A Paris-to-Saigon Escape at Hôtel Des Arts Afternoon Tea
Cheerful afternoon light pouring in through a gallery of tall windows. Soft, comfortable, sumptuous lounge chairs. Tasteful yet subtle refinements embellishing every detail of the cream and gold furnishings. An array of irresistible sweet confections laid out freely for the taking. A bottomless variety of some of Saigon’s finest teas and coffees. A delectable set of savoury snacks for sharing. The gentle sound of warm piano music drifting through the air as you savour an afternoon tea in Saigon. Does this sound like it’s too good to be true?
At Hôtel Des Arts Saigon, the city’s most divine afternoon tea is just a booking away. Looking for a calm respite from the busy week? Searching for the perfect afternoon soiree with that special someone? Looking to treat yourself royally? Whatever the reason or excuse, there is no doubt that the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea located in the parlour just around the corner from the hotel lobby is a departure, worlds away from any experience you’ve ever had in this city. For hotel guests and city residents alike, the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea simply must be enjoyed to be believed.
The Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea is inspired by travel, by a celebration of vintage music and technology, and by the bygone fineries and refined taste of the legendary Indochine era. Largely influenced by French tea culture, which extends all the way back to the 17th century when it was used only for medicinal purposes, Hôtel Des Arts Saigon has modelled its afternoon tea after the modern French “salons de thé.” These tea salons are trendy places where friends meet to relax, to share stories, and to enjoy delicate and refined tea. Though traditionally black tea is preferred, the younger generation have begun to expand their taste for many new and exotic flavours.
The tea menu at the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea features a variety of Dammann premium French tea. You’ll find dark and light teas with infusions of different fruits and herbs, like thé vert parfumé à la menthe Touareg (a flavoured green mint tea) and thé noir parfumé 4 fruits rouges (a fruity, full-bodied flavoured black tea)—the perfect complements to whatever delicious treats you choose from the breathtaking array of sweets. You may also choose from a variety of Vietnamese premium organic teas from Vietnam’s last wild regions, Ha Giang and Lao Cai provinces. A complete selection of signature iced and hot coffee and espresso is available as well. The package includes bottomless tea and coffee; you can even mix and match your teas and coffees as you go, for nearly limitless pairings and flavour sensations.
Moving over to the plethora of sweets, you’ll find eclairs, macarons, glossy confections, cookies, cakes, and more. You can even drizzle a variety of chocolate sauces from local chocolatier Maison Marou onto your sweet treats. Each of these is carefully crafted and displayed beautifully, making the experience a feast not only for your taste buds, but your eyes as well.
Inspired by travel, the savoury snack box evokes a journey that begins in Paris and takes you all the way to the 1930s Indochine. As you sip on your beverage of choice, your server will bring a box reminiscent of a vintage suitcase, containing an assortment of accoutrements and even a “travel brochure” that immerses you more deeply into the vintage travel experience. Infusing flavours from East and West, the box includes tuna tartare, beetroot lobster burgers, tomato & mozzarella focaccia, foie gras creme brulee, salmon caesar salad wraps, and delightful miniature phở tacos.
The entire array is decorated with travel mementos, vintage cameras, tourist pamphlets, and other bits and pieces of happy travel memories. Vintage technology is also on display, stemming from the idea that interacting with these once-useful relics is not only a window into the past; it’s a sensory interaction and even a form of time travel. Vintage technology tells us the story of humankind in a forgotten time, and interacting with it tells us not only what it does, but what it surely must have meant. Guests who enjoy the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea may just be getting a glimpse into the lavish, luxurious delights enjoyed by refined gourmands and lovers of tea during that time.
Vintage music, flavours from East and West, elegant and comfortable furnishings, and an experience that is not only delicious, but transports you to a bygone era on a journey across cultures, all packaged together in carefully-curated and unforgettable experience. This is what you can expect from the Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea at Hôtel Des Arts Saigon.
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