Where to Enjoy a Great High Tea in Cape Town

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No matter what the occasion, there’s always a good excuse to treat yourself and friends to a high tea. Here is our list of where to get a spot of afternoon and high tea in Cape Town.

High Tea in Cape Town & Surrounds

Sip in style in the heart of the city and Gardens.

The Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Gardens

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In the heart of the Mother City, against the backdrop of Table Mountain, sits the pastel-pink Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel. Tea at the ‘Nellie’ is a traditional affair with offerings of dainty finger sandwiches with toppings of rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, and of course, cucumber. There are also some South African favourites such as milk tart and savoury biltong tarts. The Mount Nelson has an extensive range of teas including their expert blend, as well as Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon and Rose tea using petals from their very own garden — it doesn’t get more special than that. You also get to enjoy your tea in the superb hotel surroundings with live piano-playing. Tea at the Nellie is a Cape Town institution and should not be missed.

Location: 76 Orange St, Gardens
When: Wed-Sun: 12h00 & 15h00
Contact: 021 483 1000
Price: R425 per adult | R215 per child

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The Bailey on Bree

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Café Bailey on Bree, Liam Tomlin’s new culinary destination, offers a new inner-city continental-style Afternoon Tea experience. The classic European-style cafe boasts luxe interiors complete with a show-stopping chandelier and emerald-green velvet booths — the perfect setting for an indulgent urban high tea. Prepared by Head Pastry Chef, San-Marie Pienaar, their Classic Afternoon Tea starts with delicious savoury delights, from Salmon Blinis with Sour Cream & Caviar to Gougères and Duck Liver Parfait with Port Jelly. A delicious vegetarian alternative is available too.

The gourmet experience includes classic French pâtisserie items such as Gâteau Opéra, Mille Feuilles, and Crème Brûlée. The impressive tea selection comprises of unique blends; choose from Irish Breakfast Tea and Mango Rosehip Rooibos, or Lady Grey with bergamot and pink roses, Gunpower Mint, or Liquorice Ginger White. Connoisseurs will appreciate their special rooibos blend. The MCC Afternoon Tea option includes a glass of Graham Beck Brut or Brut Rosé. For those with a smaller appetite, Café Bailey also serves a Cream Tea of Scones with clotted cream and homemade jams, served with different types of teas.

Location: 91 Bree St Cape Town
When: Afternoon Tea Hours: Mon-Sat: 15:00 – 17:00 | *bookings essential (24 hours in advance)
Contact: 021 773 0440 | email for reservations
Price: MCC Classic Afternoon Tea: R400pp | Afternoon Tea: R480 pp ( includes glass of Graham Beck Brut or Brut Rosé) | Tea & Scones: R120pp

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High Tea at the V&A Waterfront

Look over the boardwalk and take in Table Mountain views.

The Table Bay, Waterfront

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The Lounge at The Table Bay hotel is famous for its classic décor, timeless finishes and breathtaking grand window on the doorstep of the V&A Waterfront. It has become one of the top-rated venues for high tea in Cape Town since the opening of The Table Bay hotel in 1997; The Lounge is loved by both tourists and locals.

The High Tea four-course menu at the Table Bay is a celebration of textures and flavours. It includes homemade quiches, indulgent cakes, desserts and sandwiches burgeoning with ingredients that are inspired by the seasons.

More than simply a high tea venue in Cape Town, The Lounge invites hotel guests and visitors to enjoy a light meal. In winter you can cosy up to their lovely fireplace with some freshly brewed coffee.

Location: Quay, 6 W Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront
When: Fri-Sun: 14h00–15h30 | 16h00–17h30
Contact: 021 406 5000
Price: R395 per person

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The One&Only Cape Town, Waterfront

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High tea at the One&Only Cape Town takes place in the heart of the resort – the Vista Bar and Lounge. Ceiling-to-floor glass windows allow you to take in the mountain views and gaze over the glittering waterside. Guests are treated to a selection of sweet and savoury goodies prepared by the pastry team and all items are prepared in the classic French way with a One&Only Cape Town twist.

Location: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
When: Mon-Sun: 14h00–17h00
Contact: 021 431 5888
Price: R425 per person | Children 4–12 years: R200 | Children 0–4 years: Free

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Indian High Tea At The Yard At The Silo, Waterfront

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The Yard offers a lovely high tea experience with an equally exciting menu. The distinctive menu takes its lead from the opulence of traditional Indian high teas and includes delightful items inspired by the heritage of co-owner, GP Singh, who hails from Punjab, India. The savoury options offer an elegant twist on popular Indian street food such as Chicken Kathi Wraps, Aloo Tikki Sliders, Crumbed Prawns, Lamb Seek Kabab, Veg Samosas.

For sweet delicacies, expect the likes of Strawberry Macaroons, Panacotta, Chocolate Dobos, Lemon Tart, Carrot Cake, Salted Caramel Eclairs and Baked Ricotta Hazelnut. They even have a vegan high tea menu featuring Vegan Peach Pie, Zucchini Sliders, Harakabab and more.

