Best Spots for Tea Parties and Afternoon Tea in Indianapolis

Feeling a little fancy? Well then: Pinkies up! We’ve found some great places around Indianapolis to enjoy tea time with kids. All of these Indy shops and restaurants offer afternoon tea menus and tea parties, and best of all, most offer special kids tea menus tailored specifically for little ones.

Afternoon tea is special and requires some advance planning. Reservations are typically required for afternoon tea, so call to reserve a specific date and time.

Cake Bake Shop

6515 Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis
799 Hanover Place, Upper Deck, Hanover Place Suite 260, Carmel
Tea time: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cake Bake Shop has two locations — Broad Ripple and Carmel — and offers an afternoon tea at both. Their Afternoon Tea for Children (for kids ages 10 and younger) comes with scones served with classic English clotted cream, as well as peanut butter and jam finger sandwiches, and ham & brie and turkey & gruyére sandwiches. You will also be served a variety of mini desserts. Kids can choose from either Dammann Frères tea or Belgian hot chocolate with whipped cream.

L.S. Ayres Tea Room at Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Located on the second level of the Indiana State Museum, the L.S. Ayres Tea Room is available to rent by private dining groups of 15+ guests year-round. You and your party can indulge in favorites like tea-time sandwiches, miniature desserts and more in a beautiful and private setting. Around the holidays, this area-famous tea room offers public dining and special events.

Rustic Root Tea Room

626 Main St, Beech Grove
Tea time: Anytime during business hours

Rustic Root offers a Princess Tea for kids 12 and younger, which includes a choice of tea or sparkling lemonade, two sandwiches to choose from, a cup of fruit and a spread of sweet treats. The cost for this kid-friendly tea time experience is $12 per person. You can also add a tiara for $2 extra! The Grand Tea Time offers a bigger spread for $21 per person, and includes three teas, two sandwich choices, scone with clotted cream, specialty bread and a variety of sweet treats.

Sassafras Tea Room

229 North Madison Avenue, Greenwood
Tea time: Monday-Saturday, 2:30-4 p.m.

Sassafras Tea Room offers a Duchess Tea, which includes two teas, scones, three sandwiches and a tower of treats for $21 per person. The Princess Tea is a smaller version, and includes one tea, scones, a sandwich and treats for $15 per person.


6905 South 525 East, Whitestown
Tea time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on select days

Serenity is open on select days during the month, so check their website to see when they are offering tea time. Their Princess Tea Service is $18 for adults and $8 for children 8 and younger, and offers two sandwiches, one scone, strawberry, four tea treats and one tea. The Duchess Tea Service is $24 and $10 for ages 8 and younger, and is a larger version of the Princess Tea Service. 

Tilly’s Tea Room at Saks Fifth Avenue

8701 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis
Tea time: Anytime during business hours

Tilly’s Tea Room offers a Princess Tea for children ages 12 and younger, which includes heart-shaped sandwiches, a scone with fresh clotted cream and strawberry jam, two mini desserts and a ”pot of tea,” which can be either hot tea, or milk, apple juice or orange juice for non-tea drinkers. You will also find a Kids Mocktail on the menu, which is pink lemonade, whipped cream and sprinkles served in a champagne glass.

Tina’s Traditional British Tea Time Store

Although Tina’s Traditional closed the doors to their brick-and-mortar shop in Carmel, they now offer an Afternoon Tea Kit that you can purchase via their online store. The teatime kit includes everything you need to create a proper tea time at home, like scones and cake making kit, jam, clotted cream, a cake stand and recipe cards. Browse Tina’s website, and you’ll also find other baking kits that will guide you through the process of creating your own British sweet treats, like Battenberg cake, sticky toffee pudding and London Fog cake.

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