Sprinkled throughout every city are vignettes, small scenes painted by objects, architecture, landscapes, people, that tell a larger story. You can confine a vignette to everything that fits on a table, everything that fits within your camera lens, or everything within your field of vision. Within any one vignette, an entire atmosphere is created, emotions are felt, and a personality is present. This is how I like to see the world as I travel, in snapshots of moments combining people, places, and things that tell the story of what is happening in that place and time. Just this past week, I found the a tea room filled with fluffy pink vignettes reminiscent of sugar plum fairies and marshmallow clouds. This, and so much more, awaits within Alfred Tea Room of Los Angeles.
The picturesque Alfred Tea room is nestled into a cozy side street of West Hollywood near Beverly Hills, just off Melrose Place. It is surrounded by luxurious shops and pristinely manicured sidewalks. The tile wall adorning the entrance of the building shouts out to passers-by in an eye-catching pastel pink hue, guaranteeing sweetness inside. After walking through the entrance covered in hanging vines and luscious houseplants, a burst of pink explodes before your eyes.
Here are where the vignettes within Alfred Tea Room come alive. Upon stepping inside, I felt like I had been transported into Candyland. Everything seemed sugar-coated and iced, almost sweet enough to eat. Gentle pinks and bright golds intermingled throughout the room. Delicate flowers in adorable vases sat idly upon countertops and amidst displays of tea cups, bottles, and other merchandise for sale. Never in my life have I wanted to be a fairy, or a princess, or even a combination of the two, so bad.
If you know one thing about me, you should know I love green tea. And chances are if someone offers a matcha, I’m going to take it. Alfred Tea Room is no exception to this rule. I was thrilled to try their matcha latte. It delivered the perfect light and refreshing taste on this 100 degree day that I had spent driving around in the Los Angeles sun. Mixed with almond milk and no sweetener (as I prefer it), there was no overpowering flavor or bitterness. The matcha seemed cloud-like, almost a tickle of taste.
(If you need a little refresher on the wonders of matcha tea, check out my review of Asha Tea House. I provided a good description along with some useful links!)
Is there such a thing as too much matcha? No. No there isn’t. Which is exactly why I also sprung for the delectable-looking matcha croissant sitting in the baked goods case. It was surrounded by many other intriguing items on Alfred Tea Room’s counter. The tasty green morsel filled with a green tea frosting-like substance was covered in shaved almonds. It was incredible, but was probably more suited for someone with a serious sweet tooth!
If you find yourself in the Beverly Hills or West Hollywood area, make the stop on Alfred Street for a seriously tasty cup of tea. Your eyes will burst with the colorful vignettes inside Alfred Tea Room and, mixed with whatever delectable items you order, your experience will be a memorable one.
Look into Alfred Tea Room online, and you’ll get why I loved visiting so much!
If you have suggestions for more West Coast teas I need to try, please comment below ↡