5 places for afternoon tea in San Diego

AubreyRose Tea Room La Mesa
Truer words have never been spoken at this sweet spot in La Mesa. | Photo via @aubreyrosetearoom

Pinkies up, San Diego. We love a good cup of tea, which got us thinking about cute places across our city where you can enjoy afternoon tea — complete with tiered trays of treats and a soothing ambiance.

So get cozy — we’re about to spill the tea.

🌹 The AubreyRose Tea Room | 8362 La Mesa Blvd.

This sweet little spot in downtown La Mesa has been pouring afternoon tea since 2003. Loose leaf varieties reign here, and three-tiered trays boast finger sandwiches, fruit + petite sweets. This location is open Friday-Sunday, with specific tea times and reservations required.

Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea San Diego
A tiered tray of treats at the English tea room on India Street. | Photo via @brit_shoppe

🇬🇧 Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe + Afternoon Tea | 3719 India St.

This British family-owned gift shop near Mission Hills runs a traditional English tea room on its patio daily, with three sittings. The menu includes quiche, sausage rolls, scones with cream, lemon curd and never-ending pots of tea. Reservations are recommended (required after 3 p.m.) and Shakespeare’s also offers afternoon tea or cream tea to-goperfect for a picnic.

Coral Tree Tea House
Tea in a Victorian house is on a whole new level. | Photo via @jennaasdel

🏠 Coral Tree Tea House | 2490 Heritage Park Row

We’re talking tea in a truly historic settinginside the 1887 McConaughy House at Heritage Park near Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Relax in one of the dining rooms of the Victorian home while sipping freshly steeped tea and enjoying tea sandwiches, scones, desserts + apple waldorf salad. This spot is open Friday-Sunday; reservations required.

The Grand Tea Room Escondido
Tea just hits the spot. | Photo via @savvysweets

🫖 The Grand Tea Room | 145 W. Grand Ave.

This family-run, full service tea room and gift shop is located in the historical downtown district of Escondido in San Diego’s North County. The menu features 40+ loose leaf teas and several treat tray options — with traditional afternoon tea service served over the course of a 2-hour sitting. The Grand is open Tuesday-Saturday; reservations recommended.

Tea at San Diego's Westgate Hotel
In the afternoons, we drink tea. | Photo via @westgatehotel

🛎️ Afternoon Tea at The Westgate Hotel | 1055 2nd Ave.
The downtown San Diego hotel hosts tea time in its elegant Grand Lobby, offering a range of black, green, white + herbal teas. This is accompanied by a three-course spread of savory items, scones and French pastries like macarons. Afternoon tea service is available Thursday-Sunday; reservations required.

Pssst: This is a sample of adorable tea rooms in our city. If we missed your favorite spot, please share the tea and send us an email: [email protected]