Best High Tea in Birmingham, AL: Top 12!

If you’re searching for a new tradition, the perfect venue for a afternoon treat, the Birmingham, AL area has a variety of tea services that cater to your taste. From posh hotels to charming French bistros, restaurants, bakeries, and chocolate shops, each establishment offers a distinct tea experience steeped in tradition and worth savoring.

With options ranging from classic sandwiches to exclusive teas and attention to detail, add one or more of these destinations to your must-try list and remember to enjoy your High Tea with proper etiquette, with your pinky finger up.

Check out our other local guide on high tea spots around the US.

ThirsTea Cafe Birmingham

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The cafe is called Thirstea. We serve the best drinks around town. Only fresh ingredients are used in the making of the drink.

The opening hours of ThirsTea Cafe Birmingham are as follows: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Friday, Saturday; 12:00 – 8:00 PM on Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact ThirsTea Cafe Birmingham directly using their phone number (205) 995-7788.

Consumer’s Review: My daughter adores this place. The folks put together a take home pack for her to take home after the party. This is a great place.

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2101 Cafe

The opening hours of 2101 Cafe are as follows: 6:00 – 11:00 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact 2101 Cafe directly using their phone number (205) 957-6828.

Consumer’s Review: It was good food fast.

The Kudzoo Café

The opening hours of The Kudzoo Café are as follows: Closed on Monday, Tuesday; 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact The Kudzoo Café directly using their phone number (205) 879-0409.

Consumer’s Review: The salads and wraps are very good.

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FILTER-Coffee Parlor

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The opening hours of FILTER-Coffee Parlor are as follows: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact FILTER-Coffee Parlor directly using their phone number (205) 202-6422.

Consumer’s Review: I got everything I ordered in a timely manner, despite the long line. Everything was perfect, especially the blueberry muffins. It’s a good muffin when you bite into it. You get actual, cherry colored fruit and not some berry colored liquid. I was blown away.

The Essential

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A trendy American cafe has lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches.

The opening hours of The Essential are as follows: Closed on Monday; 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM on Saturday; 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact The Essential directly using their phone number (205) 703-3012.

Consumer’s Review: The restaurant is one of my favorites. The atmosphere is nice and the dishes are consistently high quality. The staff are masked and polite, but it has been difficult to visit often with the Pandemic. I would recommend the Chorizo Rigatoni.

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The Red Cat @ Railroad Park

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All-day breakfast, soups, wraps, and artisan coffee drinks are offered in a modern, roomy space with a patio.

The opening hours of The Red Cat @ Railroad Park are as follows: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact The Red Cat @ Railroad Park directly using their phone number (205) 518-0779.

Consumer’s Review: I liked one of their coffees. They were able to accommodate my allergy. They did not use dairy or soy milk in their drink. They have other milk alternatives.

Cafe Dupont

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In a historic, brick-walled bistro, a chef prepares regional ingredients with a modern Southern spin.

The opening hours of Cafe Dupont are as follows: Closed on Monday, Sunday; 5:00 – 9:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday;

For more information and opening hours, contact Cafe Dupont directly using their phone number (205) 322-1282.

Consumer’s Review: I was in town for a birthday dinner and decided to have it here. Elizabeth was attentive and excellent. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. Each of the 3 people in my party had a different entree. Everyone was more than satisfied with the rabbit, pork, and ribeye entree. It was a great experience.

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Chez Lulu

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There are beautiful artisan breads and a passion for the flavors and spirit of French cafe society at Continental Bakery.

The opening hours of Chez Lulu are as follows: Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 5:00 – 9:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact Chez Lulu directly using their phone number (205) 870-7011.

Consumer’s Review: The food here is good, but I am not a fan of it. There is a very authentic atmosphere.

Seeds Coffee Co. – Homewood

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The coffee shop serves pour-overs and espresso drinks.

The opening hours of Seeds Coffee Co. – Homewood are as follows: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday; Closed on Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact Seeds Coffee Co. – Homewood directly using their phone number (205) 259-6405.

Consumer’s Review: I tried the cinnamon latte and it was delicious. There are also pastries! They had clean outdoor spaces to sit in and they had a very welcoming and social atmosphere. Will be returning to try their other flavors.

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The Red Cat Coffeehouse @ Pepper Place

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Live music, local art, and socially conscious coffee can be found at the cafe.

The opening hours of The Red Cat Coffeehouse @ Pepper Place are as follows: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; Closed on Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact The Red Cat Coffeehouse @ Pepper Place directly using their phone number (205) 616-8450.

Consumer’s Review: There is a red cat at Pepper Place. The staff is friendly and nice. The place gets busy during the week so there aren’t many tables available on Saturdays.

Continental Bakery

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Traditional European-style breads, pastries, and light fare can be found in this quaint nook.

The opening hours of Continental Bakery are as follows: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact Continental Bakery directly using their phone number (205) 870-5584.

Consumer’s Review: There is a cute little spot. It reminded me of a bakery in Europe when I stopped by. The bakery staff was friendly and delicious.

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Ruth’s Cafe

The opening hours of Ruth’s Cafe are as follows: Closed on Monday; 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM on Friday; 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturday; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday;

For more information and opening hours, contact Ruth’s Cafe directly using their phone number (205) 983-7932.

Consumer’s Review: The COB caters breakfast, lunch and dinner for one division during the World Games. Ruth’s was the winner of the week. The food was amazing and the workers were friendly. On a Tuesday, it was dinner on Sunday. Thanks Ruth!