Tea is wonderful any day, and at any time. However, there is something special about the tradition and civility of afternoon tea. It’s a chance to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life. Technically, two of the five places below are not in Las Vegas (they’re in Henderson). But each location has earned its place on this list. Whether you need a breather from the hustle and bustle of the Strip, are in search of a sophisticated activity to complement your afternoon show or are simply looking to relax after indulging in the city’s nightlife, here are some teatime spots that are sure to strike your fancy.
Proper-Tea inside The Stove
Proper-Tea is the lovely tea room inside Henderson brunch favorite, The Stove. And although ‘proper’ is in the name, there is nothing stuffy or old-fashioned about this place. Tea lovers can enjoy a classic high tea menu with quality (often locally sourced) ingredients, while also being surprised by the alcoholic tea assortment and charcuterie platter. Who said afternoon tea has to be a delicate affair? Customers are admitted to Proper-Tea with a reservation only – a reservation that is well worth making, for the warm service, stylish locale and superior selection.
Gäbi Café & Bakery
A heavy, inconspicuous wooden door hides the allure of Gäbi Coffee and Bakery, away from the rest of the world. Vintage and varied furniture dot the surprisingly sunny interior. The kitchen is located in the center of the space, seemingly inside a full-sized greenhouse. There are books, a multitier step seating area, and Instagram-ready confections to go along with the delightful beverages. The classic floral tea cups and pots seem to be in their natural shabby-chic environment between these four walls in Chinatown. For a lovely sweet treat, come after three p.m. when the ‘dessert’ portion of the menu becomes available.
Tea and Whisk
A temple to all things tea, Tea and Whisk offers nothing in the way of food or snacks, a fact that is very much compensated for by the sheer variety of teas and experiences at this Henderson establishment. On any given day, customers can choose to attend lessons, specialized tea services or simply sip and enjoy. And for the ultimate souvenir, Tea and Whisk also sells (among many tea accessories) loose teas so that customers may replicate the experience at home. Although the charming atmosphere cannot fit in the bag along with the leaves, this is still a worthwhile purchase.
The Gong Fu tea ceremony is a ritualized and relaxing experience where tea is prepared and presented. At Niu-Gu customers who book the tea ceremony (in advance) are exposed to a culturally educational drinking event. This establishment prides itself on a farm-to-cup philosophy that allows tea lovers to become familiar with the exact origin, harvesting method, and history of the leaves before choosing the ones they’d like to drink. It’s a unique interaction led by a knowledgeable host who guides customers through an enjoyable and soothing tea journey. Come hungry, because, in addition to singular teas, this Chinatown restaurant also has a full menu of Chinese specialties.
On the Strip, Veranda inside the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort offers a traditional afternoon tea (with 24-hour notice). Customers can relish classic tea options and accompaniments such as Russian earl grey or golden chamomile flowers coupled with scones slathered in fresh Devonshire cream or apple cinnamon crumb tarts. Of course in true Las Vegas fashion, a glass of Champagne can be added for that extra afternoon bubbly pick-me-up. The outside seating is particularly wonderful during cooler weather, and evokes true escapism from the hustle and bustle of daily existence.
Each of these one-of-a-kind tea experiences is likely to highlight the most important ingredient of all: good company.