Tea and Crumpets: The Top 5 Tea Parlors in Moscow

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Tea is a big deal in Russia. For many centuries, tea ceremonies have been bonding families and communities together. Traditionally Russians prefer a strong, dark brew sweetened with sugar, jam or honey. Haute Living looks at the best places in Moscow to have afternoon tea.

1 MariVanna Retro Restaurant

Having tea in MariVana is truly enjoyable. The full afternoon tea experience is complete with perfect service in unusual retro-Soviet surroundings. There's also a large assortment of teas (mint is the best option) and fine treats.

Spiridonievsky Pereulok, 10а, +7 495 650 6500

2 Shanti Tea Lounge

Shanti's menu offers the best variety of continental and Taiwanese teas, chosen by one of the most famous tea masters in Moscow. You could order the tea ceremony — the ritual that developed through the centuries and helps to achieve harmony of mind and body. If you are hungry, you can order any dish from the Vietnamese cuisine restaurant and you can also order any drink from the bar. Here you can spend an evening with friends, carry on business negotiations and if you want some more privacy, you can just drop down the blinds in alcoves. In Shanti tea lounge, you can also smoke hookah and rare varieties of tobacco.

Myasnitsky Proezd, 2/1, www.shanti.ru

3 Casta Diva Restaurant

Fancy your afternoon tea with some pudding? The Casta Diva is the place. It’s a very refined restaurant offering delectable treats. The interior is regal. The dessert menu is everything you'd expect from Italian style cuisine of the highest caliber.

4 Kranzler Cafe at Balchug Kempinski Hotel

Throughout the day people come here to enjoy classic English afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream; the Russian tea is a real feast — Beluga caviar, little pies, blinis and sour cream, all served with a silver samovar of finest tea and a nip of vodka!

5 Oblomov Restaurant

Oblomov restaurant offers authentic Russian cuisine. It is located in a 19th-century mansion, the interior is featured in blue colors, white grand piano and oval ancient mirrors. It is perfect for lazy afternoon tea with black caviar with pancakes. Take your time savoring delectable desserts in that authentic Russian aristocrat home.

1st Monetchikovsky Pereulok, 5

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