Location: Ground Floor, Silo 4, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
When: Tues-Sun: From 14h30
Contact: 021 879 1157
Price: R425 per person (High Tea) | R 475 per person (Vegan High Tea)
Note: High tea bookings require a booking 72hrs in advance and an upfront 50% deposit

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The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel, Waterfront

Sit perched up on the 6th floor of the Silo District and admire Waterfront views through geometric panel glass windows. Known as the Royal Tea, this experience is certainly fit for the Queen. You’ll be spoilt for choice with an elegant selection of savouries, macarons, Madeleines and other tiered treats to tickle your tastebuds — enjoy with tea, coffee or a bottle of MCC (an added extra charge).

Location: 6th Floor, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
When: Thurs-Sun: 14h30–17:00 (last seating at 15h30)
Contact: 021 670 0511
Price: R375 per person

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High Tea in the Atlantic Seaboard

Sip sweetly near the sea.

Coco Safar, Sea Point

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If you haven’t yet had a pastry from Coco Safar, you are definitely missing out. Voted as one of the best croissants in the world and certainly in Cape Town, you know their high tea is going to be legendary. Taking you across the globe with their diverse menu, this travel-inspired high tea is a feast of flavours and really is something special to experience. Artisanal teas and coffees are also on offer, as is MCC and French Champagne (at an additional cost). Strap in for this one, it’s an exquisite culinary journey!

Location: Artem Centre, 277 Main Rd, Sea Point
When: Fri-Sun: 14h00–18h00
Contact: 021 433 1336
Price: R695 per person.
Note: minimum 48 hours notice and a 50% deposit is required on all bookings

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The Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay


Enjoy ‘Tea by the Sea’ at the Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel. Inhale the saltwater and take in the spectacular views while nibbling on chocolate brownies, cream scones, finger sandwiches and more. Enjoy a frothy cappuccino or choose from the range of looseleaf Nigiro teas. Perhaps even add a glass of MCC to celebrate a special occasion.

Vegan High Tea at The Twelve Apostles also offers a beautiful range of tasty plant-based finger sandwiches plus a selection of yummy sweet treats. A Valrhona Manjari Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake Slice, Banana and Walnut Loaf and Coconut Panna Cotta to name just a few! This high tea experience is exquisite simply indulgent, in the best way possible.

Location: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
When: Mon-Sun: 10h00, 12h30 & 15h00 (Tea by the Sea & Vegan High Tea)
Contact: 021 437 9000
Price: R425 per person (reserve 24 hours in advance)

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High Tea in the Southern Suburbs

Channel your inner Alice in Wonderland and sip tea in the forests of Newlands and Constantia.

The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

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Sit down at the Garden Lounge for Lady Anne’s Afternoon Tea surrounded by the rolling green lawns and expansive gardens of the hotel. Served on a three-tier cake stand, tea consists of delightful sandwiches and savoury treats. Their Sweets menu includes some decadent treats like Tonka White Chocolate Dome with Espresso Centre and a Dark Chocolate Brownie Base, as well as a Chocolate Crusted Whipped Ganache Tart with Hazelnut Crème

Location: Colinton Rd, Newlands
When: Fri-Sun: from 15h30
Contact: 021 657 4500
Price: R295 per person

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Alphen Boutique Hotel, Constantia

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On offer at The Alphen are dainty, delicious sandwiches, home-baked savoury and sweet delicacies and whimsical culinary treats, all lavishly presented. No High Tea would be complete without a cuppa, and the Alphen doesn’t disappoint with their wide range of tasty teas, from the usual Earl Grey and Ceylon to the more adventurous Strawberry & Vanilla and Chamomile Flower.

Location: Alphen Dr, Alphen
When: Mon-Sun: bookings only (groups of 12 or more)
Contact: 021 795 6300
Price: R395 per person

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The Cellars Hohenort, Constantia

Afternoon tea at The Cellars-Hohenort is filled with opulence, delectable treats and overflowing tea cups. Served in The Greenhouse, you’ll get to sweetly sip tea whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens. Tiered treats include a selection of dainty Cucumber Sandwiches, Walnut Carrot Cake, Lemon Pie and of course, mini Milk Tart. Truly one of the best places to enjoy a blissful and opulent afternoon tea experience.

Location: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
When: Mon-Sun: 11h00–12h00 & 15h00–17h00 (Classic High Tea)
Contact: 021 794 2137
Price: R395 for Adults | R195 for Children (4-11 years) *bookings essential.

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High Tea in Muizenberg

High tea by the sea, anyone?

