The Brits might have something on afternoon tea — what could be bad about a break from the day and some sweets washed down with tea? We might be a ways away from getting it recognized nationwide, but wouldn’t it be nice to take a rest from your routine? Head to any of these top 5 tea parlors for tea, crumpets and great atmosphere.
1 Paris in a Cup
As if the Orange Circle couldn't get any cuter, enter Paris in a Cup, a French-tinged tea house that's brimming with cookies, tea, chocolate and more. But if you want to sit down to a great pot, they've got that too. Served in the grand salon, tea often requires reservations -- it's that popular -- and you won't be disappointed by their famed scones and soups.
2 Tranquil Tea Lounge
A tea lounge without the Laura Ashely prints, Tranquil Tea Lounge is a modern and sleek alternative to the traditional tea houses you might be used to. But don't think that means there aren't fantastic pots of tea. They've got over 95 worldly blends and great atmosphere that rivals any hip coffee house. And with new blends coming all the time, you'll be back for more after just one visit.
3 Sussex Teapot
The most traditional spot on the list, the Sussex Teapot was established by an Irishwoman and a Brit from Yorkshire. With that pedigree, you can be sure that they take high tea seriously. With crumpets, clotted cream and light bites all day, you can be sure this duo is doing something right.
4 Sherman Library & Gardens
When you're escaping to the Sherman Library and Gardens, it's already a great respite from your daily grind. But take in one of their monthly high teas and you'll be in for a major treat. Served every last Wednesday of the month, there's no better treat for yourself than a high tea surrounded by the beauty and seclusion of the Sherman Gardens.
5 Coffee, Tea and Tulips
The newest kid on the block, Coffee, Tea and Tulips has already gained a loyal following and a great reputation for serving up sandwiches and teas in traditional English style. Though they're not afraid to spice it up -- they've got tapas on the menu and traditional American fare, too -- the main draw is the high tea and all of the trimmings.