Summer Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Every year the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam creates a special high tea menu for the summer.

This year’s theme is inspired by the coastal piers and charming beach towns of the USA. They offer a whimsical and more elaborate version of fun fair treats.

It started with a green tea and cranberry slushy. This was perfect to cool us down since we biked to the hotel and today felt like proper summer.

The amuse was a nori cone with tomato, avocado, crispy rice & soya. I love Asian flavors and I could have easily eaten a few more of this.

Then came the savory bites. A gingerbread horse with Foie gras paté and a smoked salmon sandwich with asparagus & cream cheese. And what’s a fun fair without some fast food? We also had a mini chicken burger with Thai basil & cucumber relish. And a mini hotdog with compote of red onions, crispy sauerkraut & mustard. Comfort food at its best!

The sweets entailed of a vanilla & strawberry clown shaped macaron, a unicorn shaped cassis & lemon sable, a popcorn cupcake, a tropical financier shaped like a donut, a lavender & apricot choux with cotton candy, and Taffy apples. My favorite from here was the donut since it has passion fruit, pineapple and mango. I just love that combination.

And just when you think you can’t eat any more, they came and served the most fluffy and soft vanilla & chocolate scones with clotted cream and jams. The tea served during this theme is the Chinese supreme rose tea. I loved it, it was very delicate.

The whole high tea was amazing and the service was great, as you would expect from the Waldorf Astoria. Just have a light lunch before you come because you will definitely leave with a full but happy stomach.

This summer afternoon tea is served daily at their Peacock Alley from 3 to 5pm until August.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Honey Afternoon Tea (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

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Last week, I went to the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam to try their Honey Afternoon Tea. When the name Waldorf Astoria comes to mind, I think of opulence and grandeur. And with a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant under its belt, I knew I was in for a treat. This was a especial afternoon tea, since we got to visit the beehives located on the roof of the restaurant Librije’s Zusje.

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The declining bee population is nothing new. Honeybee pollination plays an important role in the environment and our food supply. Their loss of habitat, climate change and use of pesticides are weakening their population. The hard working bees fly 150,000 kilometers and visit about 50,000 flowers in order to make one dessert spoon of honey. By having these beehives, the Waldorf Astoria supports the foundation Beelease.

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During the month of June, the afternoon tea gets a touch of honey. It includes a madeleine with honey & pecans, a honey canelé, a macaron with honey & lemon thyme, a pofiterol filled with swiss cream, strawberry, lavender & honey and a mini tart of raspberry, honey & caramel.

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Among the savory treats were a duck liver lollypop, a quiche with pine nuts, blue cheese, leek & smoked chicken, a cucumber wrapped sandwich with goat cheese, honey & walnuts, a cracker with smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives.

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Every treat was a pleasure to eat and the service was outstanding. To spend the afternoon enjoying some delicious tea and treats, while overlooking the garden on a beautiful spring day. That is hard to beat!

You can enjoy the Afternoon Tea daily from 15:00 to 17:00.

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam