Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 19 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles
that will cost $25 or less.
Come on. You know you want to. Doesn’t afternoon tea sound divine?
Gone are the days when ladies and gentlemen dressed up and socialized over an afternoon pot of tea and scones, at least in America. But wait; not so fast. It seems afternoon tea has made a resurgence in Los Angeles, perhaps in light of the success of such shows as Downton Abbey and some very popular Royals across the pond.
An elegant high tea served with a slice of civility in Los Angeles, however, will set you back $35-$60 per person. Instead of the snooty atmosphere and high cost of an English tea room, why not go east and experience an Asian tea ceremony?
When I was in Beijing, I enjoyed a tea ceremony in a traditional tea house. I was amazed at the variety of teas and the techniques used to coax the ultimate flavor from tea leaves. It was a fascinating experience, and the teas were delicious.
But there’s no need to go to Beijing for a cup of Asian tea. Just drop in to Chado Tea Room. For $20 a person ($13 without dessert), you’ll learn about tea history and gain a new appreciation for the fundamentals of producing world-class teas.
Guests choose from 367 specialty teas. And for a little touch of jolly old England, your pot of tea comes with a selection of toasted sandwiches, scones, jam and a slice of cake.
No need to keep a stiff upper lip here, though. The ambiance is casual and relaxing. Reservations are a must.
You can find Chado Tea Room at three locations:
Los Angeles Location
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite #209
Hollywood, CA 90028
Hours: Daily 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Phone: (323) 472-8111
Inside Japanese American National Museum
369 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Daily 11:30AM-6:00PM
Phone: (213) 258-2581
79 N. Raymond
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours: Daily 11:30AM to 7:00PM
Phone: (626) 431-2832
For more information, check their website at: http://www.chadotea.com/.