Apsara Tea House
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While this quaint teahouse/cafe features a wide selection of desserts and all kinds of teas, they are missing one fixation found in most cafes: coffee. But perhaps that's why the sign says tea house, and you get just what you expect; the upstairs is a relaxing small hut with comfortable cushions to wile away an afternoon, while downstairs you'll find tables to enjoy tea and sweets with your friends. Right in the middle of Vermanes Garden, the teahouse is the perfect way to relax on a nice spring day.
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I visit Riga a couple of times a year. I usually try to visit my favourite Apsara tea house which is located in the park near the central railway station. I love this place because of its second floor where you can remove your shoes and relax on the pillows while watching the beautiful park through the glass walls.
Unfortunately, this time it was not as good. I decided to try a second brew of the tea I bought, because the tea gives a slightly different taste when brewed for the second time, milder but somehow satisfying. So I went to the first floor and politely asked the staff member for some more boiling water for my tea pot. The girl refused and asked me to buy a new pot of tea. I understand her desire to make profit, but seriously - I'm not asking for much, this is only water! This greediness is absurd and sad.
I still like the place, but I won't visit it anymore. That last visit left a nasty aftertaste.