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Betjeman & Barton at Tea in the City

Riding my bike through a thankfully temporarily dry Amsterdam Zuid yesterday, I suddenly noticed a sign that read, among other things 'Betjeman & Barton'. Betjeman & Barton is the brand of one of the nicest teas I've ever had. Four Fruits or something of the sort was its name, and I had it at Stientje's on the Bilderdijkstraat. Getting some for myself seemed like a very good idea indeed. So inside Tea and the City I went.

The interior looks warm, luxurious and a little expensive. Tea in the City is indeed expensive, but with good reason. The teas that are sold here (per 125 grams) are from the excellent and exclusive brand Betjeman & Barton and are imported from Paris. Prices range from around E35 per kilo to around E140 per kilo.

The nice girl from the shop let me smell half a dozen teas, eventhough I pretty much knew which tea I wanted when I came in. Alas, my Four Fruits tea turned out to be temporarily sold out (drat!), but the nice girl from the shop wrote down my name and number and promised to let me know when it was back in stock. She gave me a sample of another fruity tea (Sain Geran), fuller and heavier than the Four Fruits, with hints of vanilla, caramel and almond. I have yet to try it, but I can't wait!

mini cupcake at Tea in the CityWhile she was putting the tea in a tiny paper sample envelope, I fell completely in love with the selection of tiny cupcakes that were seducing me from the counter. I got one to celebrate the fact that it wasn't raining for half an hour and took it home with me.

When I go back to get the Four Fruits tea, I will be sure to take a photo of the shop front and some more of the interior! For now, you will have to just enjoy my lovely tiny cupcake with its sunny frosting.

Tea in the City is open from Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 6pm. Saturdays from 10am until 5pm.

Tea in the City Amsterdam
Jacob Obrechtstraat 19
1071 KD Amsterdam