Looking for a delicious way to incorporate more antioxidants into your diet? Curl up with a hot drink at one of Charlotte’s tea houses to invigorate your mind and body.
Photograph by Chris Edwards
Choose from more than fifty varieties of tea and herbals at Urbana Cityspa.
The Tea House
WHO GOES Awestruck children in the Alice-in-Wonderland tearoom and adults in the British Colonial lounge.
VIBE The formal Parlor won us over with dazzling chandeliers and white table linens. Pinkies up!
TEA TYPES From traditional estate teas (i.e. Irish Breakfast) to blended options with fruity accents or floral notes.
ORDER THIS Try a pot of Keemum tea, paired with an entrée of fish, like the Salmon Nicoise Salad ($12.50).
20517 North Main St., Cornelius, 704-896-9813
WHO GOES Find mommy and me on Saturdays, but for lunch or afternoon tea, there’s a potluck of people.
VIBE The shabby-chic décor reminds you of home sweet home.
TEA TYPES Stick with a pot of traditional Earl Grey. This place is more about the atmosphere than the brew.
ORDER THIS The housemade quiche of the day is a necessity ($9). Otherwise, we like the tea set ($12), served with scones, clotted cream, and tiny tea sandwiches.
1942 East Seventh St., 704-372-9599
WHO GOES Because the teas are brewed fresh to order (no pesky teabags), TeaRex attracts tea aficionados.
VIBE A blend of English-style and Asian teahouses.
TEA TYPES Enough to fill a three-ring binder, including a sweet Cinnamon Spice blend we adore.
ORDER THIS If you like Darjeeling, try
the Makaibari Estate blend.
2102 South Blvd., 704-371-4440
Urbana Cityspa & Teabar
WHO GOES Young professionals seeking a sweet escape.
VIBE The shapely modern chairs and sleek light installations are so
TEA TYPES There are more than fifty varieties, but we like the matcha (a powdered green tea used in calming Japanese tea ceremonies). The best part? It’s served in swanky Bodum glassware.
ORDER THIS Unwind after work with a tiny chilled peach berry green tea ($2) and the hummus plate ($6).
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., 704-543-1700