Shakespeare’s Cafe -Authentic British Afternoon Tea in San Diego

Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea is a traditional quaint English tea shop and patio tearoom that is nestled on a rooftop in Mission Hills, San Diego. It is owned and operated by a British family so the food is legit.

Every month features a slightly different set of delicacies unique to a theme. Check out their website to see what the current theme is! Each tea set (per person) is about $50 that includes everything on the afternoon tea menu for the month + a full pot of tea of your choice (tea menu here). The arrangement of delicacies on cute doilies in a three-tier display is incredibly aesthetic – from small exquisite finger sandwiches to tasty scones with house-made lemon curd and strawberry jam.

Reservations are highly recommended: Call to make a reservation due to limited seating capacity on the patio (max 15 people total). You will have to choose from three 2-hr seatings: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Phone: (619) – 683 – 2748

Address: 3719 India St. San Diego 92103 (about 5 minutes away from San Diego airport and Balboa Park!) It is quite hard to see from the street as it is on a rooftop of Rubicon Deli and there are limited (pricey) parking meters on the street. Scroll to the bottom for tips for free parking and other photo.

Upon seating, you will likely be asked if you’d like to try the featured tea of the day and a starter dish.

This is the setting you will sea with glass cups for water, candle-lit tea warmers, and cute decor with baby blossoms and sugar cubes.

Click here for Tea Menu

The variety of tea blends featured on the menu was seriously incredible with traditional black teas such as Yorkshire Gold to flavored black teas, green teas, tisanes, white teas, children’s tea and rooibos varieties, and even British Character teas that were blended right in the shoppe by the owner! Teas such as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Tea, etc are carefully designed to match the character’s personality. I personally find this so creative and amazing. You can also design your own tea from the tea sniffing bar (pictures further down on this post) that features over 50 teas imported from England!

Every teapot is different as well! This one was for my Alice in Wonderland tea ~
Candle-lit teapot warmer keeps the tea hot
In addition to sugar cubes, there is also creme you can pour into your tea
View from the patio

Tea Set – March 2019

Tea Set – June 2019

Inside the shop you can find a tea sniffing area that features over 50 types of loose leaf tea imported from England

This experience is truly a gem in San Diego you should not miss! There are few things better than British afternoon tea on a rooftop patio with warm sunny California weather. Don a fancy floral dress and meet your gals (or guys) for a sweet and savory afternoon tea experience!

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Parking Tip+ Street Photo Ops

If you zoom in on this street view, you’ll see a small green sign on the walls behind the trees that says “Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe” and a staircase to the left of the sign (or right of Rubicon Deli’s red umbrellas. The staircase will lead you up to the patio and shop that is hidden behind the red umbrellas. There is also a Shakespeare’s Pub and Grill

Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe sign can be seen above the staircase.

You can find street-side parking along the neighborhood streets nearby – some streets are quite steep though so make sure to turn your wheels properly to park safely. A block or two away on Winder Street you’ll find an abundant array of wisteria (if you visit in the spring!) decorating a fence facing the sidewalk, it’s a pretty place to get a few quick photos with the lovely lavender colors!

Beach style houses typical of San Diego also make for aesthetic shots
This is Winder street, with the wisteria overhanding from a fence

If you’re down to explore in the other direction, you may also find a bright green wall of lush green leaves facing an intersection – if you aren’t shy of on-lookers in their cars, you can snap a few photos there as well!

If you visit in June, the jaracanda trees on the street by the cafe will be in full bloom instead of the wisteria!

Have you ever had British afternoon tea before? What are your favorite items? Let me know in the comments!

❤ Vivien ❤

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