Destination Tea: Besties

Where:  Alpharetta, Georgia
Style:  Chic cafe
Tea Selection: 7 loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday to Sunday, 2 to 5
Reservations:  Reservations required
Contact:  678-691-8184
Cost: $42.50 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Come hungry, because just when you think the meal is over…your server asks if you are ready for your cake, and this is a slice you want to have room to eat. Besties also has a robust event calendar worth checking out, including tango and flamenco nights – olé!

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea

Destination Tea Notes: Another first for Destination Tea! We were unknowingly the first afternoon tea customers for Besties’ new afternoon tea service, where so many things impressed us. You need to know that this afternoon tea was dreamed up by Besties co-owner, Argentinian Carina Balonchard (a masterful scone maker). She and co-owner Weren De Vliegher have teamed up to serve a menu that spans South American to European favorites, making their own empanadas, waffles and cakes in-house. Therefore, their new afternoon tea includes an array of multicultural flavors, divine pastries and delicious teas. If you’ve never tried the traditional Argentine hot beverage Yerba Mate (Carina instructed us to pronounce it “jher-buh mah-tay”), native to South America, this is the place to have it properly prepared for you. Expertly brewed teas, 6 savories, proper scones, and 4 desserts (one that was jaw-dropping) are offered here for $42.50 per person, which for us makes this a perfect place to treat your friends and family to afternoon tea. We should all be so lucky to have a local tearoom with a delicious afternoon tea that is also affordable, that we can happily revisit throughout the year.

interior Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Bright orange, gold and yellow accents offset dove grey walls and chairs
colorful seating at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
A classy lunch and dinner spot, with tables dressed up in lacy white for afternoon tea

Tea Selection

tea flavors at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Pink lemonades garnished with fresh strawberries come to the table as we pour over our choices for tea. We go with the Black Currant Tea and later add a pot of Argentine Yerba Mate.
black tea at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
We appreciate that these teas are steeped and decanted in back and served piping hot.
tea napkin at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
The tea napkins are so pretty with their delicate lace trim.
yerba mate at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Yerba Mate has a golden color. Remember that this caffeinated plant is unrelated to the tea plant, so it has its own distinct flavor, which we very much enjoyed.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

tea friends at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
The ever lovely Angela Kang Cole of Nabi millinery and tea party caterer Valerie Barendregt of The Cheeky Teacup were both pleased with this afternoon tea presentation.
Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
We all three agreed the “Buffalo chicken” tea sandwich was our favorite (made with chicken, carrots, dijon and paprika). Chopped Ham with Whole Grain Mustard and (very creamy) Cucumber Cream Cheese and Dill finger sandwiches are served on soft bread. Three puff pastry canapés round out this savory course: Artichoke and black olive (just like Trader Joe’s Artichoke Antipasto)…
puff pastry canapes at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Creamed spinach, and “Caprese” bites. Our server Natasha took excellent care of us without making us feel rushed, and was gracious in inviting feedback. We recommended doing fewer puff pastry savories and substituting in another savory – but perhaps you would welcome more and more of these tasty bites?
scones at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Flaky scones are perfectly done and served two per person.
spreads for scones and pink lemonade at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Rather than clotted cream, a thick but spreadable cream cheese is served with scones, along with a homemade orange confiture (aka orange preserves).
cake balls, meringues and shortbread hearts at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
Chocolate cake balls, shortbread hearts drizzled with chocolate and twin merengues with chocolate center (Angela’s favorite) are perfectly sized sweet bites.
almond vanilla cake with whipped cream and kiwis at Besties in Alpharetta, Georgia for afternoon tea
And then this happened!! At the end of the meal, when we confirmed we were ready, we were each served a slice of freshly made cake, this one soft, with an almond flavor, fresh whipped cream and kiwis. It was the kind of cake that makes you feel like a kid again.
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