Update: In 2022, Gala Desserts moved into a new location in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
Style: Coffeehouse cafe
Tea Selection: Assortment of bagged Bigelow teas; 6 loose leaf teas by Charleston Tea Plantation
Teatimes: Tuesday to Thursday 7:30am-10pm; Friday until midnight; Saturday 9am-midnight
Reservations: Reservations required for full tea; walk-ins welcome for cream tea
Cost: $25 Full Tea; $15 Child; $10 Cream Tea
Destination Tea Tips: We scored several awesome wardrobe finds in neighboring National Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store. Save time for a bit of retail therapy for a good cause!
Prices and teatimes are subject a change. Please see our South Carolina afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: Of course, one expects the baked goods to be the standout at a bakery afternoon tea, but please take your time to appreciate the savories at Gala Desserts because the tea sandwiches are so satisfying, it is our favorite course of their tea meal. We also take special pleasure in being served homemade lemon curd. My one note, which I mention to the kindly server is that a scratchmade afternoon tea of this caliber is rightly paired with high quality teas. That’s when she shows me their collection of Charleston Tea Plantation tins, explaining that they have new infusers on order, which is why they served Bigelow teabags instead. This reminds me that I want to shoot a video about the many ways to steep loose leaf teas soon, but I digress. Gala Desserts, which also offers paninis, salads, tapas and specialty cocktails (!!), would be a fun teatime outing for moms, both with the kids, and without. Kudos to Charleston once again — one of the top U.S. cities for afternoon tea and a recommended destination for your next tea tour — where we have now experienced three scrumptious afternoon teas of the eight on offer here.