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 becoming more and more popular in Baltimore. Choices range from a casual "tea lounge" to the re-creation of a formal English tea room. You can even enjoy your afternoon tea in an old-fashioned Southern tea room. However you take your tea, Baltimore has a tea house for you.
Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore so it makes sense that Baltimoreons have quite a variety of places to enjoy teatime.
Granite Rose Tea Parlour
The Granite Rose Tea Parlour, located in Granite, Maryland, offers tea in a 1890s Victorian home in the historic community of Granite. You can stop by for tea and a scone in the morning or take part in their afternoon teas. In the warmer months, you can enjoy tea on the outside deck or relax on the front porch. Afternoon tea includes a scone with clotted cream and preserves, fresh fruit, garnish, savories, assorted sweets and, of course, tea.
Teavolve Cafe, located in the Harbor East section of Baltimore, serves over 30 varieties of loose leaf tea. This cozy neighborhood cafe also serves espresso and coffee beverages using locally roasted beans; house-made sangria; and good things to eat such as salads and wraps.
You can purchase loose-leaf tea to take home.
Tea by Two
Tea by Two, located in Bel Air in a quaint cottage, serves a traditional tea. Tea lovers will choose from 60 varieties of fine loose teas. The many menu options include a three-tiered serving of freshly baked scones, sandwiches, and sweets. The shop offers teas and tea-making accessories.
Their calendar includes creative and fun events such as a murder mystery tea and a celebration of National Tea Month.
Lady Camellia, located in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown, offers a variety of afternoon teas. The "Full Tea" includes a pot of tea, two scones or croissants, four pastries, and two tea sandwiches.
They offer gluten-free options. All of their English pies are naturally gluten-free, and they can make all of the sandwiches on gluten-free bread. All of the macarons are also gluten-free as well as the crème brûlée and pannacotta.
The teas are served in an attractive traditional setting. Reservations are recommended.
Kate Pearl Tea Room
The Kate Pearl Tea Room, formerly Gypsy's, is located in the Historic William Winchester House in Westminster. The Kate Pearl Tea Room is an English style tearoom serving tea and accompaniments all day. The afternoon tea is by reservation only. The full afternoon tea option includes soup or salad; scones with clotted cream and spreads; fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, savories, sweets, and sorbet.
Emma's Tea Spot
Emma's Tea Spot, in Baltimore, is committed to using authentic British products, local vendors and farms, and seasonal produce.
You can stop by for a quick cup of tea or make a reservation for High Tea or Queen's Tea for groups of two or more. The High Tea includes your choice of tea and sarnie served with a sweet or savory scone and all the trimmings, topped off with a selection of British sweets and biscuits.
Cuples Tea House
Cuples Tea House, located in Baltimore, is a family-owned business offering “An Urban Tea Experience.” Cuples features premium loose leaf teas, tea accessories, and "culture in a socially connected atmosphere." This is the modern-day version of the British tea room. It's a place to go for loose-leaf teas and tea accessories. They hope to add facilities for a full-scale tea room in the future.