Check out these indulgent afternoon teas, perfect for those lazy and relaxing rainy days.
NA NIRAND Romantic Boutique Resort
Oozing romance, this resort sits along the banks of the Ping River where a giant raintree stretches its canopy wide, offering cool shade for those seeking an afternoon respite.
Aside from the award-winning fusion cuisine, here you can indulge yourself with a premium afternoon tea served with a bewildering variety of savoury and sweet snacks and pastries. Tea for two also includes ‘exotic fresh fruit’ and homemade jams and clotted cream to go with the delicious scones. Premium tea is carefully selected from locally grown sources, offering hints of Northern Thai aromas. This tea set is a meal unto itself and should be indulged leisurely to enjoy all the generous offerings which also include freshly brewed coffee and refreshing mocktails.
Prices are 1,200 baht and 1,500 baht net per person.
1/1 Soi 9 Charoenprathet Road, T. Chang Klan (Google Map)
Open daily 6.30am – 10.30pm
Tel. 053 280 988 ro 092 959 1749
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The Consul’s Garden
Set just behind the award winning French restaurant, Le Coq d’Or, is spacious lush green garden, highlighted by a century old imposing rain tree and dotted with fine colonial style architecture. Afterall, this was once the home of British Consul William Alfred Rae Wood who was stationed in Chiang Mai between 1921 and 1970. Gaze your eyes along the iconic Ping River and feel the soft wind touching your face while sipping your favourite cup of tea. The afternoon tea set is served with a variety of nine savoury and sweet bites, crafted by a chef from Spain, including smoked salmon croissant and classic scones. Indulge yourself in aromatic flower teas – rose, lily, lotus, chrysanthemum – or the luxury Dilmah’s Exceptional that is well balanced and has its own character. You can’t get more British than this afternoon tea experience where colonial-era history is a appealing as the scrumptious afternoon tea offerings.
11 Kohklang Road, T. Nong Hoi (behind Le Coq d’Or)
Open (10am – 7pm). Advance booking for afternoon tea is required.
Tel. 089 888 9339
137 Pillars House Hotel
Looking for a luxurious afternoon tea? 137 Pillars House will transport you to the days when teak wallahs used to sit on the same property enjoying their teas – a truly divine experience. It’s 600 baht for a classic afternoon tea (1,100 per couple) and if you want to splurge with a bottle of champagne as well, it’s 4,999 per couple!
2 Soi 1, Na Wat Gate Road, T. Wat Gate
Tel. 053 247 788
Tea enthusiasts look no further, for Monsoon Tea has it all. Walk into this fairytale of a shoplette where you will be greeted by aromas from an assortment of specialty teas such as fragrant lychee black tea and strong Monsoon blend oolong.
Wat Gate Branch: 328/3 Charoenrat Road, T. Wat Gate
One Nimman Branch: At One Nimman, Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, T. Suthep
Open 10am – 8.30pm
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Where better to enjoy a classic afternoon tea than in the former British consulate of Chiang Mai, which is now the restaurant and bar of the Anantara Hotel. Sitting overlooking the Ping, surrounded by colonial-era architecture to set the mood, afternoon tea rituals are offered at the weekends and a high-tea boutique buffet throughout the week.
123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road
Tel. 053 253333
Vieng Joom On
If you are looking for a place that offers a wide range of teas, including herbal, traditional and Chinese flavours, Vieng Joom On is the place for you. With two locations in Chiang Mai, these tea houses are easy to access and options are plenty, including classic herbal teas or even slightly more exciting tea-infused smoothies.
Wat Gate branch: 53 Charoenrat Road, T. Wat Gate
Nimman branch: Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, T. Suthep
Open 11am – 8pm (Mondays – Fridays)
11am – 9pm (Saturdays – Sundays)
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Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop
Start off by picking a perfect spot, whether in the elegant 1920s colonial-inspired air-conditioned tea room, or under the shade of a giant tree, where dappled rays of sunlight play. Start with the freshly made sandwiches that come in a great variety of both traditional as well as innovative flavours and tastes, from the perfect English cucumber sandwich to a Northern Thai spicy sausage sai-ua roll which is one of the menu highlights. Scones made from dry butter are served traditionally with premium clotted cream and homemade jam. Belgium chocolate has been crafted into a variety of fancy bon bons while fruity delights include the pistachio raspberry dome and banana cake. There is a fine selection of tea, coffee and some refreshing cold drinks.
Buak Krok Luang Moo 1, T. Nong Pa Khrang
Open 10am – 8pm (afternoon tea 12 – 6pm)
A beautiful patisserie and bistro lounging behind the Ping Nakara Hotel. Lose yourself watching the flow of the River Ping as you delight in the luxurious blend of Earl Grey and relish in the taste of the softest Mille Feuille. Leave reality behind.
Charoen Prathet Road, T. Chang Klan
Open 11am – 7pm
Tel. 061 370 6466