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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. 


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 **.

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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. 


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 St.

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   In 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
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. 

VICTORIA
The Fairmont Empress Hotel  In Lobby Lounge. 
The Butchart Gardens  Special vegetarian and children’s tea menu in summer. 

 

 

 

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