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specialTEA Lounge & Cafe

specialTEA Lounge & Cafe

Café, Coffee Shop, and Tea Room$$$$
Westchester, Miami
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    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing
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    June H.
    "The coconut curry chicken panino is incredible."(5 Tips)
    Jovanna L.
    "Try the coco curry or the buffalo bill panini they're the best!!"(4 Tips)
    Andres C.
    "The !Ay Chihuahua!"(4 Tips)
    Jessica O.
    "Arnaldo Palmer with mint is great on a hot day!"(2 Tips)
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  • Miami New Times
    Miami New TimesAugust 15, 2014
    Oh, it's a hippie paradise in Tamiami! Mostly inhabited by students from nearby Florida International University, SpecialTEA boasts it is the "only tea house in Miami!" which is probably true. Read more
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AlvarezApril 23, 2017
    Looks good, feels cozy and it's nice. However, the time it was packed, so you may have to wait for a while for a table.
  • Thelocaltripperheart icon on user image
    ThelocaltripperAugust 22, 2016
    The best tea spot in Miami! Their panini's are awesome. Love the coconut curry panino, it's cozy even though small. Sometimes they have matcha flan! Yum!
  • Elisa R.
    Elisa ReyesOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Number one reason I keep coming back: they bake delicious deserts daily. Besides their sweets, their teas and coffees are just perfect. Favorite sandwich: chicken pesto
  • Andres C.heart icon on user image
    Andres C.July 19, 2017
    The !Ay Chihuahua! Wrap was really good. The cold teas are really good. Customer service is friendly.
  • Alfy B.heart icon on user image
    Alfy BozaAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're in the FIU area and are a stickler for quality coffee as I am, SpecialTEA's selection is unmatched! Coffee's French pressed on order and not burning for hours in a brewer like at Starbucks.
  • David V.heart icon on user image
    David VerjanoFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    My fave food items are the Coco Curry, Wild Buffalo Bill, and Pesto Chicken. Favorite drinks are the Arnaldo Palmer, Black Raspberry Tea, and Strawberry Summer Romance Tea.
  • Melissa Z.
    Melissa ZwillingFebruary 17, 2013
    Great place, great atmosphere, FANTASTIC tea selection. Just wish the place was a little bigger, but I'm sure they'll upgrade with such a successful shop!
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 3, 2011
    This spot has many interesting flavors. They have teas like blood orange tisane, dragonfruit, or green tea strawberry fields. There's also cucumber pear soda, and coco curry chicken sandwiches. Read more
  • Hansel P.
    Hansel PerezOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    What a gem of a place!! I hope they expand the property as its a bit small but overall amazing place.
  • June H.
    June HJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The coconut curry chicken panino is incredible. The London Fog tea and the vanilla bean cream soda are pretty amazing as well.
  • V. Rao D.
    V. Rao DumpetiSeptember 30, 2017
    Hunney Brisket & Iced Matcha Boba Tea! Wi-Fi: drinkspecialtea
  • Wael H.heart icon on user image
    Wael HazzaziMarch 14, 2019
    Iced bobba taro with whole milk was soo good 👌🏼
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie De las SalasMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely amazing. Favorite hangout ever. The food and tea are incredible! The atmosphere is also phenomenal. I stay for hours every time I come.
  • Sarena B.
    Sarena BahadApril 16, 2010
    I absolutely love this place. The teas are freshly brewed upon ordering. My fav teas: Indian Chai & Strawberry Summer Romance. Fav wrap: CoCoCurry. The atmosphere is lovely. Great study place! Enjoy!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DiazAugust 1, 2012
    3rd day this week here. So far I've tried the Bahn Mi, Pesto, Coco-Curry sandwiches and they're all winners!
  • Caterina V.heart icon on user image
    Caterina VictoriaApril 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    non-menu snacks: buttered toast, cheesy toast, cheesy wrap, tapenade toast. all delicious!
  • Rose L.
    Rose L.September 11, 2012
    Try the 'Ay Chihuahua' in a wrap! Soo good. Love the atmosphere and friendly customer service :)
  • Abilene P.
