Budding tea mecca is not what you think of when Paris comes to mind. Yet this center of food, fashion and culture is poised to become just that. For years, “Salon de The” signs were in every arrondissement; some were cafes serving fine tea from along with brasserie fare, others offered still-life worthy pastries and lighter fare. Then there were the famed food swoon shops of Fauchon, Lauderee of macaroon mystique, and of course Mariage Freres. And while the teas were Parisian superb, the tea itself was part of the whole ambience, not the star attraction.
Not any more. Today, tea destination houses are cropping up all over Paris. Some are operated by tea experts who supplied other tea houses for generations. One of the most beautiful and memorable is the down-to-the last detail tea house of Georges Cannon, traders, exporters, and wholesalers since 1898.
This well-kept secret (even some Parisians tea fans don’t know about it), identified by a small green leaf sign), is located at 12 rue notre-dame des champs in the 6th arrondissement on a winding street exuding charm Inside, the spotless, green and wood decor houses shelves of symmetrically placed tins of tea with names that only hint of the extraordinary aromas and leaf quality.
But the genius of George’s Cannon is in its blended teas. La Moukere de Siddi Kaouki, green tea blended with mint, rose, and orange flowers is so perfectly balanced that it leaves all other rose/mint/green blends in the compost.. La Moukere smells fresh, exotic, green and familiar all at once, like a tea you thought about but could never find….
Then there is the tearoom in the back, a haven of tastes of blends, sublime nibbles,and down a staircase for another surprise…….