Where: Athens, Georgia Style: Modern cafe in 1920s home Tea Selection: 18 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Monday to Thursday, 8 to 6; Friday to Sunday 2 to 6 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome Contact: 706-215-9240 Cost: $30 Royal Tea; $25 High Tea; $20 Low Tea; $20 Afternoon Tea at Your Place; $12 Children’s Tea; $8 Cream Tea Destination Tea Tip: You squeeze down the cafe’s driveway to a small parking lot at back, so you may need to find alternate parking. From Atlanta, this cafe is roughly a one-hour drive, and certainly worth the day trip.
Destination Tea Notes: Last year, in the midst of a pandemic, Luke Martineac did something bold: he opened The Café on Lumpkin. And a good thing he did. Spying the beautiful front patio and walk-up order window, we can guess that the cafe was a very welcome addition when it opened last May in the Five Points area, right around the corner from UGA’s campus. It is rare for teahouses to offer a walk-in afternoon tea service, but that’s exactly how things work here, happily. So, whenever the mood strikes, you can pop by for an afternoon tea, and if you prefer, take it to-go! Also, be prepared to expand your notion of the typical afternoon tea customer. Here we see 3-tiered trays served to college kids with laptops and hoodies, parents treating their student to a good meal, and girlfriends of my generation and older…or perhaps some of them are professors? While the teahouse’s crisp and bright interior feels youthful, only the most experienced afternoon tea hosts make their scones the way they do here (read on, you’ll see). Come to the cafe for a varied and high quality tea selection, friendly service and a delicious afternoon tea menu at a very reasonable price. We recommend it!