Cape Town Lately six of the top high tea venues in Cape Town.
The 12 Apostles
Nestled below Table Mountain, this exquisite hotel boasts uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and really gives you the feeling of being out of the hubbub of the city.
Enjoy a tea stand for two that includes traditional light bites, finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly baked scones, and you may even be treated to the pastry team’s latest creative inventions which could be anything from orange-scented cupcakes dipped in ganache to red macaroons with chocolate filling and strawberry mousse.
How much does it cost? R245 per person
Time: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
High tea buffet: Saturday, 12pm – 4pm; Sunday, 2pm – 4pm
Contact: 021 437 9000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Cup & Cake
This quaint and adorably decorated establishment at Eden on the Bay ensures that you get top class pastries, tea, coffee and service, no matter where you are on the Atlantic Seaboard.
As you step into the cosy café, expect to feel as if you are in a chic yet rustic, country kitchen with the walls packed with design whichever way you look.
Although no high tea is currently on the menu, the lit-up glass counters are teaming with Italian cannoli’s with fresh ricotta, custard and coconut cake, lemon meringue as well as the highly popular Oreo, cupcake and Zoo biscuit milkshakes.
The teapot collection is very much like Cup & Cake, one of a kind. Ordering tea really feels like you have been transported to a manor in the picturesque countryside.
Once you are done with your tea, take a stroll along Eden on the Bay’s breath taking promenade as the waves and sea air rolls towards you.
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The One & Only Cape Town
As soon as you enter The One & Only, it’s clear they have their own particular way of doing things. Afternoon teas are usually organised in pairings; what do we mean by this? Well, in partnership with Truth Coffee, the O&O have designed a pairing menu to match specific pastries with specific brews. This highlights the unique flavours of both the pastry and tea.
Expect traditional favourites like black forest cake, lemon meringue, koeksisters, as well as caramel and gold leaf éclairs, tea loaf, macaroons, tea sandwiches and fine buttermilk scones. You can even dunk strawberries into a variety of melted Lindt chocolate fondues. Look out for the latest themed afternoon teas as they are constantly changing and evolving.
How much does it cost? Weekend Morning Tea is R195 and Afternoon Tea is R295.
Time: Monday – Sunday between 2:30pm and 5:30pm
Contact: 021 431 4511, email@example.com
Where: One&Only, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront.
Belmond Mount Nelson
The Belmond Mount Nelson is the granddaddy of all high tea venues and is known to both locals and international tourists. Guests are transported back into the grandeur of yesteryear as they delight in a high tea either in the lounge or garden-facing terrace seating.
The pale pink hotel lies comfortably behind the famous white pillars that people have come to know. As you drive in, expect a secluded oasis of elegance with twinkling chandeliers, inlaid ceilings, opulent wingback chairs and exquisite antique furniture.
Sample a wide selection of exotic tea blends and even the hotel’s own blend which is made using rose petals from the established garden. Even the teapots are a delight as you watch the sweet-smelling tea leaves brew through the clear glass.
How much does it cost R295 per person (potential surcharge on special-event days)
Time: Monday – Sunday between 1.30pm – 3.30pm and 3:30pm and 5:30pm
Contact: 021 483 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 76 Orange Street, Gardens
Low Carb High Tea At The Cellars-Hohenort
For a high tea that won’t have you busting out of your slacks, try the Low Carb High Tea at the Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia. This traditional English afternoon tea with a twist has received the nod from Professor Tim Noakes and still remains indulgent whilst using healthier substitutes.
Expect bitesize dark-chocolate-and-beetroot cupcakes, crispy prawn Vietnamese rice-paper rolls with a dipping sauce, fresh fruit sugar-free pavlovas and red pepper and goat’s cheese tartlets, just to name a few.
Don’t leave without a stroll through the beautiful gardens and avenue of centuries-old camphor trees. An a la carte high tea is also available daily between 11am – 5pm.
How much does it cost? R195 per person
Time: Monday – Sunday between 3pm – 5pm (Low Carb High Tea)
Contact: 021 794 2137, email@example.com
Where: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights
Lady Ann Afternoon Tea at The Vineyard Hotel
For a serene and relaxed setting, visit The Vineyard Hotel for the Lady Ann afternoon tea while you drink in the views of Table Mountain. Make your way down the path to the side of the Liesbeek River for a truly authentic experience.
The tea includes an assortment of miniature cakes, pastries, sandwiches and savoury bites. After tea, take a stroll around the rolling lawns where the resident tortoises are often seen.
How much does it cost? R165 per person
Time: Monday – Sunday between3.30pm – 5.30pm
Contact: 021 657 4500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Colinton Road (off Protea Road), Newlands