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One of the more quirky tea houses in Europe is the Underground Tea House in Bratislava. After entering a passageway, off a cobblestone street and descending down centuries old stone stairs you arrive at this gem of a place.

The first room that you enter houses the tea bar and shop, which sells tea ware and other products from Asia including Tibetan slippers and incense. A labyrinth of rooms, outfitted with tables and chairs and sofa beds and pillows winds out from the shop.

The inside page of the tea menu welcomes you with a greeting that also gives some information about the tea house and an invitation to, right now, close your eyes and count to 60 so that you can be completely present to this moment. Beyond this the menu has an excellent international selection of teas, but so extensive that you get lost. We tried a Gaba Oolong and a South African Rooibos accompanied by a plate of hummus and pita bread. The preparation and presentation of the teas was done in a way that you knew that you were in the care of a tea master and the teas themselves were exquisite.

Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, lies about an hours train ride from Vienna. The tea house is located in the Zichyho Palace, Ventúrska, 811 01 Bratislava-Staré Mesto