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Looking for good places for afternoon tea in Jakarta

Could someone in the ExpatCom  list out some good places for good afternoon tea......good ambience and good tea and pastries.

Where? Jakarta  or Bali or Ternate? or somewhere else.

You can try Union at Grand Indonesia / Plaza Senayan

Yep, or Cafe Batavia or any upscale mall for a cup of tea

lukereg :

Yep, or Cafe Batavia

Been there once, but it won't be twice.

Thank you

Usually some of the 5 star hotels offer afternoon tea, perhaps worth checking out the Mandarin Oriental or the Grand Hyatt. I haven't tried these places, but Mandarin Orientals are generally well known for their cakes and pastries and I would guess that they do a nice afternoon tea.

Thank you Hansson.

Hi. Try Paul's resto.  I m not sure about ambience but it is hard to find a good pastries in Jakarta. Everywhere the same thing .
Depends  what you like.
Most of the European pastries do not taste good here.Some ingredients contain additives that is why it taste   :/

Hi Lena, where is Paul's restaurant? I might go have a look myself.

Hi. I believe one in Senayan Plaza the other one in Plaza Indonesia ( or grand Indonesia) i always get confused which one is which. U can find address online.

Try Chocolate fudge cake in Pizza express. Colonial in Lippo Mall has some edible  of pastries.

lena palha :

Try Chocolate fudge cake in Pizza express.

I rarely go to pizza express but they are very good, and their menu offers choices unavailable in most pizza places.
Afternoon tea isn't really their bag.

Much as 4 O'clock tea isn't my cup of tea, I've noticed many hotels have it.
I believe the big one near Giant, Bintaro does it, but it's likely to be expensive.
I see from another post you visit Bintaro, so I did a little google, finding quite a few places.

GOOGLED

It is not for me. I mostly bake my own pastries . I was just trying to help someone who asked this question.

lena palha :

I mostly bake my own pastries

I hope to receive an invitation to 4 O'clock tea in the near future. :D

More seriously; I've never been a fan of afternoon tea in that fashion as my day just doesn't work that way, but I can see how many people would like it.

Try Pappa Jack

I think there may be some confusion to exactly what "afternoon tea" means. It is also referred to as "high tea" and usually is taken at quite luxurious places with a relaxed ambience and with scones or pastries.

So while franchise coffee shops, kopitiams and bakeries may serve tea in the afternoon along with latte or cappuccino or expresso, as well as lots of pastries, cakes and tarts, I wouldn't call that "high tea".

The best places for afternoon tea or high tea for me has always been at the more luxurious hotels where they also serve scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam or at old established tea shops.

Hansson :

I think there may be some confusion to exactly what "afternoon tea" means. It is also referred to as "high tea" and usually is taken at quite luxurious places with a relaxed ambience and with scones or pastries.

Many people from the colonies make that simple error, believing the two to be the same, but they are not.
They assume "High tea" is a posh way to refer to afternoon tea, but they're wrong. This mistake is especially common in North America where education in the finer points is somewhat limited.

Afternoon tea replaced gin as the drink of choice, and was taken with snacks such as a small sandwich or pastries. This was probably started by the Duchess of Bedford and became popular in the early 1900s as a light meal between lunch at 12 and dinner at 8.
Of course, this was pretty much the preserve of the rich, and was hardly observed by the lower classes.
Those of us who still attend dinners (That always being at 8 pm and black tie), still take afternoon tea as required, but I'm not really a fan of the very expensive posh tea rooms, so I prefer to take a small snack and drink in the company of my wife at home.

High tea was always a working class thing, a peasants' meal designed as dinner but taken on a high dining table rather than a low table with sofas surrounding it.
It's now more commonly referred to as "tea", a replacement for dinner when you get home from a sweaty day down the pit.

Afternoon tea is very common in the UK, especially amongst the higher classes, but also readily available in tea rooms (Especially in holiday areas), most now using a small decorated table with simple chairs.
They maintain the true tradition, and tend not to make the mistake we see above.

Hahaha.........Fred, I think we both read the same online articles about high teas and afternoon teas. I also read about it being a working class thing too...low chairs, high tables, baked beans etc..... ;) If anyone is interested you can find out all about it's history on the following link:

High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea

I used to take it at Harrods in London sometimes, with the real Devonshire clotted cream. Ahhh...fond memories....

Hansson :

Hahaha.........Fred, I think we both read the same online articles about high teas and afternoon teas..

I'm British so I don't need to google such things.

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