The most beautiful settings for afternoon tea
A British tradition that is also hugely popular in Switzerland: afternoon tea. Indeed, afternoon tea is a welcome excuse to stop and relax, particularly during the often hectic Christmas season and on gloomy autumn and winter days. Scones with clotted cream, sandwiches and various pastries are served on a tiered stand – and it goes without saying that this is then accompanied by a wide selection of teas. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Afternoon Tea, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Basel
Here, they really know how to celebrate the British way of life: choose between Afternoon Tea “Deluxe” and Afternoon Tea “Royal” and enjoy scones, sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats – all served, of course, with a wide selection of teas from the “L’art du thé” tea house in Lucerne
Daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois.
Tea Time uff em Rhy – Afternoon Tea on the Rhine, Basel
Enjoy sweet and savoury pastries, scones and a fine selection of local teas, served aboard a ship on the Rhine between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. As you sip our tea, you can watch the Basel cityscape slip by – what could be more beautiful?
Afternoon Tea, Hotel Bellevue Palace, Bern
At the Bellevue Palace, you can look forward to a tiered stand loaded with petits fours, friandises, and a variety of other sweet and savoury delicacies – all washed down with tea from the Chanoyu tea house. If you’d like an extra touch of British elegance, you can also opt for a glass of prosecco or champagne.
Afternoon Tea, Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva
Freshly baked scones, sweet homemade pastries, delicious sandwiches and, of course, a vast array of teas: the Hotel d’Angleterre offers the perfect setting for the traditional ritual that is afternoon tea, with a backdrop that guarantees guests a unique experience.
Afternoon Tea, Hotel Victoria Jungfrau, Interlaken
You can enjoy afternoon tea at the Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau’s La Terrasse Brasserie, served with a tiered stand full of sandwiches, scones and a selection of sweet specialities. The unique views of the Jungfrau mountain add an extra touch of luxury.
Afternoon Tea, Hotel Splendide Royal, Lugano
Between tea and scones, you spend a truly royal afternoon here in the Belle Epoque Bar. Salty and sweet treats are served on the étagère. In addition, there are 11 different teas from China, Japan, South Africa or from the peaks of the Himalayas. Daily from 15.30 to 17.30.
Afternoon tea above the clouds, Bürgenstock Hotels and Resort, Obbürgen
The Bürgenstock Signature High Tea includes savoury and sweet snacks, served with exquisite teas. Guests can enjoy their afternoon tea in Salon 1903 or in the Lakeview Lounge, with stunning views over Lake Lucerne.
Afternoon Tea, Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina celebrates the tradition of the afternoon tea every day and offers two different options: the Engadiner afternoon tea and the Kronenhof afternoon tea. Both include salty and sweet delights as well as scones. It's recommended to book the afternoon tea in advance. Open daily from 15.00 to 17.00 h.
Afternoon Tea, Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz
A British tradition in the Engadin mountains. Every day between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Carlton St. Moritz, guests can enjoy a variety of delicacies by the open fire – or outside when the weather is fine. The breathtaking view of the mountains is simply unforgettable.
Afternoon Tea, Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich
Here, away from Banhofstrasse, you can forget about all the hustle and bustle for a few hours as you are served the finest tea blends, sandwiches and homemade scones with authentic English clotted cream amid the beautiful ambience of Le Hall. It doesn’t get any more British than this.
Afternoon Tea, Restaurant Carlton, Zurich
Here, the British tradition is celebrated with scones and a variety of sweet and savoury delicacies. Afternoon tea at the Carlton is served Thursday to Saturday between September and May.
Afternoon Tea, Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich
It’s tea time! At the Dolder Grand Hotel, afternoon tea is served in one of the libraries beside an open fire. The tea goes without saying, but guests can also look forward to a tiered stand full of exquisite creations in addition to this. Friday to Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Afternoon Tea, Park Hyatt Hotel, Zurich
Tea from the Mariage Frères gourmet tea company, accompanied by seasonal savoury and sweet treats from the hotel’s very own patisserie: you can look forward to all this when you book an “Afternoon Tea at the Park” at the Park Hyatt Zurich. Tea is served beside an open fire in the beautiful lobby of the hotel.
Please note that afternoon tea should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.