5 stylish spots for afternoon tea in Bruges
1) The Gulliver Tree
Two sisters, Janey and Jilly, established this cool little cafe in a former stationery shop in 2014. Located down a quiet lane, it has white walls, spiky house plants and quiet indie music. The friendly young team will bring you a perfect flat white coffee, or an Earl Grey tea.
2) De Medici Sorbetière
Jurgen and Siska run an elegant tea room behind a gorgeous blue art nouveau façade. Despite the busy location, they have created a quiet, relaxed place with a romantic upstairs room and a walled terrace at the back. The tea is served on a tray with a scoop of homemade sorbet, a Dumon chocolate and a bowl of cream.
3) Hotel de Orangerie
Hotel de Orangerie offers afternoon tea in an intimate dining room or outside on a waterfront terrace. You are brought sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and Belgian patisserie, along with a choice of eleven types of tea. Everything is prepared in the morning using ingredients supplied by local shops.
4) De Proeverie
De Proeverie is an old-fashioned tearoom with several little rooms decorated in the style of 18th-century salons. The coffee is served on a small oval tray along with a saucer of cream and a plate of four handmade chocolates from the family shop across the street.
5) Scottish Lounge
The Adornes family have links with Scotland dating back to the 15th century. The story is told in a museum next to the Jeruzalemkerk and echoed in the Scottish Lounge they created in 2018. Furnished with leather sofas, polished tables and art books, the lounge could be a room in a Scottish castle. Here you can serve yourself with tea and Scottish shortbread. You just leave the money in a jar.
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