Best Of 2019

Best Selection of Herbal Teas: Lydia’s on Ludlow

Walking into Lydia’s on Ludlow is like walking into a little hippie haven. The café features floor-to-ceiling — including on the ceiling — crystals, cloth painted with yoga-centric art and a variety of work by local artists. There is a lot going on in this bohemian enclave, including in their extensive selection of herbal teas to help heal mind, body and spirit. Think selections like lemongrass vanilla, chamomile and peppermint ginseng. And, don’t overlook their blooming flower tea — yes, it is a glass pot of tea with a beautiful dried flower brewing in the middle. To help with your selection, Lydia’s acts like an apothecary and lists the health benefits of each herb and tea. OK, but you’ve brought a friend who isn’t into the eco stuff? The tea at Lydia’s isn’t even the half of it. They also have a full coffee bar, craft cocktails, a food menu that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner and even Sunday brunch, with live Jazz and a menu created by Melissa Mileto (of Northside’s now-shuttered Take the Cake). And if you’re looking for more healing, book a tarot reading or psychic check-in with Lydia herself, a spiritual coach. Lydia’s on Ludlow, 329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton,