Five Great Tearooms in Northern New Mexico
Enjoy scrumptious pastries and tea at these hot spots
The St. James Tearoom. Flaky scones, dainty savories, and 59 loose-leaf teas offer the Duke City a taste of Victoriana. $$$; Tue–Sat by reservation. 901 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W., Ste. E-130; 505/242-3752.
Ice’s Tea Room. In her intimate sunroom, farmer Gayle Ice dishes up chicken salad, green chile jelly, deviled eggs, and fruit sorbet with her tea. $$$; Tue–Thu Mar–Oct by reservation. House 33 Rd. 1097; 505/852-2589.
Hotel St. Francis. Drink up the elegant Euro setting of this old-style hotel’s gracious lobby. A sticky raspberry pastry pairs well with a pot of the house brew. $$; 3–5 daily. 210 Don Gaspar Ave.; 505/983-5700.
Sit barefoot on tatami mats with bowls of foamy green matcha tea in this peaceful Zen-style sanctuary of the tea ritual. Weekly public teas and private tea gatherings by reservation. $$$. 242 Los Pinos Rd.; 800/955-0028.
Salon and gallery in an airy whitewashed adobe. Sample 150 exotic imported teas in glass mugs along with a brie-and-baguette basket. $; 8:30–7 daily. 821 Canyon Rd.; 505/992-0972.