In honor of my mom’s birthday today, I want to share a Mother Daughter tradition of ours. Teatime. We’ve gotten tea together in Colonial Williamsburg, on Victoria Island, traditional British tea in England, and in cozy Southern tea rooms in Texas, but one of the most stunning places that we’ve had tea together is at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Located downtown in the SOMA district, the Palace Hotel is easy to miss. It takes up most of a city block but blends in with the other other giant buildings. Once you step inside though, you are immediately transported to a more elegant era.
Fun Fact: This is actually not the original 1875 building. It was destroyed in the famous 1906 fires caused by the big earthquake. This one was rebuilt in 1909 so by my estimate, it’s still a classic!
Tea is served everyday in the Garden Court or you can make a reservation for their brunch to get the full tiered platter options. I prefer to sneak in at a less busy time and settle into the oversized, elegant chairs and order at our own pace.
After sufficiently gawking at the ceilings when we arrived, we soon settled into our seats and looked over the menu.
We selected the Legacy Blend and a lovely jasmine tea to enjoy. It arrived in white china with beautiful silver accompaniments.
Of course you have to have some nibbles with your tea! We shared a crab quiche and some lovely salmon rolls. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t come here for the food. You are really just here to soak in the ambiance, but it’s so beautiful that we didn’t mind the less than stunning food.
If you exit the lobby area and take off exploring down the hallways, you will discover some pretty interesting displays from this historic hotel, including some items saved from the Prohibition Era….
and some original, real silver pieces that were used many years ago.
One last look at the gorgeous glass ceiling before we leave! Just look at those chandeliers!