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The Six Best Tearooms in Broward and Palm Beach

There's hot tea, iced tea, tea lattes, along with hundreds of herbal, black, white, green, red, and chai teas. And then — of course — there's afternoon tea. 

In England, the drinking of tea is not just something you do to welcome the morning or for a late-day pick-me-up. It's a social event for all classes, the bridge between morning and evening meals. Today, even stateside, afternoon tea — also known as high tea — has become a classy way to lunch or brunch, a "mini meal" in its own right.

For tea lovers, South Florida offers a variety of tearooms where you can sit back, sip, and relax. You just need to know where to look. Here, we've compiled a short list of the best spots to enjoy high tea in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
6. Yaxche Tea Room
14 S Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-865-7618.
Walk into the Yaxche Tea Room and positive messages like "manifest your dreams" and "no matter where you are there is always the potential to make it a spot of heaven" will great you before you even step in the door. Welcome to Yaxche Tea Room, your own personal Zen oasis. This quaint, colorful tearoom will instantly transport you to another time and place. If you're not so into stuffy high tea or highly caffeinated coffee beverages, this will be more your style. Along the walls are tables of crystals, sage, mala beads, dreamcatchers, and various trinkets for sale. Behind the bar, glass jars of fresh teas allow you to custom-blend your own iced or hot drink. Hot teas are served in glass Mason jars with a small shot of honey on the side. On the counter, an assortment of fresh-baked goods features all-natural ingredients, many of which are also gluten-free or vegan. A warm slice of zucchini chip bread is a favorite of many regulars. Best of all, the staff is extremely knowledgable, meaning it is there to help you navigate the loose tea world if you're new to the game. Before leaving, don't forget to try a glass of fermented kombucha tea, available on tap.
5. Vienna Cafe & Bistro
5724 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City. Call 954-680-6599, or visit viennacafeandbistro.com.
If you plan ahead, this bistro establishment in Cooper City offers a traditional high tea that rivals the best of them (but reservations are required), complete with a menu that includes scones served with authentic Devonshire cream and jam. The three-tiered tray that arrives at your table also offers petit fours and fresh fruits. The tea itself is served on fine bone china, and rose petals decorate the white lace tablecloth for a beautiful added touch. High tea starts at $35 per person with a two-person minimum (and two-hour limit). Fancy a mimosa or two? You can make it a "Royal Tea" for $45 per person and receive high-tea service served with a split bottle of Champagne and orange juice.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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