Teetotaling is one of my favorite pursuits. Here's where I go to put my pinkie up, either for afternoon tea service or to pick something up to brew at home.
Rainbow has the best bulk tea selection in town.
Afternoon tea here is the most luxurious in town, with thoughtful twists like rose petal jam for scones.
Tea has been a tradition here for 106 years, yet it's modern enough to offer the rare option of a vegetarian afternoon tea.
Tea in the Rotunda offers a wonderful view of the store's beautiful design from up high.
Afternoon tea is served only during the winter holiday season, which is a shame because it's so lovely. The view, of course, is unparalleled.
It's not always easy to walk in here at this adorably mismatched parlor. If you must go without a reservation, try Father's Day or after 5 PM.
Afternoon tea here is always elegant, or you can sweet talk your way into the private executive's lounge for tea and house-made sweets like lollipops and marshmallows.
Aroma is good for bulk tea out in the Avenues. There's also a location on Polk.
This frilly spot is near Golden Gate Park and offers a nice variety of beverages during tea including hot chocolate and lemonade, which is good for kids.
After sipping in the tea room across the street, the Attic is a better place to quietly browse tea selections and super cute tea-related gifts. As for the tea itself, they've got traditional offerings as well as fun flavors like chocolate truffle and lemon meringue.
You have to sign up way in advance, but it's fun to go to the Iron Cupcake events that happen here.
This is a great spot for gifts and the service is super friendly.
Take your tea outdoors here for a relaxing and grand view of Yerba Buena.
This location of Samovar has introduced me to rare teas such as purple tea, which has an extraordinary flavor.
Afternoon tea is only offered here on Mondays through Wednesdays, but it's worth skipping work or calling in sick to try it out because the delicacies are all creative and unusual.
The delicate dumplings and other savory snacks here are a great alternative to English tea sandwiches.
It's such a delight to have something so delicate and girly located South of Market.
This Canadian tea-tailer has a wide variety of novelty creations, like tea with edible glitter.
There is no more serene place for tea in the Bay Area if you don't go on the weekend.
This cafe and exhibition candy kitchen recently started serving tea on Sundays and Mondays and offers artisan sandwiches with local ingredients and plenty of sweets.