Best of Boston

Best Tea

2006 Best Tea, Afternoon


For a modern Boston tea party, head to L'Espalier on a Saturday afternoon, when the Back Bay brownstone is filled with elegant ladies nibbling on [...] read more»
2005 Best Tea

Cha Fahn Tea

Jamaica Plain
The city's recent tidal wave of boba teas, loose-leaf blends, and trendy teahouses has been difficult to wade through, but the calming sanctuary inside Jamaica [...] read more»
2002 Best Tea


Given this town's historically intense dedication to tea, you'd expect us to claim at least one intensely dedicated tea outpost. Well, we have two—each a [...] read more»
2001 Best Tea

Tea-Tray in the Sky

Boston has long had a stormy relationship with tea, but this Alice in Wonderland-inspired joint puts all bad memories to rest with its 80-plus flavor [...] read more»
1999 Best Tea

Tea Tray in the Sky

This little cafe offers a welcome respite from Starbucks culture, offering everything from your standard Assam to more exotic blends, from scented and flavored teas [...] read more»
1998 Best Tea, Afternoon

Bristol Lounge

Life should always pause around 4 p.m. so people can revive themselves with a cup of tea. Besides this genteel refreshment (or coffee, if you [...] read more»
1998 Best Tea, House


Built for a rainy October day— or snowy February— or any day that needs a little sprucing. With Billie Holiday singing from the shadows and [...] read more»
1997 Best Tea, House


A reinvention of the English tea salon, guaranteed to lure the true connoisseur. They offer almost 140 varieties, from the finest-grade Indian Darjeeling to Japanese [...] read more»
1994 Best Tea

Ace of Cups Teashop and Bakery

Brookline Village
A funky yet civilized place to sink into an overstuffed chair and enjoy a pot of tea and a light meal. Make reservations for the [...] read more»
1981 Best Tea

The Afternoon Tea at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The café, which is open during the classical-music recitals too, serves a dozen different teas, as well as light lunches. read more»