    Abilene PinzonNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Super Fruit Antioxidant Smoothie is delicious! If u like sweet fruit smoothies, this is the smoothie for you!
  • Steph R.
    Steph ReeceFebruary 11, 2014
    The coco curry panini is delicious! just the right amount of sweetness
  • Brandon A.heart icon on user image
    Brandon AdayOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great vegan baked goods. They just need to make more of them :D
  • Jovanna L.
    Jovanna LacayoMay 18, 2012
    Try the coco curry or the buffalo bill panini they're the best!!
  • Muse P.
    Muse PhotosJune 17, 2011
    The paninos are amazing! Also the sodas are an awesome addition to the sandwhiches!
  • John P.heart icon on user image
    John PerezMay 15, 2013
    When I come here my mouth is like nom nom nom, sip sip sip, and my tummy says mmmm.
  • Cecilio C.heart icon on user image
    Cecilio CarrilloApril 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Red Symphony or the Matcha Freeze. You won't regret it.
  • Stephanie C.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie CabreraMay 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great wraps, paninis and chocolate chip cookies!
  • Jessica T.heart icon on user image
    Jessica TolbertApril 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I absolutely love this place! Always a pleasure coming here to enjoy delicious food and drink. =)
  • Hillary K.heart icon on user image
    Hillary KofskyOctober 2, 2015
    Don't leave tips here.. The employees don't get them and the owner takes all the extra income for herself.
  • Jessica O.heart icon on user image
    Jessica OlivaJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Arnaldo Palmer with mint is great on a hot day!
  • Danny E.
    Danny EstevezSeptember 11, 2011
    Had the presto Panini and it was great. Will visit again.
  • Caro P.
    Caro PerezJune 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I JUST discovered this place and its delicious! Try the tour of italy panino! Yummmyy
  • BestOf
    BestOfSeptember 12, 2011
    Winner of Best Teahouse 2011. See more of the best at http://bestof.voiceplaces.com/miami Read more
  • Cat
    CatAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Just kidding-- Chris is the nicest and makes the best iced iced Hibiscus Blossom with Earl Grey No. 69!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DiazJuly 29, 2012
    Hipstertastic. Almost like being back home in the SF Bay area.
  • Ricardo V.
    Ricardo VargasJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Honey Cream Soda. Buy it. Try it. Love it.
  • Chrisheart icon on user image
    ChrisOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I suggest getting the Noah's Arc... two of everything
  • Christina A.
    Christina ArmadaNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the aye chihuahua on a wrap! You won't regret it.
  • Lindsey C.
    Lindsey CruzMarch 5, 2010
    Call ahead and see if they're open because they ignore that sign in the window that say "business hours" and do as they please.
  • Burger Beast
    Burger BeastJune 16, 2012
    Great folks and Amazing everything.
  • Jessica S.heart icon on user image
    Jessica SuarezJanuary 4, 2021
    Deliciousness and great prices
  • Rosalyn D.
    Rosalyn DelgadoJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The vietnamese panino is the greatest thinh ive ever eaten!
  • thalia
    thaliaMarch 9, 2012
    Love this place. Such a great vibe :)
  • Eduardo M.
    Eduardo MerilleMay 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic Choc croissant ftw
  • Gus R.
    Gus RApril 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The mango fusion smoothie is really good
  • J B.
    J BSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definately try the olive you wrap w/ strawberry balsamic dressing...amazing !!!
  • Joshua R.
    Joshua ReederJanuary 27, 2011
    Vanilla hazelnut oolong tea is good and naturally sweet
  • Cat
    CatApril 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Carolina Dreamin' and an Island Time Lemonade with whole mint. Now.
  • Megan T.heart icon on user image
    Megan TiceNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Give yourself plenty of time. They are pretty slow.
  • Cat
    CatAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Never order iced Hibiscus Blossom mixed with Earl Grey No. 69 if Chris is at the register. Trust me.
  • Jonas T.
    Jonas ThompsonNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the xocolatl. It's good. Especially iced
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