Quantcast

Boba shop 'Tea & Others' is open for business on Divisadero

Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline
By Camden Avery - Published on November 12, 2019.

It's been almost a year since we first announced the expected debut of bubble tea purveyor Tea & Others at 250 Divisadero St. (at Haight), formerly home to Sam's Smoke Shop.

On November 1, Tea & Others officially opened for business in the refinished, light-filled corner store between the Upper and Lower Haight.

Owner Wenjing Ou said the shop is her inaugural effort as a business owner, and that it stemmed from a personal appreciation for teas.

"My husband and I both have a great passion for tea-based drinks," she said. The pair created all the recipes for their new shop, including a novelty drink called "cake tea" — which blends an eggless cake batter (golden butter cake or strawberry cake) with milk tea.

Cake tea options include the Lil' Giraffe (at right), with black tea and golden butter cake batter. | Photo: Genevieve Y./Yelp

Because Tea & Others is independently owned, Ou said, it's able to focus on high-quality ingredients — organic teas, fresh milk and real fruit instead of processed blends.

Tea & Others' offerings clock in around $5 per drink, and in addition to the cake teas, customers will find "crema teas" (made with a cream cheese foam), matcha lattes (in flavors like Oreo or strawberry), and fruit frappes.

Drinks can be made with whole, soy, or almond milk. The shop uses real cane sugar (instead of the high-fructose corn syrup favored by many boba chains), meaning that its sweetest offerings skew about 20% less sweet than other milk teas.

The shop is also tricked out with neon signs that read "Got Milk Tea?" and "Happiness Brewing" — as well as a sign featuring its mascot, a "Tea Rex."

Photo: Shuan W./Yelp

Ou said the neighboring businesses and residents have been more than welcoming. "Everyone is very nice, and we would love to hear suggestions and comments on how they like the drinks."

For now, she said, the shop is just getting up and running, but a grand opening is in the works for January 1 or thereabouts.

Tea & Others is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Thanks to tipster Erin H. for letting us know about this opening! See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll try to find out what’s going on: (415) 200-3233.

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Potrero Hill

A slice of Google’s $1 billion affordable housing initiative lands in Potrero Hill

Five current or under-construction affordable housing projects in Potrero Hill just got a major boost from Google’s billion-dollar housing effort. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco North Beach

Tosca Cafe reopens parklet, indoor dining to come

102-year-old Tosca Cafe (242 Columbus Ave.) is coming alive yet again in North Beach, after a too-brief rebirth last year, and following its much bemoaned 2019 closure. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Mission

Castro's long-troubled 7-Eleven closes permanently

The 7-Eleven convenience store at 3998 18th St. (at Noe St.) has permanently closed, and Hoodline has learned its last day in business was Thursday, March 4. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Financial District North Beach

Used bookstore 34 Trinity Arts & News gets long-term lease in the FiDi

A volunteer-run used bookstore in the Financial District, run out of some window alcoves near Bush and Montgomery, has a more secure future after signing a 10-year lease. Read More