Lemon (like when Happy Lemon weren't serving my favorite drinks because they ran out of water). 

While I'm happy that I can have Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Red Mango all to myself because all the people are flocking to these tea shops, I must say that I hope they are not a fad and would stay in business for a long time. The affordable drinks make it easier for pinoys to know that there are other beverages aside from Coke and coffee. Hope to try our more tea shops soon! I haven't gone to Chatime, Sharetea or Bubble Tea but I will one of these days!