It’s that time of year again, when we scrub our afternoon tea directories and release our annual infographic report, “The United States of Afternoon Tea” (see 2019). For three years, we’ve been tracking the ups and downs of the afternoon tea scene in each state, always happy to find new tearooms opening across the country. Yes, even during this pandemic, there is an ebb and flow. While some dreams come to an end, others come to life. More details to come when we release the 2020 infographic.
American Afternoon Tea Meccas
Today, we reveal the top 10 American cities for afternoon tea in 2020. These each have 9 or more afternoon tea venues, making them ideal for a tea tour itinerary, (when life-as-we-know-it permits). We finish with the runners up, which each have 5 to 8 afternoon tea venues.
Point of clarification: we strictly use city postal addresses, so for example, here we refer to tearooms in Atlanta proper, excluding the surrounding cities that makeup Metro Atlanta.
#10 and #9, tied: Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with 9 afternoon tea venues
#8 and #7, tied: San Diego and Denver, with 10 afternoon tea venues
#6: Chicago, with 14 afternoon tea venues
#5 and #4, tied: Dallas and Atlanta, with 15 afternoon tea venues
#3 and #2, tied: District of Columbia (D.C.) and San Francisco, with 19 afternoon tea venues
#1: New York City, with 33 afternoon tea venues
Top American Afternoon Tea Cities – Runners Up
These cities each have 5 to 8 afternoon tea venues, putting them in the top 25 American afternoon tea hotspots:
- With 8 afternoon tea venues: Charleston and Austin
- With 7 afternoon tea venues: Boston and Houston
- With 6 afternoon tea venues: Phoenix, Orlando, Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Portland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
- With 5 afternoon tea venues: Pasadena, Savannah and Seattle
What next? Go check out these cities in our afternoon tea directories! Browse around in our state listings, and click on the links in the “Details” column to discover each venue’s unique tea services. Many are now offering Afternoon Tea Boxes, which would be perfect for virtual holiday tea parties. Happy tea party planning!