Tue, 27 Sep 2022
Maison Danel - Lower Nob Hill, SF: Really impress your date at this swanky Parisian-inspired patisserie with an elegant salon setting that serves highbrow afternoon tea and other café fare. Make sure to add French sparkling wine with a scoop of sorbet ice cream. More Details
Lovejoy's Tea Room - Noe Valley, SF: Cozy and quirky English-styled country tearoom with mismatched China and furniture. Upgrade your High Tea option to the Queen’s Tea for a few more goodies.
The Rotunda - Union Square, SF: Really spoil your date with a fancy afternoon tea including delicate housemade sweets, petite cookies, exquisite tarts, a selection of finger sandwiches, and flaky scones with preserves and cream. You'll sit underneath the stained-glass dome that overlooks Union Square, and during Christmas, you'll be next to the star of the 80-foot Christmas tree that stands in the middle of the store.
Sip Tea Room - Inner Sunset, SF: Proper and more traditional British afternoon tea with baked sausage rolls, sandwiches, scones, fruit, sweets, and most importantly, tea. Make sure to sit in their courtyard.
Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon - Japantown, SF: Airy café with playful, floral décor serving premium coffee, afternoon tea, and light lunch fare. It's the perfect treat if you're trying to wow your date.
Malaya Tea Room - Alameda: British afternoon tea experience infused with Malaysian flavors like rendang curry and kaya jam on sandwiches and folding pandan into chiffon cakes in a quaint space.
Pardee Home Museum - Oakland: You’ll need 6 or more, so invite two of your favorite couples and enjoy a fun, unique high tea experience in the gardens of this historic mansion built in 1868. Every party gets the place entirely to themselves and the staff will take even take you on a tour. Only open on Saturdays, the wait list is long, so be sure to book well in advance.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills: Enjoy a highbrow, upscale afternoon tea fit for kings and queens in the immaculately designed Living Room in The Peninsula. Afternoon tea includes a multi-tiered tower of delectable sweet and savory delights, Champagne, tea, and a harpist. This is a must for a truly special occasion with your boo.
The Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles - DTLA: This isn’t your typical proper high tea, but has a rather wild and bizarre Alice in Wonderland feel. The place decked out in mood lighting, plush couches, a Zoltar fortune telling machine, and a vintage pinball game, and they infuse booze into the tea.
Ye Olde King's Head - Santa Monica: Decked out in British ambiance, they go all out in the experience and take a lot of pride providing this English tradition. Upgrade to the Royal Tea experience to receive a glass of champagne.
Make sure to make reservations in advance and most of these tea shops will let you pick up an afternoon tea set to take the park for a picnic or to enjoy at home.