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: Reservations required Contact: 706-215-9240 Cost: $30 Royal Tea; $25 High Tea; $20 Low Tea; $20 Afternoon Tea at Your Place; $12 Children’s Tea; $10 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: 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 in May 2020 in the Five Points area, right around the corner from UGA’s campus. 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). Happily, you have the option of ordering this authentic afternoon tea to-go. 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!
We enjoyed lunch, afternoon tea and breakfast at the Cafe’ at Lumpkin while visiting the owners Luke and Rachael and their new daughter Kate. The food was fresh and well prepared. The afternoon tea was a surprise and an indulgence that everyone should experience. Our recommendation is the Cafe’ at Lumpkin is a must stop and visit when in Athens.