Tea drinker or not, there’s something magical about tea time. Lovely china, tiny sandwiches, fun desserts, and a piping hot cup of tea certainly make for a special afternoon. Whether you’re planning a day out with the ladies or a special date with your children, our roundup has all the best options for afternoon tea in the Boston area! (Note that some spots aren’t exactly geared toward the younger crowd, but there’s something here for everyone!)
Courtyard Tea Room at the Boston Public Library
230 Dartmouth Street, Boston
You won’t find a better location than this hidden jewel. Tucked inside the Boston Public Library’s beautiful McKim Building, the Courtyard Tea Room overlooks the library’s stunning Italianate Courtyard — a true sanctuary in Boston’s Back Bay. This elegant, classic tea offers a twist on New England culinary favorites, including finely crafted tea sandwiches, sweets, and scones.
1 Water Street, Sandwich
A perfect stop on the Cape, the Dunbar House has a rich history — beginning in 1650 when one of Sandwich’s founding fathers built the home! This tea room offers a comforting atmosphere and provides a variety of menus and several a la carte items. It also offers a special tea time for little ones!
272 Main Street, Walpole
This fun and fancy tea room was born from the owner’s affinity for Victorian England, an obsession with Marie Antoinette, and a love of all things PINK! Each guest at this adorable tea room receives their own pot of tea and can choose from over 100 amazing flavors!
Jolie Tea Company
316 Derby Street, Salem
“Allow the simple experience of taking tea to quiet the mind, give clarity to thought, and open you to truth and beauty.” This soothing philosophy from Jolie Tea Company is just what mom needs! Whether you’re visiting for traditional high tea, a macaron and tea tasting, a book club, or a kids tea, you’ll be nourished by the elegant setting and the wonderful beverages and bites.
Silver Dove Tea
24 Tremont Street, Boston
At Silver Dove, you’ll find a wide selection of teas and herbal infusions from around the world, with each pot brewed specifically to bring out the natural flavor of the leaves and characteristics of the style. Plus, you’ll enjoy a variety of finger sandwiches, savory canapés, cakes, scones, macarons, and other pastries with your tea. Bonus for allergy families — the kitchen is dedicated gluten and peanut free!
The Tea Leaf
487 Moody Street, Waltham
The Tea Leaf is home to the Watch City Arts Gallery, each month showcasing the work of visual artists from the community and beyond. Many of their delicious savories and sweets are provided by a rotation of featured local food artisans. The Tea Leaf also features a children’s tea with fun sandwiches and an option for hot chocolate.
Trifecta at the Four Seasons
1 Dalton Street, Boston
Trifecta is the perfect place to indulge in elegant and eclectic afternoon high tea with your little one — with a special menu just for tiny palates. Kids will receive their own pot of tea or hot chocolate, plus a glass of sparkling cider and the fanciest of treats and savory bites.
Wenham Tea House
4 Monument Street, Wenham
Choose from several options for this decadent, high tea experience (possibly even a special tea for one?). Wenham Tea House also offers selections for children during regular tea time, plus special children’s tea time events with a character and story time.
Abigail’s Tea Room
Congress Street Bridge, Boston
This isn’t a typical afternoon tea, but it’s a great spot for a nice cup and a snack. At only $3.99 for a tea tasting, this is a perfect spot to stop in when visiting the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
This roundup of Boston-area afternoon tea locations was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2023.
Fancy that in Walpole also has a lovely tea service and the shop has tons of cute Victorian and tea themed items.