5 of the best high tea places in the Netherlands
Feeling peckish and fancy a treat? Or do you want to celebrate a special occasion with something typically British? How about a pot of tea served with a range of sandwiches and sweet treats? Sounds perfect, don’t you think? But where should you go? Luckily, we’ve picked out five fantastic spots for you (in no particular order). Are you drooling yet?
1. De Drie Graefjes – Amsterdam
You may have already heard of De Drie Graefjes, famous for its delicious and, well let’s be frank, ginormous portions. The slabs of cake here are hard to finish but that doesn’t mean you won’t try, as they are simply heavenly. When one piece of cake just won’t do, we are looking into high tea, after all, be sure to try one of these three high tea options this delightful bakery offers.
You can choose from the high tea packages: Sweet High Tea, De Drie Graefjes High Tea or Luxury High Tea. The price points and what is included for each of these options differ. If you are a sweet tooth and only fancy having the treats and tea, opt for the Sweet High Tea package at 15 euros per person. The other two packages include savoury delectable and come in at 23 and 27 euros per person respectively. The Luxury High Tea even includes a glass of prosecco, fancy!
All high tea options need to be booked in advance and a minimum of two people applies. Additionally, you will need to pay 50 percent of the package fee in advance, the other 50 percent can be paid after you’ve hoovered up the delicacies. There are two locations at which you can enjoy these delights, namely at the Rokin and Zuid café branches, both in Amsterdam.
2. Euromast – Rotterdam
Get ready for the highest tea in Rotterdam; no we aren’t talking about what you are thinking about. If you decide to get high tea at the Euromast in Rotterdam, you will literally be dining in the tallest building in the city, hence the highest tea.
You can expect sweet and savoury delights, unlimited tea and breath-taking views at this classy joint. The high tea is served until 4pm every day and costs 19,75 euros per person (excluding an entrance ticket). If dining up high takes your fancy, don’t forget to reserve a spot in advance on the website.
3. Hotel Des Indes – The Hague
If you are looking for something extra fancy and indulgent, Hotel Des Indes in The Hague is the place to be. It has that royal vibe that will have you feeling like a king or queen tucking into four courses of luxury sandwiches and all kinds of other patisserie creations and sweets. Different types of tea accompany the experience and everything is on the table is homemade by the house patisserie chef.
You can sample such delicacies at 1.30 pm or 2pm, but have to book in advance. During the weekend, you can also enjoy live music by the house pianist or harpist alongside your high tea. The cost per person for this exquisite experience is 39,50 euros.
4. Hofje Zonder Zorgen – Haarlem
Are you a fan of carefully selected organic products and homemade goodies? If you are, Hofje Zonder Zorgen is the place to be for you! Located in Haarlem, this hidden gem offers a delicious homemade high tea for just 20,50 euros per person- that’s including a bit of soup, four savoury and four sweet dishes! Sounds like a bargain to us.
Of course, the high tea wouldn’t be a high tea without tea. This particular high tea is accompanied by organic tea in an array of flavours. Anyone else feeling peckish? If you have dietary requirements, Hofje Zonder Zorgen is also happy to cater to these, so no need to worry if you need to avoid gluten etc.
To sample all the deliciousness, you’ll need to reserve online. Certain time slots apply, thus you can only go for high tea at either 11am or 14.30pm during the week and 4pm on Saturday and 3.30pm on Sunday. Times differ during school holidays.
5. Stilleven – Breda
At the quaint and quirky café that is Stilleven (translates as still life) in Breda, a superb high tea awaits you. At 21 euros per person, you won’t be breaking the bank when you enjoy two courses, one savoury and one sweet, served with tea from the tea sommeliers Frank & Paul.
The Stilleven high tea includes the following delicacies: a small cup of soup, hot mini-quiche, two small sandwiches, mozzarella and tomato skewers, a mini citrus and mini raspberry cake, a shell filled with lemon curd and fresh fruit, a piece of brownie with chocolate ganache, a piece of forest fruit crumble cake and a macaroon. Sounds amazing, right?
If this high tea has piqued your interest and you’d like to give it a go, you should book at least two days in advance by either calling the café up or popping in to speak to the staff and book that way.
Time for tea
There is so much choice when it comes to high tea in the Netherlands. But if you are a high tea lover, these five places should definitely be on your list to try. Have you been to any of them before?
Have we missed a noteworthy mention off of the list? Let us know in the comments below.