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 – email@example.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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.