Visiting the Millinger Theetuin had been on my bucket list ever since reading about it in the book “Verliefd op Nederland”. Now that restaurants are slowly opening up again, I of course had to visit the tea garden! So when we were near the tea garden we factored in a quick visit. I really wish we had more time to visit this Marrakesh style oasis, so I will definitely be back soon! From June 1 you can make reservations again and I recommend that you do so as soon as possible.
The tea garden is located in nature reserve Millingerwaard, which is very popular among cyclists. What makes a visit to Millinger Theetuin extra fun is that you have to do a walk of 2,5 kilometers to get there (or you can take the bicycle). Having to do this walk makes your visit extra rewarding. We were super lucky to even spot wild horses on our walk! We did the walk with Hugo in the stroller, which wasn’t ideal, but doable. The path partly consisted of pebbles, but they were squished into the ground, so you could walk over them with a stroller. The walk to the tea garden starts at the church in Kekerdom. We parked our van at the parking at the other side of the dyke, you need to bring € 3 in cash to open the gate to the parking. From June on the tea garden will be open from 10AM until 6PM (beware of changes due to COVID).
The design of the tea garden is inspired by Morocco. You can definitely see the blue influences of the YSL garden in Marrakesh in the tiling. We visited in May 2021 so the garden was in full bloom; I spotted lilacs, magnolia, bluebells and wisteria amongst others. The terrace of the tea garden is very spread out and you can find lots of quiet nooks to enjoy the view and the delicacies. The garden is a true oasis, where you can hear birds chirping and experience a relaxing afternoon. We ordered two drinks and walnut cake, but you can also have a full (veggie) lunch. Be aware that you need to pay an entrance fee of € 6, which will be added to your bill. This sounds a bit strange, but I can assure you that it is worth paying. One drink of your choice is included in the entrance fee. We also found the garden to be pretty baby friendly; there are lots of spots where you can seclude yourself in the shade with a kid. We did not factor in enough time to truly enjoy the tea garden and stayed way too short. From June you can book high teas again, this seems like a great way to have a relaxing afternoon in these beautiful surroundings!