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best tea rooms in amsterdam


True tea rooms are hard to find in this coffee-focused country. Like with wine, the Dutch are developing their nose for tea. To my greatest surprise, the local bar De Gruter served me proper tea - you could even see the leaves!

If you too enjoy a proper cup of tea, the venues below won't disappoint you!

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Amstel Hotel

What: A royal setting to enjoy a proper high tea. 

Why you’ll love it: Beautiful setting, beautiful teas, beautiful treats. More high tea in Amsterdam.

Please note: You can also just have a  cup of tea - it used to be E7,50 but you do get a full pot of tea.

Amstel Intercontinental Hotel, Prof. Tulpplein 1, Amsterdam.


Hilton Half Moon Lounge

What: A large English living room overlooking the Hilton Marina and garden. (I shall make a photo next time I'm here).

Why you’ll love it: Proper tea and large sofa’s - a perfect place to relax, read your newspaper or play with your iPad. 

Please note: the burgers.

Hilton Amsterdam, Appollolaan 138, Amsterdam.

Cafe de Gruter

What: Local bar

Say what? Yes it’s a local bar, where I ‘accidentally’ ordered tea instead of my usual beer… and guess what… they serve proper tea with leaves and all.

Why you’ll love it: Brown-ish bar of the riches, easy-going ambiance, it’s just all very relaxed, but also the burgers there had already caught my attention!

Cafe de Gruter, Willemsparkweg 73, Amsterdam.


These amsterdam shops selling quality loose tea also have a few tables to enjoy a proper cup. 


Formocha - First and only Chinese Tea house in NL. formocha, Binnen Dommersstraat 22 (side street Haarlemmerdijk).


‘t Zonnetje - Tea and coffee shop dating from 1642.  zonnetje coffee/tea/spices, Haarlemmerdijk 45, Amsterdam. 

Teabar - modern tea shop teabar, Haarlemmerdijk 71, Amsterdam.

Kaldi - Modern tea and coffee shop. kaldi, Herengracht 300, Amsterdam. Open daily. 


Trakteren Koffie & Thee - Coffee, tea and home made cakes!

trakteren koffie & thee, JP van Heijestraat 119a, Amsterdam.


Similarities between Pickwick and a Kroket

Pickwick is perfect ... for when you're camping in the Ardennen. Most pre-filled 'supermarket' teas are filled with waste of the tea leaves. Quite like the meat in a kroket.

Sure, you have van Dobbe kroketten who are made with care. Same way, nowadays supermarkets sell pre-filled triangle bags which contains large pieces of tea. The silk material of the bags also allow the teas to get in more contact with water causing better infusion.

At the Amstel Hotel they make their own shrimp kroketten and that's the quality level of the teas sold at the places above: like the shrimps in the Amstel croquette, you can identify tea leaves. Taste-wise these teas are incomparable to PW. You don't eat Febo kroketten either, do you?

For great kroketten, visit pastry shop Holtkamp.

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Reader Comments (2)

I always have trouble finding a proper tea room in Amsterdam! This is a great list! Whenever I stay in hotels in Amsterdam, I always find getting a good cup of tea really quite a challenge! It is always the first things I want on a Sunday Morning, especially when I am away on business for the weekend. On my last two trips I have stayed in a serviced apartment in Amsterdam just so I can bring my own tea! Maybe i will have to look into staying at the Amstel Hotel next time!

Thank you for your list of tea rooms! I am obviously looking in the wrong places completely!

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

@ Andy, thank you for the compliment. Staying at a service apartment and have a love for tea? Head down to Formocha or the Tea Bar; each tea shop is superb in their own way.

both are listed in best tea shops in amsterdam


March 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterKira

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