Head Out for High Tea

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.

Essential Guide to High Tea in Cape Town One&Only


The One&Only afternoon tea is one of Cape Town’s most exclusive afternoon experiences. Its tranquil setting in the V&A Waterfront comes with all of the location’s seaside beauty without the busy hustle and bustle. 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 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, R425pp. Cap Classique Afternoon Tea, R495pp

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


High tea at Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town, is a quintessential Cape Town outing. 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 renowned experience 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. 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: R495 per adult and R325 per child

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


High tea at Twelve Apostles’ is a modern take on an age-old tradition. The event 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.

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