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.
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.
Some of these tea times are more modest than a full-on afternoon tea; they are noted with **.
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.
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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.
Tyme for Tea & Co. In Niles area.
Lisa’s Tea Treasures On Main St.
Sophie’s Cuppa Tea** In Montclair village.
The Tearoom On College Avenue, in Rockridge neighborhood.
Tea Time On Ramona Street.
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Camellia Tea Room On First St., downtown.
COLUMBIA STATE HISTORIC PARK
Columbia Kate’s Teahouse On Columbia St., back from the main street.
Green Gulch Farm Sunday Tea Gathering In tea house built in the traditional Japanese style.
The White Hart On Lighthouse Ave.; on 2nd & 4th weekends.
The English Rose Tea Room Off Main St., on W. Neal St.
TOP TEA TIMES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Disneyland Hotel At Steakhouse 55.
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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach At veranda at the beachhouse.
Grand Hotel Has taken place in the parlor for more than 100 years.
Emlen Physick Estate In the Cafe.
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.
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
The 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.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel In Lobby Lounge.
The Butchart Gardens Special vegetarian and children’s tea menu in summer.