O-Cha Tea Bar in Yaletown
Tucked away in Yaletown is the very tiny O-Cha tea bar. Should the selection of tea and coffees provided there become even slightly larger (it already serves over thirty types of tea), it will almost certainly burst at the seams and have to move.
The small size of this unassuming coffee/tea/sandwich bar does not at all detract from its overall appeal. O-Cha struck me as a place to quietly enjoy a hot drink or food while contemplating the health benefits and phonetics of substances like rooiboos tea. I enjoyed a fantastic coffee while observing busy Yaletownies scurry about on their lunch breaks in the rain.
On the food side (this is Vancouver EATS out after all), O-Cha offers light fare, such as grilled paninis (onions optional for those who must return to work), sandwiches and convenient, semi-instant thai food by Thai on the Fly or something catchy like that. The paninis are very good, and the coffee, even though this is a tea bar, is phenomenal.
All in all, this is a quiet escape in the midst of busy Yaletown. You will surely find your five minutes of zen here.
O-CHA TEA BAR (Yaletown)
1116 Homer Street