High tea in Rome

High Tea in Rome

Best Tea Rooms and Tea Shops in Rome

In Rome, you “take a coffee” to have a quick moment to yourself, to have a breakeven if it only lasts a few minutes. Now imagine, an afternoon ritual involving elegant salons, healthy and relaxing tea and delicious finger food. Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you “High Tea” in Rome. I sat down with Chiara Bedini, one of the owners of Babington’s, the first Tea Room in Rome and the place for afternoon tea, to learn more the charming British ritual and the do’s and dont’s of Tea Time.

DON’T: Lemon and Milk
1.Never put a lemon in your tea, it ruins the taste and all of the health benefits. Milk should only go in a chai or black tea, never in a white or green.

DO: Try Tea as Wine
2. A Black tea is equivalent to a red wine and can be enjoyed with meat dishes, while a green tea complements fish and lighter meals as a white wine would.

DO: Invest in your Tea
3. The quality of Tea is crucial. High quality tea can be brewed up to 6 times and maintain its taste and aroma, while low quality teas are made from the dust of tea leaves, are used only once and can have damaging chemicals.

Hig Tea in Rome
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

TEA ROOMS IN ROME

Babington’s

Piazza di Spagna, 23
Mon-Sun 10am-9pm
Tea Time: Anytime
babingtons.com

Babington's Tea Rooms and Tea Shop in Rome

Babington’s has been “a little corner of England in Rome” since it opened in 1893. For a tearoom/restaurant situated in the most popular and frenetic piazza in Rome, it’s remarkable just how relaxing the atmosphere of this refined land of scones, crumpets and cupcakes feels. It’s intimate, family-run and yet special enough to make you feel like you do indeed deserve a Babington Champagne Brunch or High Tea. Sip the finest tea, indulge in apple pie, pancakes and eggs Benedict done properly and be a part of 120 years of history. You can also stop by for a high-quality tea on the go, to sip while you wander through Piazza di Spagna.

The St. Regis

Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3
Tea Time: Mon-Sun 3pm-6pm
stregisrome.com/en/afternoon-tea

st regis Tea Room in Rome

Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis is a longstanding tradition offered at hotels around the world. Tea is taken seriously here and they even have a “Tea Sommelier” on hand to help you choose from the exclusive Dammann Frères brand of teas, which are accompanied by the classic tea sandwiches and scones.

Tea with Tiepolo @ Rome Cavalieri

Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101
Tea Time: Mon-Sun 4pm-6:30pm
romecavalieri.com/tiepolo.php

Tea with Tiepolo at Rome Cavalieri

Served on elegant Vermeil Tea Set, “Tea with Tiepolo” is enjoyed against the backdrop of a magnificent 18th century work of art, the “Tiepolo Triptych.” Rare teas from China and Japan coupled with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries, and the beautiful Tiepolo lounge and terrace- make this a High Tea to remember.

TEA SHOPS IN ROME

Tè e Teiere

Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 37
Mon 4-7:30pm; Tue-Sat 11am-7:30pm;
Sun 12-7pm
teeteiere.com

Te & Teiere Roma

For passionate and serious tea drinkers, Tè e Teiere is one of Rome’s go to shops. It has an extensive selection of high quality teas, artisanal teapots and saucers teacups, saucers, pots, from all over Asia. The tea menu has over 50 rare brews of pure teas including a 500 year-old “Puer” from China, as well as green and black teas infused with natural flavor and caffeine-free herbal teas. You can even choose from a selection of specially flavored sugars.

BiblioTèque

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 124
Tue-Sat 10am-1:30pm / 3:30-7:30pm; Mon-
Sun 3:30-7:30pm
biblioteq.it

biblioTèq Tea Shop in Rome

Bibliotèq’s tea selection hails from China, Japan, Vietnam, Africa, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, providing those who wander in access to a wide selection of the world’s finest green, black, chai, white and herbal blends. They have everything you need for your afternoon tea, including special cups and pots, and will explain the origins of the tea and help you choose your ideal blend.

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