Essential Guide to the Best High Tea Spots in Cape Town

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town The Silo Hotel

High tea in Cape Town is the ideal way to indulge in luxury or celebrate the moments that deserve the best. Whether you’re looking for a birthday party or a meetup with long-lost friends, Nabeel Allie created the list for you.

Our collection of high tea spots caters to every budget and visits various spots across the Peninsula, from seaside views to tucked-away suburban gems.

CLASSIC AFTERNOON WITH LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Take a trip to Walker Bay in Hermanus and enjoy a yummy Afternoon Tea at Benguela Cove’s Moody Lagoon Restaurant, which has panoramic views of the Palmiet mountains, Bot River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.

Their Afternoon Tea Menu offers delicious finger sandwiches with classic fillings such as egg and mayo, cucumber and mint cream cheese, smoked salmon, ham and English mustard, and coronation chicken.

These savoury delights are complemented by a selection of individual patisseries and scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and lemon curd.

Wash it all down with a pot of English Breakfast, Khoisan Chamomile, Khoisan Rooibos Chai or Khoisan Rooibos Vanilla tea.

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Cost: R750 per tray (serves 2 people)

When: Bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance
Where:Benguela Cove Wine Estate, R43, Botriver Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus

Website: benguelacove.co.za | Email: info@benguelacove.co.za | Tel: 087 357 0637

 

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town One&Only

CELEBRATE THE ONE&ONLY WAY

The One&Only afternoon tea is one of Cape Town’s most exclusive high tea experiences. It’s tranquil setting in the V&A Waterfront comes with all of the location’s seaside beauty without the busy hustle and bustle. High tea at the One&Only is typified by stunning views and a delectable stand of sweet and savoury delights, all handmade by the chef of the day.

This exclusive high tea experience happens daily from 2pm to 3pm and booking is essential. Hosted in the Vista Bar & Lounge, you can sit right on the water’s edge in as you enjoy the afternoon in luxurious privacy. Lounge among palm trees or relax inside with table mountain as your backdrop.  Enjoy a pot of tea with pastries and baked treats in one of Africa’s most luxurious resorts.

Whatever the special occasion, celebrate it with a high tea at the One&Only. Maximize your stay by booking lunch or dinner at the lounge to experience the full extent of the One&Only kitchen, or save a seat at the spa to be pampered and relaxed.

Cost: Classic Afternoon Tea, R495pp. Moët & Chandon Afternoon Tea (per couple), R2,500

When: Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2pm to 5pm
Where: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: oneandonlyresorts.com | Email: reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com | Tel: 021 431 5888

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town Mount Nelson hotel

CLASSIC CAKE AND TEA AT THE NELLIE

High tea at Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town, is a quintessential Cape Town outing. High tea at The Nellie separates itself from the rest by delivering a unique urban experience from its location between Orange and Kloof Street, one of the city’s trendy hotspots. Their high tea celebrates a wide range of teas, curated by their tea sommelier, Craig Cupido.

“Tea is about connection, especially when served during a traditional tea ceremony,” Cupido said. Stroll beneath the arches and take a seat inside or on the balcony as you make a tea selection. Take your pick from dozens of teas and enjoy a walk-in garden, typified by the flawless lawns and rows of roses, as you await the arrival of your tower of baked goods and a pot of tea.

Booking is essential for high tea. There are two seating times, 12pm and 3pm, available from Wednesday to Sunday. Put in a request with the pianist as you book so that live music can set the scene with you to celebrate with sumptuous cakes, pastries and sandwiches made in-house and stacked in tiers.

Cost: R550 per adult and R350 per child under 12

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm & 3pm
Where: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Website: belmond.com | Email: restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com | Tel: 021 483 1000

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town Twelve Apostles

TWELVE APOSTLES’ LUXURY HIGH-TEA

High tea at Twelve Apostles’ is a modern take on an age-old tradition. The high tea has three seating times and is available seven days a week. It’s hosted in two of the resort’s iconic venues, The Leopard and The Conservatory, making their high tea a slice of accessible luxury at one of Africa’s most exclusive hotel resorts.

