Lovejoy’s Tearoom

Lovejoy Tearoom
Vintage teacups and saucers for sale.

Channeling San Francisco’s quirky vibe

Text By Sharon McDonnell• Photography by Cathy Scharetg

In San Francisco’s Noe Valley, a delightful neighborhood of two- and three-story homes surrounded by hills, there’s a tearoom that truly resembles an antiques shop. No surprise: it began as one back in the 1990s. But customers far preferred tea to antiques, so its focus shifted.

Today, the city’s oldest tearoom is crammed with mismatched furnishings, porcelain, collectibles, vintage photographs, a classic red British telephone booth replica, and a mosaic of broken china. Enter the lavender room with silver embossed wallpaper, and warm, welcoming service encourages you to linger, perhaps to browse a book about tea or Laura Childs’ tearoom mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina.