There’s nothing nicer than going for a cuppa in style.
Everyone loves the old-school charm of a delicious high-tea, so we’ve put together a list of Joburg’s tea, cake and bite-sized treat hotspots.
The porcelain is pristine and the cakes delectable, so you’re sure to enjoy a leisurely afternoon at one of these venues.
Quintessentially English, this charming eatery is an extension of Crabtree & Evelyn’s worldwide branches, and has all the tasteful style that’s made the brand a household name. Come in from the chilly air to a sanctuary of expert infusions and homemade shortbread.
Where: Above Crabtree & Evelyn Store, Shop 147 Design Quarter, cnr Leslie & William Nicol Roads, Magaliessig When: Saturdays 9:00am – 4:00pm, Sundays & Public Holidays 9:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Call 076 106 9174 – bookings essential!
High tea in the Piano Room at the Saxon is a truly special occasion. Their daily afternoon tea rituals are a lavish affair, with a plethora of fine pastries and cakes for you to snack on, while you relax and enjoy chatting with friends.
Going on a Saturday will cost you a bit more, as you’ll be serenaded by the Saxon’s master pianist, elevating the experience to another level.
Where: 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg
When: Morning tea from Monday to Saturday at 9:30am to 11:30am; afternoon tea from Monday to Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Contact: Call 011 292 6000 – bookings essential!
This picturesque bakery is located just across the road from Melrose Arch, and serves some of the most delectable baked goods in Joburg. Their high-tea menu includes wonderful savoury and sweet options, with divine fresh-baked scones and fresh cream.
Where: BluBird Shopping Centre, Corner of Atholl Oaklands Road and Fort Street, Birnam, Sandton
When: 8:00am to 5:00pm ever day
Contact: Call 063 685 0896 – booking essential!
If the name doesn’t charm you enough, the menu and views at this 25ha country estate will soon have you won over. As the name suggests, this renowned venue is inspired by Wind in the Willows, and is every bit as wonderfully whimsical as the book.
Mr Toad would have you load your plate, so don’t skimp when choosing your delicacies. Savoury and sweet, there’s a dish for everyone, but seasoned tea-lovers recommend the asparagus strudel and custard-filled eclairs.
Where: Toadbury Hall Country Hotel, Plot 64, Beyers Naude Drive Ext, Elandsdrift
Contact: Call 010 593 7523 – bookings essential!
A dedicated tea room, Contessa not only serves up some of the best high tea in the City of Gold, but it also sells tea leaves and other tea related paraphernalia.
Their high teas include a marvellous selection of cakes and sandwiches served alongside a pot of exotic tea or speciality coffee. A real must for any Joburg tea lovers.
Where: Rivonia Corner Shopping centre, Corner of 11th Avenue and Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia
When: Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Contact: Call 011 234 6641 or 062 747 1460 – booking essential!
It might seem out of the way, but this stunning venue is well worth the drive! An old-world building once known as Tait House, this is one of the province’s most beautiful examples of Victorian architecture.
Feel like a queen when you sit down to tiered porcelain platters adorned with cream and cakes. Every item is made on-site, and chef Chantel’s mini lemon meringues and brownies are renowned.
Where: 140 Woburn Ave, Benoni
When: 8:00am to 4:00pm every day, high tea times may vary
Contact: Call 011 420 1912 – booking essential!