Tea Time at The Fairmont San Francisco

Go shorty, it’s your birthday and we gon’ par-tea like it’s your birthday! It sure was my birthday and I did par-tea it up on a Sunday afternoon 🙂 It was a pleasure in itself to be at the gorgeous and world-class Fairmont Hotel San Francisco. I usually only come here during Christmas when the lobby is adorned in holiday decor complete with their famous confectionery gingerbread house. I forgot how stunning and opulent their lobby is any other time of the year with marble columns, vaulted ceilings, gold decor and beautiful velvet furnishings. If you’re looking to be oohed and aahed, this is the place to be!

Fairmont San Francisco Lobby

Tea service starts at 1:30pm inside their Laurel Court Restaurant. It’s not the usual girly tea room decked out in floral prints so it’s alright to bring someone masculine in your life. They got a mix of people hanging out at the bar watching sports as well as tea-goers and brunchers. Hubs and I were early for our reservation and I killed time by taking photos and selfies in the lobby. You know, being ma’artes (vain), Lol.

Their afternoon tea was a three-tiered serving stand of savory finger sandwiches, warm scones, and miniature desserts complete with tea. I ordered the Jasmine Gold Dragon tea while my husband ordered Oregon mint. I seem to have preferred his tea more than mines as it was calming and soothing to have. Check out their menu to see all the delicious delights we had. What looked like a light snack, was quite a filling meal. We could barely eat the desserts! And to think, my husband was going to ask for refills.

Afternoon Tea
Our full selves decided that we should walk around a bit. On Instagram, I saw a friend of mine do a marriage proposal at the Fairmont’s Rooftop Garden and I’ve been wanting to go check it out since. It’s really not hard to get to from the lobby as it’s past the gift shops with signs veering toward that direction. Though it was quite chilly to be outside, it was relaxing to walk the manicured courtyard with palm trees and a fountain. Great place to view the city skyline! I’m sure that on a nice Spring or Summer day, it’s the perfect oasis for hanging out and enjoying a drink.

Roof Garden

Main building of the Fairmont

On our way out, we walked down hallways filled with fascinating photographs of the hotel’s history and famous people who have graced their presence there. It was a special treat to also walk past their elegant ballrooms. I got a glimpse of the Grand Ballroom and its lavishness is truly captivating! It was definitely a well-spent birthday afternoon full of glorious indulgence!

Afternoon Tea is served on weekends from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Please visit Fairmont San Francisco to book a reservation.

Written by Mestelle  •  Photos taken by Mestelle

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