Tea drinker or not, you have to admit there’s something magical about tea time. Lovely china, tiny sandwiches, fun desserts, and a piping hot cup of tea certainly make for a special afternoon. As a mom of a girl, I have been eagerly awaiting the day I could bring my daughter to tea time. (I asked my son — he’s not interested.)
My girl loves to play tea party, and I know she is going to love the real thing! Thankfully, Boston has tons of options for afternoon tea. While some aren’t exactly geared toward the younger crowd, there’s something for everyone. So if you don’t have a willing child, grab your girlfriends, put on clothes that aren’t leggings, and have some tea!
Daily; Congress Street Bridge, Boston; 617-531-6238
This isn’t a typical afternoon tea, but it’s a great spot for a nice cup and a snack.
Weekdays; Natick Mall, Natick; 877-247-5223
The most kid-friendly option, this tea is made for children! Adults can enjoy kid-friendly fare and some light bites.
Wednesday–Friday; Boston Public Library, 230 Dartmouth St., Boston; 617-859-2251
A lovely, simple tea with something for everyone, this location overlooks the BPL’s lovely open-air garden.
Daily; 129 Main St., Sandwich; 508-888-0251
A perfect stop on the Cape, the Dunbar House offers a variety of menus and several a la carte items.
Saturdays; 26 Bay Rd., Hamilton; 978-468-5654
After enjoying your high tea, peruse the shop for incredible tea accessories and a tea selection that can’t be beat.
Daily; 250 Franklin St., Boston; 617-451-1900
For a traditional British tea with a New England flair, The Langham can’t be beat. It’s all served on their signature Wedgwood china.
Saturday and Sunday; 774 Boylston St., Boston; 617-262-3023
L’Espalier boasts signature tea blends and tea cocktails. There are a variety of over-the-top services, all with a fairy tale twist.
Daily; 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; 617-856-7744
This afternoon tea boasts a fabulous view, and the menu is seasonal and fun.
Look forward to fine china, silver trays, a variety of services, and even spiked teas! The Taj even offers a tea service catered to kids with PB&J, hot chocolate, and fun sweets!
Wednesday–Sunday; 487 Moody St., Waltham; 781-891-1900
The Tea Leaf offers a more simple “low tea” in a less intimate setting. There are also several a la carte menu items. The Tea Leaf features a children’s tea with fun sandwiches and an option for hot chocolate.
Fridays and Saturdays; 4 Monument St., Wenham; 978-468-1398
In addition to several packages (enjoy a special tea for one), Wenham Tea House offers selections for children during regular tea time, plus special children’s tea time events with a character and story time.