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High Tea in Minneapolis?

Ringo Gato Apr 30, 2013 08:47 PM

I am hoping to take an 80-something aunt to tea in Minneapolis or Bloomington next week. Do you have any suggestions?

  1. The Dairy Queen May 1, 2013 01:14 AM

    I've always wanted to go to the St. Paul Hotel's afternoon tea, but a quick glance at their calendar indicates it appears to be sold out for all of May.

    MN Monthly's run-down of Twin Cities teas (from Jan 2013) came up when I googled on SPH afternoon tea, so I thought I'd link it. http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media...

    For posterity (and obviously not for you Ringo), American Girl at the MOA does tea for young children and their dollies, too.

    Please do report back!


    9 Replies
    1. re: The Dairy Queen
      sheepy May 1, 2013 11:39 AM

      I rarely wish I had a child, but this makes me wish I did.

      1. re: sheepy
        The Dairy Queen May 1, 2013 12:51 PM

        Patrick Ruesse was just talking on air a week or two ago about how he accompanied his granddaughter to American Girl for tea because he was dying of curiosity.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen
          sheepy May 1, 2013 04:18 PM

          How creepy would it be if I took my 80-year-old mom and no kid?

          1. re: sheepy
            justalex May 1, 2013 04:40 PM

            My aunt collected dolls well into her 80's. I don't think it would be creepy at all, just kind of cute.

            1. re: sheepy
              The Dairy Queen May 2, 2013 03:26 AM

              Really, I don't see how they could refuse you. I have no idea how out of place you'd feel, though, as I've never been... http://www.americangirl.com/stores/location_min.php#dining

              I do think that part of the charm of the experience is that they wait on your doll. Do you have a doll to bring? (HA! Okay, now I think THAT would be creepy.)

              ETA: Oh! No need to bring your doll! They have loaners. http://www.americangirl.com/stores/experience_dining.php

              Here's some random blog post I found: http://livelifecreateart.blogspot.com/2012/06/trip-to-american-girl-place-mall-of.html

              Kathie Jenkins seems to think that "ladies who lunch" would be welcome: http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_151...

              If you go, PLEASE report back.


        2. re: The Dairy Queen
          gildeddawn May 1, 2013 12:16 PM

          Also for posterity, since it's sold out this month, apparently - the St. Paul Hotel afternoon tea is absolutely lovely. Everyone in the party gets a different antique teacup, and the food is dainty and beautifully served. It's completely over-the-top, but in a very good way that's perfect for high tea.

          I've heard that Brit's Pub does a good job, too.

          1. re: gildeddawn
            liesel May 1, 2013 06:07 PM

            St. Paul Hotel tea is very nice. You sit in the lobby and get about 4 small courses and bottomless tea. Highly recommend but you do need to plan since they sell out in advance.

          2. re: The Dairy Queen
            eastsidegirl May 2, 2013 07:38 AM

            The do afternoon teas at the Minnetonka General Store. I don't remember the schedule.

            They used to have lovely teas out at the Arboretum. Here is the current schedule:

            1. re: eastsidegirl
              eajohnso2000 May 6, 2013 11:26 AM

              Lady Elegant's in Como in St. Paul...I've never been but passed by it a few times visiting a bridal shop that is no longer in business (Milton's).


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            ChillyDog May 1, 2013 10:10 AM

            Not in Mpls or Bloomington but, Cafe Latte.


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              gryffindor249 May 6, 2013 01:44 PM

              Cafe Latte's tea is good, but it is not really full-service.

              If you don't mind heading into the uncharted terrors of St. Paul, I recommend Lady Elegant's:


              Very intimate and fancy....nice service.

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