Author : Lee Ah-Rin (December 22, 2016)
There seems to be something about tea that coffee can never give you. Although I am a coffee addict myself, there are still days when a relaxing afternoon tea sesh is all I want in life. Furthermore, I think we can all agree that one feels a lot less guilty lunging around for hours using free wifi drinking tea rather than coffee, since it’s supposed to be something you slowly sip anyway. Thus, here’s a list of teahouses in Bangkok for one of those days!
Mall cafes/resturants tend to get a bad rep, but I would argue that the bias is not always justified. For instance, the 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt. Ronnefeldt is a world-renowned German brand that has been around since 1823. The premium delicacy is now available in the heart of Bangkok that is Siam. Highlights include Gaysorn Blend (Oolong, Pineapple, Papaya) and Bangkok Blend (Chinese white tea with mango/orange scents). For those on a date, try ordering the 1823 Gold Indulgence Afternoon Tea Set as an accompaniment to your tea.
There is something about Whittard of Chelsea that is quintessentially British. Imported from England, this teahouse specializes in traditional British taste such as Earl Grey. They also offer various seasonal fruit teas ranging from Summer Strawberry, Apple, and Pomegranate. Their scones and other pastries are also a must-try.
Inside the exotic mansion, The House on Sathorn, situates an open-air colonial-style teahouse. The house is easily accessible, right next to the W Hotel in the business area of Bangkok. Recommendations include their Afternoon Tea Set, which includes sorbet ice-cream, sandwich, and other delicacies served with your choice of TWG tea. Afternoon tea session is available from 2.30 to 5.30 pm.
Another tea house inside a mall that should not be overlooked. NOVA Tea Room is on the 9th floor of Emquartier mall, decorated with white marbles for an upscale ambience. NOVA offers over 36 types of organic tea, sent straight from the Northern province of Chiang Rai. Highlights include Victoria Pick (Oolong, Jasmine, Rose) and Golden Truffle (Black tea infused with chocolate). In addition to tea, NOVA also offers heavier menu items such as pasta or duck and waffle.
Another British delicacy, Portobello And Desire goes all out with a British-style house and garden. The furniture and decor here gives off a vintage, romantic vibe. Specifically, the cozy atmosphere makes the tea experience even more relaxing. Tea accompaniments here are up to par, whereas their tea selections might be less impressive than other teahouses on this list.
For those looking for a breakaway from Western-style afternoon tea, this place is definitely a must-try. Tea selections here are premium tea imported from Eastern countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan, or locally. With simplistic decorations, this place offers 3 types of tea including hot tea, matcha, and matcha latte. For green tea lovers, try their Koiicha, a high-quality matcha with intense flavor imported from Japan.
A teahouse with unique decor, Seven Suns is a half outdoor-half bar teahouse. Simply witnessing the tea-making process is a sight in itself. The tea selections here are from China Life, the family-owned brand from London. More importantly, hot water refills are free here so you can keep drinking until those leaves lose their flavors.
An must-visit tea house from Chiang Rai, Vieng Joom On now opens its branch in Bangkok. Located in the heart of Sukhumvit, this teahouse gives off a upbeat ambience with its bright-colored, colorful decor. Additionally, their wide-range selections of tea and snacks live up to the expectations.