Grab some afternoon tea the next time you're in Orlando.
Updated Feb. 17, 2021
Orlando is a destination filled with thrills and adventure. Fortunately, there are a growing number of places that are serving up the perfect way to wind down and enjoy some small bites and sweet treats along with a soothing cup of tea.
The tradition of afternoon tea originates from Duchess Anna of Bedford in the 19th century. Back then, dinner was served much later than in our modern time, so the Duchess needed a little something after lunch. Nowadays, it's more likely to be served in the late morning or early afternoon, and can be a time of intimate conversation or a group festivity. Here are our top picks for high tea in Orlando, all of which are prioritizing your safety with enhanced health and sanitization measures designed to protect you so you can sip with confidence!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Garden View Tea Room
Don't let the formal decor fool you. High tea at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's Garden View Tea Room is an indulgence, but in a relaxing setting with the magical Mickey touches (check out the "blanket" for the tea pot to keep it warm!) Finger sandwiches, house-made pastries with cream and jam, and a variety of sweets to top off the service.
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Waldorf Astoria® Orlando
Elegant surroundings, smoked salmon, cucumber and egg salad-filled tea sandwiches, live piano music: this resort's Peacock Alley — Royal Tea has all the formality you'd expect from the Waldorf Astoria. More than just scones and biscuits, arts, tea cookies and macaroons fill the sweet part of the menu. Really celebrating? Add a glass of champagne for a "Grand Royal Tea."
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The Tea Room Experience
Founded by a mother-daughter team in 2016, this downtown Orlando venue is a modern tea room that’s perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations or plain old afternoon tea. It’s a wonderful way to discover that tea is in style and there’s no nicer companion than a tea cupcake!
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American Girl Orlando
Within the Orlando store at The Florida Mall®, the American Girl Bistro serves dainty sandwiches and sweet desserts with your choice of hot cocoa or tea. All the girls — human and doll form! — are invited to the weekday Afternoon Tea and Craft.
The afternoon tea menu item (minimum two people) is served on the traditional three-tier tray, but that's the only traditional part about its tea service. Infusion Tea in Winter Park has the vibe of a coffee shop or Boba place, with a gift store and art gallery. More than 70 teas are on the menu, almost two dozen are organic, served hot or iced. A special Mother's Day tea is served on May 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., including mimosas and tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, gelato and a pot of tea for two. Dress is casual, with a small outdoor seating area in front. For reservations, call 407-999-5255.
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