The Old Port in Montreal is a central location that reflects the meeting of old and new. Boutiques line the narrow cobblestone streets while restaurants vie for your attention. There are various ways to escape the hustle and bustle. Spas are a plentiful option or grab a bench along the pier to people watch. A less obvious choice is to go down Rue St Sulpice and visit an exquisite tea shop.
Ming Tao Xuan is part store and part tea tutorial. If you wish to stay and drink tea you will be seated at a beautiful oversized wooden table and given a bible size tea menu. All types of teas are represented from whites and greens to oolongs and reds. Once you choose your tea the store proprietor will bring you a full tea set and go through the step by step process of heating the vessels, seeping and pouring. The process is specific with each step meant to bring out the best in each cup. They also have a small vegetarian menu that pairs perfectly with the tea. Ming Tao Xuan doesn't just offer tea it offers a place to take a step back and relax, a true escape from the outside world.