Afternoon tea was invented back in 1840 by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, when she complained of feeling hungry at 4pm. Back then, only two meals were served in a day, and dinner tend to commence late at 8pm. While times have changed and we’ve become used to eating three meals a day, the occasional splurge on fancy afternoon teas can be fun. So if you’re seeking the prettiest afternoon tea sets to indulge in, we round up some must-visit spots.
As its name suggests, THIRTY8 settles on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, offering sweet tooth lovers a plethora of desserts. With a breathtaking view overlooking the city skyline, the eatery is known for its pretty and tasty afternoon tea sets. Every last Sunday of the month also sees an extensive treat display for its brunch buffet ranging from parfaits to chocolate tarts. THIRTY8
The Orchid Conservatory
Located in The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, The Orchid Conservatory is a popular go-to place for weekend afternoon teas. The chilly room houses a wide collection of fresh orchid flowers, bloomed at its peak for charming photos. Tea time choices are typically the same throughout the year, with selections of scones, sandwiches and bite-sized desserts. The Orchid Conservatory
Lisette’s Cafe & Bakery
Brunches are never a dull moment at Lisette’s, a florally-decked eatery displaying a vast exhibit of fresh pastries and cakes. But if you’re not a morning person then the afternoon tea set might entice you, priced at only RM72 for 2 person. With a combination of european bites like scones and chicken sandwiches, you’ll also get local flavours like samosas. Lisette’s Cafe & Bakery
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This Parisian-themed hotel boasts a Baroque-style interior that transforms guests into the indoors of France. Decked in antique sculptures, renaissance art, and gold accents, its pretty afternoon tea sets come with high-end petit gateaux made from premium ingredients. Alongside that, you’ll also get to enjoy savoury treats featuring fine elements like salmon and ikura. Arte by Thomas Chan
TWG Tea Salon
Other than scrumptious items to snack on, tea selections when having afternoon tea is an important aspect. Fans of TWG Tea can find the best of both worlds at their multiple locations in Malaysia. From there, you can choose from the wide array of tea choices – go classic with earl grey or take the fancy route with the haute couture collection. TWG Tea Salon
Featured image by Arte by Thomas Chan.