Afternoon Delight: Malaysia’s Best Hi-Tea Spots

From decadently traditional English pastries to uniquely Malaysian hi-tea bites, the Mad Hatter would have a fair bit to say about these hi-tea spots!
From decadently traditional English pastries to uniquely Malaysian hi-tea bites, the Mad Hatter would have a fair bit to say about these hi-tea spots! ((L) The Majestic Hotel/Instagram / (R) Nobu Kuala Lumpur/Instagram)

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Malaysians can now rejoice as almost 90% of our adult population is on a steady road to being fully vaccinated. Many flew to Langkawi for their overdue beach holiday when the travel bubble began, and soon more of us will plan vacay days once interstate and international travel are allowed. This news in itself calls for a celebration to bid farewell to almost two years of being stuck at home, and what better way to celebrate than with friends over a classy afternoon hi-tea?

So, text that WhatsApp group, plan that long-overdue pre-holiday staycation, and treat yourself to a well-deserved tea party at either one (or more!) of Malaysia’s best hi-tea spots in this list!

Klang Valley


The Drawing Room
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Throw a tea party at the chic St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, where the iconic Botero horse sculpture is your backdrop. The classy atmosphere of The Drawing Room draws in crowds during the weekends, and it’s no wonder why, as their delicious desserts will leave you wanting more.

In October, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur will be collaborating with The Estée Lauder Companies Malaysia to raise funds for Pinktober. Named ‘Pink Afternoon Tea’, this hi-tea package comes with limited edition pink-themed desserts and accessories from Estée Lauder. It’s only available for dine-in, so don’t forget to make a reservation!

Price: from RM 148 per set onwards, RM 250++ for The Pink Afternoon Tea
Hi-tea serving hours: Daily from 2pm to 5pm
Location: 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
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The Lounge
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

The Lounge at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur overlooks the KLCC Park, giving you a panoramic view of the lush greenery and fountain displays as you sip your tea. Their seasonal menu changes quite often, which means you won’t ever get bored of eating the same pastries and sweets for your tea breaks! In line with Pinktober, Four Seasons will also be contributing RM10 for each Pink October Afternoon Tea set sold to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA).

Price: RM 188 per pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Daily from 2pm to 5pm
Location: 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
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Thirty8
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

If you’re looking for a Malaysian-inspired hi-tea experience, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is the place for you! Featuring ingredients sourced locally, the rainforest-inspired ‘Teatime In The Woods’ hi-tea set will take your tastebuds on an epic Malaysian culinary adventure. From the pinwheel-shaped ‘Ayam Kampong’ to the ‘Bunga Raya’, a Sabah hibiscus cream profiterole, the culinary geniuses at Thirty8 sure know how to incorporate traditional Malaysian ingredients with staple afternoon tea bites.

Price: RM 168 nett for two pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Weekdays from 12pm to 5pm
Location: 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
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The Orchid Conservatory
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

By far the most photogenic spot in KL to have afternoon tea, dining in The Orchid Conservatory at The Majestic Hotel is an experience that has to be savoured. Their hi-tea menu offers traditional English-style delicacies with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and a selection of irresistible sweet treats.

If you prefer to dine-in during weekdays, note that prices vary for seating areas. A seat inside Colonial Cafe will cost you RM70 and is available throughout the entire week. The Drawing Room and the Orchid Conservatory Room are only open during weekends, costing RM90 and RM120, respectively. If you want to adopt some beautiful orchids, speak to one of their friendly staff, as many are actually up for sale!

Price: from RM120 per pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 12pm to 2:30pm, 3pm to 6pm
Location: 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
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OneSixFive Lounge
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

The cosy ambience of OneSixFive Lounge is made better by viewing their koi pond and water features. Park yourself by their floor-to-ceiling windows for a serene view of their garden, all while you savour the tasteful bites from their ‘Secret Garden’ hi-tea menu.

Begin your hi-tea adventure with their Smoked Duck with Spiced Onion Jam on Toast, and finish off the experience on a sweet note with their Peach Almond Tart. Each hi-tea set comes with either two cups of coffee or a pot of Ronnefeldt tea of your choice. If you’re feeling bougie, don’t hesitate to order their sparkling wine glasses for two at just RM58!

