Destination Tea: Café Lapin

Update: Café Lapin has discontinued its afternoon tea service.

Where:  Buckhead, Georgia
Style:  French Bistro
Tea Selection:  6 bagged teas
Teatimes:  Tuesday-Saturday 3-5
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact: 404-812-9171
Cost:  $18 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tip:  Upon entering the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, drive towards the rear, to the strip of shops in the lower parking lot, where you’ll find Café Lapin to your right. You may like to request the pretty banquette tucked into a nook at the back of the restaurant for your tea reservation.

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

Cafe Lapin exterior

Destination Tea Notes:  This French bistro serves a decidedly American afternoon tea menu, until dessert, when the petit fours and macarons make their nod to France. While our waiter wasn’t exactly sure of each item’s description upon presenting our tray, he was friendly, attentive and kept our pots replenished with hot water, enjoining us to be at our leisure. We were also grateful to Café Lapin for allowing us to add a friend to our party the morning of our reserved teatime, which understandably cannot always be accommodated.

Cafe Lapin interior
Le lapin (bunny) mascots watch over simply set café tables.

Artwork, chandeliers at Cafe Lapin
Artwork, mirror and ceramics montages along a lively painted wall

Tea Service

tea chest at Cafe Lapin
A mini wooden chest of Stash teas awaits us.

Tea service at Cafe Lapin
True to the typical French fashion of taking tea without milk, our individual pots of hot water come with lemon slices. Though we take ours without, surely cream is available upon request.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Afternoon tea curate at Cafe Lapin
Et voilà! The tea tray is presented.

Scones at Cafe Lapin
Served with jam, the homemade cranberry scones were a bit underdone in their centers, but were tasty nonetheless. The banana bread was a major hit.

tea sandwiches at Cafe Lapin
Good form! Bread is sliced thinly and portioned into petite finger sandwiches. The tarragon chicken salad was the favorite, while the pimento cheese struck some of us as sour, and the cucumber sandwiches needed a bit more spread to hold together. Perhaps these were prepared a day early, as the bread seemed slightly stale.

Dessert tray at Cafe Lapin afternoon tea
Dessert included pistachio and espresso petit fours, macarons, chocolate truffle bites and fruit and nut cookies.

Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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