Monday, August 23, 2010

Shanghai (2/8) - Song Fang, La Maison de Thé


"Once upon a time, there were two young Chinese farmers, Mr. Song and Miss Fang, who were living in a remote village of the Fujian province. They had just discovered the secret of tea and they decided to share it with the rest of the world." -- Song Fang's website.


Song Fang is a teahouse and the brainchild of Harvard Business School graduate Florence Sampson. A Shanghai resident of over 10 years, Florence has also  adopted Song Fang as her Chinese name. Song means the Song dynasty. Fang means fragrant and of good reputation.


Florence is clearly an elegant lady of great taste. I am absolutely in awe with the interior. Red peony fabric brings a touch of old Chinese. As well as a great wooden birdcage light installation that I wish I could replicate at home.


And then there's her collection of old biscuit tins dated from the 1920s. To me, the tins are like story books. Each tin conveys a chapter of the Chinese history. A piece of nostalgia that without a doubt has mellowed by time and rampant economic development.


But most of all, it's about the tea. From Chinese tieguanyin to French blended tea, Song Fang offers more than 70 types of tea. Either served at the teahouse or for one's enjoyment at home. Florence (dressed in black) also conducts tea appreciation classes.


If you happen to be in Shanghai, I would recommend a teabreak at Song Fang. I wish I didn't have to leave. Or take some of the biscuit tins and birdcages home!

Song Fang
227, Yongjia Lu (close Shaanxi Lu)
Shanghai 200031 China
10am - 8pm
Closed on Mondays

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6 comment(s):

missklicious August 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

Looks like a great place to spend an afternoon, I love tea and I'll be in Shanghai next month!

Helen (Grab Your Fork) August 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

the birdcage light installation is such a cool idea :)

foodwink August 23, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

Thanks missklicious, hope you'll have time for song fang. There is also a branch near The Bund.

Thanks Helen - isn't it cool? It's created by an Australian designer.

Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial August 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

Sigh. I didn't realise how much I've missed your fabulous photos, Wink. This place looks magical...

foodwink August 28, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

Thank you Celia xxx

Green Been Food September 2, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

Shanghai is a place i really want to visit....great pics

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