Where: Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia Style: Classic luxury Tea Selection: 12 loose leaf teas by Tealeaves Teatimes: Thursday to Sunday, 2:30-4:30 Reservations: Required Contact: 404-995-7500 or online Cost: $38 Traditional Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Though the Mandarin has a Peachtree Road address, you’ll actually turn onto Stratford Road to enter the hotel driveway. Reminder to bring cash to tip the valet.
Destination Tea Notes: We celebrated when the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta reinstated its afternoon tea service this summer, especially given that an icon of afternoon tea – the Ritz-Carlton – closed its Buckhead hotel earlier this year. At the Mandarin, you will find every component of a traditional afternoon tea at an upscale hotel: gracious service, leisurely pace, elegant decor, luxury tea selection and an elevated culinary take on the standard sweets and savories. Fancified girlfriends laugh over their royal teas (champagne added) in the ivory rotunda while other guests step through to the sunlit, charcoal grey bar room to take a late lunch or cocktail. As our servers encourage an unrushed affair, we happily settle into our quiet alcove for a private, uninterrupted teatime chat.