Casa Labia by the Ideas Cartel, Muizenberg

Take a drive to Muizenberg and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Venetian-inspired Casa Labia. With gorgeous coastal views and stunning interiors, this is tea with a seaside twist. Order Bottomless tea from comprehensive curation of exceptional teas. Their High Teas menu includes savoury items like Salmon and Cucumber Roulade with Lemon Cream Cheese and Gremolata; Chicken, Basil and Garlic Aioli Sandwiches Rolled in a Crushed Nut Crumble. The Sweets menu has tasteful and elegant desserts like Lemon Poppy and Elderflower Lamingtons and French Custard Tartlet topped with Fresh Fruit and Passionfruit Coulis. Be sure to book your place, their menu is made to order.

Location: 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg
When: Mon-Sun: 11h00–13h00 | 15h00-17h00
Contact: 021 180 3119
Price: R395 per person
Note: a deposit and direct booking is required to secure your booking

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High Tea in Stellenbosch & Franschhoek

Tea with a side of mountain views.

Russian Tea Ceremony at Hazendal


For a completely different experience, book seats at Hazendal’s very special Russian Tea Ceremony. Drawing on the heritage of the owners of the wine estate, the Russian Tea Ceremony is a feast for the senses with beautiful teas and delicate treats, with a Russian twist. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus are also available. Please specify your preferred menu when making your booking.

Location: Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch (entrance: Ronelle Street via Kruis Street)
When: Tues–Sun: 10h00–17h00 | Last booking at 15h00
Contact: 021 903 5034
Price: R395 (adults) | R255 children (12 years and under) *50% deposit required

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Manor Kitchen Restaurant, Lanzerac Estate

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No establishment takes afternoon tea more seriously than Lanzerac Estate’s Manor Kitchen. They have a dedicated and highly detailed menu (down to the temperature of your tea) curated for the ultimate afternoon tea experience. If you’re a tea connoisseur, their expansive TWG Tea range includes Red Tea, Indian Night Tea, French Earl Grey, African Ball Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea and more. Tea-time savouries include the likes of canapés, croquettes, a savoury selection of small plates and finger sandwiches. Indulge in their homemade scones served with strawberry jam and lavender cream, petit fours, tartlets and eclairs. This charming Timeless Afternoon Tea ends off on a classic sweet note with their pastry chef’s pick of the day.

Location: 1 Lanzerac Rd, Karindal, Stellenbosch
When: Sat: 14h00–17h00
Contact: 021 887 1132
Price: R320 per person | R420 per person (includes bottomless MCC)

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Anthonij Rupert, Franschhoek

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Visitors to the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room can enjoy afternoon tea with the picture-perfect Groot Drakenstein Mountains as a backdrop. Guests are served an eclectic selection of five sweet and two savoury items, like Guava & Lime Cheesecake and Smoked Salmon Mousse & Squid Ink Éclair with Red Lumpfish Caviar. Their drinks include either a Premier Cru tea, artisanal coffee or a glass of L’Ormarins Brut NV.

Location: R45 wine route, Franschhoek
When: Tues-Sat: 10h00 & 11h00 *minimum group of 4 people for bookings.
Contact: 021 874 9041
Price: R295 per person

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La Paris Deli, Franschhoek

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Located on La Paris Estate, this deli offers a tasteful high tea experience and lovely scenery to match. La Paris’ High Tea menu features exciting items like Smoked Salmon trout Blini with Cream Cheese, Mini Cuban Sandwiches, Asian Style Chicken Yakitori and Truffled Mushroom Vol Au Vent. Their Sweet menu has equally delicious desserts, like Mini Lemon Meringue (with Curd), Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies and a Mini Pavlova with Seasonal Fruit.

Location: La Paris Estate, Wemmershoek Rd, R301, Franschhoek
When: Wed-Sun: 10h00-15h00
Contact: 021 867 0171
Price:  R290  per person | R580 (2 guests)
Note: 24 hour booking period required

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Le Lude Estate & Orangerie Restaurant, Franschhoek

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Le Lude’s Orangerie Restaurant offers one of the finest high tea experiences complete with checkered floors, sunlight, fresh table flowers and tiered treats. They have both Morning and Afternoon High Tea sessions where you can sip on their TWG teas, award-winning Le Lude Brut or Brut Rosé Cap Classique. Enjoy their selection of gourmet Sandwiches such as Smoked Franschhoek Salmon Trout & Caper Cream Cheese, classic Cucumber & Dill, Egg mayonnaise & Watercress, Rare Roast Beef & whipped Goats Cheese Baguettes. Sweet treats on the menu include Buttermilk Scones with Crème Chantilly and Strawberry Preserve Salted Caramel Profiterole, Raspberry Macaroons and Lemonade Madeline’s.

Location: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
When: Mon-Sun: 10h00–11h00 (Morning Tea)  | Mon-Sun : 14h30–15h30 (Afternoon tea)
Contact: 021 876 3099
Price: R395 per person *includes 1 glass of Le Lude MCC

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*Please note that all prices are subject to change after time of publication.

Now that you know where to get your fix of tea, why not brush up on your high and afternoon tea etiquette?

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