Top 10 Tea Rooms in Atlanta
Top 10 Tea Rooms in Atlanta
I love the British Royal Family. I love learning about the history of the various kings and queens of England. My favorite show on Netflix right now is The Crown. I remember waking up at 4:00 AM to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011. That was during finals week my freshman year of undergrad, but I didn’t mind. This was a historic moment! I even remember watching TV back in 2013 waiting for Prince William and Kate to leave the hospital with Prince George, also a very historic moment! If you’re anything like me, then you must have been very excited about the recent birth of Prince Louis, and you must be anxiously awaiting the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th. Everyone knows that a perfect cup of tea is synonymous with British culture, so in honor of these exciting moments for the British Royal Family, here is a list of the top 10 tea rooms in Atlanta!
Located in Midtown. Mary Mac’s is an Atlanta landmark. It opened in 1945, and it is the final of 16 original tea rooms still open in Atlanta since the 1940’s. Back in the 1940s, Mary McKenzie opened her “tea room.” Back then, a woman couldn’t open a restaurant, but a woman could open a tea room. This Atlanta hotspot serves traditional Southern fare like fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs. While you can sip on hot tea, the drink of choice here is the famous sweet tea, lovingly referred to on the menu as “The Table Wine of the South.” Open daily from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
Located in Virginia-Highland. Doria Roberts opened Tipple & Rose in July 2015. This tea parlor has exposed brick walls and is filled with antiques and vintage pieces. The apothecary section offers such items as bath products and “tea making accessories.” Tipple & Rose offers over 140 kinds of tea! They also serve lunch and offer afternoon tea. There is a traditional high tea complete with scones and clotted cream. There is also a Southern high tea that serves classics like deviled eggs and pimento cheese sandwiches. Even a brunch high tea and a vegan high tea are offered! Open Tuesday – Sunday.
Located in Candler Park. Dr. Bombay’s opened in 2005, and their high tea has been highlighted nationally in Southern Living and The Huntington Post. Dr. Bombay’s also has an international outreach program, The Learning Tea, that provides “life scholarships to impoverished young women in India.” Over 70 different kinds of tea are available, and the food offerings change daily. They also offer a 2-hour high tea service. This includes 1 pot of tea for every 2 people in your party as well as a three-tiered tray of traditional high tea foods like scones and finger sandwiches. High tea is offered Tuesday – Sunday.
Located in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center. Swan Coach House is a beautiful, Antebellum style building that houses a restaurant, gift shop, and art gallery. The menu at the restaurant changes seasonally and includes favorites such as their famous chicken salad as well as soup and tea sandwiches. They also host a plethora of private events such as luncheons, weddings, and afternoon teas. Swan Coach House was started by the Forward Arts Foundation, and proceeds from the restaurant, gift shop, and gallery benefit the visual arts community in Atlanta.
Located inside The St. Regis Atlanta. Astor Court is one of the signature restaurants at The St. Regis, and it was named after Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, the founder of The St. Regis hotels. This restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch. On the weekends, brunch and afternoon tea are offered. The afternoon tea has a theme that changes each month. In May, the theme is Alice in Wonderland. If you’re looking to celebrate the royal wedding this weekend, Astor Court is offering a special afternoon tea complete with favorite British desserts such as sticky toffee pudding and Battenberg cake.
Just Add Honey is “a sophisticated twist on a Southern tea tradition.” It was founded by Brandi Shelton, and “she’s blended what feels right and tastes good” since 2006. Just Add Honey has a retail cafe location in the Sweet Auburn district that is open daily. If you want to experience an afternoon tea, you can visit the Hammonds House Museum, and this is offered Friday – Sunday. Please be aware that reservations are required for an afternoon tea. If you’re not able to visit either location, Just Add Honey has an awesome online shop that offers teas, honey, and other tea accessories.
Located in Downtown Woodstock. Tea Leaves & Thyme is the original tea room in Woodstock! The goal here is to be an “eclectic and cozy luncheon spot, where families and friends can indulge in each other’s company over a cup of tea.” Over 70 different varieties of tea are offered, as well as a lunch menu and tea trays. At Tea Leaves & Thyme, you can have afternoon tea at any time! In addition to offering afternoon tea and lunch, they have a gift shop that sells various gifts and antiques. They also host private events! Open Tuesday – Saturday.
Located in Woodstock. Jessa’s Tea Parlor, another one of the best tea rooms in Atlanta, opened in 2016, and it is “a unique Southern tea experience.” Their ingredients are sourced from local farmers in Cherokee County, and they offer a wide variety of teas, sandwiches, and desserts. Lunch and high tea are offered. The English Lady is a traditional high tea, The Southern Charm is a high tea with a Southern twist, and Classy Mrs. Sassy is “a day of sassiness.” If your child wants to have a tea party, teas with princesses are available, too! Open Tuesday – Saturday. Please be aware that Jessa’s Tea Parlor is reservation only.
Located in Downtown Duluth on the grounds of the Payne-Corley House. The Cottage on Main “is a quaint lunch spot” that “has a warm, relaxed ambiance and is a great place to meet a friend or business associate or lunch.” The menu features a wide variety of options such as a fried green tomato & pimento cheese sandwich and a Quiche Du Jour. A selection of hot tea is available, and you can even partake in a mimosa or a glass of wine. The Cottage on Main hosts private events for parties of 15 or more, so this is the perfect venue for your next event! Open Wednesday – Saturday for lunch only.
Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Park 75 offers breakfast daily and brunch on Sundays. The breakfast menu features traditional breakfast items like waffles and omelets, but there are some unique dishes as well such as a bacon Belgian waffle and cornmeal pancakes. Sunday Brunch is served buffet style and has a wide variety of options from breakfast foods to pasta and seafood. Afternoon tea is offered to private parties of 10 or more, and reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance. Come and sip a cup of tea at the luxurious Four Seasons!
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