There’s nothing like a hot (or cold) cup of tea after a long day. Where coffee acts like hardcore rocket fuel and keeps you going for many mornings, tea reaches out homely and hospitable, like a warm hug during your dreamiest hour. From soothing aromas to sensual flavours, there’s almost something spiritual about drinking tea — from the careful selection of loose leaves, to the gently timed brewing and elaborate serving of the cup.
Aiming to capture this feeling within a menu and an ambiance, we’ve curated a list of Bangkok’s five best tea rooms. Between fine china cups and canapés, there’s everything from creative afternoon tea menus to imaginative culinary tea adaptations, as well as a one-of-a-kind Bangkok blend. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed tea connoisseur or a coffee-lover here in curious disguise, have a look through these Bangkok tea rooms listed below, and get sipping.
One of the oldest tea houses in the world, Ronnefeldt originally hails from Germany, where European noblemen travelled far and wide to sample its top-quality teas since the early 1800s. Premiering at Gaysorn Village, the world-first 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt serves a beautiful tea collection, including two specially-blended local teas: a smooth and flowery Gaysorn blend, and a tropical fruity Bangkok blend — both created exclusively by tea master Nalinthron Triwattayas for the outlet. Pick up a caddy or two as an endearing souvenir, or enjoy a fresh brew after a buzzing day of shopping. Served alongside a subtly Austro-German food menu, Ronnefeldt’s 1823 Tea Lounge takes us right back to a world of old European charm, of grand Marie-Antoinette-levels of afternoon indulgence, and of timeless extravagance du jour.
1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt, Gaysorn Village, F/1, 999 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +6626561086
Possibly the most well-known tea room on our list, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s Erawan Tea Room is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Overlooking the revered Erawan Shrine, the Thai-inspired tea room serves a selection of Asian fine teas, alongside authentic local cuisine. Set within classic teakwood furnishings and delicate Thai ceramic décor, guests are invited to enjoy their tea in accompaniment of a vast food menu, with their afternoon tea service being a true highlight on the list. An exotic blend between East and West, the tea set includes anything from coconut and ginger scones, to banana fritters, dumplings, and mango and sticky rice. A beautiful reimagination of a classic afternoon tea, it’s the ideal spot for anyone looking for a touch of Thai to their tea.
Erawan Tea Room, Erawan Bangkok Mall, F/2, 494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok, +6622546250
With a jaw-dropping selection of over 450 types of tea available, TWG Tea Salon and boutique is a paradise for dedicated tea lovers. Set within a dark marble, brass and glass Gatsby-esque interior on Siam Paragon’s M Floor, Singaporean luxury tea brand TWG Tea provides an immersive tea experience, serving tea in a wide variety of forms. There’s everything from the classics of hot or iced tea, over to tea cocktails and mocktails, as well as a tea-infused menu that features tea macarons, ice creams, and sherbets (all aptly served in adorable tea cups). Bringing the famed loose leaves into the forefront of every dish, it’s an experience designed to ‘toy with your taste buds and tantalise your palate.’ Divine.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Siam Paragon, M/F, 991 Rama 1 Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok, +6622599510
We recently featured Peace Oriental Teahouse on our list of wondrous must-try cafés for green tea lovers, and indeed it’s a beautifully airy and totally Zen environment to enjoy a gentle cup. Specialising in fine traditional green teas, Peace Oriental Teahouse offers a selection of rare Japanese and Chinese teas, prepared with precision and served with great attention to detail. A soothing oasis in the midst of Sukhumvit, you’ll feel cleansed merely by reading the menu, and even moreso when your tea comes to you served in traditional Japanese ceremonial style. A feel-good sip for your soul and your taste buds, there’s everything from Sencha and Houjicha to Genmaicha and Gyokuro teas. An insider’s tip? Definitely go for a scoop of the all-natural charcoal and matcha ice cream. Trust us, your belly will thank you.
Peace Oriental Teahouse, Soi Sukhumvit 49/1, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, +6697 267 2626
Nestled between sky-high office buildings and the famed W Hotel, the charming pastel yellow House on Sathorn is hard to miss. Built over a century ago, the historic mansion which formerly housed Thai nobility and a Russian Embassy, thrives today as an idyllic spot to hide from the hustle and bustle (and traffic) of Sathorn road just outside. A sense of heritage lingers within the gorgeous colonial-style architecture and interiors, of which the Courtyard is definitely the highlight. Here, guests can unwind under delicate parasols, and enjoy a selection of Thai and European comfort food, as well as an indulgent afternoon tea set. It’s the kind of place that will always mentally teleport you away from worries and wonders, and proves precisely that the contents of your teacup are equally important to the soothing surroundings in which you enjoy them.
The House on Sathorn, 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok, +6623444000