While Boston was the site of the most famous tea party in history, it’s certainly not one we’d want to recreate in modern times! Instead, host your own, more glamorous Boston Tea Party at the Courtyard Tea Room, tucked away inside the beautiful Boston Public Library. With stunning views and delicious food and drinks, it’s an unforgettable tea-time experience.
Located inside the McKim Building of the Public Library, the Courtyard Tea Room overlooks an ornate Italianate courtyard, which is an architectural and historical marvel within itself.
Once inside the tearoom, you’ll be greeted to a light and airy atmosphere, perfectly suited for a Sunday afternoon tea. While the dress code is smart casual, guests are encouraged to live their best lives and dress up, with sun hats and florals galore! (Full disclaimer: we’re the ones encouraging that.)
On the menu, you’ll find that the afternoon tea consists of a prix fixe menu of finely crafted soups, sandwiches, delicate sweets and scones to pair with your teas. On the weekends, they even include sparkling beverages in their Copley Tea selection.
Ready to take it one step further? The Tea Room offers the perfect backdrop for your very own impromptu photoshoot. The stunningly beautiful interior of this dining area is dressed in vintage wallpaper and embellished with hundreds upon hundreds of books (fittingly). The Map Room Tea Lounge is an alternative teatime area tucked away inside the library and is slightly easier to get into, as it offers walk in only service.
The Courtyard Tea Room is now accepting reservations of up to 5 guests at their three 90-minute sittings operating Wednesday through Sunday. You can make a reservation at their website.
Find the Courtyard Tea Room and Map Room Tea Lounge at the Boston Public Library located on 700 Boylston St.
Servicing fancy teatime from Wednesday through Sunday
Friday -Saturday: 10am-4:45pm