One of the most luxurious ways to treat yourself is to enjoy high tea, with fresh baked goods, sandwiches, and of course, gourmet tea. Find the best spots for high tea in Greater Phoenix, including the The Phoenician and more.
Japanese Friendship Garden
If the location didn't give it away, downtown Phoenix's Japanese Friendship Garden is not your usual traditional English tea time. Instead, as you pass the koi-filled pond and waterfall, you arrive at the tea house, where you learn about the history of the garden and tea ceremony. The ceremony lasts 30 minutes and requires complete silence. Sip on matcha and let the calming atmosphere bring you into a state of peace. The ceremony is currently postponed due to the pandemic, but traditionally are held monthly on Saturdays from October to July.
1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix
In the English tradition, afternoon tea is served daily in the Phoenician Afternoon Tea Room. You'll feel pampered while being treated to finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, pastries and a selection of fine tea blends. Classic and contemporary music provides a charming backdrop for a relaxing afternoon break. First seating is at 2 p.m. and reservations are required.
6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The English Rose Tea Room
The most traditional high tea you'll find in Greater Phoenix is in Carefree, at The English Rose Tea Room. Every inch of the space screams England, and you can even try on fancy hats to complete the look. The English Rose Tea Room offers 50 teas, as well as quiches, soups, sandwiches, and warm vanilla scones. Reservations are recommended.
201 Easy St., #103, Carefree