Afternoon tea in Phnom Penh

What we say: 3.5 stars

If you’re sick of street food and looking for a more refined snacking experience, many of the posh hotels in town offer afternoon tea, where you can put on your most colonial accent and load up on sweets.

Afternoon tea? Yes, please.

Raffles Le Royal

Afternoon tea at Raffles is quite a production, served in The Conservatory and featuring traditional Khmer music and more macaroons than you can shake a fist at.

Macaroons and champagne... is this heaven?

The cost is $12++ per person, or $20++ with a glass of champagne (the plus plus are the various taxes and surcharges that they tack on). They’ll supply you with a nice mix of savoury and sweet treats, and you can eat in the lobby and watch the comings and goings if you prefer. This will definitely spoil your dinner. 15:00 to 17:00 daily.

Street 92, near Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T:(023) 981 888

Sofitel Hotel

Served at Le Bar (that’s the bar to you philistines), the Sofitel offers afternoon tea with live classical piano and impeccable service.

Extend your pinky finger when you drink tea. It's classier that way.

You can choose either the Asian tea set which comes with spring rolls, rice dumplings and Thai and Khmer sweets, or the English tea set which features fresh-baked scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, macaroons and other sweets for $15++. Both sets are more on the sweet than savoury side but offer an awful lot of food for an afternoon snack, so bring an appetite. 15:00-17:00 daily.

26 Old August Site, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 999 200

Intercontinental Hotel

The Intercon offers the best value swish hotel afternoon tea, at $10++. Lasting three hours and featuring endless refills of either tea or coffee, you’ll be bouncing off the walls by the time you’re finished. The usual tiny sandwiches, cookies, jams and sweets await you, and you can eat in the lobby while listening to live music. 14:00 to 17:00 daily.

296 Mao Tse Toung Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 424 888

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Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.
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