As the cold weather approaches, there is nothing better than heading indoors and warming up with a hot cup of tea. From French-inspired locales to waterfront destinations, we've rounded up our favorite spots for afternoon tea around Boston.
This holiday season, the Mandarin Oriental, Boston is elevating the typical afternoon tea experience with a champagne twist. Cozy up to the hotel’s fireplace while you sip on champagne and natural tea blends accompanied by finger sandwiches and house-made scones. And for those brining along their little ones, Chef Differ curated a special menu inspired by the hotel’s resident elf, MiMO, which features hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows. 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8888
Complete with elegant décor and live harp music, The French Room at the Taj Boston hosts a sophisticated afternoon tea experience you won’t find anywhere else. Along with tasty blends of tea, guests can nosh on light bites, such as scones and pastries, as they sink in to the plush chairs and couches available in the space. 15 Arlington St., 617-536-5700
For an elegant affair, head to The Langham for their afternoon tea with Wedgwood, which features proprietary Langham teas. To accompany their favorite blends, guests can choose from a menu of sweet and savory bites such as traditional English scones, chilled colossal shrimp, and of course, tea sandwiches. And when your pot is empty, if you’re in the mood for some bubbly, we suggest ordering their champagne cocktail with pomegranate vodka and Louis Perdrier champagne. 250 Franklin St., 617-451-1900
Featuring an extensive menu of loose-leaf teas, such as blue flower earl grey, jasmine pearls, and blood orange hibiscus, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tea cravings at this popular location. Pair your favorite blend with their sweet treats, such as assorted French macarons and raspberry thumbprints, but be sure to return after November 24 when their holiday tea returns with special wintry treats and blends for the season. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., 617-859-2251
For a cup of tea with a great view, head to this waterfront location situated at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Choose a blend from their eclectic menu featuring black, green, oolong, white, and herbal tea options, as well as light bites from their list of sandwiches and pastries. For something a bit stronger, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille also offers tea-inspired cocktails such as the tropical garden with tropical oolong tea and Grey Goose vodka or the green tea sparkler featuring thé du Hammam green tea and prosecco. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744