San Diego’s Best Spots for Afternoon Tea
A tea party is a fun outing for the holidays, Mother’s Day, a group field trip, mom’s day out or any special occasion. Enjoy afternoon tea service (or "high tea") at these favorite San Diego shops.
Aubrey Rose Tea Room
8362 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa
The Aubrey Rose Tea Room is, simply put, San Diego’s pinnacle of Victorian elegance. The ornate décor is only outdone by its delicious scones with cream. Gluten-free tea service available.
Coral Tree Tea House
2490 Heritage Park Row, Old Town
Relax in a beautiful Victorian home located in Old Town’s historic Heritage County Park. Enjoy high tea, afternoon tea, cream tea or princess tea. Gluten-free and vegetarian tea service available.
The Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Del Mar
Enjoy elegance in the comfortable library of this luxury resort. Beautiful music, fine tea, pastries and tea sandwiches complete the time-honored tradition.
The Grand Tea Room
145 West Grand Ave., Escondido
Enjoy the relaxing, unique experience of Grand Tea, Garden Tea or Children’s Tea.
Marlene’s Tea & Cakes
14677 Via Bettona, Carmel Valley
Marlene’s Tea & Cakes is a small tea shop, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with its welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious menu. Their freshly made food selection is a perfect pairing for their savory tea.
The Britannia Tea Rooms
2323 Midway Dr, Point Loma
Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea
3719 India St., Mission Hills
Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe is a British family-owned small, cozy tea shop. Enjoy the casual elegance of afternoon tea on their covered patio.
The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave., Downtown
Melodious harp music plays while you indulge in an array of delicious treats at the luxurious Westgate Hotel. Traditional tea service and private parties available.
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Lorea Mendiguren is a student at USC and a former intern at San Diego Family. She is also a self-proclaimed tea aficionado.
Updated: Feb 2019