If you know the difference between high tea and afternoon tea, then this is your kind of spot! This canal-side shop with a vast collection of antique and vintage teacups, plates, teapots, butter dishes, gravy boats, platters, porcelain, china and silver cutlery is a one-off shop in The Hague.
Wempe & Wempe have been resellers of antique tableware for over thirty years. Unfortunately, they don’t get too much foot traffic due to their location outside the main hustle of the city centre. But if you don’t care much for fast food restaurants and generic fashion giants, this neat little shop tucked just off the Brouwersgracht is worth the extra step count on your Fitbit.
They stock well-known brands in the world of china and porcelain. You’ll probably recognise Wedgwood and Villeroy & Boch but look around, and you’ll also see some contemporary-looking pieces from Scandinavian brands. I also spotted champagne flutes and beautiful glassware.
If you are still asking yourself what the difference is, afternoon tea belonged to the aristocracy and was served around 4 pm. Afternoon tea became fashionable in the 19th century when Anna the Duchess of Bedford couldn’t wait until dinner, and afternoon tea possibly saved her friends and family from a hangry woman. High tea was for the working class. And remember, first pour tea, and then add milk!