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Tea houses provide stress-free places for young Saigonese

Friday, August 16, 2019, 16:41 GMT+7
Tea houses provide stress-free places for young Saigonese
Eco-friendly furniture at a tea house in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Phuong / Tuoi Tre

In a bustling metropolis where modern coffee houses and bubble tea stores are mushrooming like Ho Chi Minh City, many tea shops are still able to attract young customers, thanks to the peaceful atmosphere and rejuvenation they provide.

Tea houses in Ho Chi Minh City serve as a place for youngsters to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Many establishments also showcase Vietnam’s diverse tea collections and promote a green lifestyle.

Mzung Tea House, a herbal tea shop on Vinh Hoi Street in District 4, is always filled with customers on weekends, as it provides what many say is one of the most peaceful and cozies environs found in the city.

Upon entering Mzung Tea House, customers will walk through a small garden to reach the drinking area, a quiet and seemingly isolated space - a stark contrast to the outside world - giving them time to relax, think, and regain energy for the next days.

The establishment has different types of seating available, from high chairs and tables suitable for working to sofas and cushions on the floor for reading.

A young woman reads a book at a tea house in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A young woman reads a book at a tea house in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Tran Thi Thao Trang, 26, was absorbed in a book, sitting by an apple mint tea pot and seeming to forget about the rest of the world.

“After a long and stressful week, I always reward myself with peaceful moments at a tea shop like this,” Trang said.

“This helps me feel relaxed mentally and rejuvenated to start a new week.”

While a tea pot at this tea house is slightly more expensive than drinks at cafés or bubble tea shops, Trang said she still prefers tea because of its health benefits.

According to a Mzung Tea House attendant, the shop offers 12 different types of tea, each of which is a mixture of natural and organically-grown ingredients.

It is not only Vietnamese that are fond of tea shops in Ho Chi Minh City.

Piram Chrengsaard Opp, a 35-year-old Thai man, said Thailand also has many different types of tea, but the variety is not as vast as in Vietnam.

Piram is a frequent customer of Orient Tea, located in an old apartment building on Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, where he can choose from 48 different kinds of Asian tea.

Eco-friendly furniture are seen at a tea house in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Eco-friendly furniture at a tea house in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Phuong / Tuoi Tre

In addition to being a perfect place to hide from the noisy streets and busy life, most tea houses in Ho Chi Minh City are spreading an environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle.

On top of saying no to single-use plastics, most of the establishments refuse to use products from wild animals, and equip themselves with furniture made from recycled and refurbished materials.

For instance, at Tiem Tra Cua Linh (Linh’s Tea Shop), located on Cao Dat Street in District 5, the 25-year-old owner Vo Thi Phuong Linh merely utilizes decorations and materials originating in Vietnam rather than imported products.

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