Just as the name suggests, Bampot is a place inspired by Bohemia, the Czech region known for its unorthodox public houses and free lifestyle. This is an actual house of tea, serving over 100 speciality teas, as well as vegetarian and vegan foods, live music and board games in the Harbord Village neighbourhood. The exact address is 201 Harbord Street, in Toronto, Ontario.
There is some street-side parking for cars and a place to leave your bike. It is not wheelchair accessible establishment; it takes reservations and packs a takeaway meal, but does not do deliveries. There is free Wi-Fi, but no TV. Besides the teas, they also serve alcohol from its full bar. The menu is inspired by Mediterranean cuisines and is vegetarian-based.
Serving lunch and dinner, this place opens at noon from Wednesday to Sunday. Closing time is usually 11 PM, with Friday and Saturday up to midnight, while it is closed on Monday and Tuesday. People that have visited Bampot have left reviews online on Google Reviews, Yelp, Trip Advisor and Facebook. From there, I bring you a list of pros and cons.
- Over 150 varieties of tea
- Excellent desserts
- Unexpected, quirky décor
- Vegetarian menu
- Complaints about cleanliness
- Some people had issues with payment
Bampot Bohemian House of Tea & Board Games was established in 2014 and was inspired by the Czech tea houses that illegally imported tea during the communist era, and are now a staple in every town in the Czech Republic. The owners of Bampot toured Prague and these tea houses and got the idea to open such a tea house in Toronto.
This place has a crazy décor with colourful walls, plenty of oriental rugs and art from local artists. There are large wooden shelves full of board games, and a nice live edge slab on the bar. The tables and chairs are mismatched and there are colourful tablecloths and throw pillows all around.
The menu has items like a mixed salad, main dishes like house-made stew or curry, falafel, and soup of the day. The savoury snacks include posh cheese and crackers, pita and hummus, nuts and bolts, bowl of pistachios and bowl of popcorn in different versions. The sweet eats part of the menu is excellent, and there are baklava, sahlep, spiced carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, peppermint Nanaimo bar and halva with chocolate, vanilla or pistachios.
The teas served here are prepared in handcrafted pots, and patrons can select one (or more) of their over 150 blends of loose leaf teas. Along with the teas, patrons can also play one of 170 board games, which comes with a $5 fee, or can simply enjoy their tea and listen to local artists. One can also enjoy their Bampot Bohemian High Tea, which is a three-tier platter with an assortment of savoury dishes on the first level, an assortment of sweets on the second and nuts and fruit on the top level. The Bampot most definitely offers a different kind of experience.