Every now and then, we deserve to feel a little (more) fancy, even if it just means having a fun afternoon with your ladies and eating some delicate delicacies. And where are the most lavish spreads in town? We’re glad you asked! Read on to find out where the best high teas in town are located.
Whether you prefer Alice in Wonderland or Pride and Prejudice, you must admit that high tea (or afternoon tea, take your pick) is a lovely mid-day luxury that we should be enjoying on the regular. Invite your March Hare and Dormouse, or your “insufferable” Mr. Darcy, and enjoy an afternoon of decadence with our picks of the best cafés for high tea in Jakarta!
Lewis and Carroll
Lewis and Carroll sure know their teas. The tea lounge is famous for their local loose leaf teas that are prettily presented in test tubes and decadent desserts that go along with them. Since opening a few years ago, they now have three fabulous locations: Head to the original Lewis and Carroll for the ultimate girls afternoon out; pick up a pretty bouquet with your side of Genmaicha at Lewis and Carroll Flower Market; and if you’ve got a sweet tooth head to Lewis and Carroll Dessert Bar, where you can get your hands on the prettiest desserts you’ve ever seen.
Lewis and Carroll, multiple locations.
Sofia at The Gunawarman
The Gunawarman is a boutique hotel that oozes class and their lobby lounge Sofia sure knows how to throw a killer tea party. Schedule your next gab sesh with the girls while booking into their afternoon tea that features three tiers of little sweet treats freshly baked from kitte.
Sofia at The Gunawarman, Jl. Gunawarman No. 3, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2277 0007
Peacock Lounge at Fairmont
Perfect for special occassions, the Peacock Lounge at Fairmont’s themed afternoon teas are delightfully decadent. Past collaborations include limited edition sets with fashion brands like Irwan Tirta, Kate Spa and Bulgari. Their signature white treasure chest is filled with an imaginative selection of top-notch treats – think impeccably dressed designer cookies and teacakes. Go on, treat yourself.
Peacock Lounge at Fairmont, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2970 3333
TWG Tea Salon and Boutique
Located in swanky corners of two of most lux malls in town (Plaza Senayan and Pacific Place) TWG Tea Salon and Boutique takes the afternoon tea experience to a whole new level. We love this exquisite tearoom for its nostalgic furnishings, fine bone china and crisp linen – you’ll feel like royalty! The freshly handmade savoury dishes and pastries are perfection, but you may have to stand in a queue before you get your hands on any of them.
TWG Tea Salon and Boutique, Pacific Place Mall, Lantai 1, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3272. Afternoon tea is served everyday 3-6pm.
TWG Tea Salon and Boutique, Plaza Senayan, Ground Floor, Jl. Asia Afrika no. 8, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/572-5276. Afternoon tea is served everyday 3-6pm.
Huize van Wely
You’ll be spoilt for choices at the Dutch patisserie Huize van Wely. The sweets here are also eye candy at its best. From scrumptious homemade cakes to bonbonsto truffles tochocolates and ice creams, you’ll be oohing and ahhing at every bite. The tea sets are served on a classic High Tea three-tier bonbonierre filled with lots of deliciousness. Huize van Wely earns extra points for serving their scones served with clotted cream and preserves.
Huize van Wely, The Papilion, Level 1, Jl. Kemang Raya 45AA , Kemang, South Jakarta Selatan, p. 62-21/719-0789. Afternoon tea is available Mon-Sun 2-6pm.
Huize van Wely, The Papilion Duo, Pacific Place Mall, Ground Floor, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3645. Afternoon tea is available Mon-Sun 2-6pm.
Keraton Lounge’s high tea experience starts at just IDR 128,000++ per person. Lounge on in The Keraton’s plush lounge as you nibble on sets of savoury and sweet goodies accompanied by TWG tea blends for an indulging afternoon.
Keraton Lounge, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 5068 0000
Take the classic route at Union and you’ll be treated to sweet and savoury mini delights like cinnamon churros, macaroons, tarts and scones, as well as salmon-lime tartar sandwiches with salmon roe, foie gras cigars and truffle mushroom puffs. Or if you just like it sweet, Union’s signature cake sampler is perfect for the afternoon. We suggest you up the ante and trade in your tea for a glass of bubbly or cocktail. Nice touch, Union!
Union, Plaza Senayan, 1st Floor Unit Sogo, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/5790-5861-62. Afternoon tea available Mon-Sun 3-6pm.
Union, Pondok Indah Mall 1, ground floor, Jalan Metro Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/2952-9781-82. Afternoon tea available Mon-Sun 3-6pm.