Looking for a taste of England here in Silicon Valley? Want to plan a Downton Abbey-inspired tea party or event? Looking for a local shop to buy high-quality loose teas from around the world?
Here are some of the best traditional tea shops and tea rooms in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
377 Santana Row, San Jose
1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
167 Main Street, Los Altos
This local teahouse has been serving traditional English tea service for 20 years and now has three locations in Silicon Valley. They have daily tea service and have room to host tea parties and special events with service for up to 25 guests. Gluten-free options are available, call in advance. Open daily with fixed tea service times on Saturday and Sundays.
86 Canada Road, Woodside
This historic garden and estate hosts a traditional afternoon tea service on the fourth Wednesday of every month, February through September as well as July 13 and October 19. The tea is served by estate volunteers. Tickets: $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers. Admission includes admission to the house and grounds. Seating is limited. To reserve tea service, call: (650) 364-8300, ext. 508.
14482 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
A modern but vintage-inspired teahouse in Saratoga is the perfect destination for a day out, either exploring downtown Saratoga or wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountain. Open daily 11:30-6pm, last seating is at 4 pm. To reserve tea service, call: 408-867-3606
542 Ramona St., Palo Alto
This small teahouse offers a variety of traditional tea service in the modern feel of a Palo Alto coffee shop. The tea shop sells high-quality loose leaf teas from around the world and offers tea tasting classes and workshops throughout the year.
37501 Niles Blvd, Fremont
This English tea house and gift shop hosts daily tea service and does special events. The shop offers guests fancy hats to wear during the tea. The shop is located in the heart of downtown Niles, a historic railroad town on the east side of Fremont. Vintage tea lovers will enjoy exploring this quirky community full of antique stores, a silent film museum, and the historic rail depot. To reserve tea service, call: (510) 790-0944.
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
This Japanese-style garden offers tea service by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to make reservations.
346 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell
This tea shop sells loose leaf teas, fruit and herbal infusions, and teaware. They host daily tea tastings and sell a selection of hot and iced teas by the cup.