London is a city over run with coffee shops – but aren’t we meant to be tea lovers? Piacha Tea Bar provides a wonderful alternative to the ever popular indie coffee shops so I went to meet Pia, the owner, to find out more.
Piacha is a peaceful shop on Upper Street with food, drinks and plenty of space for remote working, meetings and catching up with friends. They produce their own tea, and currently have 26 varieties to choose from. As well as enjoying tea there, you can buy some to take home, as gifts, or even send a tea postcard.
Who is it for?
This is the perfect alternative to the chains that you see on every corner, or a perfect indie shop if you are more into your tea than coffee. Pia is very happy for anyone to set up shop in a corner and work away all day – there are plugs everywhere! There are also local groups who use Piacha as their meeting place, as they have a good space downstairs to hire out. Meetings aside, Piacha is a chilled space in a convenient location, so is perfect for meeting friends or just taking some time to yourself, and with reasonable prices it’s accessible to anyone.
A former lawyer, Pia started Piacha as a way to own something she was really passionate about. Pia is amazingly knowledgable about tea and how, like wine, it can be paired with – and used in – food to compliment it. Pia created all 26 varieties of tea, and all the recipes on the menu, including the unique tea smoothies. I tried five teas; Rooibos Choc Cinnamon, Lapsang Souchong, Ginger Chilli, Black Chai and Milky Oolong.
I also tried two of the smoothies; Earl Grey Peach and Orange Ginger Chilli. Again, both were gorgeous but the Earl Grey Peach won it for me – I thought the tea flavour might be overpowering but it wasn’t at all.
The beautiful teas, freshly baked cakes, brilliant service and cool jazz in the background combine to make Piacha a must visit bar with a difference!
Piacha is a short walk from Angel or Highbury & Islington station, right on the main road. The teas are all around the £2.50 mark while smoothies and sandwiches are around £5. If you want to take some tea home with you or get a gift for someone else, there are a few options; a tea postcard for £3.50, a taster pack for £5, 125g tins for around a tenner and even these cute heart shaped tins for £5.
Piacha gets top marks all round – a cool venue, creatively flavoured teas which taste fresh and smooth, welcoming staff and not-so-London prices!
Have you you tried any of Piacha’s teas? Which is your favourite?