Whether you like a good cup of tea on your Saturday shopping tour, crave a place where you can have a conversation without shouting or need to study while enjoying the best Matcha Latte in town, Interior de Té is the place to go.
The small Asian tea room has a special authentic spirit of peacefulness, which is hard to find in Barcelona.
The selection of ceramics and porcelain kitchenware is also worth a visit.
When you enter Interior de Té it’s like stepping into another world. From the outside the place doesn’t shout out loudly, so you can easily pass by without noticing, but inside you feel a special spirit of authenticity, passion, quality and respect for the tea shine through.
All teas are handcrafted and exclusively selected by Meiai Lin and Armando who have run Interior de Té since 2010. They personally handpick the teas in Asia from small family-run farmers and manufacturers. A great part are organic with a certified designation of origin.
A Bit of Magic in Gracia
The first time I entered Interior de Té, I was instantly attracted by the unique atmosphere.
You feel like withdrawing from the “real” world to a place in another dimension where you don’t raise the voice or throw a piece of paper on the ground.
I confirm I am not the only one who felt like this. A friend of mine, I brought to the place, was literally mesmerized by the peaceful atmosphere and returned herself shortly after to get a shot of the “magic” energy.
Interior de Té is located in the neighborhood Gracia in the small street Calle de Milton between Plaça de la Libertat and Plaça de Gal·la Placídia. Although the tranquil atmosphere is a contrast to the dynamic buzzy surroundings Interior de Té fits well into the Gracia’s alternative vibe.
The Best Matcha Latte in Town
I found Interior de Té when I lived in Vía Augusta and went shopping at the Mercado de Libertad. Previously the shop and the restaurant were in the same space, whereas now they are separated one next door to the other. At that time, I worked in Sant Cugat and got off the Ferrocaril at Gracia station every day.
On my way home, I often passed the market and afterwards took away a Matcha Latte and sat down on Plaça de Gal·la Placídia to enjoy the last afternoon sun. I made myself the same treat on Saturday mornings including a giant Matcha cookie.
The Matcha Latte is made with the best quality tea and prepared meticulously in one of the beautiful handmade Matcha bowls. I just love that the tea is served with such a dignity.
At lunchtime the daily menu is served. The focus is on the tea and it is not a “real” restaurant meal, but perfect if you want a quick and non-pretentious fresh dish. I like the ramen with egg and vegetables and of course a cup of delicious Matcha Latte and a cookie for dessert. There is also a small selection of home-made cakes to choose from.
Attention to Quality from Asia to Barcelona
The quality of the tea is an absolute priority at Interior de Té. After the teas are selected they are handled with the greatest care to preserve the freshness of the tea leaf.
Each tea is preserved according to its’ best conditions and labeled and dated individually with the time of harvest and duration of the product, so the customers are sure to get the best quality.
Both green teas and Oolongs are always brought by air because the transport by sea is harmful for the quality.
It is Meiai and Armando’s passion for the tea and that makes the spirit of this place special.
Initially I went into the shop to look at the beautiful ceramics and kitchenware. In particular I love the precious Matcha tea bowls.
The colors and textures are stunning and not two are similar in shape because they are handmade.
They are actually crafted in Catalunya. They will make a beautiful serving not only for Matcha tea but for any kind of tea or yoghurt, soup and small salads.
Go shopping for beautiful ceramics, buy a delicious tea or have a Matcha latte in Interior de Té and take care you don’t become addicted – by the tea and the atmosphere!
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