One such example is the Lyman-Smith House in Norwood, MA that used to serve the most delicious Boston afternoon tea complete with a full sized soup and large scone with jam and clotted cream. I will be adding to this list as I try new teas, but here are ones that I recommend in Boston. Do you like high tea in Boston? Spot of tea? Here’s the best afternoon tea in Boston.
Our Favorite Afternoon Tea Experiences in Massachusetts:
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston, MA near South Station T
Our favorite time to come is late Spring/early Summer or late Fall when the sea breezes are still there with the wind in your hair, but it’s not quite warm enough for no coat. You can sit inside or outside on Rowes Wharf and enjoy your tea sandwiches here.
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA near Copley Square T
First of all, the BPL is a must-visit location on any trip to the city. But some may be surprised to know of the inventive and delicious tea menu they offer, from traditional lobster to Milky Way petit fours! They have an excellent tea selection.
Lowell Mill No 5 Food Tour (to be reopened)
On our Food Tour you’ll be able to indulge in a pastry tasting as well as unique beverages such as milkshakes at Lowell Mill Number Five.
Vintage Tea and Cake Co.
Lexington and Belmont, MA
This spot is a dream come true. This traditional English Tearoom has all the delights from clotted cream to antique china. They offer catering and to-go boxes as well. They have been in business since 2012 but the Lexington tea room opened in 2023.
Artistry on the Green
If you’re looking for a less “pink” or “feminine” tea experience, check out this old Lexington Inn which has American flag decorations. While less cozy, we did enjoy this little snack (the sandwiches are not super plentiful so don’t come hungry!)
I went here on my 30th birthday with my parents, and it was quite dainty! Definitely make a reservation as this spot fills up. Enjoy a cup of tea set on a beautiful doiley and enjoy the seating.
Boston, MA near Downtown Crossing T
I prefer their Saturday Chocolate Buffet at this hotel and highly recommend it versus afternoon tea. An all you can eat chocolate experience — with tea, of course! It’s the langham, boston afternoon tea 🙂
The Tea Leaf
There’s a lot going on in this tea shop on busy Moody Street. Make sure you park in the right location, and then come in ready to sip the warm brew and munch on a variety of goodies. Call ahead with any dietary preferences for this Massachusetts afternoon tea.
Beacon Hill Books and Cafe
Beacon Hill, Boston, MA
Did you know this highly photogenic cafe in Beacon Hill also has a cafe that serves a delicious afternoon tea? Grab your smart phone and join them on a Sunday afternoon for a delightful spot of tea.
Downtown Boston, MA
Interestingly, Silver Dove is a completely gluten-free afternoon tea experience, which is very unusual given the scones and sandwiches that are often made with flour. They offer savory canapes, a scone, and sweets alongside tea — in a beautiful setting!
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