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Afternoon tea 

The English tradition of afternoon tea may seem a little, uh, retro. But these options, serving full afternoon tea service, will convince you that bone china and finger sandwiches are so 2008.

PARK 75 LOUNGE AND TERRACE AT THE FOUR SEASONS: Luxurious touches such as personal French presses filled with your choice of premium loose-leaf teas set this spot apart. Traditionalists will delight at the tiered platters filled with impeccable, tiny smoked salmon and Georgia caviar sandwiches, and lofty Buttermilk scones served with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Afternoon tea service, $28. 75 14th St. 404-881-9898.

THE LOBBY LOUNGE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD: Cushy chairs set in front of a roaring marble fireplace offer a cozy escape. Tea is served in individual teapots, and poured through sterling silver strainers into delicate bone china teacups. A creative assortment of sweet and savory small bites complete the deal. There's even an option for the little ones, if you choose to bring them along. Afternoon tea service, $28. 3434 Peachtree Road. 404-237-2700.

MITTIE'S TEA ROOM: Those seeking a more folksy option will love Mittie's. Servers exuding manic enthusiasm are welcoming to a fault. The traditional tea service consists of an assortment of Twinings and Tazo teas served in quirky teapots, a variety of tasty salad-filled sandwiches, and a small assortment of sweets. The best part is observing the ladies who lunch while rocking an '80s claw and the latest Yves Saint Laurent handbag. 62 N. Main St., Alpharetta; and other metro locations. Traditional afternoon tea, $15; high tea, $20. 770-772-0850.

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