Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mariage Freres comes to the Rue Cler

The rue Cler in the 7th, hard by the Eiffel Tower, is one of the loveliest market streets in Paris.  The well-heeled neighborhood expects high quality to be de rigeur in their local artisans shops and restaurants.  This is a perfect neighborhood for a lovely new Mariage Freres shop and tea salon. Even if you have the slightest interest in tea Mariage Freres is a mecca for pure, blended, flavored and herbal teas from just about every tea growing nation on our globe.  While their Darjeelings and blends like British or French Breakfast are wonderful, peruse the little booklet of roughly 500 teas and surely you will find one (or several) that fit your tastes.  I, and about half the tea drinking world, love the classic Marco Polo black tea blend.  On recent trips I've purchased Bolero, Imperatrice, Fils de France and other blends, all superb.  There are choices you've likely never dreamed of such as a delicate green tea that has the subtle flavor of cherry blossoms.  Or the heartiest Assam's or Pu Ehr teas.  It is a trove.  Mariage Freres also sells gorgeous tea pots and tea accessories, plus, tea flavored jams and cookies.  There are other shops in the Marais, in the 6th, in the shopping mall underground adjacent to the Louvre and in the 9th.  Definitely a must-visit and fabulous for gifts.

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