Where to Have a Chic Tea Party in San Francisco

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Need a fun alternative to brunch with your girlfriends, sit down for tea at one of these fine San Francisco establishments. Just remember, pinkies up.


Lovejoy's Tea Room


Lovejoy's popular High Tea is for those who need substance with their brew. Choose from a wide range of tea services, which come with tea sandwiches, salads, scones with Double Devon Cream and preserves (of course), shortbread tea biscuits, and a bottomless pot of tea. For those with a bigger appetite, they also offer pub fare such as sausage rolls, quiche, and shepherd's pie. Featured tea blends are made by lauded English tea purveyor Taylor's of Harrogate. Plus, you can ask them to put a sign that says "Reserved for the Queen" on your table. // Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm; 1351 Church Street (Noe Valley), For reservations call 415-648-5895, lovejoystearoom.com




Craftsman and Wolves

Not exactly your traditional tea party setting, Craftsman and Wolves still has everything you need to make it feel like proper tea time. Order from their assortment of decadent pastries and selection of oolong tea (or spring for the valrhona sipping chocolate) for the perfect mid-day snack. // Open Monday - Thursday 7am-6pm, Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 8am-7pm, and Sunday 8am-6pm; 746 Valencia Street (Mission), craftsman-wolves.com


The Palace Hotel

Surrounded by a truly elegant atmosphere guests can drink a black tea, legacy blend, or golden assam from fine china while snacking on tea sandwiches and pastries such as homemade scones, raspberry tarts, and their sweet & salty walnut shortbread. It's the perfect luncheon for a bridal party or baby shower. // Open Saturdays, 2-5pm; 2 New Montgomery Street (SoMa). Call for reservation: 415-546-5089, sfpalace.com


Tal-Y-Tara & Polo Shoppe

The perfect location for tea and equestrian lovers alike, Tal-y-Tara & Polo Shoppe has built a reputation over the years for combining the traditional English sport with the pleasure of hot drinks and food. Try their famous Motorloaf bread, a semi-sweet dark bread with walnuts, traditionally prepared for picnics and long trips on a motorbike. Other homemade delights include biscotti, a variety of scones, and a selection of over 50 varieties of tea such as cinnamon orange spice, Russian caravan with vanilla black tea, green tea, and white tea. And of course, don't forget to stock up on equestrian and polo apparel while you're there. // Open Tuesday-Saturday,11am-5pm; 6439 California Street (Richmond). Call for reservations: 4157519275, talytara.com



The Ritz Carlton

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton is served in The Lounge. Guests can enjoy a gorgeous view of the city while tasting seasonal teas and sandwiches such as cucumber with goat cheese, eggs on toast with Maitake mushroom, and eclair with lobster mousse and caviar. The tea party happens every first and third Saturday of the each month. // Every first and third Saturday of the month, 2-3:15pm; 600 Stockton Street (Financial District). For reservations call: 415-296-7465, ritzcarlton.com

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