âAfternoon teaâ comes from Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of the Bedford family, having tea time with simple refreshments between lunch and dinner to quench her hunger. Afternoon tea was a social event enjoyed by British aristocrats in the past, but it naturally spread around the world over time. In modern times, you can easily find them in high-end restaurants, hotel lounges, and dessert cafes. Afternoon tea sets usually include sandwiches, scones, macaroons, and cakes in a 3-tier tray and are served with black tea. Let's get away from our tiring days while enjoying a sweet dessert time in a relaxing time. Here are 5 of the best afternoon tea set restaurants full of fragrant tea and sweet desserts.
1. Cheongdam-dong 'Decant', a dessert for Parisian aristocrats
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âDecantâ has a luxurious feel with a ceiling decorated with white cloth and an interior decorated with marble tables. The signature menu is the âApres-midi setâ with drinks and a dessert menu loved by 19th-century Parisian aristocrats on a 3-tier tray. You can fill your stomach with open sandwiches and salads on the 1st floor, yogurt and bakery on the 2nd floor, and finish sweetly with macaroons and fruit on the 3rd floor.
â²Location: 10, Apgujeong-ro 72-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 – 21:00 every day
â²Price: Apres-midi set (1 person) 29,000 won, Rooibos vanille 9,200 won
â²Testimonial (On the way to and from work): You must make a reservation before visiting. They ordered an aperitif set for each table. The visuals are completely mind-blowing! The two of us went there, but since we ate with tea, our stomach was quite full!
2. âTukbang-gil Black Tea Shopâ in Jayang-dong, full of savory butter flavor
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Izuni's âTukbanggil Black Tea Shopâ bakes savory baked goods with AOP grade butter. The signature menu, âMarinated tea,â has 3 types of sandwiches on the 1st floor of the tray, 2 types of scones and jam on the 2nd floor, and baked goods and cakes on the 3rd floor. For sandwiches, you can choose between jambon baguette and burrata cheese to suit your preferences. You can choose two different types of tea to drink.
â²Location: 277, Jayanggangbyeon-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Monday, Friday – Sunday 12:00 – 20:00, Tuesday – Thursday closed
â²Price: Sweets tea (1 person) 26,000 won, plain scone 2,900 won
â²Testimonial (Food for Fire 9119): There are plenty of dishes starting on the 1st floor, including jambon baguette, basil pesto chicken, and croissant sandwiches. Please note that if you have leftover baked goods or scones, they will also pack them.
3. Enjoy 'Simonetta's Garden' in Samseong-dong in an old-fashioned atmosphere
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âSimoneta's Gardenâ combines floral wallpaper, vintage furniture, stained glass, and merry-go-rounds to create an old-fashioned yet elegant atmosphere. The signature menu is the âHana Tismo Set,â where you can find 6 types of sweets, including sandwiches, baked goods, and cream puffs, and 2 types of tea. It comes with clotted cream and 4 kinds of homemade jams to make it even sweeter.
â²Location: 42 Samseong-ro 122-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Wednesday to Sunday 13:00 – 18:00, B/T 15:00 – 16:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
â²Price: Hana Tismo set changes
â²Review (White Whale): There are so many photo zones! I feel like I'm in the middle of a movie! The afternoon tea set eaten in an antique atmosphere was absolutely amazing! I hope to come back next time!
4. A âblack tea shop where time staysâ in Yeonhui-dong, made with healthy ingredients
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â²Location: 7-15 Yeonhui-ro 16-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: Friday to Tuesday 12:00 to 20:00, closed on Wednesday and Thursday
â²Price: Afternoon tea set (1 person) 22,000 won, scone set 5,000 won
â²Testimonial (Vitamin Jelly): Before the afternoon tea set comes out, I start by giving tea before the meal. The scones on the tray were baked right away and came out warm, soft and delicious.
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'Osulloch Tea House 1979 Store' presents Korean-style afternoon tea with Jeju's nature and tea motifs. The signature menu is the âAfternoon Tea Set for 2,â which captures the excitement of Jeju's flower path. After tasting 2 types of Osullok tea and desserts reminiscent of Jeju, such as âJeju Kijeong Mochi Sandwich,â âCitrus Bonbon Chocolat,â and âCamellia Flower Tart,â it's a great place to finish off with a âsweet sake granita.â
â²Location: 100 Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00 every day
â²Price: Afternoon tea set for 2 people 55,000 won, signature green tea latte 10,000 won
â²Testimonial (My Neighbor's Dog): I went to eat a lot of afternoon tea, but the Korean-style desserts were quite different from mine. My eyes and mouth were happy to see refreshments with unedible visuals, such as flower shapes and citrus shapes.
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