Destination Tea: Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Where:  Candler Park, GA
Style:  Eclectic Book Nook
Tea Selection:  75+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday-Friday 3-5:30; Saturday-Sunday 12-5:30
Reservations:  24-hour notice for high tea only
Contact:  www.drbombays.com/reservations; for parties of 8 or more – events@drbombays.com; 404-474-1402
Cost:  $20 The Caroline Tea$17.50 High Tea$15 The Ivan Tea; $10 Cream Tea – menus here
Destination Tea Tips:  Dr. Bombay’s is a great place to drop in for a spontaneous spot of tea because only their high tea requires advance reservation. You can pop in anytime and pick and choose your own tea and goodies for a DIY tea; or sample the Cream Tea or Ivan Tea (includes quiche) served all day; or from noon to 5:30, enjoy the Caroline Tea, which is an afternoon tea menu.Dr. Bombay's Exterior

Destination Tea Notes:  Dr. Bombay’s is a vibrant, cozy haven, reminiscent of a shop you might find in the wizarding world’s Diagon Alley. Ensconced amongst book-lined walls, paper lanterns and hanging origami, friends visit while others type away busily on laptops. The scene is lively without being loud. Not only do you feel part of the local community, you are part of a global community, simply by patronizing Dr. Bombay’s. Favorite words from their thank you card:  “Make Food. Serve Love…Thank you for being a part of this movement we call humanity.” As home to The Learning Tea, Dr. Bombay’s uses a portion of its proceeds to house and pay college tuition for female scholars in Darjeeling, India. YES! Oh, and their family recipe clotted cream is divine.

Mix-n-match china on a colorful tablecloth designate our high tea seating at one of Dr. Bombay's long communal tables.
Mix-n-match china on a colorful tablecloth designate our high tea seating at one of Dr. Bombay’s long communal tables.

Tea Service

Bright colors and Christmas china cup
Bright colors and Christmas china cup
Too many tempting and interesting teas! We finally settled on two of their exclusively blended "Vampyre Teas" - Jazilla (vanilla black with jasmine green tea "that could make you want to stomp around the city like a 16-story badass") and Sunrise Sinsation (white tea with lemon, ginger and ginseng). Smartly, we also later paired the perfectly refreshing and summery white cucumber mint with our dessert course.
Too many tempting and interesting teas! We finally settled on two of Dr. Bombay’s exclusive “Vampyre Tea” blends:   Jazilla (vanilla black with jasmine green tea “that could make you want to stomp around the city like a 16-story badass”) and Sunrise Sinsation (white tea with lemon, ginger and ginseng). We were grateful to our waitress for recommending the perfectly refreshing and summery white cucumber mint, which we paired with our dessert course.
One pot of tea per two guests; additional pots are $4.25 each.
One pot of tea per two guests; additional pots are $4.25 each

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Giant coconut hibiscus scones were dense without being dry. A generous pot of clotted cream made with a family recipe was the showstopper.
Giant coconut hibiscus scones were dense without being dry. A generous pot of clotted cream made with a family recipe was the showstopper.
Housemade savories included cucumber butter and pimiento cheese (with a delicious kick) sandwiches, as well as a flavorful leek radish goat cheese quiche.
Housemade savories includes sandwiches of cucumber butter and pimiento cheese (with a delicious kick), as well as a flavorful leek radish goat cheese quiche.
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Our favorite of the desserts was the carrot cupcakes, which were accompanied by chocolate chip cookies, brownie bites and a mini scoop of green tea ice cream.
Books for sale to support The Learning Tea
$1 books for sale support The Learning Tea
Order at the counter for sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, scones, cakes, ice cream, tea or coffee
Order at the counter for sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, scones, cakes, ice cream, tea or coffee. Purchase tea packs sourced directly from Dr. Bombay’s Darjeeling partner.


The Caroline Tea (no reservation required)

Walk-ins order the Caroline Tea at the counter, where you select your tea and quiche.
Walk-ins order the Caroline Tea at the counter, where you select your tea and quiche.
Each guest gets a large pot of their favorite tea.
Each guest gets a large pot of her favorite tea.
Seating choices range from booths to long library tables, from armchair reading nooks to leather sofa.
Seating choices range from booths to long library tables, from armchair reading nooks to leather sofa, under an array of paper umbrellas, lanterns and lampshades.

leather couch beneath framed artwork at Dr. Bombay's

Tea Service

Our tea table at Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party
You are called to the counter to retrieve your tea tray.

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Afternoon Tea spread at Dr. Bombay's in Candler Park
Pimiento cheese and egg salad sandwiches are served on soft baguette. The quiches (choice of potato or spinach-tomato) were very good. Chocolate chip scones are gargantuan, with a perfect crumb and served with Dr. Bombay’s homemade clotted cream. Desserts were a fabulous lavender-lemon cookie and brownie.
Loose leaf teas for sale at Dr. Bombay's in Candler Park
Loose leaf teas for sale

Destination Tea: Just Add Honey Tea Cafe

Where:  Historic Sweet Auburn District, Downtown Atlanta, GA
Style:  Market Cafe
Tea Selection:  40+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Monday-Saturday 8-5; Sunday 12-5
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  404-314-6261
Cost:  $24.50 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  Park in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market lot and bring in your ticket for validation. Use the main entrance and find the cafe directly on your left. Just Add Honey Exterior

Destination Tea Notes:  Hostess Brandi Shelton has brought afternoon tea to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market; most fitting for an establishment that opened in 1924, when American tearooms were coming into their own. At her Just Add Honey Tea Cafe, you enjoy afternoon tea metro-Atlanta style, in a cafe nestled within the bustling activity of a city market. After perusing the shelves of teas to choose your favorite, you’ll pull up a barstool to enjoy tea at the counter of this open-air shop. Brandi personally visits her growers and blends her own teas using natural ingredients for flavoring, and her knowledgable server was happy to guide our tea selection. If any in your party has difficulty hearing, consider reserving a private party after hours, when table and chairs are set up inside or on the patio. While you may also reserve a tea tasting here, we recommend going for the afternoon tea repast, which is made by local caterer Lovable Foods. It is a creative, made-from-scratch delight!

