The Ultimate Guide To Afternoon Tea In Kuala Lumpur

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July 4, 2018 | BY Tien Chew

There's nothing that quite says luxury living than afternoon tea, a mid-day opportunity to indulge your senses with dainty delectables and a soothing cup of tea while dressed in your best. To celebrate this popular pastime since the 19th century, T.Dining has made an all-you-ever-need directory for some of the best spots in town for high tea sets. Trust us, you're going to want to bookmark this.

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Element Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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Element Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Art, pastries and tea becomes an imaginative edible cansas on the weekends at Element Hotel, resulting in a one a one-of-a-kind high tea experience called "Arteastry". Watch as a chef decorates your table with chocolates, savoury macarons, scones and more before you dig in. Priced at RM128 nett for two, the hotel's afternoon tea offer is available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 1pm to 5pm.

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Ritz-Carlton
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The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Indulge in over 40 luxury teas, including a unique blend by German teamakers Ronnefeldt made specifically for the hotel, and an array of classic finger sandwiches, tarts and scones to go alongside a live musical performance at The Ritz-Carlton's lobby lounge. Priced at RM75 per person, the hotel's afternoon tea is available daily from 3pm to 6pm.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental KL, specialises in afternoon tea, so you can be sure that you'll have a top notch experience. Available daily from 2:30pm to 6pm, the hotel's afternoon tea set is priced at RM148 nett per person. Enjoy a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones served with jam, clotted cream and orange marmalade, as well as a platter of miniature cakes, tartlets, macaroons and more. Remember, don't forget to also uphold your tea etiquette.

 

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Ladurée
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Ladurée Malaysia

Parisian macaron legends Ladurée recently opened in Malaysia, bringing with them a quaint French touch when it comes to having tea at this patisserie. Afternoon tea takes a different twist here, only available daily in limited quantities, featuring croissants, macarons, chocolate fingers, french toast and a main course for two priced at RM120 nett.

 

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

One of the most popular spots for high tea in town, The Majestic Hotel does this afternoon treat with a colonial twist in a variety of options starting from 3pm to 6pm. You can either relax at the tea lounge (first come first serve set for two at RM55 per person for weekdays and RM65 per person for weekends) or enjoy a more private area in the drawing room, (RM75 nett per person on the weekdays and RM85 on the weekends). 

If you would like an to have your afternoon tea surrounded by nature, you can either choose to go al fresco out on the lawn (available weekends for RM85 nett per person) or at the famed orchid conservatory room (priced at RM100 for weekdays and RM110 for weekends).

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Common Man Coffee Roasters
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Common Man Coffee Roasters

Although known for their coffee, cafe Common Man Coffee Roasters has introduced a high tea set that deviates away from the ubiquitous English version. This set for two comes with tea, coffee, or a free flow of batch brew for RM65++, netting you an assortment of pastries and savoury treats such as lychee coconut cheesecake, profiteroles, mini bagels and more. Available every Thursday and Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, reservations are necessary.

TWG
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TWG

Tea specialists TWG takes on tea time with an assortment of set menus made for both the individual and small groups. If you're by yourself, the "1837" set menu priced at RM28.50+ will get you a teapot of TWG Tea of your choice, along with a choice of 2 scones or muffins that come with tea jelly, whipped cream and one patisserie. If you're in a group, go for the "chic" or "fortune" sets, for RM48+ and RM55+ respectively, which comes with a large assortment of pastries, savoury items and the whole works, with the option to go vegetarian. These sets are available from 2pm to 6pm daily.

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Delectable by Su
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Delectable by Su

Occupying a spot over at Glasshouse@Seputeh, Delectable's headquarters offer a hearty afternoon tea for two available on the weekdays from 10am to 6pm and the weekends at 10am to 11pm. Priced at RM85, the "delectable signature high tea for 2" includes enough items to keep you full until a late dinner. From mini edible terrariums to floral cupcakes and mini burger sliders, there's a bit of savoury and sweet for any couple to enjoy.

