Bostonians like to think we put tea on the map—after all, we did throw the original Tea Party. Even if that's not technically true, there are tons of places around the city to indulge in a piping hot cup of tea when the weather turns cold....
Enjoy one of the Fantasy Tea Services like Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket, which comes stocked with tea sandwiches, pastries, and petit fours, and let Cynthia Gold, Boston’s only tea sommelier, expertly pair it with one of L’Espalier’s many featured teas. Tea services are offered every Saturday and Sunday from 1:30-3 p.m. 774 Boylston St., 617-262-3023
Enjoy a holiday tea special through the New Year that offers a seasonal twist on their traditional offerings. Try the roasted ham, watercress, and sharp cheddar tea sandwich followed by a crunchy gingerbread man and wash it down with your choice of loose leaf teas. Wednesday through Friday, 1–4 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 230 Dartmouth St., 617-859-2251
Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood offers a menu that stretches back to 1865 when the tradition started at the original Langham Hotel in London. Let the weekend pianist serenade you this holiday season while you indulge in tea, savory finger sandwiches, a traditional scone, and other sweet treats. 2–7 p.m. daily. 250 Franklin St., 617-451-1900
Experience a traditional tea with handmade scones at this cozy tearoom, as well as a variety of sweet and savory finger foods like mini tarts, brie and cranberry puff pastries, and caramelized onion or goat cheese tea sandwiches. 129 Belmont St., 617-470-4321
Join the lively characters from the Boston Ballet’s production of TheNutcracker at the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea in the Washington Junior Ballroom for a variety of desserts like macaroons and red velvet cupcakes, sing-alongs, and holiday crafts with Catching Joy. December 5, 6, and 13 at 11 a.m. 10 Avery St., 617-574-7100
Find a seat overlooking the water at this sleek restaurant and order the Harbor Tea to sample your choice of tea, savory and sweet bites, and a glass of sparkling wine. 3–4:30 p.m. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744