Okay, let’s spill the tea. While going out for drinks with friends or loved ones can be enjoyable, sometimes unwinding and catching up over a cup of tea is just what you need. Similar to the diverse culinary scene, the tea experiences in Fairfax County will not disappoint. From luxurious afternoon teas to pink-themed tea parties that scream Elle Woods, there's tea for every occasion. These unique spots not only offer tea-riffic brews but also rich desserts, sandwiches, and culturally diverse pastries that will take your taste buds on a delicious getaway.

Round up your girlfriends and boyfriends, or even better, treat your mom to the ultimate Mother's Day outing!


Elden Street Tea Shop

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Elden Street Tea Shop is Northern Virginia’s ultimate tea shop where all things tea can be found. There are over 80 exquisite teas for guests to enjoy that would make anyone become a tea lover.  They welcome all guests of all ages and strive to create unforgettable experiences at their new location at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. Indulge in their afternoon tea service or join one of their exciting events happening throughout the year. The afternoon at Elden is dedicated to teatime. Choose between their beloved Mini Afternoon Tea or opt for the new Full Afternoon Tea experience. The decision is a tough one: the Mini Afternoon Tea features savory quiches, warm scones with seasonal jams and whipped spreads, and two delightful desserts. Meanwhile, the Full Afternoon Tea offers an array of tea sandwiches or quiches, freshly baked scones, and three seasonal desserts. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed to be enchanted.

Celebrate Mother's Day in style with the Mother's Day Tea Party, co-hosted by Elden Street Tea Shop and The Tower Club. Treat Mom like royalty with delectable finger sandwiches, the fluffiest scones, and miniature pastries. Plus, personalize a mug for Mom, ensuring she can savor her favorite brew every day. It's an event that cannot be missed!


Soricha Tea & Theater


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Annandale is home to the area's largest Korean population and is a favorite dining destination for miles around for those seeking authentic Korean dining. Locals and visitors will find Korean BBQ and crispy Korean fried chicken but will stumble upon a hidden gem nestled within this vibrant culinary scene. Embark on a journey into Korean culture right here in Fairfax County. Settle into "traditional" style tea seating, arranged on the theater stage, surrounded by Korean decor that creates a relaxing ambiance you can spend hours in. While Soricha Tea & Theater offers a variety of tempting Korean smoothies and lattes, the true star is their collection of organic teas imported from Korea. Delight in the essence of spring with their Korean Flower Teas (highly recommend the Chrysanthemum Tea) and no visit is complete without spoiling yourself with their Korean Misc Teas. Adding to the experience are Soricha's upcoming performances, ranging from breathtaking art showcases to live Korean music performances. Immerse yourself in both tea and culture at Soricha Tea & Theater for a memorable experience. 


Lily’s Chocolates & Coffee

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Lily’s Chocolates & Coffee in Vienna is known for their Iraqi specialties and is seen through its irresistible desserts and beverages. This beautiful spot is a favorite among friends looking to capture picturesque moments, because let's be honest, this is the picture-perfect setting. As soon as you step inside, you're transported to a pink paradise, taking pretty in pink to a whole new level. Who wouldn't want an afternoon tea party with your closest girlfriends here? Warm buttery scones, chocolate Lockmas, and their specialty house blend tea await. Make sure to call ahead for reservations! 


Green Spring Gardens 

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Hard to believe a restored 18th-century manor house complete with a gazebo and flourishing gardens is nestled among the hustle and bustle of nearby city life. Green Spring Gardens is as gorgeous as it gets but also filled with history and inspiration. A visit during springtime is an absolute must, as the gardens paint the perfect picture of spring with their stunning display of flowers and plants. Additionally, Green Spring Gardens occasionally hosts tea parties and educational lectures, inviting visitors to partake in enriching experiences.

On Mother’s Day, GSG will shower moms with appreciation with their own Mother’s Day Tea event. Join in the celebration by crafting British-inspired headpieces while engaging in discussions about the evolution of this fun, fashionable accessory. Your fascinator will be an excellent addition to your outfit for the occasion. (Perhaps this is your chance to match with your mom).


The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Ritz Carlton - Tysons Corner - Afternoon Tea 

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For a luxurious feel, The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner is the place to be! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they offer an exceptional Afternoon Tea experience. Get ready to order canapés, a variety of desserts, and a tea selection. Be prepared to be amazed by Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream and Caviar, or the Butterscotch Cremieux Petite Dome with Pear. Want to pamper your mom? What about the royal treatment with the Royal Tea Experience? Choose from a selection of tea sandwiches, sweets, a glass of sparkling rose wine, and fresh strawberries deliciously paired with whipped cream drizzled with Grand Marnier liquor. To add to the ambiance, piano entertainment will be playing in the background adding the final touch.


Tea with Mrs. B

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For a little more kid-friendly tea excitement, attend fun and educational activities at Tea with Mrs. B's! Throughout the year, they host programs, group classes, and holiday tea parties that children will love. Kids can discover the art of proper etiquette and manners while enjoying their very own tea party with friends. Bring your kids to learn how to braid at Braiding 101 or fathers can treat their daughters to a magical Royal Ball at the new tearoom. Be sure to check out their events calendar for Manners, Tea & Craft Camps, and other special happenings for a touch of glamour. 


Even if tea isn't your usual cup of tea, each of these places brings something special. So, grab a cup and relax or catch up with friends, but, most importantly, savor some wonderful teas. In case we missed any spots, feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section below! Be sure to share marvelous tea parties with us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax