Afternoon Tea Around the World: The Best Tea Rooms

The Baur au Lac, Zurich
Located in the hotel’s recently renovated Le Hall – a historic space that has welcomed the likes of Alfred Nobel, Marc Chagall and Richard Wagner throughout the years- the Baur au Lac’s Afternoon Tea includes homemade scones, pastries, sandwiches, fresh clotted cream, and an assortment of freshly brewed loose-leaf teas from Switzerland’s Länggass teahouse. For more information and menus, please visit:

d’Angleterre, Copenhagen
For a truly royal experience, The Grand Cuvee Package at the d’Angleterre – the Grand Dame of Copenhagen – serves Krug Grand Cuvee champagne alongside its traditional afternoon tea. A vast selection of teas (and coffees) are prepared with the traditional fare: smoked salmon sandwiches, cakes, mini-quiches, tarts and gateaux. Champagne is paired with lavish delicacies like lobster and truffles.  The hotel’s Krug Afternoon Tea is served every Sunday from 3pm until 5pm in the Gallery Hall at d’Angleterre. For the full menu, click here.

 afternoon tea and food

The Merrion, Dublin
The Merrion in Dublin offers an incredibly lavish Art Tea, for which the pastry chef creates decadent desserts inspired by 19th and 20th century artworks from Irish and British artists including J.B Yeats, William Scott and Louis le Brocquy. The tea is inspired by the setting as The Merrion boasts the largest collection of private art in Ireland outside of the National Gallery, which is on display throughout the hotel. Find a sample menu here:

The Milestone, London
The five-star Milestone Hotel, a quintessentially English mansion-hotel located across from Kensington Palace and Gardens, offers an award-winning Afternoon Tea menu. The decadent tea includes delicate finger sandwiches like Smoked Scottish salmon and cream cheese, free-range egg mayonnaise and Hampshire watercress, Mull of Kintyre Cheddar and tomato, and chicken mayonnaise with chopped almonds, warm freshly baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserves, as well as a selection of French pastries like éclairs, tartlets, and macarons. A vast selection of teas will accompany the meal, along with a bottle of champagne. A sample tea menu can be found here:

 afternoon tea in the lounge

Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at the historic Ashford Castle since 1868. The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of specialty teas or a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention pastries and cupcakes.



The Lodge at Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
The Lodge at Ashford, a 4-star hotel located on the grounds of the Castle’s 350-acre estate, offers its own Picnic Afternoon Tea menu, using the finest ingredients sourced from the estate or local artisan suppliers. The savory basket includes Kelly’s of Newport lamb sausage roll, Andarl Farm pork pie with apple jelly and Burren Smoke House Salmon with Dillisk Cream Cheese. Wonderful salads include red cabbage and fennel slaw, Kilmaine potato salad and organic leaves with a honey and mustard dressing. Crème Brûlée, tiramisu espresso and Bea Tollman’s famous cheesecake will satisfy those will a sweettooth, and a cool and refreshing ginger beer or iced tea provide the perfect accompaniment alongside a selection of hot tea.


Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Germany
At Berlin’s landmark Hotel Adlon Kempinski, the Royal Afternoon Tea service in the brand new Lobby Lounge & Bar and Bel Etage has been prepared for state heads, aristocrats, presidents and stars from all over the world. An array of savory and sweet classic tea accoutrements are served, sprinkled with a few classic German delicacies such as roast beef sandwiches and German profiterole.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
Located in an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has a twist to the classic afternoon tea. Guests can take part in the tea making process – picking fresh tea leaves, pressing it over wooden blocks and finally sealing their own tea bag – at the property’s organic tea plantation and tea house. After a long day of adventuring, mother’s can enjoy a glass of fresh iced tea or cocktail with homemade pastries overlooking the surrounding forest.  Mommy’s can also indulge with various treatments at the all-natural UNU SPA.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali
Afternoon tea is offered daily from 2-5 p.m. inside Orchid, housed within a modern glasshouse, appointed with industrial details, recycled sailboat wood tables and an exotic collection of potted orchids. The space is an architectural masterpiece infused with warm natural light and showcasing views of the flowering gardens and ricefield beyond. Orchid welcomes in-house and visiting guests to quench their thirst in an unmatched whimsical style, offering a premier selection of green, black, flavored, herbal, and oolong teas from Dilmah, a renowned international tea maker for over 60 years. Orchid’s traditional Afternoon Tea offers a contemporary fusion of Balinese and Western delicacies including fruit tartlets, sandwiches, and classic kue. Guests may choose from Orchid’s hot Dilmah Tea Selection, gourmet Coffee Specialties, fresh pressed juices, and refreshing Iced Tea flavors including rosella, lychee and lemon ginger. When not indulging in tea at Orchid, mothers can spend their time relaxing on the beach or by one of the 12 pools around the property, participate in cooking classes, market visits, Balinese dance demonstrations and perfume making classes, play tennis, do sunrise yoga and more. Guests can also book indulgent spa treatments and relax in the world’s largest Aquatonic® Seawater Jet Pool with 12 hydromassage stations.

Soneva Kiri, Thailand
From 4-5pm each day, guests at Soneva Kiri are able to book a truly unique high tea—emphasis on “high”—served with the resort’s treepod dining experience. Comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, the team gently hoists up to four diners high up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. Guests can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline as they savor gourmet delights and fine tea, delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of a personal waiter. This award-winning luxury resort sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood—just one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok. It offers an unrivaled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food. Soneva Kiri Resort comprises 36 vast pool villas on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, all overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.



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