Mie Mie Sein

Owner and Founder
Mie Mie SeinMie Mie Sein is the proprietress of Sawadee (meaning welcome in Thai) Tea House located in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from Chiang Mai in Thailand, tea has been a part of her life and culture since day one. When she moved to Canada in 1990, she brought her love and passion of tea with her. Her quaint and cultural tea house nestled in the heart of the Granville Square Market is a one of a kind shop that has been selling exotic wares, furniture, and some of the finest and freshest teas one can hope to find anywhere in the world since 2007.

“When I first moved to Canada, I couldn’t find fresh loose leaf tea. So, I did some research and started to order my own,” explains Mie Mie. “This tea shop was originally supposed to be a furniture store- the people would come to look at the tables and chairs but would stay for the tea. I’ve been selling tea here ever since.”

In addition to Sawadee Tea House’s extensive selection of over 350 teas from around the world, Mie Mie offers an added service- as a herbalist, botany major, and Ayurvedic apprentice, Mie Mie uses her medicinal knowledge in¬†conjunction with her vast collection of teas to mix special concoctions for her clients to treat and heal many ailments. Top selling medicinal teas include her hangover cure, enertea, and a wide assortment of weigh loss, flu, and headache solutions just to name a few.

Mie Mie’s mantra is to sell fresh loose leaf teas that are a high quality, at a fair price, from a local shop. The family business is primarily composed of Mie Mie and her son Jeremy, so don’t be surprised if you see one or both of them tending the store when you walk in.

For those eco and health minded individuals, Mie Mie has taken the time to visit most of the plantations her teas come from, in addition to offering a steady and diverse assortment of fair trade and organic teas. Supporting local farmers and their communities is a value that has resonated with Mie Mie since her childhood. She can especially relate to the work it takes to grow herbs for teas from her own experience in the Annapolis Valley where she owns and manages her own farm which supplies teas to her shop in the summer months.

Sawadee Tea House

“This shop is my home and a calming place for me to come each day and to remind me of my home,” says Mie Mie. “In Southeast Asia, drinking tea is as much of a form of hospitality as it is used for health and rejuvenation. I try to share this experience with everyone who comes through my shop.”

When asked how many cups of tea she drinks each day, Mie Mie responds with a laugh saying over 16, but with good quality tea, you can reuse it over and over.

Opening Hours


11:00am to 6:00pm


11:00am to 6:00pm


11:00am to 6:00pm


11:00am to 6:00pm


11:00am to 6:00pm


11:00am to 5:00pm


1:00pm to 4:00pm

Address & Contact

Our Address

1871 Granville Street Halifax, NS B3J 1Y1


44.6494412, -63.57446570000002