Afternoon tea is becoming popular in Shanghai for groups of women to chat and for men and women to have during business discussions. The majority of Shanghai luxury hotels offer this middle of the day meal.
This leaves so many options. But having afternoon tea at Pudong Shangri-La stands out among the other luxury hotels in the area.
With two really big towers totaling in almost 1,000 rooms, Pudong Shangri-La is a huge hotel. More than a handful of dining outlets allows guests and locals plenty of options… one of which is the Lobby Lounge. Check it out…
Among the financial area of Shanghai is Pudong Shangri-La. It’s within walking distance to the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower and almost neighbors to Super Brand Mall, a 13 floor shopping center.
The closest subway stop, Lujiazui which is also within walking distance, runs on Line 2 where you can take just one subway stop to the Puxi side of Shanghai and explore the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund.
There are two buildings that make up Pudong Shangri-La- Grand Tower and River Wing. Guests have the option of having afternoon tea in either building. On the first level of the Grand Tower is a small and private lounge. Meanwhile, Lobby Lounge in the River Wing while also on the first floor, is where most guests, including myself choose to have tea.
At tea time, the Lobby Lounge is lively with tables filled with groups going for leisure and mainly business meetings. Even though the lounge is located near the entrance, it feels like an oasis in busy Shanghai since it’s separated and elevated by a few steps.
This ‘oasis’ has floor to ceiling windows, oil paintings, small trees and comfortable chairs. On some days, there’s live music from a harp and piano.
Pudong Shangri-La is in China so Chinese teas are offered to go along with the afternoon tea set. I went with a classic darjeeling which came in a silver pot with separate containers for milk and sugar.
Two tea packages are offered at Pudong Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge- Elegantly Western and Elegantly Asian.
On the Elegantly Western package comes the traditional tea tray but with an additional plate with a sort of hors d’oeuvre called “Amuse Bouche” on the menu.
Pictured along with the savory items on my tea tray is the amuse bouche- Tuna Tataki with Crispy Caponata; Beef Pastrami, Goat Cheese Mousse Polenta & Pumpernickel; Crispy Taro coated Scallop with Celenac Remolade.
The other savory items on the same plate- Smoked Salmon, Dill Cream Cheese on Squid Ink Bread; Pickled Cucumber & Egg Mousse Sandwich; Crystal Prawn with Tobiko and Saffron Toast with Chili Gel; Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato Relish Feuillantine, Balsamic Jelly.
The scone – (served warm- one traditional and another, a fig apricot scone comes with cherry preserve, pineapple marmalade, strawberry jam).
The sweet – (Strawberry Macaron; Coconut, Mango, Lime & Chocolate Finger; Lollipop Trio; Paris-Brest Eclair; Raspberry & Pistachio Tartlets).
The highlight was the lollipop trio which are white chocolate balls on sticks covered in yellow and red coloring and coconut flakes.
For those who prefer a more savory afternoon tea, Pudong Shangri-La is a great choice as their afternoon tea set has more savory than sweet items.
When Pudong Shangri-La realized their tables were small, they created something unique- a Bird’s Cage Afternoon Tea Stand! To save space, this tea tray stands a few inches away from and hangs over the table.
This unique presentation takes in a local aspect (Chinese bird cages) to a foreign concept (English afternoon tea) which you can only find at Pudong Shangri-La!
Upon entering the River Wing, staff are ready to help. There was a staff member directing guests to the check-in counter and taking questions- no need to feel lost in this almost 1,000 room hotel (Grand Tower and River Wing combined).
Yes. It’s a simple process to connect to Pudong Shangri-La’s incredibly fast WiFi since a password isn’t necessary.
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A unique presentation only found at Pudong Shangri-La with colorful food and a lounge with a oasis feel environment makes afternoon tea at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai not to be missed.
Cost: Elegant Afternoon Tea set for one 288 RMB (about USD $47); note there is a 15% surcharge
Tea Time: 2 pm to 6 pm at Lobby Lounge (in the River Wing)
Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai
33 Fu Cheng Road
Pudong, Shanghai, 200120, China
Note: I was a guest of Pudong Shangri-La for afternoon tea. All views are my own.