Tea rooms were at their peak in the 1920s and still around in the 1930s and 1940s. After that time tea rooms only survived in the department stores and now luxury hotels. They were know for serving a lighter fare, but included everything from salad, soups, chicken, pastries, toast, etc. But they specialized in preparing a few simple dishes well and kept there menus short. They were decorated from lavish to quaint and were styled like Europe and Asia tea rooms.
Tea rooms were operated mostly by young women who disliked their city jobs. But one of the most important facts about tea rooms were they brought women out into society and was a place to discuss art, politics, and current events. It was a place to go before work and after work with your family.
Serenitea offers some of the same aspects of those vintage tea rooms
We serve a vintage style menu for breakfast and lunch. Our loose leaf tea is served in eclectic tea cups and saucers. And we specialize in Afternoon Tea. And most importantly we offer a place to relax or to discuss the day events.
We have gone to fall hours, please see new hours below: However, we will host your morning breakfast meetings, if you contact us. We have also taken a slight price increase on Afternoon teas due to soaring cost of imports such as vanilla and tea. Please read the Financial Times April 24, 2017 article by Emiko Terazono about vanilla and the cyclone that hit Madagascar and destroyed the vanilla bean crops. Also, read the BBC News August 5, 2017 by Soutik Biswas about the work stoppage for darjeeling tea.
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday - 8:30 to 5:00
Saturday - 8:30 to 6:30
Sunday - 10:00 to 5:00
Address: 1046 Pleasant Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302