Tea Time in San Diego

Move over coffee shops, because San Diego’s tea times offer a welcome break from the usual afternoon pick-me-up.  What better complement to the spring flowers cropping up around the county than a nice cup of tea? If you’re in need of recharging, head to one of these charming tea spots for a relaxing respite.

Cafe Chloe offers Urban Tea daily

Urban Tea at  Café Chloe
The elegant yet relaxed French bistro in San Diego’s East Village offers a tea service to die for, including a selection of sandwiches, housemade cakes, cookies & sweets. The $29 per person service includes a pot of gourmet tea, or a glass of prosecco to accompany the tasty treats. Join them for a spot between 3:00 and 5:00 pm daily.

The Westgate Hotel's Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Westgate Hotel
Tea time doesn’t get any more glamorous than at the Westgate Hotel. The Old-World European charm of this downtown hotel means that you’ll be sipping in truly refined style. Their traditional tea service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 to 5 pm includes harp music serenading you as you sample delicious tea sandwiches, sweet pastries, scones and seasonal berries with your tea. Special upcoming tea services include Easter Bunny Teas for children on April 22 and 23, plus a tea time fashion show with Melero Boutique and Gallery on April 30.

Tea Pavilion at Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden
Green teas, white teas, herbal tisanes, oolongs and more are available at the Tea Pavilion at Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden.  Try an exotic Darjeeling Badamtam or Fujian Oolong Ti Kuan Yin before wandering the peaceful gardens, where you’ll see the living sculpture of Bonsai, enchanting Koi ponds, and cascading flowers growing along the traditional Japanese architecture.

Selections from Halcyon Tea

Halcyon Tea
Looking to take a few teas home to recreate tea time in your own living room? Halcyon Tea in the neighborhood of South Park searches the globe to bring customers the finest teas they can find. The inviting shop also boasts all the accessories you will need to set up your own tea service, from porcelain pots to books on books on how to prepare the perfect cup. Teas can be sampled in-house, or purchase one of their tea service packages for enjoying wherever your travels take you.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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4 thoughts on “Tea Time in San Diego

  1. Hello Candice,
    I know you you have written this blog about Teas in San Diego over 2 years ago. So, you have to check out this tea and coffee house in Old Town. Its called the San Diego House. They have any and every tea imaginable. Here is a link to them http://www.thesandiegohouse.com

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  3. Check out Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea…authentic British feel and run by an all British staff!!! All sweets and sandwiches made in shoppe by British women! They have tea service 7 days a week. Reservations required

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