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The Best Places For Afternoon Tea in Manila

The English ritual is well-observed at these fine establishments.
The Best Places For Afternoon Tea in Manila
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The English ritual is well-observed at these fine establishments.

There always has been a divide between coffee and tea drinkers, with the perception that one's loyalty can only to one or the other. But the practice of setting aside an afternoon for a warm pot of tea, scones, jams, and other pastries is altogether an additional sitting that cannot be confined to a single cup on the go.

Afternoon tea has been practiced since the 19th century and has developed along with it its own set of rules and etiquette. Whether you plan a leisurely afternoon gathering with friends or you wish to take a break throughout the day, tea time is an easy option.

Here are the best places for afternoon tea in Manila.

Writers Bar

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The iconic Writers Bar at Raffles Makati marries a boozy Sunday brunch with timeless afternoon tea for the month of June. This limited offering comes with a glass or a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. On regular days, however, the lounge offers tea for two in the classic English style with sweets, scones, and savory done in the format Anna Maria, Duchess of Bedford, prepared them in the 19th century.

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Available from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Writers Bar, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, 795.0777

The Lobby at Peninsula Manila


The Lobby at Peninsula Manila comes with many attractions, but one of the most enduring guest favorites is the afternoon tea service, which has been around since the hotel first opened its doors. To give this old tradition a twist, the menu would be on rotation. One can always expect to find scones with an array of jams, tea sandwiches, pastries, and cakes plated on dainty china.

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Available 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily at Peninsula Manila, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 887.2888

 

TWG


A quintessential destination for macarons, crepes, and perhaps the largest selection of teas in Manila, TWG Tea Salon has been a go-to for those longing to participate in the afternoon tradition. Its various branches at Greenbelt, Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant, Central Square Mall, and other locations make it all the more accessible to the tea drinker. The TWG Tea Patisserie Collection allows diners to choose from a trolley of tea-infused pastries. One may also try to the Tea Time Set Menus which includes a pick from the establishmentâs extensive tea list.

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The Tea Time Set Menu is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all TWG branches.

Bizu

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Bizu spares no expense in creating a tea spread with a wide variety of canapés, scones, and sweets. With the amount of bites and a varied selection, the Bizu afternoon tea set gives diners the best value for money. The accompanying pot of tea is your own choice of loose leaf teas sourced from France.

Available at select Bizu branches

Makati Shangri-La


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Located at the heart of Makatiâs central business district, the Lobby Lounge at Makati Shangri-La gives diners an ideal venue for a calming cup of tea with a selection of three sets: the English Classic, the Filipino Favorite, and the Makati Shangri-La Jewelry Box. The latter, more premium option offers culinary masterpieces packed into bitesâsmoked duck breast with poached pear and ricotta on rye bread, corn-fed chicken with lemon, thyme, and walnut on malt bread, potted shrimp with melba toast, almond macarons, and homemade hazelnut scones are on the trolley.

Available at Makati Shangri-La, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati,814.2580

High Street Lounge


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At Shangri-La at the Fortâs sleek High Street Lounge, afternoon tea comes in sweet and savory in Asian and Western variations both good enough for sharing with a companion. While youâre at it, the daily dessert trolley also coincides with tea time so you can easily pick up a coffee cake or chocolate coupe to pair with your pot.

Available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., 2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Avenue corner 5th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 820.0888

Conrad C Lounge

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For three hours every day, the C Lounge at the Conrad Hotel offers tea served with a spectacular view of Manila Bay. Guests will have a good mix of sweet and savory from two options. The English Cruise is patterned after the Western tradition and served with Classical Victoria sponge cake, tarts, eclairs, or honey roast ham, Royal Clarence court inspired egg, and Oak-smoked Scottish salmon. On the other hand, the Manila Sunset pays tribute to an impeccable array of local ingredients featuring Malagos chocolate brownie cakes, Bibingka latik, a dried mango cheesecake, along with mini beef caldareta pie or slow cooked pulled pork in pandesal.

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Available from 2 to 5 p.m. daily at Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Pasay, 833.9999

The Connect Lounge

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You could schedule a rendezvous with friends somewhere in the middle and enjoy tea along with sweeping views of the city at the aptly named Connect Lounge. Located on the 24th level of Marco Polo Ortigas, the lounge offers a three-tiered tray of sweet and savory assortments keeping with traditional English flavors. Apart from tea, this can also be enjoyed with a bottle of bubbles.

Available at the Connect Lounge, Marco Polo Ortigas, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, 720.7777.

Lartizan

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This French boulangerie provides a full spread for both afternoon tea and evening tea. An order of Le Petit will give you pastries, scones, and tea enough for two, while Le Grande serves a party of three. If you come at an odd hour or just choose to order a la carte, the tea menu consists of earl grey, green tea, white tea, and black tea assortments for each time of the day. For those beating the caffeine habit, there are also decaffeinated variants to choose from.

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Ayala Malls the 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig, 944.6941; Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 511.7866

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