Coffee may be the great American pick-me-up for on-the-go folks, but tea is meant to be sipped in a relaxing atmosphere.
That's why teahouses are growing ever more popular in Baltimore. Choices range from a casual "tea lounge" to the re-creation of a formal English tea room. Or maybe tea an old-fashioned Southern tea is more your style? However you take your tea, Baltimore has a tea house for you.
Berthas Fells Point
Take afternoon tea in a Fells Point pub. Berthas, better known for its oysters, serves three savory items and assorted desserts, tarts and scones at this festive affair. Monday Saturday 3-4:30 p.m., reservations required.
Brighton s Orangerie at Harbor Court Hotel Inner Harbor
This sunny dining room in the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel offers afternoon tea, overlooking the Inner Harbor. Friday and Saturday 3- 5 p.m.
Crown & Thistle Tea Room Sparks
Dine in the Scottish Room or the Garden Room. Both are delightful. Tuesday Saturday, lunch 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m; afternoon tea 3 p.m.
East West Tea Emporium Arnold
Taste the shops many different teas ready along with some tasty treats. At various times throughout the year, the East West Tea Emporium holds special events for tea lovers Open Saturdays noon - 4 p.m.
Finnerteas - Hampden
Enjoy tea in a charming atmosphere complete with tea accessories on display. Finnerteas offers 22 varieties of tea and an assortment of sandwiches and sweets. Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Gertrudes - Baltimore Museum of Art
Sip tea enjoying the view Baltimore Museum of Arts sculpture garden. Wednesday Sunday 3 - 5 p.m.
Petticoat Tea Room Fells Point
Located in Fells Point, Petticoat Tea Room specializes in Southern afternoon tea. Tuesday Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tea on the Tiber Ellicott City
Modeled after an English tea room of the 1850s, this establishment overlooks the Tiber River in Ellicott City. Tea is served in the traditional English manner. Afternoon tea Tuesday - Saturday, twice daily, 12:30 - 3 p.m.
Teavolve Fells Point
Teavolve brings the tea lounge concept to Fells Point, serving "specialtea" drinks such as tea lattes, tea sodas, fruit-tea smoothies & bubble tea. Open Tuesday Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; afternoon tea Saturday and Sunday with a reservation.
Tea by Two - Bel Air
Choices abound in this charming little cottage where you'll find 40 varieties of fine loose teas and many menu options. Open Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thir-Tea First Street Cafe & Tea Room Charles Village
Enjoy a pot of one of the more than 30 kinds of teas and the quaint Victorian setting. Tea is served Tuesday Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday brunch 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.