For Afternoon Tea in England, you’ll find pastries and crustless sandwiches served on a three-tiered stand. And while some hotels in Asia have kept the English custom, others are putting their own spin on the centuries-old tradition. Here are Ker & Downey’s picks for the best hotels in Asia for Afternoon Tea.
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
At the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Afternoon Tea comes with an Asian twist. Seasonal sweets and sandwiches are served on an Oriental style small shelf display and use ingredients like olive and dried tomato tart, pear puree, and Foie gras paste, and more than 20 types of teas from around the world are on offer. The Sense Tea Corner is located on the hotel’s 37th floor and provides stunning views of Mt. Fuji while you partake in Afternoon Tea. The Sense Tea Corner is open from 11:30 am – 2 am.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
For the sweetest Afternoon Tea in Hanoi, head to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. It serves up the traditional Afternoon Tea alongside a wide variety of chocolate indulgences – praline ganache, éclairs, mille-feuille pastries and a chocolate fountain are just the start of the sweet treats you’ll find. And everyone has to try the Metropole Ganaches. They are prepared using the finest Vietnamese-grown cocoa, sure to please even the most discerning chocoholics. The Club Bar serves Afternoon Tea every day from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Peninsula Hong Kong
The Lobby at the Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the most sophisticated meeting locations in Hong Kong. It’s soaring columns and gilding creates an atmosphere that is ideal for Afternoon Tea. The classic tea and finger sandwiches, savory pastries, and baked scones are served alongside live music from The Lobby Strings. Afternoon Tea is served daily in The Lobby from 2 pm – 6 pm.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
What’s a warm scone without clotted cream and homemade jams? At the Tiffin Room at the Raffles Singapore, they’re served alongside finger sandwiches and sweets on a silver three-tier tea set. An extensive selection of teas and coffees accompany the spread for one of the most memorable experiences at the Raffles Singapore. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm in the Tiffin Room. Please note, the Tiffin Room will be closed from August 13th through mid-2018 for restoration work.
Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
You don’t have to be a guest at the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai to enjoy their Afternoon Tea, but you do want to get there early to nab a table by the window. From there you’ll have excellent views of the Gateway and bustling street. Their spread served in the Sea Lounge, features an elaborate spread of local Indian favorites and traditional English fare served alongside a wide selection of the world’s finest teas. The Afternoon Tea at the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai is served in the Sea Lounge Restaurant from 4 pm – 7 pm.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
At the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, you can choose between a traditional or Mandarin Oriental Thai tea set. Both feature homemade sweets and savories served in The Author’s Lounge, one of Bangkok’s most photographed locations. That atmosphere at The Author’s Lounge is cozy and elegant, with white wicker chairs and plenty of natural light from the expansive glass roof. Afternoon Tea is served daily in The Author’s Lounge from 12 pm – 6 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.
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