Tea so good, you need a ceremony? When you’re ready to spill the tea, head to one of GMF’s favorite spots to let it spill.
For the whole mood
Brothers and Sisters is certainly not Marie Antoinette’s afternoon tea. There may be a cucumber-and-cream cheese sandwich thrown into the mix, but aside from that tidbit, the entire event takes on Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s hipster twist. Look out for funky bites like a takoyaki hushpuppy or duck wonton to pair with your oolong. From 4-5:30 pm daily. $40 for afternoon tea, including something fried (a dumpling or other dim sum), cheese, salad, cake, bread, and cookie from two-time James Beard-nominated “Outstanding Pastry Chef” Pichet Ong. The LINE DC Hotel, 1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 588-0525.
For the Insta
If you’re looking for a side of aesthetic with your rooibos, look no further than Lady Camelia. With walls decorated with baby pink figurines, floral china and macarons from Macaron Bee, you’re bound to come out with dozens of Insta-worthy shots in addition to a slight tea buzz. Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. Full tea is $32 per guest. 3261 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, (202) 333-2308.
For the drip
Held in the Empress Lounge overlooking waterfront, manicured gardens, the Mandarin Oriental is a classical afternoon tea service with scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries. Friday-Sunday from [2:30]-4:30 pm, for $38 per guest. 24 hour advance reservations are required. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 554-8588.
For the culture
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Modeled after traditional Japanese tea houses, Teaism offers a casual yet intimate atmosphere to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the day. Here you can chose from a Japanese, Indian, or Moroccan afternoon tea selection. With the Indian tea menu, you will receive chai, a veggie kebab, and coconut pudding among other things. Menu offerings may differ from location to location. From [2:30]-5:30pm daily, $25 without alcohol ($30 with a glass of Prosecco). Various locations in Washington, DC.
For the vibe
When you walk into The St. Regis Hotel, it feels like you’re walking back to a time of opulence, a time when there were leisurely 4-hour lunches and velvet everythang. There are chandeliers and enough cushions to swallow you whole. And best of all, if you time it right, there is champagne sabering in the lounge. (GMF tip: If you reserve a tea time around 4:30pm, you’re likely to be mid-sweet bite when the evening ritual commences at 6 pm.) From 2-5 pm daily, $55 per guest for afternoon tea, $72 for afternoon tea and Veuve Cliquot pairing.
For the communitea
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Even though Calabash Tea & Tonic does not offer a traditional afternoon tea, we would be remiss if we did not mention this DC establishment in this list. It’s the brain-and-soul child of 5th generation master herbalist Dr. Sunyatta Amen. When you enter the space, you are immediately calmed by the vibe. Stepping up to the counter, you will spill your woes to the tea master and receive the cure for your ailment. One sip, and you’re transformed. Bites not included. Open daily, 9 am-8 pm. 1847 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 525-5386
Shaina is a double doodle-mom, travel-junkie, and one half of a couple that is the greatest food trend you’ve never heard of–Indian-Italian fusion (think butter chicken pizza!). During the week, she spends her early mornings hitting the pavement (or treadmill) and evenings perfecting the art of meal prepping. Shaina has been with GMF since 2013 and spends her weekends outdoors with the pups, checking out the latest and greatest restaurants in the DMV, or cuddled up on the couch with a glass of wine and the latest bingeworthy show.