While in Warsaw I visited one of the twelve Five o’Clock tea boutiques located in Blue City shopping mall. It’s not the first time I’ve been there, but now I will finally write about it here. This shop offers a truly cosy, english atmosphere, yet exotic at the same time. It’s richly decorated, bot not too much for it to be overdone or kitschy. It resembles a wooden cottage prepared for Christmas time in dark green and red.
Five o’Clock has about 200 different types of tea and coffee from around the world on the menu, not to mention a lot of gift sets to choose from, jams, different kinds of sugars and teaware. The packaging has been polished to even the very smallest details – pretty tins wrapped in cellophane with stickers on, bows, shiny green/yellow tea bags with ornament and labels on. As a tea fanatic I can not stress enough how important a label sticker with tea name and ingredients is, even is the bag is just a regular brown paper bag. Gift sets of small samples of more exclusive teas also have a card where the teas are described. Some tea samples are available on the counter, so you can freely smell the teas. The staff was also nice and happy to help.
I purchased various teas from there Classic Mate, Jade Ring, Jasmine Mu Dan, Jasmine Pan Long among others. One tea that I can really recommend (if not buying then at least smelling) is Yunnan Refreshment. It’s a green tea with citrus aroma and smells divine! It takes you to a completely different dimension. I’m really happy with this shop, it’s one of the best I’ve been to so far.
Address – Blue City, Al. Jerozolimskie 179, Warsaw http://www.fiveoclock.com.pl/