Though tea time is not part of American culture, recently a bevy of unique and quant tea shops have been popping up all over the country to serve ladies and gentlemen a wide variety of unique teas and cuisine. Here are some of the best tea shops San Francisco has to offer.
1 The Laurel Court at The Fairmont
This is the classic San Francisco high tea. The best time of year to visit The Laurel Court for tea time is during the winter where they offer special holiday teas. It is always a good option to pair your meal here with an excursion to The Nutcracker. It’s a truly wonderful holiday experience.
950 Mason St, San Francisco, 415.772.5000, http://bit.ly/9LMnUC
2 Crown and Crumpet
Located in Ghiradelli Square, Crown and Crumpet boasts the most feminine of décor. You will feel like you have fell into the world of Alice and Wonderland the minute you step through their doors. This is the perfect tea salon to take your girlfriends.
900 N Point St, Ste E207, San Francisco, 415.771.4252, www.crownandcrumpet.com
3 Lovejoy’s Tea Room
Lovejoy’s Tea Room is an eclectic shop that serves tea on mismatched china in a very girly space. For those who wish for more than just basic tea sandwiches, they offer a variety of substantial pub fare.
1351 Church St, San Francisco, 415.648.5895, www.lovejoystearoom.com
4 Secret Garden Tea House
Secret Garden Tea House is currently offering a special Christmas Tea menu with special Christmas blend tea and a variety of seasonally created treats. On their normal menu they offer a variety of tea services include a Lord’s and Lady’s Tea and Garden Escape all with amazing tea options and tasty delights.
721 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, 415.566.8834, www.secretgardenteahouse.com
5 Samovar Tea Lounge
Samovar has a unique take on the typically stuffy tea rooms. They offer a wide variety of international cuisine and a unique selection of organic teas. They have three locations in San Francisco (Zen Valley, Yuerba Buena Gardens, and Mission-Castro) so there is bound to be a lounge near you.
730 Howard St, San Francisco, 415.227.9400
297 Page St, San Francisco, 415.861.0303
498 Sanchez St, San Francisco, 415.626.4700