Saturday, June 29, 2013

Store Review: Teehaus Elsässer

Teehaus Elsässer
Riesenstrasse 5, Kaiserslautern

Have you ever visited a store and thought, "wow, this place is nuts. I like it!"? Well, maybe you haven't felt that way, but that sums up my feelings about Teehaus Elsässer in Kaiserslautern.

Located in the eastern edge of the pedestrian shopping district downtown, the Teehaus is an adorable store that sells tea, gourmet foods and spices, gifts, and cards. The small store is stuffed to the gills with things that are tasty and cute. It's so stuffed that if there are more than about three people inside, it's a really cramped environment. This has happened often when I've been visiting because people really like the store and its staff. 

Oh, and the staff! I went shopping and asked a few things and found myself getting teased in German. I have no idea what the owner was saying but it didn't seem mean in any way, so I let him roll with it. I took a tour of Kaiserslautern once and mentioned the store. Our tour guide says she loves the store; the owner teases her too and feeds her chocolates. 

It's a strange but interesting little place and a good spot to find a gift for someone. In the food section, there are spices for meats and pastas, flavored vinegars and oils, and even some fine chocolates. In the gifts section, there are things like wind chimes, cute gnome mugs (guess who bought one!), small chest of decorative drawers, small sculptures, and more. Of course, there is a large selection of loose tea, as well.

So, if you want to buy some gourmet food or drink, or just get mocked in German, make a delightful visit.

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