Every now and then, we deserve to feel a little (more) fancy, even if it just means having a fun afternoon with the ladies. Here we bring you the most lavish spread and classy spots for high tea in Jakarta.
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 day-time 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 and lounges for high tea in Jakarta!
THE BEST CAFES & LOUNGES FOR AFTERNOON HIGH TEA IN JAKARTA
1. Peacock Lounge at Fairmont Jakarta
Perfect for special occassions, the Peacock Lounge at Fairmont Jakarta‘s themed afternoon teas are delightfully decadent. Past collaborations include limited edition sets with fashion brands like Irwan Tirta, Guerlain (pictured above), 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.
2. 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 multiple fabulous locations across the city. Top tip: head to the original Lewis and Carroll for the ultimate girls afternoon in a cosy cafe.
3. TWG Tea
Located in swanky corners of the most luxe shopping malls in town, TWG Tea 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.
4. 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 truffles 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.
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!
Happy tea-time, Honeys!