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New spots for Tea in Los Angeles


No matter how much time you have in your schedule, there is an afternoon tea in Los Angeles that will work for you! Tea on the run or tea for the long one -- we're stirring the pot right here.

A Short Sip: 30 Minutes or Less

Hey Hey (Echo Park)

What's the best tea if you're running short on time? The one that won't scald you while you're driving, like a cold Boba Tea.

Hey Hey in Echo Park serves up a succinct menu with some complex boba tea combinations. The brainchild of Christopher Kwok, Hey Hey first opened in 2018 in an uber-cool warehouse on Sunset Blvd that also doubles as a performance space. While COVID-19 might have put a pause on dining in, Hey Hey expanded to include more delivery platforms as well as a positive pivot offering free drinks for frontline workers. Details on that can be found on their website.

Hey Hey BobaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

What to Order

If you're an experienced imbiber, then by all means, Build your Own with toppings made in-house ($4.50-$5). I don't trust myself without a recipe though, so I always go with the menu Favorites.

The Brewhaha was my absolute fav. It's made with purple yam, Thai tea, and coffee ($7). Next on my list is the Matchstick crafted with matcha milk frappe, honey, boba, sea salt cream, and a Kit Kat ($7).

BrewhahaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

While the tapioca balls in your tea might be enough to satisfy your hunger, they also serve a Steeped Egg in a 12-hour marinade ($4 for 2) and HK Egg Waffles ($5).

Spill the Tea

There's no bad mood that a sugary boba drink can't fix, and Hey Hey has more than elevated the experience. You get a feeling that the boba-ristas are really proud of what they do, and that makes you want to share in the happiness.

Tea Time

Hey Hey is open daily from 11 a.m. until close. Order here.

Alfred Tea Room (Brentwood/Melrose)

You may be familiar with the popular Alfred Coffee brand from Josh Zad, but in an attempt to flip the drip, they opened the Melrose tea room in 2013 and have since expanded to Brentwood. They also have four tea houses in Japan.

The pink palace specializes in instagrammable drinks and has proudly coined the phrase, "Tea. Yes. You, Maybe," which brings in a steady crowd of self-assured Millenials.

Alfred Tea RoomPhoto Credit: Alfred Coffee & Tea

What to Order

While they serve an array of cold and hot drinks, I'd go with the menu items that match the furniture: The Pink Drink ($7.20) and the Rose Milk Tea ($5.40). They also offer single-origin shade-grown matcha in many of the drinks that will steer you in the right direction for your day.

Spill the Tea

I have to admit I see the world with rose-colored glasses after spending just a little time in this place. And the iced caffeine-free Pink Drink made with organic strawberry, pomegranate, and beetroot; plus vanilla, cinnamon, and almond milk, will have you fighting westside traffic for your fix!

Pink DrinkPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Tea Time

Hours vary by location but hover around 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plan your visit here.

A Medium Pour: 45 to 90 Minutes

Chado Tea Room (Various)

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, chances are you can find a Chado Tea Room to relax in nearby. What once started thirty years ago with one tea room in Beverly Grove has now expanded to four locations and counting from the South Bay to Pasadena.

This family business is the creation of Reena Shah and her late husband Devan; and now includes the younger Shahs, Bianca and Brendan, as well as longtime cook and confidant Tekeste “Tek” Mehreteab.

They specialize in single-origin teas and special blends that aren't found anywhere else and serve over 140 different types of tea.

Chado TeaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

What to Order

While there are several menu options for a tea service ranging from $22-$35, the Celebration Afternoon Tea Service is the one to go with ($35).

The beverage service includes a Pot of Fresh, Steeped Loose Leaf Tea and a glass of Wine-Inspired Ice Tea. It's designed, to begin with the cold and end with the hot, but I took them both at the start.

Next, it's a choice between Signature Cream of Tomato Soup or a Chado Salad for the appetizer course.

Tomato SoupPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Following that comes the Main Course three-tiered sandwich tray with a selection of four half sandwiches. I enjoyed not making any decisions here, and some of my favorites included the Smoked Salmon and the Souchong Chicken.

SandwichesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Moving on, you're served a Scone with Chado cream, jam, and berries before the sweet finish: Macaroon and Sugar Cookie.

SconesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Something for the Road

Besides being a tea room, Chado doubles as a shop and even offers to-go tea. Anything you choose will come with specialized brewing instructions, and a canister makes for an exceptional gift. Online shopping with free shipping is also available.

Spill the Tea

Have you ever just wanted to slow down your life for a bit and take a CHILL? Well, that's what I felt when I entered Chado Tea Room in Pasadena. I was on a time crunch to pick up my son from school, but sitting in the room with a warm cup of joy made time stand still for just as long as I had to spare.

This spot is wonderful for special occasions or just taking a much-needed 45 minutes to yourself. It's your everyday tea.

CookiesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Tea Time

Hours vary by location but generally keep to an 11 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. schedule 7 days a week. Make your reservations here.

A Full Kettle: The Whole Afternoon

Afternoon Tea at The Langham

Following in the tradition born over 140 years ago at the Langham London, The Langham Huntington Pasadena offers an afternoon tea in Los Angeles that is fit for royalty.

Follow the long driveway toward the hotel nestled in suburban Pasadena, and allow yourself to be transported to the early 1900s. Tea is served in the Lobby Lounge with a sweeping view of The Horseshoe Garden and beautiful San Marino.

The Langham Hotel PasadenaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

What to Order

Generally, you will choose between The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood ($62 or $21 for Children 4-12) and The Royal Tea ($85). However, if you're there on Sunday, there is also a Chocolate Tea ($75 or $30 for Children) which includes a tableside chocolate fountain.

All the tea services include a selection of Finger Sandwiches like Asian Pear with Bleu Cheese Mousse; Smoked Salmon with Caviar; and Egg Salad with Crisp Prosciutto.

Finger SandwichesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Next, enjoy a selection of Warm Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Lemon Curd. Lastly, there's a selection of Pastries and Sweets like Almond Macarons and Apricot Passion Tarts.

PastriesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

If you choose a Children's Tea, the menu is customized for slightly less developed palates; think Organic Peanut Butter and Jelly and Ham and Cheese on Pain de Mie.

The difference between the Tea with Wedgwood and The Royal Tea is a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne; a Strawberries and Cream with Grand Marnier; and a Cookie for the road. Adult beverages are also available à la carte.

ChampagnePhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Spill the Tea

I loved every minute of this experience and didn't want to leave. Following my tea, I walked the grounds of the hotel and lost myself. If you can visit during the week, you'll get an even more intimate tea experience. Perfect for special occasions and celebrations.

Tea PresentationPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Tea Time

Hours are Noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Due to COVID 19, tea is currently closed, but limited hotel operations are open. Make your reservations here.

Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia

The Le Meridien Hotel offers a contemporary Asian version of the tea you'll find at The Langham but without removing much of the decadence. It's served in the hotel lobby in the 118 Lounge, and you can expect to be there about two hours.

What to Order

Choose between the Classic High Tea with just tea and the full menu ($55); The Champagne Tea, which adds a glass of Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne ($70); and my personal favorite: The Highball & High Tea, which includes a Hibiki Harmony Highball ($80).

The tea selection by Dammann Freres features flavors you won't readily enjoy at home, including Oolong Caramel Buerre and L'Oriental.

The tea begins with a Caviar Canape and a cup of Berries and Cream. It's served alongside your choice of Tea and Highball, which arrive at the same time. I drank a good portion of the highball first and followed up with the tea, which stays warm in the pot.

High Ball & High TeaPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Next, you'll enjoy a three-layered tray of Finger Sandwiches and Petite Pastries. Favorites include the Shitake mushroom with truffle aioli; Lobster and egg salad Tartine; Canele; and Matcha Chocolate bon bon.

Finger SandwichesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Lastly, you'll be served freshly baked scones in Classic and Matcha flavor with devonshire cream and lemon curd.

SconesPhoto Credit: EatDrinkLA

Spill the Tea

I loved the modern elegance of the tea but would expect it to be slightly shorter. You are by no means rushed which is always appreciated. Also worth noting, the Hibiki Highball costs $21 on its own, so you are better off just adding it to the Classic High Tea.

Tea Time

Tea is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Make your reservation here.

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