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TOP TEA TIMES AROUND THE WORLD
It’s Alway Teatime Somewhere

“Tea urges tranquility of the soul.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

          In England, a proper afternoon tea (sometimes called cream tea) is an elegant affair served in three stages, or all at once on a tiered tray.  High tea is early supper and not at all special--perhaps a boiled egg and some toast.  However, in the U.S. high tea refers to afternoon tea.  Hope you aren’t confused.  A few rules go with afternoon tea.  Eat the scones first, then the savories and sandwiches, and the sweets last.  Pinch the teacup handle raising your pinkie in the air, and never leave your spoon in the cup.
          It is interesting to know that all tea types come from the same plant.  Leaves receive different amounts of oxygen during processing, which is what makes them black, green, or oolong (in between black and green).  Black teas get more oxygen, green teas get less.  Unprocessed leaves make white tea. 
          I’ve personally enjoyed many of the tea times in this compilation.  I hope you’ll get to try some of these yourself in your own travels. 

Some of these tea times are more modest than a full-on afternoon tea; they are noted with **.


TOP TEA TIMES IN SAN FRANCISCO

          As the King said in “Alice in Wonderland,” let’s “begin at the beginning.”  For me that is tea times in my home town, San Francisco.  From here, we will expand into the rest of the world.

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Laurel Court Restaurant  In the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. 
Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon  In Japantown.
Imperial Tea Court**  In Ferry Building.
Japanese Tea Garden teahouse**  In Golden Gate Park.
Lovejoy’s Tea Room  In Noe Valley.
The Rotunda In Neiman Marcus, Union Square.
Palace Hotel  On Market Street.
Samouvar Tea Lounge**  In Yerba Buena Gardens. 
articles:
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TOP TEA TIMES AROUND THE BAY

BERKELEY
A’Cuppa Tea** 
On College Ave., in Elmwood.
Asha Tea House** 
On University Ave., downtown.
Far Leaves Tea** On San Pablo Ave., in West Berkeley.
Imperial Tea Court** (part of Epicurious Garden)  On Shattuck Ave., in Gourmet Ghetto.

FREMONT
Tyme for Tea & Co. 
In Niles area.

LOS ALTOS
Lisa’s Tea Treasures  On Main Street.

OAKLAND
Sophie’s Cuppa Tea**  In Montclair village.
The Tearoom  On College Avenue, in Rockridge neighborhood.

PALO ALTO
Tea Time On Ramona Street.


TOP TEA TIMES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

BENICIA
Camellia Tea Room 
On First St., downtown.

COLUMBIA STATE HISTORIC PARK

Columbia Kate’s Teahouse  On Columbia St., back from the main street.

MUIR BEACH
Green Gulch Farm**  Sunday Tea Gathering occurs in a tea house built in the traditional Japanese style.

PACIFIC GROVE
The White Hart  On Lighthouse Ave.; on 2nd & 4th weekends.

PLEASANTON
The English Rose Tea Room  Off Main St., on W. Neal St.


TOP TEA TIMES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ANAHEIM
The Disneyland Hotel  At Steakhouse 55.


TOP TEA TIMES AROUND THE REST OF THE U.S.

HAWAII 
   ●HONOLULU
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach  At veranda at the beachhouse. 

MICHIGAN 
   ●MACKINAC ISLAND
Grand Hotel  Has taken place in the parlor for more than 100 years. 

NEW JERSEY
   ●CAPE MAY
Emlen Physick Estate  In the Cafe.

NEW YORK
   ●NYC
The Peninsula New York 
On Fifth Avenue, in the Gotham Lounge.
The Plaza hotel  In The Palm Court, on Fifth Avenue at Central Park.
The Russian Tea Room  Midtown.  Plus vegetarian, gluten-free, and children’s  tea menus. 
Tea & Sympathy  In West Village.
Alice’s Teacup  Upper East Side and Upper West Side.

OREGON
   ●PORTLAND
The Heathman Hotel  On Broadway, downtown; Russian tea service with live jazz.
Teahouse**  In Lan Su Chinese Garden, in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections.


TOP TEA TIMES ABROAD

CANADA
   ●BANFF
Fairmont Banff Springs 
The Rocky Mountain Afternoon Tea is taken in the Rundle Lounge.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise  In the Lakeview Lounge with a view of the lake and Victoria Glacier; within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
   ●VICTORIA
The Fairmont Empress Hotel  In Lobby Lounge. 
The Butchart Gardens  Special vegetarian and children’s tea menu in summer. 

CHINA
   ●CHENGDU
Shu Feng Ya Yun Teahouse**  Enjoyed while watching Sichuan Opera. 
   ●HONG KONG
The Peninsula  In The Lobby.
   ●JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY  Located in a remote, mountainous area that is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.
Yak Butter Tea**  Served in various shops and restaurants.

DUBAI 
Burj Al Arab  In the Sahn Eddar atrium restaurant in what many call the world’s most luxurious hotel. 

ENGLAND
article:  Tea for Two
   ●LONDON
The Dorchester  On Park Lane. 
The Lanesborough, London  Across from Hyde Park. 
The Langham, London Afternoon tea at has been a tradition in the Palm Court here since 1865.  In fact, the hotel claims it is the site where afternoon tea was invented.
Le Meridien Picadilly  Is particularly family-friendly. 
The Montague on the Gardens  In Bloomsbury.  The hotel is a joining of nine Georgian houses dating to 1815 that were once part of the Duke of Bedford’s estate.  It was the 7th Duchess of Bedford who gave afternoon tea its name in the early 1800s.  On Sundays a pianist plays from 2 to 5 p.m. 
The Orangery, Kensington Palace  Afternoon tea service runs from noon to 6 p.m. in this this elegant Georgian structure (it was once the palace’s citrus house) built in 1704 for Queen Anne. 
The Original Maids of Honour Near the main Victoria Gate entrance Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. 
The Ritz London  The most expensive tea in London.  Reserve 4 weeks ahead.
     ●LAKE DISTRICT
Yew Tree Farm**  Once owned by Beatrix Potter, this farm's tea room is now restored and reopened and is decorated with Potter’s original furnishings.  The terrific clotted cream and scrumptious housemade wild Damson plum jam are to-die for. 
     ●ARUNDEL
Belinda’s  Near Amberley Castle. Everything is made in house at this 16th century tea room. 

ICELAND 
Sunshine Pancakes**  At Skorrastaour farm valley of Nordfjordur. 

IRELAND
     ●CONG
Ashford Castle  Served in the magnificent, yet casual, Drawing Room lounge.
     ●DUBLIN
Merrion Hotel  The hotel’s famous Art Tea is served in the Drawing Rooms lounges.

 

 

 

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