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Best Seattle-Area Spots for a Sweet Afternoon Tea Outing With Kids

Special destinations for a fancy tea date with your favorite kid

Published on: August 29, 2023

Best Seattle-Area Spots for a Sweet Afternoon Tea Outing With Kids

A girl reads a book while enjoying high tea in the lobby of Seattle's fancy Fairmont Olympic hotel
The Fairmont Olympic now hosts afternoon tea in the lobby of the bar. It makes for great people watching even if it’s a bit harder to eat. Credit: Natasha Dillinger

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel offers an afternoon tea that makes for a very fancy — and expensive — downtown Seattle outing. Formerly held in The Georgian Restaurant before it became The George, the Fairmont’s classic afternoon tea now takes place in the lobby of the Olympic Bar. (See if you can spot the hidden entrance to the new speakeasy-style bar.) This setting makes for excellent people-watching; to entertain ourselves, we’ve been known to make up stories about the other people wandering through.

The adult tea includes items such as Dungeness crab profiteroles and a smoked salmon bite with lemon-caper cream cheese, while kids enjoy croissants slathered with peanut butter, banana and honey, alongside cheesecake pops and chocolate chip scones. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. One note: During our tea, I was asked if I’d like a glass of champagne. Feeling fancy in the moment, I said yes, but was shocked to later see $35 added to my bill.

Find it: 411 University St., Seattle

Hours: Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Reservations are available through OpenTable or by phone (206-621-1700).

Cost: $75 per adult, $45 per child ages 12 and younger. Sticker-shock alert: An individual glass of champagne will set you back a whopping $35.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2022 and updated in 2023. 

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