Tea culture is embedded in Russian culture. Drinking a cup of tea together has been always a part of socialising or family gathering. Samovars and baranki (cracknels) are vital attributes of traditional tea drinking. However, about 10 years ago the Chinese tea culture gained a lot of attention and locals learned that their favourite black tea should be named a red one, while there are also green, white and even yellow sorts of tea.
It was a long introduction, so I am coming close to the point. Geotea is a cozy shop and tea room on Karavannaya street. Here you can find various sorts of Chinese teas and accessories for a tea ceremony. Before buying one, you can taste it if you come to a tea tasting. It is scheduled weekly, so check the activity plan in advance! Apart from the ceremony, the tea leader used to tell a lot of curious facts about tea and the best way to serve it. People working here are really friendly and try to promote Chinese tea culture not as exclusive, but available for everybody.
Apart from tea shopping, I am enjoying look upon tea accessories, which are so tiny and toy like. For locals, who prefer huge mugs to drink litres of tea, it seems surreal 🙂