Where: Hoover, Alabama Style: Sweet cafe Tea Selection: 5 loose leaf teas by locally based Tea & Time Teatimes: Parties of 2 or more, Friday to Sunday, 11 to 8 (Afternoon tea dates and times are still taking shape here, with a monthly afternoon tea date recently announced). Reservations: Reservations required Contact: 205-319-9888 Cost: $30 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Consider coming here to introduce your children to afternoon tea, in a setting where a bit of dressing up wouldn’t be out of place, but not too formal for kids still testing out their teatime manners.
Destination Tea Notes: Approaching its one-year anniversary, Dreamcakes Cafe is the sister shop to Jan Jacks Potter’s Dreamcakes Bakery, also in the Birmingham area, where all the scrumptious baking happens for both locations. In our view, what most importantly sets apart the Hoover location is that it offers afternoon tea. This is a welcome gain for Alabama afternoon tea-goers, in a state with less than ten afternoon tea venues. We take pleasure in the emphasis on local business here, from the beautiful wall mural designed by a local artist to the locally sourced Blue Spring Living Water and Alabama-based Tea & Time tea purveyors. The teas are delicious, as are, unsurprisingly, the baked goods (Jan’s baking business is over 10 years old), and we are especially delighted when tea is poured out of two of Dreamcakes’ collection of beautiful vintage teapots.