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Teatime!

BERLIN DELICACIES IN THE ADLON

Afternoon tea in the Adlon Kempinski Hotel is a classic pleasure for hotel guests, tourists, and Berliners alike. Every day between 2 and 6pm piano music gently plays in the Lobby Lounge's Bel Etage, and guests can choose from a range of teas selected by tea master Hennes Zeitler. Sweet treats are available from the hotel's very own pâtisserie, including local specialities like the Pariser Platz Torte - chocolate sponge gâteau filled with truffle cream - or the Adlon Torte, a chocolate nut cake covered with marzipan. A selection of tempting savoury dishes is also on offer, such as knuckle of pork sandwich and onion tart with turnip from nearby Teltow. On weekends the dishes can be enjoyed in buffet form

BRITISH SPECIALITIES IN THE FORMER DRESDNER BANK

A few hundred meters towards Alexanderplatz the Hotel de Rome on Bebelplatz serves British tea sandwiches with salmon, gherkin, roast beef and egg, homemade scones with clotted cream and sweet dishes like apple crumble, New York cheesecake and petit fours. A glass of champagne in the former Dresdner Bank head office is a great way to enjoy a relaxed afternoon. When it comes to the teas guests are spoiled for choice with a selection of over 30 from the house of Eilles, served in metal teapots. The inspiration for this afternoon tea in Berlin comes from London where, in sister hotel Brown's, award-winning tea sommelier Leyla Mussaud is responsible for selecting the teas.

TEATIME BY THE FIRE

The luxury five-star Regent Berlin Hotel on Gendarmenmarkt also offers afternoon tea of the highest quality, welcoming teatime guests in Charlottenstraße every day from 2 to 6pm. Splendid Earl Grey, Golden Assam or green tea is served alongside an open fireplace and soothing piano music. And, by way of accompaniment, an array of light bites - finger sandwiches, delicious scones and exquisite pastries served on fine Meissner porcelain.

STOP OFF FOR TEA ON POTSDAMER PLATZ

The Ritz Carlton Hotel's tea lounge on Potsdamer Platz is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon tea. The ceremony begins with guests taking in the aromas of the tea room's sniffing box, allowing them to then choose the perfect tea. The luxury hotel offers the classic English teatime tradition with a French twist. The hotel's tea masters serve a variety of teas from the renowned brand Mariage Frères, accompanied by a choice of homemade treats.

TEATIME À LA FRANҪAISE IN CHARLOTTENBURG

The former Concorde Hotel on the Kurfürstendamm (‘Ku'damm') boulevard, now part of the Sofitel chain, likewise serves a French-style afternoon tea. On Fridays tea master Nick Paulus welcomes guests with a selection of over 50 tea varieties, brewed to perfection using a timer and accompanied by French specialities like macarons and madeleines. The perfect way to round off a long stroll along the Ku'damm!

TEA TAJIKISTANI-STYLE

But tea lovers are also well catered for beyond the luxury hotels. For instance, by the exotic offerings of the Tadschikische Teestube (Tajikistan Tearoom) within the KunstHof art complex at 27 Oranienburger Straße. Guests sit on comfortable cushions on the ground, as if in a nomad's tent, and the tea is prepared in a samovar and served with jam - for many perhaps an unfamiliar, but delicious way to enjoy tea. The tea is accompanied with tasty snacks like sweet bilinis.

A LITTLE CORNER OF VIETNAM IN BERLIN

Teatime in Chén Chè at 13 Rosenthaler Straße is also a little out of the ordinary. Every afternoon the Vietnamese restaurant offers speciality Asian teas, such as butterfly blue pea flower tea with rice milk and selected Japanese green teas. The sweet dishes served are no less exciting, from roast coconut pandan cake to pink banana cake with peanuts and chocolate cream. Those wanting something more substantial can try one of the main courses, all inspired by the cuisine of northern Vietnam.