Maybe it's because I'm British. Maybe it's because I love cake. Maybe it's because I like the idea of spending an afternoon doing nothing but drinking tea and eating. Whatever it is, I love afternoon teas and I've recently taken it upon myself to find the best one in Amsterdam. All for the benefit of my Amsterdam-visiting readers, of course.
My excuse for going to afternoon tea at Betty Blue in Amsterdam was my friend's birthday. In terms of excuses I've conjured up for afternoon tea this was a particularly genuine and authentic one. Previous excuses have included "It's a Wednesday" or "I'm having a really good hair day."
Found on one of the less "pretty" of Amsterdam's roads on the cusp of the Red Light District and close to the Plantage area and Waterlooplein's flea market, Betty Blue is one of those concept cafes that sells a few cool and creative products as well as serving up a wide range of cakes, sweet treats and coffees. And afternoon tea.
With a total of four courses and unlimited tea (YES!), these photos as good a story of the things we enjoyed that afternoon...
While I especially liked some little touches like the "make your own herbal tea" with fresh herbs and fruit, and the decor was really different from other afternoon tea spots, I have to say the service was a little slow considering how it wasn't that busy and there seemed to be a lot of people working. However, you might like this as it gives you even more eating and drinking time. It coud also be a good thing because, unlike hotels and other popular Amsterdam afternoon tea spots, you may not need to reserve in advance for the afternoon tea. (However, I recommend you do if you really want to make sure you get a spot.)
Address: Betty Blue, Snoekjessteeg 1,1011 HA Amsterdam
Frances M. Thompson
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