Colorful cafe counter
Colorful cafe
One of three countertop seating areas
One of three counter seating areas

Tea Service

Creative teas with creative names
Perusing the tea shelves for our favorites
We were very happy with our choices: green caramel and raspberry lychee.
We were very happy with our choices: green caramel and raspberry lychee. Each guest chooses one tea and may request a second steep.

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

First course is a mixed green salad with heirloom tomatoes, pistachios, apple sticks, fennel fronds and vinaigrette.
First course is a mixed green salad with heirloom tomatoes, pistachios, apple sticks, fennel fronds and vinaigrette.
Come hungry! Sandwiches include cucumber with herbed cream cheese, pimiento with pear, and chicken salad with capers on pretzel rolls.
Come hungry! Sandwiches include cucumber with herbed cream cheese, pimiento with pear, and chicken salad with capers on pretzel rolls.
Large blueberry scones are accompanied by lemon curd and strawberry preserves. Dessert includes fabulous lemon bars and multi-flavored macarons.
Large blueberry scones are accompanied by lemon curd and strawberry preserves. Dessert includes fabulous lemon bars and multi-flavored macarons.
Loose leaf teas, gifts and tea accessories for sale
Loose leaf teas, gifts and tea accessories for sale
Immediately on your left, pop in for a tea before you go to market.
Perfectly situated by the market entrance so you can pop in for a tea before you go to market. Large afternoon tea parties are hosted at long tables on the covered patio.

Destination Tea: Astor Court at The St. Regis Atlanta

Where:  Buckhead, GA
Style:  Elegant Traditional
Tea Selection:  12 loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Friday-Sunday 2:30-4
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  404-563-7799
Cost:  $40 Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea; $22 Children’s Tea – sample menu here
Destination Tea Tips:  Pull up to the main entrance of The St. Regis to have your car valeted (bring cash for a tip) and have your ticket validated at the hostess stand before you leave. Reserve afternoon tea during different seasons or holidays throughout the year to experience The St. Regis’ changing afternoon tea menus and specialty tea blends (i.e., the Mother’s Day tea with roses).

Exterior St. Regis

Destination Tea Notes:  At the St. Regis Atlanta hotel, fashionably dressed afternoon tea guests wind their way up curling staircases to luxuriate in armchairs in the second-floor Astor Court, which acts as an indoor balcony, overlooking the beautiful lobby chandelier. In this setting, lovers of historical novels and period films should not be surprised if your first thought is, “if only I had worn a proper tea gown.”  Here you can easily imagine yourself in the company of 19th century high society hostess Lady Caroline Astor, whose son founded the St. Regis. And when an executive pastry chef is in the kitchen, you know your afternoon tea repast will be a treat worth every penny.

The hostess greets you at the top of the stairs.
At the top of the left staircase, a hostess greets afternoon tea guests. Go straight up!
Afternoon tea tables hug the balcony railing or bask in the sun from floor to ceiling windows
Afternoon tea tables hug the balcony railing or bask in the sun from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tea Service

Uniquely, our server welcomes us by sharing the historical significance of the Astor Court's afternoon tea, then familiarizes us with all twelve teas and the seasonal Mother's Day tea by passing around samples of each
Uniquely, our server welcomes us by sharing the historical significance of the Astor Court’s afternoon tea, then familiarizes us with all twelve teas and the seasonal Mother’s Day tea by passing around samples of each.
Each guest selects one tea and may request a second steeping
Each guest selects one tea and may request a second steeping. We tried several and shared, including the St. Regis’ own blend with black currant and peach essence.

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Lemon curd, clotted cream and jams await the scones
Lemon curd, clotted cream and jams await the scones.
Lemon poppy seed and violet scones arrive. One of our party declares the violet scones are the best she's ever had. We wonder at how the violet flavor is so thoroughly infused throughout the scone.
Lemon poppy seed and violet scones arrive. One of our party declares the violet scones are the best she’s ever had. We wonder at how the violet flavor is so thoroughly infused throughout the scone. Magic?
"Springtime savories" include roast turkey and spinach wrap with brie and apricot mostarda, green goddess chicken salad on whole wheat with heirloom tomatoes, smoked salmon flatbread with crème fraîche and caviar, and cucumber sandwich with watercress lemon aioli. All delicious and perfectly portioned for an afternoon tea.
“Springtime savories” include roast turkey in spinach wrap with brie and apricot mostarda, green goddess chicken salad on whole wheat with heirloom tomatoes, smoked salmon flatbread with crème fraîche and caviar, and cucumber sandwich with watercress lemon aioli. All delicious and perfectly portioned for an afternoon tea.
Two tiers of confections? If we must. Giving thanks to the expert hands who crafted these sweets, we oohed and aahed our way through a linzer cookie, chocolate cremeux with mocha, lemon blueberry tartlet, strawberry basil petite four and (the crowd favorite) a salted caramel and chocolate cone.
Two tiers of confections? If we must. Giving thanks to the expert hands who crafted these sweets, we “ooh and aah” our way through a linzer cookie, chocolate cremeux with mocha, lemon blueberry tartlet, strawberry basil petite four (great in-season flavor combination) and (the crowd favorite) a salted caramel and chocolate cone.
Plenty of time for old friends to catch up and for new friends to meet
Plenty of time for old friends to catch up and for new friends to meet