I’ve been hooked on tea for years, and am always looking for the best tea fix. It only got worse when I got back from London, when I drank more tea in those few weeks than I have in the past five years. I decided to put together a list for any of you tea fiends, and hopefully you’ll be able to get your tea fix in one of these spots.
1. Tea & Sympathy – New York, NY
photo via img.allw.mn
Tea & Sympathy is one of my favorite places to go get afternoon tea. They have over thirty different teas to pick from, and they have some of the best scones I’ve had since I was back in London. Reservations are hard to come by, so booking a few weeks in advanced is sometimes needed. Totally worth it.
2. Alvin’s of San Francisco – San Francisco, California
Alvin’s is in San Fran, but they ship almost everywhere. They have selections of herbal teas, coffees, and have an award winning tea – their Persian Royal Tea won the North American Tea Championship in 2011. Award winning tea is something I didn’t even know really existed, but it’s clearly worth giving it a try.
3. Queen Mary Tea Room – Seattle, Washington
photo via tripadvisor
This is a definite place to visit in Seattle for anyone who is looking for a full experience. They have the closest thing I’ve seen to an English afternoon tea since I’ve been in London, and it’s somewhere I’m dying to go to when I go over to Seattle.
4. Le Palais Des Thés – Beverly Hills, California
photo via images.ratemyarea.com
This spot in Beverly Hills has teas from all over the world, and hundreds of teas to pick from. They also have some of the most expensive tea, so any time you want to splurge on tea, their website (and store) are both places to consider visiting.
5. Dunbar Tea Shop – Sandwich, Massachusetts
photo via dunbartea
This tea room opened in 1991, and has been successful since. In a charming part of Mass, it brings a refreshing perspective and scenery to the tea rooms I’ve seen so far.