AMATE Tea Lounge
Has anyone been? it is a beautiful space with a gogeous garden in Miami Shores. Well I don't consider it Miami Shores since it is onthe JFK Causeway east of Biscayne. Too close to home. which is North Bay Village. I forget the owners name, but she serves all sorts of exotic teas, hot or iced and light snacks. I have never eaten, but the teas are delicios and I am a coffee drinker. A great place to relax, especially if you live inthe area. Beats any Starbucks anyday!
A "review" from the New Times:
Put Your Pinkies Out
BY RAINA MCLEOD
Chai or Earl Grey? Sugar or Splenda? Milk or honey? Milk and honey? Choosing the elements of the perfect cup of tea can be a bit daunting. In a perfect world, the spot-on spot of tea would come in a mesh bag available in a grocery store near you. In the real world, there is no such thing. But Amate Tea Lounge is just the place to taste, test, and find the ideal fusion of leaves, teacups, and scones. After whiling away an afternoon in the tiki-oasis tearoom, or outside in the bamboo gardens, sipping variations like nutty chocolate delight, coconut truffle, infused azucar, or Marrakesh mint, you might be tempted to launch the Miami tea revolution. This Buddhist tea lounge is a spot not only for tea, but also for culture, with poetry readings, book clubs, meditation, yoga, and reiki. The lounge is open from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekends.
Amate Tea Lounge
811 NE 79th St
Miami Shores, FL 33138
» North Dade
Very generous to call that stretch of 79th Street "Miami Shores"! I've been intrigued by the place but their hours just don't work out for me. It's close to home but they're not open in the morning weekdays when I'd be most likely to pop in on the way to work, and I'm more likely to be looking forward to a glass of wine rather than a tea on the way home. Looks really charming though, will have to try sometime.
went tuesday of last week about 9:30PM. due to the weather (raining cats and dogs) the only people there were one of the owners, Hope (i think Emilia is the other), her friend Dulce and a couple on a blind date sitting in the garden. The coffee selection was minimal, but this being a tea lounge, there was plenty. my friend and i "smelled/sampled" over 15 varieties. it was hard to make pick one because they all had a great "bouquet/scent" (?). for the next hour we sipped tea and had a wonderful time with Hope and Dulce. Finally at closing time the weather cleared up and we were able to check out the garden out back. what a huge beautiful space. considering the neighborhood and the view from the street we were highly impressed. you could tell they took several months working on it.
i recommend you check it out soon before the weather gets warmer.
ps. i think the name for this area is Shore Crest not "Miami Shores"