Algebra Tea HouseWhy we love it: If your #teagoals are to feel at home, this spot is worth checking out. Enjoy loose-leaf tea in handmade colorful mugs. “I want a comfortable atmosphere,” says owner Ayman Alkayali. “At the same time, I want a place where people can interact.” Try this: Caffeine-free apple mango mahal ($2.70 for 16 ounces), an herbal tea with pieces of apple and mango floating in your cup.
2136 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-421-9007, algebrateahouse.com
Cleveland Tea Revival
Why we love it: Get an instant detox walking through the door. The array of potted plants, unstained wood, aged brick walls and warm lighting complements its 60 rotating teas. “Tea is loved because you can drink it all day every day, and it makes you feel good,” says owner Michael George. Try this: The hibiscus berry flavored tea ($3 for 16 ounces), a blend of schizandra berry, rose, blueberry and mango.
1434 W. 29th St., Cleveland, 216-795-5099, clevelandtearevival.com
Miss Hickory’s Tea Room
Why we love it: This charming home-turned-teahouse is great for any special occasion or just as a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a pot of tea. “Tea is refreshing and invigorating, but can also be calming,” says owner and founder Cona Butvin. Try this: Oolong orange blossom ($4 for a pot) combines jasmine, mixed berries and dried orange pieces.
14217 Mill Hollow Lane, Strongsville, 440-668-3053, misshickorystearoom.com
The Tea LabWhy we love it: Those looking for some local flavor should try Tea Lab’s loose-leaf Cleveland Blend112. “It’s bold with no astringency,” says president Carlos Ramos. “It’s a great starter tea for those afraid to step away from the tea bag world.” Try this: The turmeric citrus zest ($3 per ounce) is packed with bright orange and lemon flavors to boost your immune system.
14534 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-712-4410; 5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-650-7017, tealabcle.com
Vintage Tea & CoffeeWhy we love it: Located near Playhouse Square, this tea shop offers 20 kinds of tea such as hot green tea and matcha green tea lattes for a quick pick-me-up. “Tea should not be complicated,” says general manager Jeff Su. “It is soothing, healthy and tasty. It provides tons of health benefits and good energy.” Try this: Dragonwell ($4 for 16 ounces), a green tea, has a faint citrus aftertaste.
1816 E. 12th St., Cleveland, 216-417-8230, vintageteancoffee.com