When it’s cold outside, it’s no surprise we start to crave more warmth. What better then to enjoy a hot infusion with a bunch of delicious snacks & bites! We’re talking about High Tea.
You can enjoy it all year round but it’s even more satisfying on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your friends surrounded by sweet pastries and sandwiches. Therefore, Wander-Lust has selected the best high tea spots in Amsterdam.
Wanna feel like Alice in Wonderland?
Everything is just wow about this place. Sarah and I enjoyed the opening last year and had not been back until my high tea experience. The beautiful elegant room of velvet interior makes it look like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Sit warm near the fireplace and enjoy the excellent and well informed staff at the Duchess. Now then, the high tea. They offer a selection of the Coco Chanel of tea’s from French tea house Mariage Frères. This tea is only available at an interior store in Amsterdam on appointment (yes, it’s that exclusive!) Make sure you haven’t had lunch because what you will get is enough for the day! Homemade scones, crab croquettes, french cheese mini quiches and freshly bakes cookies. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the macaroons! Wanna feel like Alice? Check out the Tea Room in the Duchess this winter. www.the-duchess.com/the-tea-room
Afternoon Tea at Okura Hotel
One of Amsterdam’s finest and most luxurious hotels is finally offering an afternoon tea with a Japanese twist! Honestly, you can’t compare this high tea with any other. Firstly, the different tea’s are served by a Japanese lady dressed in a traditional kimono. The tea selection depends on the season but we were served Green, Jasmine and Darjeeling tea.
For starters, you get a small bowl with a fruity amuse to neutralise your taste buds. If you are vegetarian, no problem! We enjoyed a hot falafel, sushi-no-sushi Temari style and a traditional Japanese egg royale “chawanmushi” with Dutch asparagus. After that, it was time for the sweetness, a whole lot of it! At Okura they bring out a big box filled with coffee macarons, yuzu-thyme Madeleine, chocolate and cookies. The details on the cakes are impressive that you almost don’t want to eat them (spoiler; we did and brought home a doggy bag). Okura’s Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday or Sunday between 3 – 5pm in the lobby from €48,- per person.
This tiny but cozy lunchroom is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam. It’s tucked away in between Amsterdam’s busiest shopping districts, the Kalverstraat. If you want to enjoy high tea, you must book in advance because they are always full. (the same applies for lunch!). Everything is homemade and they’ve done it with love. They also support the foundation Adopt a chicken, so all their eggs are organic and they work with products of the Ark van de Smaak/SlowFood. Gartine’s high tea prices vary between €17,50 and €24,74 and is available between 2pm and 5pm. www.gartine.nl
This café dates back from the 50’s where it used to be a place to meet each other, read newspapers and enjoy the hustle of the Leidsesquare in the center of Amsterdam. Now, many years later, this iconic spot is still used as a meeting place and chitchat, but they have evolved in so much more over the years. For instance, you can enjoy a wonderful High Tea here, complete with veggie soup, sandwiches (try the cheese with truffle mayonaise), and sweets that include mouthwatering macaroons. Their tea is carefully selected Dammann Tea and you can order a warm Tea Cocktail that I can highly recommend! You pay €26,50 per person and you can add bubbles for a €12,50 supplement. Café Americain’s interior will pleasantly surprise you, we love their art deco retro style. (The lights are original Tiffany lamps). www.cafeamericain.nl
Hotel de L’Europe
The So Dutch Afternoon Tea is inspired by the traditional afternoon snacks and Hotel de L’Europe have worked their magic on this 4-course menu. From a beef of almond veggie broth with a simple toasty (that tasted so good!), to croquettes, salmon, eel, and a plateau full of Dutch sweetness. They also include 2 larg gingerbread cookies inspired by the Amsterdam’s traditional architecture. And the view.. priceless! Nice to know; they also accommodate vegetarians, just let them know when you book. I’m vegetarian and I loved it all! This makes Hotel de L’Europe one of the best high tea spots in Amsterdam. You can book this afternoon high tea from Thu – Sun from 1 till 5pm. You can enjoy this high tea from €39,- p.p, or include champagne for €49,- p.p. www.deleurope.com
Enjoy their Royal Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 5.30pm in the hotel’s brasserie. You can feast on sandwiches, scones and sweets for €42,- per person and if you add a glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne you pay €57,-. If you really want to complete the rest of your day, you can opt for a visit to their amazing Akasha Spa which I enjoyed several times. (they have the best massages evur!) www.conservatoriumhotel.com/brasserielounge
Very Dutch and very good! With several locations in Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands, De Bakkerswinkel is kind of famous for their high Tea and popular with groups. You have a choice between 4 high tea’s. If you ask me, you should go for the The Late Afternoon Royal with “home made” cakes, pieces of quiche, small sandwiches, fresh fruit a large pot of tea, 3 drinks (Wine, Orange Juice or soda), cookies and the list goes on. For this one you will only pay €27,50,-! You can also order a tea box that you can enjoy at home. www.debakkerswinkel.nl
Now this is a bit different but worth trying! This Moroccan High Tea is so tasty and brings you to another world. Restaurant Mozo is located in Amsterdam East and serves their high tea in a Moroccan style room where you can enjoy pastries, rgajef kefta pancakes and sweets. This for only €19,50,-! www.restaurantmozo.nl/hightea
Sofitel Legend Le Grand
This afternoon tea is being served inside the cozy Library ‘Or’ of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. The hotel where all the foreign stars sleep, de crème de la crème. This high tea is very traditional and stays true to the English roots where high tea originated from. You can choose between 3 options starting from €37,- that include a glass of champagne. During spring and summer you can enjoy it outside in the courtyard, which is a unique spot in Amsterdam. Check their website for more info. www.bridgesrestaurant.nl/afternoon-tea
Happy Happy Joy Joy
This newcomer is serving a daily Asian High Tea from mid-February. The snacks are served in a bamboo basket, filled with small peking duck bao’s, gyoza, spring rolls, lucky bags and sweets, such as sticky rice, sesame balls, mantao and traditional spekkoek. In addition to the snacks, a pot of jasmine tea is served for sharing. This Asian High Tea will cost €19,95,- per person and reservations need to be made at least one day in advance. www.happyhappyjoyjoy.asia