To further celebrate accessibility, Twelve Apostles also offer a vegan high tea, speaking to the growing importance of plant-based diets and cuisine. Guests enjoying the vegan high tea can expect Chef Gina’s plant-based delicacies like dairy-free scones, coconut pan cotta, banana and oat cookies and more. Twelve Apostles’ standard high tea offering includes tea-time treats like cream puffs, chocolate brownies, macarons and more.

High tea at the Twelve Apostles includes a bottomless selection of loose-leaf teas and speciality coffee. If you’re feeling indulgent, opt for their Moët & Chandon High Tea, served with a glass of Brut Imperial champagne. Booking is essential.

Cost: R575 per person | Vegan high tea, R575 pp

When: Monday to Sunday, 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm
Where: Victoria Road, Oudekraal Nature Reserve, Cape Town

Website: 12apostleshotel.com | Email: info@12apostles.co.za | Tel: 021 437 9000

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town The Silo Hotel

AFRICA’S TRENDY HOTSPOT, THE SILO HOTEL

High tea at The Silo Hotel is more than baked goods and pots of tea. Africa’s best city hotel according to Travel+Leisure hosts its Royal Tea from Thursday to Sunday, seating from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and serves handmade in-house delicacies to rival them all. For four days a week, this award-winning venue serves a selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime treats, as well as several savoury delights.

Booking is essential to secure a table at this high tea experience to avoid disappointment. Enjoy a refined modern take on traditional high tea as you sit atop an art gallery in one of Cape Town’s most luxurious districts. Geometric cake towers, bespoke crockery and transparent teapots are some of the nuances that make this high tea a Royal Tea.

The Silo is a celebration of art, architecture, style and design and their Royal Tea is an extension of that celebration. Their head pastry chef, Devin Jones, works with his team of chefs to serve freshly baked goods and handcrafted delicacies. Sip your tea with an unbeatable view, eat your cake atop Africa’s leading contemporary art museum and enjoy a luxurious high tea like no other.

Cost: R425pp

When: Thursday to Sunday, 2.30pm to 5pm | Last seating at 3.30pm
Where: Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: theroyalportfolio.com | Email: info@thesilohotel.com | Tel: 021 670 0500

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town Cellars Hohenort

BASK IN THE CONSTANTIA WINELANDS

Considering that you can enjoy afternoon indulgence at 11am, high tea at The Cellars Hohenort is one of a kind. Located in the rolling hills of the Constantia Winelands, this high tea delivers an out-of-town experience in your backyard.

The Hohenort’s in-house pastry chefs concocted this high tea offering with the intent to be decadent.  The gloriously indulgent four course menu includes smoked salmon roulade, beef tartare, bocconcini, blueberry scones with chantilly cream, and dark chocolate and caramel mille-feuille.

Bask in the Constantia sun as you enjoy a luxurious high tea outing.

Cost: Classic high tea R435 per person, R215 per child. Booking essential.

When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm (last sitting at 2pm)
Where: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Website: thecellars-hohenorthotel.com | Email: reservations@collectionmcgrath.com | Tel: 021 794 2137

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town Casa Labia

SEASIDE HIGH TEA CELEBRATIONS

Enjoy a high tea in Casa Labia’s gorgeous ballroom, decked out with timeless accents and quaint affectations. Their high tea baked goods are served on traditional three-tier stands with savoury and sweet selections. Fine china and white tablecloths decorate Casa Labia’s high tea, a traditional experience in a timeless setting.

High tea might not be the first association we make with Muizenberg but Casa Labia is a fixture in Muizenberg’s fabric and its long history in the community makes its offering grounded yet refined. The entire ballroom is available for booking, making it especially popular for families. High tea stands feature a blend of sweet and savoury snacks and each guest enjoys bottomless tea.

