Tea and Crumpets: The Top 5 Tea Parlors in San Diego

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Afternoon tea is a custom we really should have hung onto when we made that independence movement back in 1776. There’s nothing quite like stopping your day to have a glass of tea and chat with a loved one. Let’s look at the Top 5 tea parlors in San Diego, and see who is still making this tradition special in the States!

1 Tea Upon Chatsworth

If having tea is a British custom, then you'd hope to find a British tea house when you're yearning for an afternoon cup, and that's exactly what Tea Upon Chatsworth provides. Owner and operator, Joy Walsh creates a really welcoming and enjoyable experience for every person that walks through her door. With a great holiday menu right now, including a Children's Holiday Tea option, this is the spot to enjoy your spot...o' tea.


2180 Chatsworth Blvd., Suite B

San Diego, CA 92107


2 Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea

What's in a name? Well, a lot in this case, as the name pretty much says it all! With this family owned and operated little spot being in business more than 15 years, you can understand why their growth has also made them a presence online, where you can purchase their yummy goodies via the Internet now. For this list, though, we appreciate their long-standing tea house hours. Thursday through Sunday until 4 p.m., afternoon tea is held in the shoppe complete with finger sandwiches, biscuits, and sweets, to accompany your cup of tea. With attention to detail and tradition, they are hard to beat for afternoon tea.


3719 India St.

San Diego, CA 92103


3 Cafe Chloe

Cafe Chloe does up an "urban tea" that tops all others. Bringing a little French to their tea, as opposed to the usual British vibe, Cafe Chloe is such an adorable, wonderful place to visit in general, it's even better for tea. From 3:00-5:00pm they serve up their afternoon tea and it's topped with housemade cakes and  a cup of tea or prosecco. Elegant and delicious, just as tea should be!


721 Ninth Ave #1

an Diego CA 92101


4 Mrs. Burton's Tea Room

This isn't your usual tea house, because Mrs. Burton's brings the tea to you! There used to be a little spot in town where you could walk through Mrs. Burton's tea house doors and have a seat, and while we were all sad to see those doors close, she hasn't lost her spot in tea fame because all those little touches are mobile in San Diego now! Host a Mrs. Burton's tea party, and turn your own house into one of the best tea parlors in town! Bringing along her assortment of Victorian costumes, dishes, and all the homemade tea goodies such as scones and finger sandwiches to your home, Mrs. Burton's knows a tea party.

5 The Aubrey Rose Tea Room

Serving up the traditional afternoon tea with all it's delicate trimmings and special touches, The Aubrey Rose Tea Room is everything you expect in a fine tea parlor. Tucked away in the beautiful antique district, this tea room is special and delicious, serving afternoon tea until early evening. With choices like the Queen Victoria Tea, or even the Lady Anne Gluten Free Tea, this is the place to visit for an authentic tea experience, the way ladies should do a tea.


8362 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, California 91941
619.461.4TEA (4832)

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