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. 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 the best high teas in town! Invite your March Hare and Dormouse, or your “insufferable” Mr. Darcy, and enjoy an afternoon of decadence!
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.
Their grand pink entrance is a pretty great foreshadowing of the vibe at Cacaote. You know you’ll treat yourself thanks to the restaurant’s strong Marie Antoinette vibe. Their wide assortment of desserts including macaroons, pralines, and the restaurant’s signature eclaires are just the thing to accompany your tea. But if you don’t have a sweet tooth, Cacaote’s astonishing selection of savory dishes also pair well with a cuppa. Try reserving a seat downstairs for the best ambiance. Bring your inner princess and appetite with you because we guarantee you’ll leave feeling full and fabulous.
Cacaote, Jl. Senopati Raya no. 80, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62/21-2930-6127. High tea available Mon-Sun 3-5PM.
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.
For all of you colourful, sweet addicts out there, Portico at Senayan City has a wildly, whimsical spread at their weekend high-tea buffet. Served every weekend from 3pm to 6pm, they offer an all-you-can-eat buffet of sweet and savoury treats. Their selection of Gryphon Tea and coffee are included in the set-menu price although it’s not all-you-can drink. Don’t forget your camera because aside from chowing down the extensive selection of decadence, you will also be gramming those cute little chocolate lipsticks, and their amazingly photogenic silver teapots!
Portico, Senayan City, ground floor, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/7278-1787. High tea available Sat & Sun 3-6PM.
This is perhaps one of the most modest high-tea set on the list but don’t be fooled thought because The Hermitage’s Courtyard Café will still impress with their high-tea offerings. Choose from three tiered sets: western, The Hermitage or Indonesian, or Nusantara to see the culinary range of the kitchen and satisfy your mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Aside from the wonderful food and TWG tea selection, the Courtyard Café is an incredible escape from Jakarta’s hustle and bustle. The Colonial-style building dates back to the 1920s, and the impeccable and quiet courtyard will make you forget that beyond the ivy covered walls, an entire pulsating city exists.
Courtyard Café, The Hermitage Hotel, Jl, Cilacap no. 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/3192-6888. High tea available Mon-Sun 3-5:30pm.
Top image: Huize van Wely