Where to go for English style afternoon tea in the San Jose area.

Table at Chic Chateau, now closed. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

While San Jose is filled with Asian restaurants and cafes that sell tea, the English and European tea experience is very much available in the area. I have had the pleasure of visiting some of these venues, and I’ll be posting reviews of them as soon as possible, but for now, here is a list of European-style tea shops in the San Jose area. I was also surprised to find that there are two catering companies that specialize in providing traditional English-style afternoon teas, so I’ve included their contact information. I encourage all San Jose tea lovers to research and visit these places for themselves, and spread the word! In a recession economy like ours, specialty businesses like tea rooms tend to be driven out of existence, so let’s help keep them around! Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Ainsley House Gardens (offers tea and tours by reservation only)
(408) 866-2119
300 Grant St, Campbell, CA 95008

Cynthia’s Tea Garden
(510) 490-7760
4071 Bay St, Fremont, CA 94538

Lisa’s Tea Treasures
(408) 247-3613
377 Santana Row, #1145, San Jose, CA 95128

Lisa’s Tea Treasures
(408) 371-7377
1875 S Bascom Ave, #165, Campbell, CA 95008

Russian Tea House
(408) 879-8077
2080 S. Bascom Ave, #A, Campbell, CA 95008

Satori Tea Bar
(408)772-4500
37 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Tea Time
(650) 328-2877
542 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

The Lobby Lounge at The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose
(408)998-1900
170 S. Market St, San Jose

Tyme for Tea & Company
(510) 790-0944
37501 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

Tea caterers:

Tea Traditions
(408) 599-8273
San Jose, CA 95125

Victoria’s Tea Parties
(408) 394-6412
San Jose, CA 95133

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information: Asian style tea shops
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in the San Jose area
Tea vendors at the San Pedro Square Farmers’ Market

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