After reading up on the Waldorf Astoria’s chef, Sidney Schutte, I had high hopes for this tea and was not disappointed. Located on the Herengracht (or the Lords’ canal), the Waldorf is close to the Rembrandtplein.
Sitting by the window can give you a good view of their inner courtyard garden. Sadly, it was a little sparse being early spring.
The Waldorf also pairs specific teas with courses like The Intercontinental, but I preferred their choices. What The Waldorf does wonderfully with their tea is serve by the pot, steeping the tea at your table. They don’t leave the leaves in the water after the appropriate amount of steeping time. They remove the leaves, setting them aside for a second infusion. This means that you get a perfectly brewed pot of tea every time, as well as a second infusion pot with much less caffeine. You also get a glass of bubbly included!
As expected, the food was lovely to look at and eat, served on a round stand.
Normally, guests staying at the Waldorf can choose from a number of sweets in the display in the afternoon.
Even though it wasn’t included in the afternoon tea, the waitstaff would not let me refuse sampling from the display. Not just once, but twice, they served me pieces of cake.
Everything was lovely, and no one rushed me out at 17:00. I was able to enjoy my afternoon eating and sipping on tea. If you have to choose only one afternoon tea in Amsterdam, I’d recommend coming here (Although the Intercontinental is a close second)!
Tea 4.5/5, paired with food, refills available
Atmosphere 4/5, ask for a seat by the window
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
15:00 – 17:00, daily