Best Tea in Boston

2007 Best Tea, House

Cha Fahn

Jamaica Plain

If the array of refined Asian-inspired nibbles doesn’t clue you in, the owners of this four-year-old restaurant will take pains to make clear that Cha Fahn is about much more…Read More

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 pastries and canapés. We recommend…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 Plain’s Cha Fahn feels like…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 Tealuxe branch. This subtly retro…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 selections. The menu offers authentic…Read More

2001 Best Team

Boston College hockey

The football players are better known for making book, and the hoopsters for celebrating at Mary Ann’s, but Jerry York’s BC hockey team brought the Heights its first NCAA title…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 to herbal infusions. For summer,…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 a cup of Rose Congou…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 must), the Four Seasons Hotel…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 green tea. The homemade pastries…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 formal British-style afternoon tea, replete…Read More

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