If you’re feeling fancy, why not skip your coffee break today and sip a cup of mid-afternoon tea instead? You might be surprised to learn that there are nearly as many tea houses in Metro Detroit as there are mom-and-pop coffee shops. Don’t forget a tea sandwich while you’re there, too!
Sweet Afton Tea Room, 450 Forest Ave., Plymouth, has an array of flavored black teas, white teas, green teas, herbal teas and more. It serves as a restaurant as well, with several sandwiches and pot pies gracing the menu. High tea is served all day, and includes four finger sandwiches with two petite quiche, two homemade scones and two miniature tarts of your choice—served with a personal pot of tea, of course.
Goldfish Tea Café, 117 W. 4th St., Royal Oak, offers a selection of quality teas, as well as sandwiches, salads, soups, tea-based smoothies and more. If you call ahead to make an appointment, you and your friends can partake in a complimentary tea tasting, where you’ll get to sample a variety of teas and receive a “tea education.”
Flora’s Tea Room at The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, requires a reservation for tea service, so keep that in mind. During teatime, guests will be served a three-course meal along with several signature tea blends served in hand-painted china. Here’s some history for you: the tea room is located on the second floor of The Whitney, which used to serve as Mrs. Whitney’s sitting room.
The English Tea Garden, 7410 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield, specializes in loose teas, freshly made sandwiches, salads, and pastries with jam. Tea can be ordered by the pot or per glass, and iced tea is also available. Sandwiches, including veggie delight, lobster salad and chicken salad, are all prepared on your choice of croissant or multi-grain plus bread.
Mo Mo Tea, 1213 S. University, Ann Arbor, is a traditional Taiwanese tea house that uses leaves imported from Taiwan to ensure the most authentic taste possible. Flavored tea is served hot or cold with green or black tea, and comes in variations like green apple, passion fruit, mango, ginger and more. Hot tea pots are also available, as well as personal cups.
Grab your tea party hat (or invest in one) and check out one of these tea houses in Metro Detroit!