One brisk Saturday afternoon landed my friend Reba and me at the lovely Sofitel Hotel near Chicago's Magnificent Mile. We had arrived at the French hotel's restaurant, Cafe des Architectes for their new afternoon tea offering.
After being seated in a separate dining room for afternoon tea, our extremely French waiter delivered a box of eight varieties of Harney & Sons tea to choose from. After sniffing each one, I decided on a black darjeeling, while Reba went with the Paris blend, another dark tea.
|Selection of Harney & Sons Teas|
While waiting for your tea to brew, you can keep your eye on the handy tea timer on your table which ensures your tea is brewed to your liking!
|Tea timer and sugar selections|
|Lemon & Sage Shortbread Cookies|
|Selection of sweet & savory bites|
Afternoon tea service is only available on Saturdays from 2-5pm throughout the winter. Be sure to make a reservation in advance to secure a spot at what is sure to be a popular event. For more information on afternoon tea service check out their website.
Cafe des Architectes
(Situated inside the Sofitel Chicago)
20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611