My British readers are probably suprised to see the title of this post – afterall, this is supposed to be a blog about Holland, and afternoon tea is known as a typically British tradition. So, when I came to Holland, I was surprised to see so many cafés in Utrecht and Amsterdam offering “high tea” or “afternoon tea.”
These cafés are usually filled by women (you always feel sad for the one bloke who got dragged there by his girlfriend).
They are often very homey and cozily decorated, so you feel like you are in someone’s house and not a restaurant. It seems the popular thing to do for Dutch women to get together in the afternoon and have a coffee or tea and a pastry.
But in the case of the afternoon tea special, it not just a pastry, but a veritable tower of pastries – a selection of scones, cakes slices, finger sandwiches, quiches, biscuits, and chocolates, all piled high on a series of stacked plates. Perfect for sharing and for gossipping…