If anyone knows me, they know I absolutely love my fair share of farmer’s markets, sweet treats and of course tea dates. Whenever I travel, I like to seek out cozy cafes, local farmer’s markets, the best savory and sweet finds and the best afternoon tea spots to rest my tired feet! I am the biggest fan of anything Earl Grey and freshly baked scones. Lemon curd, Devonshire cream, petite sandwiches, and fanciful treats are my definition of a whimsical, romantic date. Whether with your girlfriends or your honey, there’s nothing like a relaxing afternoon in a tea room. Here are some spots that I’ve been to on my journey of tea. London will soon make this list.
THE LANGHAM PASADENA
One of my favorite spots for the beautiful garden view, and romantic setup. I’ve been on two separate occasions and had the pleasure of having their Sunday chocolate tea and weekday afternoon tea. Both are spectacular. My favorite treat was the passionfruit & chocolate filled cones. It seems to linger in my memory the most. Lucky for me, my waiter saw and brought me out an extra! Win! They had a chocolate fountain on Sunday with a buffet of sweets galore to choose from and smother in decadent chocolate from the fountain if your heart desires. My tea came with a glass of champagne which was nice. The tea treats were different on both occasions, but the scones were delicious. I must say, I was luckier to have warmer ones on my first visit. It could have been my fault, as we arrived a bit later than opening hours on the second occasion.
THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK
The view of New York City here is outstanding and it may be one of New York’s best keep secret! The Rose of New York is my favorite here! It smells delightful and tastes even better. I was a bit surprised I didn’t go for my usual, but glad I made the decision to try something new. My girlfriends both loved their exotic green teas. The service was spot on(as always) and the tier of treats are decent. I may be biased, but I preferred the Langham’s a wee bit more. But nothing beats the view here at the Mandarin.
TIPPLE + ROSE TEA PARLOR AND APOTHECARY ATLANTA
This place has the largest tea selection I have ever seen. It’s actually a bit intimidating to pick which one you’d want. The place is cozy and very cutely decorated. We have a table front and centered decorated and reserved just for us that evening. Their treats are unique and a lot! We couldn’t even finish half of our sandwiches and treats. We even had sorbets and Kombucha to end our tea sessions. The also sell a variety of bath products, spices and homemade tonics in store.
THE PENINSULA BANGKOK
Price: 890 THB or ~$25 USD
I can’t say enough good things about our stay at the Peninsula in Bangkok. The service is nothing like I have ever experienced. It was spot on, a true 5-star experience! The breakfast is beyond amazing, the pool is fabulous and the high tea was grand. Their lobby is a lovely meeting place featuring a live pianist and string quartet for anyone looking to escape Thailand’s hot and humid heat. Though, you can always request a table on their balcony in the Lobby as well. The service was great, the food was also very good. Treats are a mix between oriental and European flares with what I thought was more sweets than savories. If you’re feeling fancy they also offer champagne for an added cost. I’ll definitely return here the next time I visit Bangkok.
THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL WASHINGTON D.C
I recently had a lovely tea service at the Willard during cherry blossom season. The lobby and Peacock alley(where afternoon is held) are adorned with Japanese blossoms. Guests enjoy a broad selection of Ronnefeldt teas, Japanese-inspired savories and sweets amongst the soothing sounds of the Japanese Koto. I enjoyed the matcha scones and chocolate treats very much. The selection of Japanese inspired teas were quite delicious. Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea is only held Thursday through Sunday seasonally. But, they also offer afternoon tea Friday through Sunday throughout the year!