Afternoon high tea places in Kuala Lumpur

There’s nothing like a sweet treat to remedy that afternoon slump. While we usually reach for packets of biscuits on slower days, it’s nice to indulge in a more refined affair on occasion – think cake stands generously laden with pretty pastries, and fine bone china teapots brimming with fragrant tea.

But as much as we adore fancy settings and cute finger sandwiches that come with drool-worthy high tea sets, it isn’t exactly a wallet-friendly dining option. So we’ve compiled a list of afternoon high tea places in KL, where you can gorge on sweet and savoury treats with a side of tea, without forking out an arm and a leg for them.

1. Thirty8 Restaurant Bar & Lounge – high tea with views of KL’s skyline

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Taking pictures of KL’s skyline may not be enough – better to sit down for a leisurely meal to fully appreciate a bird’s eye view of the city. At Thirty8 Restaurant Bar & Lounge, you can heighten your high tea experience with a panoramic view of KL.

Located on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt KL, the lounge is where you have afternoon high tea with some of the best views of the Petronas Twin Towers.

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Indulge in the Signature Afternoon Tea (RM168 for 2 pax)a sumptuous three-tier afternoon tea set comprising sweet and savoury selections that infuses local flavours into Western delicacies.

Some interesting treats you can look out for are lobak topped with the restaurant’s signature XO sauce, and roti john that comes in the form of an eclair. Their teh tarik crème brûlée tart and bunga raya custard cream profiteroles are other unique ones, all of which complement the free-flow coffee or tea of your choice.

Address: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): Mon – Fri 12PM-5PM
Telephone: 03-22039188
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2. Pavilions Lounge – high tea in a magnificent lounge

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Pavilion Lounge is tucked inside Sheraton Imperial Hotel, which has a show-stopping setup with ornate furnishings that lets guests experience a regal high tea affair. Sparkling chandeliers, velvet couches, and Neoclassical stairways will be the backdrop to your idyllic afternoon tea sesh that’s also affordable.

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A unique fusion of high tea treats and Asian favourites are served on a very English three-tiered dessert stand. Pavilion Lounge’s current offering – the “East Meets West” Afternoon Tea Set (RM108 for 2 pax)comes with a choice of TWG tea or freshly brewed coffee, along with a plethora of cakes, desserts and more.

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Start off with their top tier, which holds a savoury trio – roti jala with a side of curry, mini paus and shu mai. Below, there are stuffed mantou and crostini topped with plump prawns. You’ll want to make room for desserts too, as the last tier features gorgeous and rich pistachio eclairs, strawberry tarts, red velvet cakes and Linzer cookies.

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Warm scones are served like prized possessions on a separate plate, along with a range of jams and classic clotted cream to slather between the scones.

Address: Pavilions Lounge, Mezzanine Floor, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): 2.30PM-5.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 03 -2717 9027 | 012-337 9980
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3. Woobar – platter with Borneo lobster roti john & pandan scones

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Woobar at W Kuala Lumpur is one of the chicest bars in the heart of the city that takes their interior seriously. Blending a chic speakeasy ambience with seductive fluorescent lights that illuminate its space, the bar crafts amazing cocktails by night and serves themed afternoon tea menus by day alongside their stylish setup. 

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You can also grab a drink here before the evening falls
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Woobar currently offers Lokali Afternoon Tea (RM138/pax) – an afternoon high tea set with a selection of sweet and savoury treats that incorporate local flavours. Instead of the usual tea sandwiches, there are interesting treats such as Borneo Lobster Roti John, Smoked Bidor Duck, Fig Ginger Croustade, Beet Root Acar and Pomelo Tart.

The desserts are not to be missed out on either – Lime Kasturi Sphere, Butter Pea Flower Coconut Macaron, Pandan Scone, Durian Choux, and Sweet Laksa Bon Bon are all fine selections that look like a tempting work of art.

