Afternoon Tea | February 28, 2016 | Travel
Five of the world's most beautifully-designed cafes
An exquisitely-baked scone and perfectly-brewed cup of tea taste even better when enjoyed in a stunning setting. We’ve scoured the globe to find five of the most beautiful cafes in the world. From Bali to Budapest – here’s a treat for every Instagram addict.
For regal elegance
Cafe New York: Budapest, Hungary
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Once the heart of the Hungarian literary scene, Cafe New York is dazzlingly ornate. Frequented by Hungary’s elite throughout the 20th century, it’s brimming with regal heritage – from the gold-plated stucco of the arching columns, to the frescoes of Gusztav Mannheimer and Ferenc Eisenhut adorning the ceiling.
For modern chic
The Grounds: Sydney, Australia
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We’ll let the picture do most of the talking; this is one beauty of a cafe. In a former life, The Grounds was a warehouse and pie factory – these days, it serves speciality teas, coffee and fresh, to-order dishes created with home-grown seasonal produce.
From the outside, a beautiful terrace with lush shrubbery and a sprawling herb garden takes pride of place. Step inside to an airy, modern interior, with rustic copper lighting and exposed brick.
For rustic charm
La Laguna: Berawa, Bali
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One for the nomads. Located beachside on one of Bali’s beautiful islands, La Laguna brings a hint of the bohemian with vibrant soft furnishings, a collection of vintage caravans and wild, bright blooms. You’ll struggle to leave this spectacular coastal cafe.
For traditional beauty
Bettys: Harrogate, England
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The original flagship of the six-strong tea room chain, this historic Bettys site in Harrogate dates back to 1919. The quintessentially British tea room, overlooking Montpellier Gardens, has long queues for a reason; top notch afternoon tea served up in a beautifully grand setting. With a nod to its Swiss founder, it has plenty of European charm too, with dark wood panelled counters and vintage lighting.
For ancient wonder
Getty Villa: Malibu, USA
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Ancient Rome meets traditional England on the California coast – yes, really. Located in sunny Malibu, Getty Villa was built in the 1970s to replicate a first-century Roman country house – Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum. And with lush gardens, bronze detailing and regal columns, it’s a feast for the eyes.
The building operates as a museum dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria but visitors can take a break from the thousands of artefacts on display to enjoy a refreshing spot of afternoon tea with a mediterranean twist.