It’s not quite the glamour of London or Paris, but San Francisco does have a few posh places to enjoy one of the most civilized of dining experiences: afternoon tea. Whether for a special occasion with family and friends or a much-needed shopping break, it’s a reinvigorating and relaxing tradition to sip on fine china and snack on sandwiches and sweets.
Fortunately, the downtown hotels and department stores are back this year with splashy teas. In triumphant returns: The Palace has reopened the historic Garden Court, where guests settle in under a golden dome filled with chandeliers. And Neiman Marcus has relit the Rotunda, that extraordinary glass structure with a sweeping view of Union Square. But whether you require a champagne toast at a dazzling hotel or simply want a cozy cuppa in a neighborhood shop, here’s where to find a truly delightful afternoon tea.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More