The Recommender

I want to take my teenage daughter out to high tea—do you know a place that’s not too formal or stuffy?

TRY UpStairs on the Square, the popular Harvard Square haunt.

WHY Unlike traditional hotel high teas, this Saturday afternoon offering is a quirkier affair, set against the gilt fab-ulence of the Monday Club Bar. The whimsical pastries (mini éclairs, cupcakes) ensure that any eye-rolling on her part will be the ecstatic kind.

91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-864-1933,