Where to Enjoy a Great High Tea in Cape Town

Words: Crush

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 roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon; egg mayonnaise, cucumber and spiced chicken salad. There are also sweets like coffee hazelnut mascarpone delice, passionfruit cheesecake and more. The Mount Nelson has an extensive range of specialised teas, including loose-leaf teas and herbal and fruit infusions. 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 | Email
Price: R 450 per adult | R 300 per child (under 12)

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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 savoury and sweet treats, 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 5988
Price: R 395 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. Enjoy a tiered-stand with eleven sweet and savoury treats, along with bottomless coffee and tea.

Location: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
When: Mon-Sun: 14h00–17h00
Contact: 021 431 5888
Price: R 425 per person | Children 4–12 years: R 200 | 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 course offers an elegant twist on popular Indian foods with items like their Chicken Kathi Wrap, Aloo Tikki Slider, Crumbed Prawns, Lamb Seek Kabab, Veg Samosa.

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: R 455 per person (High Tea) | R 495 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 a 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 (at an added fee).

Location: 6th Floor, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
When: Thurs-Sun: 14h30–17h00 (last seating at 15h30)
Contact: 021 670 0511
Price: R 425 per person

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High Tea in the Atlantic Seaboard

Sip sweetly near the sea.

The Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay


Enjoy ‘Tea by the Sea’ at the Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel. Admire spectacular views while nibbling on chocolate brownies, cream scones, finger sandwiches and more. Indulge frothy cappuccinos or choose from the range of loose-leaf Nigiro teas. Perhaps even add a glass of MCC to celebrate a special occasion.

Vegan High Tea at The Twelve Apostles also offers a delightful range of plant-based finger sandwiches, plus a selection of yummy sweet treats. This high tea experience is exquisite and decadent, 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: R 495 per person on weekdays | R 525 on weekends *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 decadent treats like a Tonka White Chocolate Dome with an 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 | bookings essential
Contact: 021 657 4500
Price: R 335 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 essential (high tea only available for groups of 12 or more)
Contact: 021 795 6300
Price: R 375 per person

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The Cellars Hohenort, Constantia

Classic High 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 delicious savoury sandwiches, and sweet treats like Citrus Cheesecake, Tiramisu and of course, freshly baked scones with butter, strawberry jam & Chantilly cream. A glass of L’Ormarins Brut Rosé is offered to guests upon arrival. Truly one of the best places to enjoy a blissful afternoon.

Location: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
When: Wed & Thurs: 14h00–16h00 | Fri-Sun: 11h00–13h00 & 14h00–16h00
Contact: 021 794 2137
Price: R 395 for adults | R 195 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 Tea menu includes savoury items like Salmon & Cucumber Roulade with lemon cream cheese and gremolata; Chicken, Basil & Garlic Aïoli Sandwiches rolled in a crushed nut crumble. The sweets menu features elegant desserts like Lemon Poppy & Elderflower Lamingtons and a French Custard Tartlet. Be sure to book your place, their menu is made to order!

Location: 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg
When: Mon-Fri: 11h00–17h00 | Sat & Sun: 11h00–13h00 & 15h00–17h00
Contact: 021 180 3119
Price: R 395 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.

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. The experience ends on a sweet note with their pastry chef’s pick of the day.

Location: 1 Lanzerac Rd, Karindal, Stellenbosch
When: Sat: 14h00–17h00 | bookings essential
Contact: 021 887 1132
Price: R 320 per person (standard option; includes 2 teas of choice and glass of MCC upon arrival) | R 420 per person (includes bottomless MCC)

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Anthonij Rupert, Franschhoek

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Visitors at the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room can enjoy afternoon tea, while taking in majestic views of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains. Guests are served an eclectic selection of four sweet and four savoury items, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. 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: 11h00–13h00 *book 48 hours in advance for High Tea
Contact: 021 874 9074
Price: R 295 per person (High Tea) | R 165 per person (Mini High Tea; includes 2 savoury and 2 sweet options)

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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 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, 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: R 290  per person | R 580 (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 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, and Rare Roast Beef & Whipped Goats Cheese Baguettes. Sweet treats on the menu include Buttermilk Scones with Crème Chantilly and Strawberry Preserve Salted Caramel Profiterole, Lemonade Madeline’s and more.

Location: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
When: Mon-Sun: 10h00, 10h30 & 11h00 (Morning Tea) | Mon-Sun: from 15h00 (Afternoon Tea)
Contact: 021 876 3099 *book 48 hours in advance
Price: R 425 per person *includes 1 glass of Le Lude MCC

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*Please note that all prices are subject to change.

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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