The Six Best Spots For A Glam High Tea

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Allow me to let you in on a little secret, Darlings … I spend a lot of time daydreaming of sugary goodness (despite the moans and groans of my scale!). Cupcakes, cakes, macaroons, pastries, chocolates … that’s why I just love high teas – they’re the perfect way to spend the day, whether it’s for a birthday, a meeting, or a catch up with the girls. Here are six of my favourite places in Cape Town where you can have your cake and eat it too!


1. The Table Bay Hotel

Picture this: trays and trays of sweet treats, beautiful views of Table Mountain and soft piano music drifting through the air. What could possibly be better? The Table Bay Hotel offers a gorgeous three-course high tea … the first course includes pastries, quiches, cocktail sandwiches and vegetable rice paper rolls. The second includes lemon curd, fresh scones and homemade jams. The third course is my favourite … peppermint crisp cups, coffee cake with mascarpone cream, triple chocolate cupcakes, milk chocolate brownies, citrus drizzle cream cheese granadilla cake and more! In terms of teas, they have a wide selection of white, blue, green, red and black teas … I recommend trying the Vanilla Bourbon rooisbos blend!

Where: The Table Bay Hotel, Q6, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. 

When: Monday to Saturday from 14:30 to 17:30.

Cost: R100 for one tea and dessert buffet, R185 for high tea, R225 with a glass of Graham Beck N/V or R315 with a glass of Taittinger Bruit N/V.


2.  Mount Nelson Hotel

The Mount Nelson is a popular high tea spot in our city. You can enjoy tea and fresh bakes in the lounge, out on the terrace or around the fountain in the garden. They offer a lovely variety of leaf and flowering teas from Nigiro Tea Merchants like Yunna, Assam, Keemun, Kenya, Ceylon and Darjeeling. They also offer a divine signature tea, which is a blend of six teas with rose petals – a must-try! You can look forward to live music as well as delicious snacks including cocktail sandwiches, scones with cream and preserves, chocolate cake, milk tart and lemon meringue tart. If you do happen to decide to pay the Mount Nelson a visit, make sure you put your best dress on – the dress code is smart casual.

Where: Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. 

When: Every day from 09:30 to 12:00, 13:30 to 15:30 or 15:30 to 17:30.

Cost: R175 for adults and R90 for children under 12 in the morning or R235 for adults and R120 for children under 12 in the afternoon.


3. One & Only Hotel

The One & Only is one of my favourite hotels in Cape Town! They do a totally decadent high tea with a selection of 35 teas, representing eight tea families like white, green, black, oolang, infused and fruit teas. On the snack side of life, you can expect sausage rolls, savoury pies, cocktail sandwiches, chocolate cake, vanilla bean cheesecake, caramel and gold leaf éclairs, buttermilk scones and French macarons … they even offer a Lindt chocolate fondue with strawberries! The views of the marina from the lounge area are tranquil and oh-so-beautiful. 

Where: One & Only Hotel, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. 

When: Every day from 14:30 to 17:30.

Cost: R195 per person.


4. Vineyard Hotel

There are few hotels as charming as the Vineyard Hotel. Their Lady Anne Barnard’s Afternoon Tea is served on the gorgeous garden patio with breath-taking mountain views and landscaped gardens. It includes a variety of Twinings and Dilmah teas, from green and earl grey, to jasmine and ginger spice. In terms of snacks, they offer vegetable spring rolls, cocktail samosas, mini citrus gateaux, blueberry cheesecake, raspberry macarons, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and much more! 

Where: Vineyard Hotel, 54 Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town. 

When: Every day from 15:30 to 17:30.

Cost: R145 per person.


5. The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

The quaint Cellars-Hohenort Hotel offers a classic high tea in its conservatory with relaxing mountain and garden views. You can expect an array of cocktail sandwiches, spring rolls, mini leek quickes, mini cupcakes, macaroons (make sure to try the peppermint ones!), scones, chocolate éclairs and nougat. Wash all the sweet stuff down with a steaming pot of Ceylon and rooibos tea or a cup of fresh filter coffee. After indulging in all the yummy treats on offer, you can take a walk through their enchanting garden and feed the squirrels … this is definitely the best place to visit with that someone special.

Where: Cellars-Honenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town. 

When: Every day from 15:30 to 17:30.

Cost: R285 per stand for two people.


6. Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Feel like getting out of the city and taking a drive out to the winelands? Then Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is just the place to visit! They offer a truly spectacular high tea that includes tantalising snacks … freshly baked scones with cream and strawberry jam, homemade chocolate cake, mini berry pavlova, apple crumble, cucumber sandwiches on white, oak smoked salmon on brown and red velvet cake are just a few things you can look forward to! The stunning Cape Dutch architecture adds to the relaxing countryside feel, and the panoramic views of the Cape Winelands are just magical!

Where: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, 16 Minor Road, Franschhoek.

When: Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00.

Cost: R175 per person for the standard high tea or R195 per person, including a glass of bubbly.


Now all you need to do is to decide at which one of these luxurious hotels you’ll enjoy your next high tea!

by Candice

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