One of the favorite stops for pretty affordable afternoon tea in LA is the Chado Tea room. They have multiple tea rooms, but I personally enjoy the one downtown in the Japanese American National Museum the best because it has an outdoor garden.
The afternoon tea for about $18 is a nice, not TOO pricy a way to enjoy a classic tea experience, but getting the sandwiches and soups a la carte is great too. The scones are excellent, especially because they come hot out of the oven and with strawberries and magical whipped cream, but the cakes and cookies not so much.
The best thing about this place is the choice of teas is ENCYCLOPEDIC. I’m not even exaggerating. My recommendation is to look through the tea selection online and pick something before you go because the tea menu is literally a tea encyclopedia.
Recently, I’ve been enjoying the African teas on their menu. The large tea selection makes me feel like I’m sort of traveling to a new destination every time I stop by there for tea time, so it never gets old. They also sell all their teas loose leaf so you can take the experience home.
So that’s the end of our little tea journey through SoCal LA. There are plenty more tea houses and places that I haven’t tried, such as The Scarlett Tea Room and the Hwa Sun Ji Tea & Coffe Korean tea house that have been on my list for a long time.
What’s your local favorite tea room?