Tea and Crumpets: The Top 5 Tea Parlors in Boston

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Maybe its because we dumped all that perfectly good tea in the harbor to avoid paying taxes, but tea has often taken a back seat to the more popular coffee for most Bostonians.  It may be the on-the-go nature of coffee that suits us better than the refined take-your-time aire of tea.  But that’s not to say we are so unrefined as to not take  break for a fine cup of tea when the mood strikes, and thankfully there are those of us that know where to go for the best tea in town. From the quaint shop to the afternoon high tea – here are Haute Living’s Top 5 Tea Shops in Boston.

1 Metropolitan Tea at Bond

Served daily from 3 to 5 in the afternoon, The Metropolitan tea at at Bond features a balance of old fashioned standard teas alongside adventurous new offerings. Experience a palatable delight alongside an education in fine teas for a peaceful break from the day's business. We recommend the scones with Devonshire cream, honeycomb and beach plum jelly as a perfect tea table mate.

Bond Restaurant and Lounge is located at the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin St., Financial District, Boston 617.451.1900

2 Fantasy Tea Party at L'Espalier

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 3:30 in the afternoon enter a world of tea party fantasy with three wonderful party packages: the Red Riding Hood's Basket, the Make Way for Ducklings or the Three Blind Mice, all accompanied by a fabulous selection of teas of course. It's the perfect weekend dress up party with the little ones in your life or even for the all grown up.

L'Espalier is located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 774 Boylston St., Back Bay Boston 617.262.3023

3 Tealuxe

Tealuze is the perfect location for your everyday tea drinking needs.  With over 100 teas to choose from the world over for at home brewing or a wide selection of daily steeped choices, any time can be tea time. If you are still struggling to figure out your Oolong from your Rooibos, the tea masters at Tealuxe are well schooled in all things teas - from their health benefits to their unique flavor palates - and they are always ready and willing to share their knowledge with you.

Tealuxe is located at Zero Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge 617.441.0077

4 The Lounge at Taj Boston

Many a famous person has taken an afternoon respite within the walls of The Lounge at Taj Boston over the years.  You can almost feel the history oozing out of the wallpaper. A proper tea experience is certainly to be experienced in this lush and proper space every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2-4.  And for a lovely added touch, a violinist plays throughout enhancing beautiful sense of refinement and relaxation.

The Lounge at Taj Boston is located at 15 Arlington St., 2nd Floor, Back Bay, Boston 617.598.5255.

5 The Original Tremont Tea Room

If you’re looking for a little  insight into the future along with your cup of tea, trying for a psychic tea reading at the Original Tremont Tea Room. Claiming to be the oldest psychic parlor in the country, open since 1936, this Downtown Crossing staple offers a whole menu of reading opportunities, but having your tea leaves read is a clear favorite.  Not only do you get to sip a nice cup of tea, but you can also visually see a bit of your future good fortune (we hope)!

The Original Tremont Tea Room is located at 101 Tremont St., Suite 609, Downtown Crossing, Boston 617.338.8100

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