Being a former British colony, it cannot be denied that Hong Kong it still has some very English cultural traits. As I noticed walking through the streets of Central, afternoon tea is certainly one of them! One of the most elegant shopping centers in the city is The Landmark. In it, you will find a series of stores of major international brands and also several patisseries serving light snacks and the famous afternoon tea in the greatest English style.
One of the biggest advantages of this mall is that it is directly connected to the two hotels of the Mandarin Oriental chain in the city: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental The Landmark. The first is one of the first hotels that started this gigantic hotel chain (along with Mandarin Oriental Bangkok). As you can imagine, it is a very popular place both for its guests and for Hong Kong’s own staff and has several food options.
In total, there are ten restaurants and bars. In addition to its Michelin stars, afternoon tea is one of its highlights! When I was in Hong Kong, I was able to experience the afternoon tea in the beautiful Clipper Lounge and understand a little more about the whole tradition that this place has in the city. Ideal for both business meetings and social gatherings, it is reputed to be a place to see and be seen.
The Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a true landmark of the colonial period with wooden walls and elegant decor, reminiscent of an English tea room. Several items served for afternoon tea come directly from The Mandarin Cake Shop, which has recipes that have been a tradition for them for many years.
Among them, their cheesecakes and the famous rose petal jam. Simply a must-try if you go there for a breakfast, snack or afternoon tea there! It is no wonder that these recipes have been kept as a secret kept under lock and key by the hotel for years…
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