Whether you’re a fitness instructor in South Beach, an artist in Wynwood or an entrepreneur in Brickell, there’s one thing that unites all Miamians, and that’s a decent cup of coffee or a freshly brewed tea. These leading coffee and tea shops in Miami – from Wynwood to South Beach and Downtown to Little Havana – are serving up the city’s most creative cups of ethically sourced, specialty tea and coffee.
Who doesn’t like their coffee with a side of vintage motorcycles? A museum meets apparel shop meets vintage café, Imperial Moto serves up organic, locally roasted coffees and loose-leaf teas. In an industrial-chic space, this spot is covered head to toe in motorcycle memorabilia, including a bright yellow Royal Enfield. Get your caffeine fix while tasting home-baked cookies and kicking back on a stressed leather couch and spend your entire afternoon watching a live motorcycle race on one of the huge screens. Patrons can also opt to explore the vintage motorcycle gallery or even stock up on the biker-cool shirts, hats and gloves in Imperial’s souvenir store. Even if you’re not all that into the world of biking, the ultra-cool vintage biker vibes make for a perfect backdrop to hang out with friends, a laptop or a book.
Home to a staggering 84 varieties of tea from around the world, Small Tea currently takes first place for offering Miami’s greatest selection of loose-leaf teas. The teas offered – ranging from popular black and green to the sweeter, caffeine-free oolong and rooibos varieties – are each meticulously displayed at the shop’s “smell station.” With the help of expert “tea-tenders,” patrons are encouraged to smell jars of loose-leaf tea to find the one best suited to their palate. Once you’ve found the one, take it over to the brewing station, where you can choose to have it prepared hot, cold or with milk, or even converted to a chai latte or teagria. If you’re feeling hungry, pair your tea with one of the shop’s gravlax bagels or brie-and-green-apple wraps.
OTL’s minimalist interior is as soothing as a good cup of tea | Courtesy of OTL
Paying homage to its design-conscious neighborhood, OTL boasts a decor that even the Design District’s hard-to-please crowd can applaud. Pastel colors, minimalist fittings and a healthy scattering of bottle-green plants place OTL in the running for the most Instagrammable café in Miami. But this design-conscious hang-out isn’t just a pretty face. Potent cold brews, creative tea infusions and all-day breakfasts have Miamians queuing at the door most mornings. Some just pop in for a latte to go, but it’s easy to spend the entire day here binging on caffeine, feasting on avocado toast and paprika-spiced Spanish tortilla and – staying true to the café’s “everyone is welcome” motto – spotting some interesting Miami characters.
A small space filled with worn-out leather sofas, TV screens and low coffee tables stacked high with vintage board games, SpecialTEA Lounge feels like walking into your own front room. An old-time favorite for students and laptop-toting freelancers looking to work from a place like home, SpecialTEA Lounge and Cafe specializes in three things only: top-quality specialty tea, everyone’s favorite board games (Monopoly, Scrabble and chess to name a few) and fresh, ethically sourced food. What it may lack in high-end tea-smelling stations and tea-tenders, it makes up for in freshly baked pastries, front-room atmosphere and, of course, a huge tea selection. While your friends get the chessboards out, choose your favorite leaves from over 60 premium tea varieties and, if you’re hungry, don’t miss their signature Hunny Brisket panini.
The Enchanted Dollhouse transports you from Miami to Victorian England | Courtesy of The Enchanted Dollhouse
If you’re longing for the British afternoon tea experience, high tea at the Enchanted Doll House might just transport you straight to the Ritz. A visit to the Dollhouse – decorated in pastel pinks and lilacs, lavish Victorian-style hats and delicate floral china – feels more like stepping into 1800s Britain than South Miami. Spend the day sipping bottomless pots of English tea and feasting on rounds of dainty cucumber-and-dill finger sandwiches, colorful coconut macaroons, jam-filled scones and petits fours. Then, if you feel like joining the other bridal and birthday parties that like to frequent the Dollhouse on weekends, don a Victorian hat, savor a glass of champagne and dance around the tea table until the early… afternoon? Reservations are required.
Pegged by both locals and visitors as Miami’s best bubble-tea house, Miu’s is where everyone in the know goes to get their fix of the Taiwanese tea sensation. Choose from tropical flavors like mango black-tea lemonade, lychee green tea and sea-salt golden oolong, and enjoy them in the breezy, sun-drenched al-fresco tea garden.
Tea and Poets offers live entertainment | Courtesy of Tea and Poets
An events space, teahouse and mini market all rolled into one, Tea & Poets doesn’t fit neatly into any category – but that’s why we like it. People from every corner of Miami – families, students, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and fashionistas – gather here to drink herbal teas and watch up-and-coming poets, comedians and musicians perform their latest works. Every night is different (think soul readings and self-love workshops on Wednesdays and open mic and funk DJ sets on Fridays), so check the schedule for a full list of events. The entry fee? Just buy tea.
Specializing in the pour-over method, Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse prepares every one of its medium-roast Ethiopian coffees entirely by hand, carefully pouring water over coffee grounds using a special pour-over dripper. This specialized form of service is supposed to lock in every bit of the coffee’s distinctive aromas and flavors, meaning a more potent, more flavorsome cup of coffee all round. In addition to a wide selection of ethically sourced espressos, lattes and cold brews, you’ll also find a great list of tea infusions (be sure to try the lychee green tea and lemongrass mint), craft beers and wines and, if you’ve worked up an appetite, a light menu of healthy sandwiches and toasts.
All Day has won worldwide acclaim | Courtesy of All Day
Praised by the likes of Vogue and The New York Times, All Day earned international fame thanks to its unusual list of coffee and tea creations. A cup of coffee here isn’t just a coffee: think nitro cold brews laced with pink-peppercorn syrup and dried pineapple, matcha green teas infused with nitrogen, and the signature “& Milk”– a kind of make-it-yourself, double-shot espresso where the barista teaches you how to achieve the perfect milk-to-coffee ratio. If the extensive coffee menu provokes your appetite, the all-day (no pun intended), Cuban-inspired breakfasts include smoked pork croquetas, plantain empanadas and guayaba and cheese pastelitos.
With an on-site roastery, coffee in Downtown Miami doesn’t get much fresher than this. The best time to visit Eternity Coffee Roasters is on Sundays for its free cupping sessions, when you’ll get to smell and sip a variety of different roasts and blends from Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Then, spend the afternoon kicking back in the modern, open-plan roastery for a light lunch, a craft beer and more coffee (obviously). Don’t forget to grab one of Eternity’s coffee bags to take home with you on the way out.