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Jan 15, 2013 10:29 PM

Place for tea

I will be joining a friend for a shopping trip at Blicks (on Chestnut) for some much needed art supplies and afterwards i'd like to go for tea. We are two creatives in our 40's and have been good friends since art school. I need a place where we can sit back, enjoy some tea and have a lovely time on a Saturday afternoon. Suggestions please.

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  1. The Dandelion Pub has teach in mid afternoon. Perhaps not exactly high tea but offer both savory and sweets to accompany your drink.

    The Swan Lounge at the Four Seasons offers high tea, from 3-430.

    XiX at the Hyatt offers tea (30 dollars) 2-4. Reservations recommended.

    RIttenhouse Hotel used to offer high tea, but not sure if they do any longer.

    The one other place to consider is La Petite Dauphine. Decidedly french, but has a wonderful selection of tea, and great pastries. See this discussion.

    All of these places, with the possible exception of XIX are within walking distance of Rittenhouse Square.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Thanks for the suggestions. Sadly we wont be that close to Rittenhouse Square but these are doable, we'll be way closer to Macys as we will be shopping at Blicks On Chestnut.

      1. re: ThePrettypoodle

        Then XiX at the Hyatt will be very close. About three blocks away across Broad street.

        Green Eggs Cafe at 13th and Locust would be walkable as well. Open until 4pm, cash only.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Oh cool...both are so close. Which is better? We'll be casual that day- a jeans, sneakers kinda day.

          1. re: ThePrettypoodle

            They are two completely different experiences. XIX is high tea in a beautiful space with a great view over the city. I don't think your casual dress would matter. They have both an a la carte and formal tea. I would call to make sure they are serving the full tea if that is what you are interested in.
   and look at the section labelled cafe.

            Green Eggs Cafe is a funky cafe with good down home food and nice tea selection. It really depends on what you are looking for.

        2. re: ThePrettypoodle

          The Mary Cassat Tea room is still at the Rittenhouse and I recommend it.

      2. The Art Museum (what could be better?)

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        1. re: arepo

          Oh that could be fun....does flash run this time of year as it is a long walk:( and cabs are a treat we cant afford:(

          1. re: ThePrettypoodle

            Unfortunately not. Phlash schedule is as follows.
            Seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day
            May, September, October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
            Pickup approximately every 15 minutes (Between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

        2. There are other ways to get the the Art Museum from the Macy's area. On Broad Street, the 32 Bus stops at 2401 Pennsylvania AVe, directly across the street from the Perlman
          or the main Museum. (traffic light)

          But, while I don't know the route of the 38, I believe it makes
          a stop right at the Art Museum on it's way to West Philly.

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          1. re: Bashful3

            Yes you can pick up the 38 on Market St and it will drop you off at the rear entrance to the museum.