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Top Picks… Tea Time!

May 09, 2016
California Cuppa

She’s dreamy, leafy and oh so steamy. It’s no wonder then that this West Coast wonder is home to countless tea-rific hotspots, from new, neighbourhood nooks to chai’d and tested classics.

Courtesy of resident java junkies Alfred Coffee, Melrose-bound belles can now quench their retail-induced thirst at Alfred Tea Room. Draped entirely in decadent rose-hued interiors, this fashion-fave desti will keep your pinkies poised with speciality brews of matcha, chai, and boba, as well as dainty, pint-sized pastries.

Or, perhaps your tastebuds will get oolong better with the loftily gorgeous American Tea Room. Nestled in the heart of the Arts District, this tech-centric lounge features an interactive digital Tea Zone with international roasts, industri-cool urban patio accented by a living wallscape and fire pits wired for USB charging.

If city soaks are not your cuppa, you’ll find warming respite from the urban bustle at The Huntington’s Rose Garden Tea Room, a long-standing favourite for picturesque, gardenside sipping, with light-flooded interiors overlooking the sprawling greenery of the Pasadena estate. Or, take your Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa, and emerge from the depths of ancient Rome for a post-gallery refresh with seasonal bite-sized treats and the signature pine and lavender-scented brew inspired by the aromas of the villa’s themed gardens.

Not cutting it, Camilla? Surrender parched palates at the hands of The Peninsula for traditional sips in the hotel’s decadent Living Room, complete with harpist and dainty finger sandwiches. Cha-aah.

Alfred Tea Room / 8428 Melrose Pl / +1 323 944 0811 / 7am-7pm daily /

American Tea Room / 909 S Santa Fe Ave / +1 213 239 9100 / 9am-7pm Mon-Sat /

Huntington Garden Café / The Huntington Library / 1151 Oxford Rd / San Marino / +1 626 405 2100 / 11am-5pm Wed-Mon /

Getty Villa / Founder's Room / 1200 Getty Center Dr / +1 800 369 3059 / 1pm Thu, Sat / book ahead /

The Peninsula / G/F / 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd / Beverly Hills / +1 310 551 2888 / noon, 2.30pm, 5pm Sat-Sun /