Price: RM 178 per set
Operating hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm
Location: 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
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The Lobby Lounge
The Ritz Carlton

When you’re at the Ritz, you can expect nothing less than a five-star service. The cosy but classy atmosphere is also one of the reasons why many flock to this place for a relaxing afternoon tea session. The Lobby Lounge’s afternoon hi-tea is famed for its freshly-baked scones commonly paired with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam.

You’ll find yourself raving not only about the food, but also their wide variety of aromatic teas. Be sure to try the Kuala Lumpur Blend as it’s a unique tea to Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur. Steeped in warm milk, the tie guan yin (tea) of green oolong leaves emit floral hints that harmoniously blends in with the creamy milk.

Price: from RM 160 for two pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
Location: 168, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
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Nobu Kuala Lumpur

When you think of Nobu, you think of fine Japanese dining for a hearty brunch or a romantic dinner. Who knew Japanese cuisine would taste this good for hi-tea? Their savoury afternoon treat is a refreshing take on traditional hi-tea menus, as it features Japanese flavours in petite bites, which calls for a hi-tea experience like no other. We recommend trying their mini bite-sized tacos in Lobster Creamy Wasabi and the interactive Chocolate Sphere.

Price: from RM 95 per pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm
Location: L4A-05, Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, No.145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
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The Alchemy
The Starhill Dining

If you’re looking to pause on British afternoon hi-teas, we suggest trying out this New York-inspired hi-tea from The Alchemy. The show’s start is the Summer Blueberry Cheesecake, and is only available for a limited time. The rich and creamy cheesecake complements the sweet and slightly tangy notes from the blueberries, and we know that it’ll be worth putting your diet plans on hold. Now that The Starhill Dining has reopened its doors, it’s time to break out your tea party dress and dine in!

Price: RM160 for two pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Daily from 3pm to 6pm
Location: 181, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
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TWG Tea

The Singapore-based luxury tea brand is no stranger to tea connoisseurs. TWG is known not only for their robust collection of teas, but also for their tea-infused dining menu. While you may drool over their colourful macaron display, don’t forget to give their warm scones a taste and pick off a pastry from their dessert trolley. At TWG, anytime is tea time, and we agree that it’s no crime having their scrumptious tea time sets as breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Price: from RM 30 onwards
Hi-tea serving hours: Daily from 10 AM to 10 PM
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Xiao By Crustz

Xiao By Crustz makes irresistibly cute petit gateaux (fancy French word for ‘small cakes’) that will have your inner child squeal with joy! They offer two different cake sets, namely Bao Bei and Ohayo. Both sets feature their signature Bao and Kaya Toast cakes — all-time favourites amongst their loyal fanbase. While they’re not currently open for dining-in, we suggest keeping up with their social media for reopening updates.

Price: RM 118 per set
Operating hours: Fridays to Sundays from 12pm to 6 PM
Location: B-G-6, Happy Mansion Block B, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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Penang


Communal Table by gēn 根

From the culinary masterminds of gēn 根, who ranked 92nd amongst the world’s best restaurants, Communal Table is a semi-casual fine dining experience meant to be enjoyed with the best company. Their afternoon tea palate is thoughtfully balanced between savoury and sweet dishes, perfect for Malaysian taste buds. Their desserts have rightfully earned them a cult following, so why not treat your tastebuds to an explosion of flavours?

Price: from RM 80 per pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm
Location: 68, Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
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Guest Lounge
Macalister Mansion

We’ve fallen headfirst into a crunchy leaf pile with Macalister Mansion’s rendition of an autumn-themed afternoon tea set! With distinctively sweater-weather kinds of flavours, from their Blood Orange Basil Lollipop to the Pumpkin Choux, their hi-tea set tastes as good as it looks! Are you feeling like getting festive? Pair your spread with a glass of sweet Moscato!

Price: RM 138 per set for two pax
Hi-tea serving hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 5pm
Location: 228, Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
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Sue aspires to be a writer with a passion. Hailing from sunny Malaysia, Sue lives to eat and doesn't mind having thosai for breakfast everyday. Her dream is to one day swim with her all-time favourite animal, whale sharks.