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Where to drink tea in Indy

Believe it or not, an estimated 30 million Americans drink tea every day. Here are some places to get a beau-tea-ful tea experience.

A dining room with many tables and chairs

When was the last time you stopped by the tea room at L.S. Ayres?

Pinkies up. National Tea Day is Sunday, April 21. While many of us consider the US a coffee country, an estimated 30 million Americans drink tea every day.

To celebrate the soothing hot beverage, here are some places to drink tea and even enjoy an elevated “afternoon tea” experience.

Tea’s Me | Multiple locations
The tea of the month is Sweet Mint — a nice blend of mint with lemon to help clear seasonal allergies. Both locations are offering 25% off bulk tea orders in house or online. DYK: The former Fever basketball champion and Olympic Gold medalist Tamika Catchings bought Tea’s Me in 2017.

L.S. Ayres Tea Room | Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.
Enjoy a traditional tea service at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, which can be found at the Indiana State Museum. It will begin taking lunch reservations for the holiday season in the fall. Until then, you can rent the L.S. Ayres Tea Room for groups of 15+ guests year-round. Make a reservation by calling 317-232-1637. Pro tip: Try its famous chicken velvet soup.

Mansion Society | 202 Steeples Blvd.
Not in the mood for coffee? Did you know this coffee shop on the west side also offers classic style tea service? It’s always brewed fresh + served with organic honey and milk.

Tilly’s Tea Room & Eaterie | The Fashion Mall at Keystone, 8701 Keystone Crossing
This hidden gem is located on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue that uses traditional English recipes to serve a menu consisting of soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as a traditional English afternoon tea. Pro tip: It’s closed on Mondays and Sundays.

The Cake Bake Shop | Broad Ripple + Carmel
We can’t think of a more magical place for a tea experience than Cake Bake. It’s hosting Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on several dates in May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect scones, soup, finger sandwiches, delicious desserts, tea, chocolates, and champagne. Reservations are $95 per person.

The Tea Room of Rustic Root | 626 Main St., Beech Grove
Rustic Root opened its tea room in 2017 with the goal of creating a space for people to slow down and enjoy each other’s company. It’s hosting its second annual Linda’s Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reservations are required.

Teaware and scone on a platter

You can’t have afternoon tea with a scone.

Photo by @msbsteas

Ms. B’s Teas | 4883 Iowa St., Clayton
Ms. B’s Teas is a woman-owned tea room, bistro, and bou-TEA-que in the heart of downtown Clayton. Its focus is providing a place for tea and togetherness. It’s available by reservation to host traditional afternoon tea and tea-vents (themed tea parties) to help you celebrate special occasions with pre-planned themes or you can create your own.

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