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The best afternoon-teas in Bruges

by Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Although afternoon-teas are best associated with the British culture, this delightful ritual can be also be enjoyed on the other side of the English Channel. As Bruges, in Flanders, is a favorite destination with the Brits, some of the local hotels and cafes’ now offer a very decent afternoon-tea experience. Lucky for me, as I am rather obsessed with little pastries, cucumber sandwiches and a correctly brewed pot of tea.


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James


I cannot agree more.


Hotel de Orangerie


This elegant and classical hotel located right on one of the most popular canals, Dijver,  offers a traditional and very fine British afternoon-tea experience. It includes a selection of fine sandwiches and scones served with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries. A selection of teas is served in silver teapots and poured into exquisite porcelain teacups.

Weather permitting, ask to have your tea served on the terrace so you can enjoy the boats pass by.

Price per person varies between EUR15 and 35.

Reservation is required.


The Gulliver Tree


Decorated in Scandinavian style, The Gulliver Tree is a cosy cafe’ run by two sisters and their mother, located in a quiet street of the Markt. All food is organic and freshly prepared on site with a vast selection of fine teas,  coffees and home-made cakes.

Afternoon-tea includes finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and cakes. One tea or coffee included.

Afternoon-tea is by reservation only at least one day in advance. Reserving a table even for breakfast or lunch is highly recommended as tables are limited and the cafe’ is very popular among locals.

Price per person is EUR25.

During cold winter days, order a table by the fireplace!


Hotel Van Cleef


The luxury boutique hotel is an Italianate mansion located along one of the main canals, the picturesque Sint-Anna Rei.

The finger sandwiches, pastries and scones are home-made by the resident pastry chef.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Green Room, with its impressive collection of modern and contemporary art or (if the weather permits) on the hotel’s stunning terrace, right on the canal.

The Afternoon Tea is by reservation only.


If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting the Medieval town of Bruges, we recommend: https://www.passepartout-homes.com/holiday/belgium/katelijne-loft-bruges/342