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10 Cozy Spots to Sip Tea in Metro Detroit

From high tea to chai.

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It's been a relatively mild winter in Michigan so far, but few things pair as well with cool, gloomy days as a good cup of tea. Whether your looking for a proper English high tea or a quick cuppa, here are 10 of the best places in Metro Detroit to order a pot.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Con Leche

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4200 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-1744
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While known for its coffee, this Detroit cafe offers a variety of teas including mate — a toasty-flavored South American tea made from the leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant.

2. The Whitney

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4421 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5700
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Midtown's upscale restaurant, bar, and event venue offers a posh English-style high tea Monday through Saturday by reservation. Get the full tea service treatment with mini finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, soup, and salad. Mimosas and bellinis are also available.

3. SocraTea

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71 Garfield St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-7100
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Offering more than 60 organic teas and a warm atmosphere comfortable atmosphere, this Sugar Hill Arts District tea shop is the perfect place to drop by on a winter day. Vegan, gluten-free, and Sister Pie-made baked goods pair well with the reasonably-priced pots.

4. Detroit Vintage

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10335 W 8 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 341-4810
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This cozy weekends-only cafe off Eight Mile is filled with an array of comfy chairs and couches. The selection of 20 teas is served in mismatched tea pots and cups with a sides of cake or cookies.

5. Purple Door Tea Room

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701 Livernois St
Ferndale, MI 48220
This elegant English-inspired shop offers afternoon high tea in a cozy and quiet setting, complete with finger sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and of course, gourmet teas by the pot.

6. The Red Hook

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220 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(718) 964-3729
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Where other cafe chai's border on the edge of too sweet, Red Hook's offers the right balance of sweet and spicy and goes well with a Pinwheel Bakery scone or macaron.

7. Goldfish Tea

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117 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5252
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Gold Fish Tea offers 40 different options including loose leaf and bubble teas in a quite, secluded atmosphere. Individual timers ensure you get the perfect steep for loose leaf selections. Add more hot water, grab a board game, and make it an afternoon.

8. Eli Tea Bar

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108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(866) 567-1988
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Featuring more than 70 different loose leaf and herbal teas as well as various all-natural preparations, Eli Tea Bar can be intimidating for tea newbies. Thankfully, the menu breaks selections down into rarity and cupsize, and the friendly staff is happy to help make suggestions.

9. The Townsend Hotel

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100 Townsend St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 642-7900
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The Townsend Hotel offers a classic afternoon tea service with dainty china, white table cloths, and a spread of finger sandwiches, scones, and other miniature pastries. For those who like their tea with a snifter of whiskey there's also a boozy "gentleman's" option that comes with flights of wine, bourbon, and beer. Call ahead to book a reservation.

10. Mad Hatter Bar

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185 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 540-0000
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Tiers of delectable finger sandwiches and scones compliment “bottomless” pots of tea in this whimsical bistro. The Holiday, a black tea spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon, is perfect for the winter months.

1. Cafe Con Leche

4200 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
While known for its coffee, this Detroit cafe offers a variety of teas including mate — a toasty-flavored South American tea made from the leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant.
4200 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

2. The Whitney

4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Midtown's upscale restaurant, bar, and event venue offers a posh English-style high tea Monday through Saturday by reservation. Get the full tea service treatment with mini finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, soup, and salad. Mimosas and bellinis are also available.
4421 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

3. SocraTea

71 Garfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
Offering more than 60 organic teas and a warm atmosphere comfortable atmosphere, this Sugar Hill Arts District tea shop is the perfect place to drop by on a winter day. Vegan, gluten-free, and Sister Pie-made baked goods pair well with the reasonably-priced pots.
71 Garfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Detroit Vintage

10335 W 8 Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
This cozy weekends-only cafe off Eight Mile is filled with an array of comfy chairs and couches. The selection of 20 teas is served in mismatched tea pots and cups with a sides of cake or cookies.
10335 W 8 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

5. Purple Door Tea Room

701 Livernois St, Ferndale, MI 48220
This elegant English-inspired shop offers afternoon high tea in a cozy and quiet setting, complete with finger sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and of course, gourmet teas by the pot.
701 Livernois St
Ferndale, MI 48220

6. The Red Hook

220 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Where other cafe chai's border on the edge of too sweet, Red Hook's offers the right balance of sweet and spicy and goes well with a Pinwheel Bakery scone or macaron.
220 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

7. Goldfish Tea

117 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Gold Fish Tea offers 40 different options including loose leaf and bubble teas in a quite, secluded atmosphere. Individual timers ensure you get the perfect steep for loose leaf selections. Add more hot water, grab a board game, and make it an afternoon.
117 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

8. Eli Tea Bar

108 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Featuring more than 70 different loose leaf and herbal teas as well as various all-natural preparations, Eli Tea Bar can be intimidating for tea newbies. Thankfully, the menu breaks selections down into rarity and cupsize, and the friendly staff is happy to help make suggestions.
108 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

9. The Townsend Hotel

100 Townsend St, Birmingham, MI 48009
The Townsend Hotel offers a classic afternoon tea service with dainty china, white table cloths, and a spread of finger sandwiches, scones, and other miniature pastries. For those who like their tea with a snifter of whiskey there's also a boozy "gentleman's" option that comes with flights of wine, bourbon, and beer. Call ahead to book a reservation.
100 Townsend St
Birmingham, MI 48009

10. Mad Hatter Bar

185 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Tiers of delectable finger sandwiches and scones compliment “bottomless” pots of tea in this whimsical bistro. The Holiday, a black tea spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon, is perfect for the winter months.
185 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

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