There are many great reasons to indulge in a delicious cup of tea. Whether you are having a traditionally Southern “girl’s day,” celebrating a new engagement or bridal shower, the birth of a new bundle of joy or if you just love to put on your prettiest frock while sipping tea and nibbling on scones and cute petit fours. While originated and perfected by the lovely Brits across the pond, we Americans also have an affinity for a good afternoon tea excursion. Here in Atlanta, Southern ladies look for any reason to spark a celebration by having high tea at some of the cities most elegant places. Take a look at the list for the best places to have a sip with your pinkies up!
1 Swan Coach House
A historic Atlanta tradition for weddings, showers, parties and various holiday celebrations, Swan Coach House is by far the most beautiful and elegant place in the city to have a good old-fashioned tea party. The exterior alone dazzles before you even step foot inside to take in the absolutely breathtaking décor and ambiance. There is a reason numerous celebrities frequent this spot, the attention to detail and welcoming service provides a one of a kind experience that you will never forget. They have an Afternoon Tea series that features a collection of seasonal sweets served in the classically beautiful Coach House style. Guests are able to contact the tea event coordinator to plan every element of their high tea experience. Everything about this place is amazing, so much in fact, that you will find yourself looking for just about any reason to go and indulge in a cute tea party extravaganza.
3130 Slaton Dr. NW
2 Park 75 Lounge & Terrace
Located within Atlanta’s premier hotel venue the Four Seasons, Park 75 has easily become one of the best places to have a tea party celebration with the sophistication and style that is becoming of the iconic hotel franchise. Expect nothing but the best, from décor and seating, to tea selection and exemplary customer service. Colorful petit fours and carefully chosen hors d’oeuvres are just the start of your high tea festivities; also expect tea blends from all around the world to ensure that whatever type of tea you crave is available to you in abundance. Once you decide to sip tea here, know that no expense shall be spared to ensure that a fabulous time is had by all. There is also beautiful china to sip from and the décor is something that you could only imagine, complete with top of the line linens to adorn your table and your lap. Tea time here will never be the same.
75 14th St.
A perfectly cute and quaint spot to have an afternoon tea party with the girls, to celebrate whatever is important at the moment. Saturday and Sunday afternoons were absolutely made to spend here while sipping select teas and eating adorably dainty cakes and bites befitting of a lady. TeaFuse totally stands by their motto “life is too short for a bad cup of tea” because they make sure that they serve the best tea brands in a variety of innovative ways to keeps customers intrigued and coming back for more. Their tea party celebrations come in a myriad of themes like Crème Tea (assorted scones, clotted crème, lemon curd, jam, your choice of tea), Afternoon Tea 1 (assorted scones, assorted sweets, lemon tart, Madeline, fresh fruit, finger sandwiches, salmon, chicken salad, cucumber, clotted crème, lemon curd, jam, bottomless tea), Afternoon Tea 2 (assorted scones, specialty sweets, petit fours, almond sand dollar shortbread, pecan bars, chocolate dipped strawberries, finger sandwiches, spiced shrimp salad, mini Sheppard’s pie, almond cream cheese, clotted crème, lemon curd, jam, bottomless tea), and Gently Southern (cheese scones, BBQ chicken salad, buttermilk biscuits, collard greens, sweet potato tarts, peach tisane or Creole blend black tea.) TeaFuse has absolutely everything you need (and some things you didn’t know you needed) to have an amazing high tea experience.
4300 Paces Ferry Rd. Suite 113
4 Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
This is like a cozy little vintage bookstore with an exceptional selection of tea and all the extras. Not as frilly as some of the previous entries on this list, Dr. Bombay’s is the best place to have a tea party when you want a comfy vibe where everyone can relax and soak in all the atmosphere and sample the delicious tea and appetizers that expertly bring out the flavor of whatever blend you are having. Their High Tea service is available every day beginning at 3:30 p.m. and features a pot of tea for two, including milk, honey, lemon and sugar, assorted cookies, scones, mini cupcakes, jam, imported Devonshire clotted crème and finger sandwiches. With the availability of their tea service, it seems that any time is the right time to have a tea party that will leave you with fond memories
1645 McLendon Ave. NE
5 tahCha Tea House
Lovely is one way to describe this adorable hotspot that has its very own niche carved out in the big business of high tea in Atlanta. Here at tahCha they take their tea expertise seriously, meaning their selection is so extensive that I challenge anyone to seek out a tea that they don’t offer. From Black tea and Green tea to herbal and White tea, there are literally dozens of blends to choose from ensuring that your tea experience is one that will be ongoing. Dozens of pastries, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and finger sandwiches prepared daily are available to sample alone or as a perfect component to go along with your choice blend. This is a great place for girlfriends, Moms and daughters or anyone else in need of a cozy little getaway where tea is priority number one.
3352 C Chamblee Tucker Rd.