Afternoon tea is a luxury many people have never experienced. Around 80% of American households consume tea, but fewer have attended a formal event complete with signature blends and tasty snacks.
There are so many types of delicious teas with an array of health benefits. Tea can boost your metabolism and your immune system. While too much of it may produce unwanted side effects like darkened teeth, tea is just like almost anything else – as long as you’re drinking it in moderation, you should usually be fine!
Here are a few lovely spots for afternoon teas in Los Angeles.
1. The Living Room
The Living Room in The Peninsula at Beverly Hills is precisely what you might picture a high tea looks like. This royal tea is worth its price, offering a menu that caters to sweet and savory enthusiasts. From Thursday to Sunday, you can experience high tea in the Living Room at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Expect a decadent menu of lobster rolls, crab salads, strawberries and cream, lemon tarts and so much more.
2. Rose Tree Cottage
The Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena offers afternoon tea straight out of England. This location is a great place to drink afternoon tea — directly after noon — with an English feel. It has served traditional British treats with its unique blend of tea for over 40 years.
This lovely cottage can even ship packages to your home. It runs special deals according to the holidays and has a shop featuring old favorites and classic foods. You’ll find comfort in this traditional English afternoon tea that’s been offered here for nearly half a century.
3. The Rendezvous Court
The Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles Hotel features the elegant Rendezvous Court, which was originally the hotel’s lobby. It features high, arched ceilings and intricate design work that sets the mood for a memorable luxury afternoon tea. The ambiance certainly makes you feel like royalty.
The Rendezvous Court in downtown LA features high tea from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. You can expect an assortment of drinks and snacks, like sandwiches and sweets, along with the royal price. While tea might be closed currently, you can still browse the Rendezvous Court Cafe any day of the week to get a taste of the snacks you can sample once high tea resumes.
4. Chado Tea Room
The Chado Tea Room is open for tea every day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., making it one of the most widely available options for tea. This tea room has four locations, so you will always find one within an agreeable distance of you in Los Angeles. Tea is only about $25 per person and features an array of tasty snacks on a three-tiered rack. You can also order off the regular menu if you’re hungry enough, but the price of tea covers just enough for a fancy afternoon.
5. Tea by the Sea
This tea time is held in the Getty Villa, and it’s so exclusive and elegant that you must have a reservation. At just $49 per person, this high tea isn’t quite as expensive as some of the others — and it provides a lot of value since you have the rare chance to sample fruits and vegetables that grow at the Getty Villa. There’s also a menu for children, so even the littlest guest will find something they love at Tea by the Sea.
Spend Your Tea Time in LA
Your time in Los Angeles can’t be complete until you have afternoon tea. Whether you want to get dressed up and attend a pleasantly royal event or just find your perfect blend in a casual setting, LA’s tea rooms will delight you and your taste buds. Before you know it, you may start making regular reservations.
PS. For High Tea and High Balls on weekends in Pasadena/Arcadia, consider Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia.