One of the favorite times of childhood was pulling out your teeny, tiny tea set and setting your dolls and stuffed animals around the table as you served them all tea. There is something about this that pulls in every little girl. I don’t know what it is, whether it’s the ritual, or getting together some of your dearest friends for a lovely pot of imaginary tea and a nice chat. There is something that speaks to nearly every little girl that this is a wonderful way to spend a few hours of your afternoon.
Well, that afternoon may be a distant memory for most of us, but that little girl inside still enjoys a pot of real tea, steaming hopefully. One of the newest place to take part in this childish past time, but the much more evolved adult version is Socra.
Socra Tea is the only tea house that is currently opened in Detroit. It proudly opened its doors on December 1st of this year. It is located in the Sugar Hill District in downtown Detroit. It is located at 71 Garfield in a mixed use building that is geared towards pulling in the creative and those that love art. The building also houses a gallery, architect offices, artists’ studios, and Sugar Hill Clay, a clay studio. It is located near the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. It is a mom and pop establishment that serves 50 kinds of loose and organic tea. There are of course also pastries to indulge in as you languish with your cup of tea. There is no coffee to be served here, and you can truly appreciate the smell of the tea as it wafts on the steam emanating for your cup. Socra Tea tries to keep the same hours as the nearby museums, so stop in before or after and pick your favorite leaves to brew. They are opened Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm, Sunday 11am until 3pm and they are closed on Mondays.