Sweet treats include chocolate eclairs with crème pâtissière topped with Raspberry Dust, lemon poppy and elderflower lamingtons, baked cheesecake with peanut butter fudge crumble, and a further three tiers worth. Enjoy these delicacies alongside teatime savouries like salmon and cucumber roulade with cream cheese and gremolata, white truffle arancini balls, chicken and garlic aioli sandwiches, and more.

Cost: R395 per person

When: Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm | Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm & 3pm to 5pm
Where: 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Website: casalabia.com | Email: casalabia@ideascartel.com | Tel: 021 180 3119

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town The Table Bay hotel

SUN INTERNATIONAL’S PREMIER HOTEL – THE TABLE BAY

Regarded by some as one of the best meeting and conference venues in Africa, it’s important to remember that all of The Table Bay’s offerings surpass global standards of excellence. Their high tea is one of those offerings in a hotel that boasts five separate dining venues. The Table Bay’s high tea has two seating times, 2pm and 4pm, on weekends only and lasting a neat hour and a half each – short and sweet.

Slightly more orderly than other high teas, The Table Bay serves theirs in four courses. The first course celebrates tea-time sandwiches, serving classics like salmon and cucumber, butter croissants and beef pastrami, as well as tandoori tartlets with tzatziki. This is followed by a collection of scones and followed thereafter by sweet treats like pistachio opera and fruit platters.

Their high tea is completed with a final course of local cheeses served with traditional jams. Enjoy this well-packaged high tea in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful settings. Stay and stroll through the Waterfront neighbourhood after your tea to pick up an extra treat or two if you’re still feeling peckish.

Cost: R450 per person

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: 6 West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: suninternational.com | Email: tbhres@za.suninternational.com | Tel: 021 406 5000

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town Coco Safar

THE ORIGINAL LOCAL FAVOURITE GONE GLOBAL

Coco Safar’s afternoon tea in Cape Town is one of the Atlantic Seaboard’s most sought-after outings. Self-described as a luxurious all-day café, Coco Safar’s high tea experience is only available from Fridays to Sundays between 2pm and 6pm, although group bookings on alternate days are available via special request. Booking is essential to secure a table.

Described as offering the finest luxury coffee and cafe offering by publications like L’Officiel and Forbes, you can be sure to receive a world-class experience. The high tea-tasting menu is a culinary journey that lives up to the hype, taking you from Cape Town to Paris, Istanbul and back to Cape Town before a final stop in Shanghai.

Start off with frozen Cape buchu, a frozen sphere with eucalyptus smoke, before enjoying a Parisian chessboard, oysters and crispy potato mille-feuille. Your high tea journey to Istanbul features a pot plant with smoked beetroot espuma, passionfruit jam, crème fraîche and chocolate crumbs. Coco Safar has put their luxurious touch on the classic Cape Koesister, creating theirs with a choux pastry base.

Cost: High Tea at R695 per person.

When: Friday to Sunday, 2pm to 6pm
Where: 277 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Website: cocosafar.com | Email: orders@cocosafar.co.za | Tel: 021 433 1336

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town The Vineyard

NESTLED IN THE SUBURBAN SLOPES OF TABLE MOUNTAIN

The Vineyard’s high tea is served in the shadows of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes. Surrounded by evergreen trees and endlessly green lawns, this suburban luxury spot delivers an understated high tea in a picturesque setting for all of your special occasions. Only available on the weekends, booking is essential if you plan to celebrate your special moments with high tea at The Vineyard.

High tea at The Vineyard includes savoury snacks like crustless quiches, smoked salmon Portuguese rolls and butter chicken mini pies. Indulgent chocolate-crusted whipped ganache tarts with hazelnut crème, classic Florentines and Bakewell tarts set the tone for the kind of rich sweet treats you can expect.

The Vineyard’s friendly high tea experience is ideal for everyday visits as well as once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. With only three days available per week and two hours available per day, booking is absolutely essential if you want to secure your high tea celebrations. Groups of 10 or more should note that a venue fee and surcharge will be charged.

Cost: R395 per person

When: Friday to Sunday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town

Website: vineyard.co.za | Email: reservations@vineyard.co.za | Tel: 021 657 4500

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