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By Ian L Jamieson
There's a lot to see and do in Edinburgh and things can quickly become a little hectic for the visitor and local alike. However, for centuries, people in Edinburgh have found relaxation in a cup of tea, and perhaps a slice of cake, in one of the city's many tea rooms. Below is a list of seven of the best tea rooms and tea shops in Auld Reekie.
Eteaket - 41 Frederick Street
This gorgeous tea boutique and caf� has become a real attraction for tourists and Edinburgers in the New Town. The staff are passionate about the eats and drinks, the d�cor is amazing and the selection of teas is exquisite.
Loopy Lorna's - 370-372 Morningside Road
Loopy Lorna's Tea House recreates a taste of home by providing the very best in quality loose leaf teas and real home-baking baked on the premises. The beautiful china and cake stands have come from local charity shops, and took months to accumulate. Now you can benefit from the shop's hard work by using the classic crockery to enjoy your tea.
Clarinda's Tea Room - 69 Canongate
This traditional team room provides a welcome resting point on the busy Royal Mile. Here you will find doilies, cake stands and fantastic food in a quaint setting. It's a real oasis on this busy thoroughfare.
Tea Tree Tea - 13 Bread Street
Tea Tree Tea is a favourite of business people, tourists, students and about anyone else who loves tea. There is a wide range of quality cakes and sandwiches on offer. The well trained staff are always friendly and charming. Keep an eye out for their tea of the month, it's always something to behold.
Anteaques - 17 Clerk Street
As the novel name suggests, there's more than an excellent range of teas available here. The shop is decorated using a unique collection of antique tea accompaniments, furniture, silver and curios. There are a number of tasting tables where you can try fresh brews of any of the wonderful loose teas available. These can be purchased to take away too.
Ephemeris - 24 Marchmont Crescent
Down near The Meadows you will find Ephemeris, a wonderful shop where you can try Polish and Scottish cakes. Ambience is very important here, with attentive staff and relaxing music. This tea room is open 7 days a week and can be booked for parties or other special occasions. The rooibos is a house speciality.
The Elephant House - 21 George IV Bridge
The Elephant House is a gourmet tea and coffee shop which opened in 1995. The menu is extensive as are the elephants. The shop has a collection of over 600 elephants for you to enjoy. The shop is open seven days a week so there's no excuse for not visiting.
Enjoy your tea and cake.
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