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Address: No. 121, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): Tue – Sun 3PM-5PM
Telephone: 012-347 9088
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4. Latitude 03 – themed afternoon sets that changes every month

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For us Malaysians who long to experience the magical sight of cherry blossom in its full splendour during the spring season in Japan, Latitude 03 at Le Meridien will give you a slice of this with their Japanese Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea (RM120/pax).

Only available till 31st May 2022, the Hanami-inspired tea set comprises delicacies that feature classic Japanese flavours to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossom trees in Japan.

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Start your high tea off with the Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll that’s topped with salted cherry blossom flower, and then go for the Layered Sakura Sandwich stuffed with gruyere cheese.

Finish off with dainty sweets that also embrace the Sakura theme – Soy Milk Panna Cotta with Sakura Jelly, Cream Roll Cake with Sakura Paste and Vanilla Macaron with Cherry Blossom Ganache. These are all delightful treats that are almost too pretty to eat.

Each set is paired with your choice of Illy coffee or Harney & Sons tea, which cuts through the Sakura-filled desserts satisfyingly.

Address: 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): 2PM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 012-215 8782 | 03-2263 7888
Le Meridien’s website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Bottega Lounge at EQ – Italian-inspired afternoon tea

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There’s a particular luxurious and chic glow when you step foot into EQ Kuala Lumpur. Besides being a popular spot for staycays in the city, the hotel has a splashy interior with glass windows reflecting the city lights. 

At the hotel’s lounge – Bottega Lounge – patrons can grab a seat at velvet-clad armchairs, with the tinkering of the piano helping to create an afternoon high tea scenario fit for royalty.

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Bottega Lounge’s tea menu ticks all the boxes for a perfect afternoon high tea set too. Their Italian-inspired Bottega’s Afternoon Tea Set (RM196 for 2 pax) is a gorgeous line-up of pretty sweet and savoury delights that include fluffy scones, mini tartlets, filled cannoli, truffle mini bagels and smoked salmon with artichoke sandwiches.

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The experience doesn’t fall short when it comes to the beverages either. Bottega Lounge’s tea menu is impressively extensive, featuring infusions such as Cameronian Gold Blend, Gunung Chantik and Hibiscus Zest.

Address: EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): 12PM-2.30PM, Daily (1st session) | 3PM-5PM, Daily (2nd session)
Telephone: 03-2789 7806
EQ Kuala Lumpur’s website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Nobu – Japanese savoury bites and mini desserts

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Nobu is a swanky Japanese restaurant that patrons praise for their delectable Japanese-Peruvian cuisine and stellar services. The restaurant’s authentic wooden interior, which brings to mind Muji-inspired decor, blends together Japanese elegance with a contemporary simplicity.

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Nobu’s high tea menu is as exquisite as the usual English afternoon tea set. Signature High Tea (RM95/pax) or Premium High Tea (RM138/pax) serves both sweet and savoury petite Nobu delicacies, with tiered stands switched out for woodsy plates and boards for a more rustic charm.

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Their high tea menu is quintessentially Japanese with a twist or two – think Sashimi salads, a selection of sushi hand rolls, bite-sized Wagyu steak, Matsuhisa shrimp with caviar and various tempuras. For sweet treats, the highlights are Nobu Cheesecake, Pinky Pavlova, Green Tea Kakigori and White Chocolate Sphere.

Either choice of afternoon tea set comes with a range of Japanese teas, matcha lattes – hot, cold or blended – and the usual coffee selection if you’re looking for a caffeine kick.

Address: L4A-05, Level 4A Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur No, 145 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): Sat – Sun 1PM-4PM
Telephone: 03-2380 0028 | 019-389 5085
Nobu Kuala Lumpur’s website | Facebook | Instagram

7. Delectable By Su – afternoon tea in a glasshouse cafe

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Delectable By Su is a cafe inside the Glasshouse, an event space that stands in the heart of Taman Seputeh. The cafe is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that let endless streams of sunlight inside, and overlooks lush greenery for a tranquil afternoon high tea session with your SO or loved ones. 

