Chicago || Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Allis

The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoOne of my favorite Christmas traditions is a spot of holiday afternoon tea.

Well, honestly I NEVER mind a spot of afternoon tea.

But especially at the holidays. How can you not love a glittering holiday tea filled with gingerbreads and Christmas music?

And while I’ll always be eternally loyal to the Peninsula Holiday Afternoon Tea (I’ve been going for YEARS: 2014 || 2015 || 2016), this year December really got away from me. So this year for holiday afternoon tea, my good friend Anna and I picked a low-key spot we were able to make a last-minute reservation for…

Afternoon Tea at The Allis.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea Chicago It’s been quite some time since my last afternoon tea service at The AllisThe Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea Chicago But every time I come for afternoon tea, I wonder why I don’t come for it more often!The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoSince my last visit, The Allis expanded their space with a whole new level on the other side of the building from another of my Chicago favorites, Chicken Shop.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoAnna and I managed to find a cozy spot in the new wing,The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea Chicago and settled in with some very lovely glasses of rosé.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoWhich The Allis serves in their stunning crystal coupe glasses.

Fun Side Note: Anthropologie carries Soho House’s new homeware line! It’s on major backorder (my November 20th order isn’t set to ship until the end of January) but I’m so thrilled they’re finally selling these stunning pieces. Here are a few of my favorites from the collection:

The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoOf course no afternoon tea is complete without tea and The Allis has some truly beautiful flavors to choose from…
The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoLike the Black Canadian Ice Wine Elixir of black tea blended with grapes and Canadian ice wine syrup,The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea Chicagoor my personal favorite: Italian Green Almondine.

It’s a Chinese green tea blended with fresh pressed Italian almond oil & Seville orange that smells like HEAVEN — and reminds me so much of the Jo Malone Green Almond cologne I’ve been obsessed with all month! And tastes truly beautiful.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoP.s. how lovely is this Monica Vinader bracelet? I’m OBSESSED with the emerald color and minimal design — I’ve been wearing it everyday for weeks!

The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoMmmmm, there’s nothing like a good cup of tea to warm you in winter!The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea Chicago For nibbles The Allis serves their afternoon tea with quite a spread!
The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoThere are — of course — the more traditional finger sandwiches like smoked salmon and egg salad which are all delicious.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoBut The Allis truly excels with their pastries.The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoThe miniature lemon tarts are zesty and flaky (and you can find the recipe here).The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoThere are also mini fruit cakes,The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoPeppermint Brownie Bites,The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoGingerbread men, and — of course — a piping hot selection of fresh scones served with butter and jam.
The Allis Holiday Afternoon Tea ChicagoIt all made for a marvelous spread that got both Anna and I in an extra-festive mood!

As far as lovely, low-key holiday afternoon teas, The Allis is by-far my favorite (and not just because their floral tea set makes me swoon). So if you find yourself needing a tea-heavy pick-me-up on a cold, blustery day, The Allis is the perfect spot!

Just be sure to save a fresh scone for me, ok?

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