Where: Sunny Isles Beach, Florida Style: Whimsical cafe Tea Selection: 14+ loose leaf teas by Mariage Frères Teatimes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 6; Saturday to Sunday 12 to 6:30 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, reservations encouraged Contact: 305-922-8209 Cost: $30+ (3-tiered cage, à la carte teas and desserts) Destination Tea Tip: Follow Lily and Rose on social media to find out about their workshops and classes, like painting and calligraphy.
Destination Tea Notes: To properly set your expectations, we must first state: this is not your British grandmother’s tearoom. Rather Lily & Rose Tearoom swirls several other European cultures into a teatime experience that is both delicious and eye-catching. The dream of Parisian owner Sophie Kagan, Lily & Rose has a Ukrainian and a Russian chef in the kitchen, small-batch gelato made by an Italian, and beautiful dishes, teacups and teapots designed by Pip Studio in Amsterdam. You won’t find scones on the three-tiered golden cage, but all the food here is freshly prepared and a treat to explore. While the tiered tray, which serves two, is plenty filling, you may have a hard time resisting the temptation to taste one or two other confections from the dessert counter. Flowers and flamingos recall Alice’s Wonderland, only perhaps the Florida version, in Miami Vice pinks and blues. A friendly hostess, Sophie helps us choose yummy teas by Mariage Frères, for whom she is honored to be a retailer, after decades of frequenting their Paris shops herself. Sophie wants to make a casual teatime feel like a special treat, as well as to welcome the fancified tea partiers, and her tearoom’s style and charm make it a fitting backdrop for both.