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Served in a charming house-shaped glass box, the Delectable Signature High Tea For Two (RM100/set) has teatime favourites such as burger sliders, stuffed croissants, brownies, macarons and cupcakes. These savoury and sugary treats are paired with a steaming pot of tea of your choice – opt to choose from a selection of drinks on their extensive menu too. 

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Apart from the afternoon tea set, the cafe offers a range of meals and a galore of desserts displayed enticingly at the front counter.

Address: Level 2, Glasshouse at Seputeh 17, Lorong Syed Putra Kiri 50460, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 012-885 5280
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8. Le Bar Cocktail & Stories – a classic English teatime

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Plush armchairs, marbled floors and cascading lights makes Le Bar Cocktail and Stories feel more like a comfortable and stylish living room of someone’s luxe home. This sleek lounge located at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara sets the tone for luxurious afternoon tea session, whether you are seated near the cocktail bar or in the cosy library area.

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The stylish ambience of the space complements the Afternoon Tea Set (RM128 for 2 pax) perfectly. The set serves an ensemble of dainty desserts – Red Velvet Raspberry Cake, Lemon Macaron, and Oatmeal and Raisin Scones, as well as the must-try Passion Fruit Choux Au Craquelin dipped in coconut ganache and Black Forest Rocher coated in chocolate and almond nibs.

Do leave room for savoury treats on the middle tier as well. Find interesting ones such as Scottish Smoked Salmon Rillettes in Tomato Bread, Brioche topped with Foie Gras Mousse and Cured Egg Yolk Profiterole infused with truffle.

These small bites can be enjoyed alongside your choice of tea or Illy coffee.

Address: 6 Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): 2PM-5PM, Daily
Telephone: 03-2720 6608
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9. Axis Lounge – honey bee-themed high tea

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Axis Lounge’s glass-ceiling room with plush scalloped chairs and matching dusty mahogany carpets make its space at Doubletree Hilton KL a fine place to relax with an afternoon high tea set.

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Their Honey Bee-themed High Tea (RM128/set) is a themed high tea set with honey-infused pastries and cakes that come in shades of black and yellow – this complements the classy black, gold and brown-tinged lounge interior nicely.

The golden tiered-bird cage presents a display of desserts so adorable you’ll feel guilty for gorging on them. They include Honey Avocado Yoghurt, Yuzu and Honey Cheesecake, Bee Cake Pop, Cured Salmon Gravlax and Bee Brioche with Roasted Wagyu Beef.

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While tea and coffee is included in the menu, you can opt for glasses of sparkling wine or juice with your meal too, for an extra dash of extravagance.

Address: The Intermark, 348, Jalan Tun Razak, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): Fri – Sun 3PM-8PM
Telephone: 03-2172 7272
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10. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Alice In Wonderland-inspired tea time

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Quirky and eclectic, Aloft’s Awesome Afternoon Tea (RM138 for 2 pax) is a classically British fare, with adorable homemade pastries, hearty scones and eclairs, beautifully frosted cupcakes and smoked salmon on toast served in a dreamy baby-blue bird cage.

Flower-adorned teapots and ornamented teacups that brim with tea add to the vibrant high tea spread at Aloft.

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The afternoon tea session takes place at Aloft’s WXYZ bar, which has a setting that’s equally as vivid as the colour scheme of their afternoon tea set.

Address: 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours (for high tea): Sat & Sun 2PM-5PM
Telephone: 03-2723 1154
Aloft Hotels’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Afternoon high tea sets in KL

From scones with lashings of cream and delectable finger sandwiches, to cups of piping hot Earl Grey tea and coffee, KL is definitely not starved of options when it comes to classy afternoon high tea spots that are also reasonably priced.

Take your pick from this list that we’ve compiled to spend an afternoon lounging in tea rooms over a good cuppa and delicious treats.

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Cover image adapted from: Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, @foodie_vibes25Nobu Kuala Lumpur Restaurant

This article was updated on 21st September 2022.

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