We love the old-school charm of meeting friends for tea and a gossip. Here’s out pick of the high tea hotspots in your city.
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: Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday to Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: R330 for two people, you must call to book in advance
Contact: Call 011 440 4474 or 082 944 4018
The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg
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: Monday to Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: Monday to Sunday R405 per person, Saturdays R465 per person
Contact: Call 011 292 6000
Contessa Tea Connoisseurs, Johannesburg
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 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00am to 3:30pm
Cost: R139 per person, bookings must be made three days in advance and a deposit of R60 is required. For more details see the website
Contact: Call 011 234 6641 or 079 286 5479
The 12 Apostles Hotel, Cape Town
Voted as one of the top five hotels in Africa, the 12 Apostles Hotel serves an amazing traditional high tea buffet every weekend. Take a break and enjoy sumptuous pastries, prepared fresh each morning, baked with real butter and decedent Valrhona chocolate. You and your friends will love the spectacular view that The Conservatory restaurant has to offer.
Where: Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town
When: Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: R275 per person
Contact: Call 021 437 9029
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
The Mount Nelson Hotel is one of the best spots in the Mother City to enjoy a little high tea. Traditional South African favourites like milk tart are served alongside a spectacular array of internationally sourced teas. It’s a wonderful place to just sit back, snacking away while listening to soothing live music.
Where: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town
When: Monday to Sunday 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Cost: R325 per adult, R185 per child
Contact: 021 483 1000
The Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Cape Town
Enjoy your high tea in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Kirstenbosch Tea Room is an amazing restaurant that offers a great English tea for two, which you can enjoy at a table in the restaurant, or have packed into a picnic box and taken to your favourite spot in the gardens.
Where: Gate 2 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands Cape Town
When: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: R280 for two people, larger groups should book in advance
Contact: 021 797 4883
The Coral Lounge, Durban
This tranquil restaurant, with an amazing Indian Ocean view, is located in the Hilton Durban. Every Saturday they host a lovely high tea, where you can dine on delicious macarons and other homemade baked treats.
The subtle, sophisticated décor creates the perfect ambience for an extra-special afternoon out with friends and loved ones.
Where: The Hilton Hotel Durban, 12-14 Walnut Road Durban
When: Saturday 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Cost: R245 per person
Contact: 031 336 8100
Boutique Boulangerie, Durban
This quaint Glenwood establishment allows their customers to custom build their own high tea.
When you arrive at the bakery you’ll find a wonderful array of savoury quiches, delicate pastries and eclairs, as well as fabulous cakes that you can devour while spending a wonderful afternoon with friends.
Where: 56 Helen Joseph road, Glenwood
When: High teas need to be booked privately in advance
Cost: R150 to R250 per person
Contact: 031 201 2406
The Palm Court at the Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
Sip on a fabulous range of exotic teas, while you listen to the gentle melodies of a piano at the Palm Court at the Oyster Box Hotel. Their wide selections of delightful pastries, cakes, and sandwiches will cater to any tastes. It’s an absolutely fantastic spot to have a snack with friends.
Where: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga
When: 2:30 to 5:00 pm
Cost: R290 per person
Contact: 031 514 5000
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