Ten top places for sipping a relaxing cup of tea

TeaA selection of charming tea-spots where you can have the most delightful tea experiences in the world.

In celebration of International Tea Day this December 15, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts presents a selection of charming tea-spots where you can have the most delightful tea experiences in the world.

The history of afternoon tea dates back to the early 1800s, when the English spent leisurely afternoons over sandwiches and tea in some of the city's most lavish coffee houses.

Over the years, the concept of tea sessions evolved into an international social affair where families and friends catch up with one another, and business associates entertain partners and out of town guests. It is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily lives and spend some quality time with your network of friends and associates. Nutritionists also recommend tea as a suitable beverage to rehydrate and rejuvenate the mind and body.

1. The Library – InterContinental Asiana Saigon (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of the hidden gems in South East Asia and a city steeped in culture and history. Since the 1800s, the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City have been adorned with captivating architecture and quaint boulevards to feed one's cultural appetite.

The locals have also cultivated an appreciation for good tea. Vietnam has countless tea factories and a handful of tea cultivation research institutes dedicated to developing over 27 varieties of black, green and scented tea leaves for international trade and locals to enjoy. Sit back and enjoy a cup of tea in the calming ambiance of The Library at InterContinental Asiana Saigon, and top it off with a fine selection of seasonal Vietnamese nibbles.

2. Esplanade Cafe – InterContinental Cairo Citystars (Cairo, Egypt)

The city of Cairo, known for its grand pyramids and the famous Sphinx, is one of the longest lived cities in the world. Nested right in the heart of Cairo is the Esplanade café at InterContinental Cairo Citystars, where locals and visitors alike can take respite from the day's work and travels and delight their palate with a mix of bite-sized Western and Oriental treats and tea.

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