Winter is coming and so we start to crave more warmth. One of the things I love during this period is to drink tea. Lot’s of it actually! What better then to enjoy this hot infusion with a bunch of delicious bites! I’m talking about High Tea. You can enjoy high tea all year round but it’s even more satisfying on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your girlfriends surrounded by sweet pastries and sandwiches. These are my favorites!
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 a 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! I brought bloggers @hashtagbylilly and @LarissaBruin to enjoy the feast with me. 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
This tiny but cozy lunchroom is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam. It’s tucked away in between Amsterdam 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
Enjoy their Royal Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 5.30pm in the hotel’s brasserie. You can feast on sandwhiches, 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 high 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
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This restaurant is stationed inside the Sofitel Grand hotel of Amsterdam. The hotel where all the foreign stars sleep, de creme de la creme. 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 at €41,- 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. They have 2 special afternoon tea’s on the 18 of Dec and the 22 of Jan where you can enjoy live performances. Check their website for more info. www.bridgesrestaurant.nl/afternoon-tea
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