Sometimes in the middle of the roaring chaos of the city you need to do something quiet, cool and restorative.
Sometimes you just want tea- a good cup of tea and a peaceful space to duck into. An inspired space that is aesthetically pleasing and a delight to the senses.
Sometimes you simply need a sanctuary, and if you're in Harlem on a hot summer day or a cold winter evening... for that matter, there's no better escape than Serengeti Teas and Spices.
In the heart of central Harlem amidst the typical clamor and bravado of any given New York day, lies a most unassuming refuge. The art is astounding, the service friendly, the baked goods delectable and the tea (the main reason you're here) worthy of praise.
Serengeti Teas and Spices features a finely curated collection of African teas and spice blends.
And if you didn't think there were teas specific to the continent of Africa...think again!
The continent boasts a vast array of teas and spices, like Rooibos tea (known for its powerful curative and antioxidant properties) and Sorrel. Conjure up images of Zanzibar (aka Spice Island) right off the coast of Tanzania and the famed trade routes positioning Africa smack dab in the middle of all of the action. African tea contains a host of influences from east to west and at Seregeti Teas and Spices one can enjoy long languid sips of the continent's finest masterpieces.
It. is. so. GOOD!
With over 100 teas to try, there is something for everyone!
But, if tea is not your thing, there's coffee. The coffee is good, but the tea (in my opinion) steals the show.
I can't get enough of their Hibiscus blends.
In addition to beverages, you can buy cafe breads and pastries.
A specialty cafe of sorts, you can come for tastings, you can bring your laptop and set-up shop, or meet a friend and grab a seat at the tea bar.
In fact, the entire shop is like a museum. Art is everywhere, much of it is on sale as well.
And bring a little shopping bag, because you can buy tea, spice blends, coffee, chocolate and tea related gifts. The entire experience is a whimsical delight.
So if you're in New York City and you're looking for a unique place to visit or bring guests in and or around Harlem, Seregenti Teas is the place to go.
Location: 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NewYork, NY 10027 (Harlem/NYC)
Family Friendly: Absolutely! (I bring my two and five year old and there is never a problem)