Cue the flowers, tiny finger sandwiches, and fancy hats – it’s tea time. Spring is the perfect season to don your best outfit and head to afternoon tea, and this spring, we’ve got our eye on something special. Much like the rest of the world, we’re gearing up to spend May 19 watching the Royal Wedding, and what better way to celebrate the day than with tea? Here’s our top places for tea in New Orleans, complete with a little Royal Wedding lagniappe.
Where to Have Tea in New Orleans
The Windsor Court
Offering year-round tea services, Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel is the place to go for afternoon tea. Throughout the year, the restaurant features a tea calendar with special themes like Mardi Gras, Mother’s Day, Princess, and Prohibition-themed teas. Enjoy a traditional English tea service with featured tea selections and cocktails at Le Salon.
Salon by Sucré
Savory meets sweet at Salon by Sucré’s Spring Tea. Choose from an extensive menu of tea while enjoying baked scones, sweet macarons, and savory mini quiches and finger sandwiches in the heart of the French Quarter. Be sure to pick up a box of Sucré’s signature macarons for the road after enjoying your tea.
Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton
Enjoy afternoon tea 7 days a week, at either 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. On Saturdays and Sundays, your tea will be accompanied by live music from a local harpist. Enjoy appetizers such as Lobster Salad on Fried Won Ton with Tarragon Aioli and Creole Deviled Egg with Caviar and Green Onion. Freshly-baked scones and mini pastries and desserts add to the dainty deliciousness of this tea time.
Royal Wedding Lagniappe
The Windsor Court
Head to the Polo Club Lounge at the Windsor Court Hotel for a Royal Wedding Watch Party beginning at 5 a.m. on May 19. Enjoy a British-inspired breakfast menu, bottomless mimosas, mid-morning tea service, and more in a setting where you’ll feel like royalty. The event will even feature treats inspired by the couple’s official lemon elderflower wedding cake from Pastry Chef Clair Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery. For those who wish to celebrate with kids, sleep in and head to Royal Tea on May 19 at Le Salon at the Windsor Court for a more traditional afternoon tea. Tea times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will feature royal décor, including life-size, cardboard cutouts of Meghan, Harry, and the Queen, plus miniature Victoria and lemon-elderflower cakes, and corgi-shaped cookies. Reservations are required for both events.