Six Top Tea Houses and Tearooms in the U.S.
The beginning of August ushers in the final days of the season. And as such, it is important to make time for embracing the last few weeks of summer heat and prolonged daylight. At Talbott Teas, we firmly believe that no summer is complete without a requisite road trip with friends. That’s why we’re celebrating the last month of summer with a round-up of our favorite tea houses and tearooms across the USA.
Haute couture tearooms span from sea to shining sea. We chose six of our favorites that offer a dash of luxury and indulgence for every type of tea sipping sensibility. So pack your weekender, gather your pals, and get your itineraries ready. We’re taking you on a tour of America’s finest tea rooms!
The Peninsula, Chicago, IL
It’s only right to begin our tearoom tour at founder Shane’s personal favorite. Located in the birthplace of Talbott Teas – Chicago, IL – and situated in the heart of a premier shopping district on Michigan Avenue, afternoon tea at The Peninsula is equal parts opulence and splendor. The menu changes seasonally, giving you more reasons to go again and again. But they always offer a regular sumptuous sampling of traditional scones, tarts, Maine lobster rolls, and more to pair with your teas. Tea at The Peninsula may be located in the Second City; but it’s world-class service and delectable small bites are first in our hearts!
Lady Mendl’s, NYC
Start spreading the news! A visit to Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon is worth a trip to NYC alone! The five-course tea has consistently been voted amongst the city’s best and most romantic spots for tea connoisseurs and novices alike. It is the perfect location for a lunch with the ladies or a fun and alternative date spot. The Victorian style architecture is as sublime as the scones; and the rustling embers of the fireplace provide the perfect backdrop for teatime chats with friends. At Lady Mendl’s you’ll come for the tea and return for the exquisite service!
The Gryphon, Savannah, GA
Lunch like a Southern Belle at The Gryphon down south! Nestled on Savannah’s iconic Bull Street, what was once an apothecary has turned gorgeous tearoom. The cafe’s interior is elegant, intimate and teeming with charm in the form of mahogany bookcases and stained-glass panels. The hospitality and locally sourced fare are just a few of the many reasons why The Gryphon has secured an essential spot on our list of top tearooms. With service and tea as sweet as peaches, you’ll leave Savannah with this Georgia gem on your mind!
Le Salon at The Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Le Salon states, “Our tea is well served. Our guests are served well.” And at this NOLA institution, this sentiment is far more than just a motto–it’s a mission. The traditional English tea features an eclectic roster of twenty-six loose-leaf teas and a talented harpist that is sure to lull you into quiet, quality conversations with your guests. If that’s not enough, Le Salon hosts the occasional themed event; our personal favorite is the Mad Hatter Tea. Celebrate a very merry unBirthday with specialty cocktails and themed noshes at this fun fete! Home to effortless charm, Le Salon is a must for all tea lovers exploring America’s south.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA
Will Smith isn’t the only fresh thing in Bel-Air! At Wolfgang Puck, the afternoon tea is practically an LA institution. This tea time offers savory bites and assorted sweets so scrumptious you’ll leave feeling like a Rodeo Drive movie star! Plated to perfection, the teatime service at Hotel Bel-Air is as Instagram worthy as it is drool worthy. With tea like this, we understand why the West Coast is often referred to as the Best Coast!
Garden Court at Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Courtroom dining always enchants us. And the weekly Saturday high-tea service at the Garden Court at Palace Hotel in San Francisco is no exception. In a high-tech city with many modern tea options, Garden Court takes us to another time with the historic architecture of the luxury hotel. Exemplary service, delicacies and champagne accompany this teatime menu for a little extra touch that’ll leave you feeling like royalty!
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