InterContinental KL
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InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Called the "secret garden high tea" over at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur's OneSixFive bar lounge, this decadent tea is available daily from 2pm to 5pm at RM142 nett for two persons. Besides a selection of TWG tea, coffee, smoked salmon bites, scones and an array of sweets to occupy you, guests can choose to luxe it up with a glass of champagne at an additional RM85 nett per person or go with a mocktail for RM33 nett per person.

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Nobu Kuala Lumpur
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Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Go Japanese for your afternoon tea instead, swapping fancy gardens and hotel lounges for an oriental den that comes with an impressive view of the city. Available only on the weekends from 1pm to 4pm, Nobu KL offers two sets, one catering towards the savoury crowd, called "hanami" and priced at RM148, and the other towards the sweet side, called "signature high tea set" and priced at RM98.

The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
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The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

Spend your afternoon at The Drawing Room, The St Regis Kuala Lumpur, for a fancy pick me up. There's an on-site tea sommelier to help you find your ideal brew, which is also refillable, a selection of exquisitely made pastries and finger foods and plenty of artwork to keep the conversation going. The tea set costs RM130 nett per person from Mondays to Fridays at 3pm to 6pm, while the weekends will have two time slots, with the first slot beginning at 2pm to 4pm and the second from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

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Hotel Stripes
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Hotel Stripes

French eatery Brasserie 25 serves afternoon tea à la Francaise called "Le Goûter", with the choice to swap tea for coffee and the welcoming addition to have unlimited servings of hot items, such as mini croque monsieurs, salmon quiches and cheese balls, should you feel famished. On the sweets front, large fruit filled macarons vie for your attention alongside other fruit cakes and chocolate treats. The restaurant lounge serves Le Goûter everyday from 3pm to 6pm at a price of RM75 nett per head.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This legacy hotel will offer something unique for those looking for something uncommon when it comes to high tea. Available at the lobby lounge from July 6 to July 31 between 3pm to 6pm, a Middle Eastern afternoon tea set that consists uncommon treats such as falafel, dolma, white chocolate and saffron cake, or even Arabic coffee, is up for grabs at RM150 nett for two.

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Dome
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Dome

Two high tea sets for two are now available at Dome Café, with the English set featuring classic favourites and the Malaysian version opting for a more local flavour route. Both are priced at RM59+ and are available all day long at the following outlets: Bangsar Shopping Centre, Genting Highlands Premium Outlets, Sky Avenue and Bintang Circle Pavilion KL.

Grand Hyatt
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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Go high (pun intended) for your tea at Grand Hyatt's Thirty8 restaurant-cum-bar-cum-lounge with two sets, one for the weekdays and another only on the weekends and during public holidays. The weekdays will see the establishment serving a three-tier afternoon tea set, available from 3pm to 5pm at the price of RM85 nett per person, focusing on providing the quintessential British experience. Come weekends, Thirty8 will serve a "high on sugar" afternoon tea set, available 12pm to 5pm at RM142 nett per person, serving a smorgasbord of high tea treats modernised and made to excite.

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Newens Tea House
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Newens Tea House

A 300-year-old legacy comes with this tea house, fittingly decorated for a classic afternoon tea experience over at Starhill Gallery. Newens' serves an afternoon tea set good for 2 pax everyday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at RM140 nett, serving their signature maid of honour tarts, sandwiches, scones and french pastries to go alongside a list of quality teas for you to choose from.

 

Sheraton Imperial
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Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Pavilions Lounge at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur also offers a "classic afternoon tea experience" set daily from 2pm to 5pm, charging RM84 nett for adults and RM42 nett for children aged between 9 to 12. Guests will receive a three tiered selection of delectables to go alongside their choice of TWG teas, but will also have the chance to enjoy hot food items such as crab cakes, quiche, sandwiches and a selection of French sweets and pastries at the lounge.

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Brasserie Fritz
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Brasserie Fritz

Right in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Brasserie Fritz is now serving afternoon tea from 3pm to 6pm, offering a selection of sandwiches and sweets. Priced at RM55++ person, you'll get at least four types of sandwiches and sweets, going from flavours like prawn, salted egg cream cheese and cucumber to go alongside peanut butter baby berliners. 

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