9 of the best places to get afternoon tea in Dubai

9 of the best places to get afternoon tea in Dubai

Slide into the cooler months with elegance and sophistication as you sip on hot soothing tea paired with some sweet and savoury treats in palatial surroundings. 

1. Megan Hess Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Palm

Head to this Instagram-worthy, super chic afternoon tea concept inspired by the themes and colours of Megan Hess’s new release Paris: Through a Fashion Eye. What’s more! Those who opt to experience the afternoon tea will also receive a copy of the book itself! Fashionistas will be able to enjoy the dainty finger sandwiches; delicate scones with luxurious clotted cream and an extensive selection of homemade macaroons in glass jars along with truffles and chocolate lipsticks in jewellery box pass. Available daily from 12–6pm and priced at Dhs 210 per person. Call 04-4573457. 


2. Jewellery Box High Tea, Dunes Café, Shangri-La Hotel

Discover delicious surprises of appetising bites in the golden chest of drawers. The selection includes mouth-watering butter cookies, a macadamia nut tart with Chantilly milk chocolate and a perfectly scrumptious café latte pannacotta.  For the more experiential palate, the golden drawers also include a green tea fruit roll and a fashion fabulous, lipstick jelly. To complete the extravaganza, try the light and fluffy, traditional English scones with clotted cream and jam. Daily from 1 pm – 6 pm, priced at Dhs 180. Call 04-4052703.   


3. Indulgent Saturdays at the Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria

Built around the famous concept of High Tea, Indulgent Saturdays is completed by a series of savoury and sweet canapé, bespoke tea trolley and special tea-infused cocktail creations. Bringing together the best of high tea and brunch, the weekly event offers an elegant way to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the iconic Palm Jumeirah to the smooth melodious performances by the resident pianist and a guitar duo. Take in the stunning evening views of the glittering Dubai skyline whilst sampling a traditional Shisha from 5:30pm-12am. Prices start from Dhs 185. Call 04-818 2222. 


4. Tea Time at Al Bayt, Palace Downtown

Blending Arabian customs with royal English traditions, The Traditional Afternoon Tea stays true to custom, with classic favourites like delectable finger sandwiches, clotted cream, pastries and more. The Palace Arabian Afternoon Tea is a fascinating fusion, featuring delicacies that include Chicken Shawarma, Ataif Velvet Pancakes, Camel Milk Pistachio Crème Brûlee and more. Immerse yourself in Middle Eastern culinary delights and choose from over 25 varieties of premium teas and infusions, savoury treats, desserts and more, as our tea specialists take you on a unique journey through tea culture.  


5. La Farine, Business Bay

Freshly baked bread, crafted barista coffee and a selection of authentic French cuisine, served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. La Farine is a contemporary café and bakery where guests can gather, socialise and enjoy gourmet fare in a casual and comfortable setting. La Farine features a delectable selection of baguettes, homemade pastries, a range of boutique French products and beautiful bespoke cakes crafted by the cake artist. Make a reservation at the Salon de Thé and discover why afternoon tea is about a lot more than just tea. The tea Sommelier will introduce you to Tchaba, signature tea brand, and take you on a journey unlike any other. Priced at Dhs 250 per couple. Call 04-4143000. 


6. High Tea two ways on Level 122, At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa 

Enjoy a flavour of English tradition accented with French flair this season with a duo of exclusive afternoon tea experiences. Select the La Gourmandise option for a classic collection of mini sandwiches, pâtisserie, scones and fresh berries, served with your preferred hot or refreshing beverage from our extensive menu of global teas and coffees. Or, upgrade the moment with our Luxurious Menu, which includes signature delicacies, main course selection and a chilled flute of something sparkling. Prices start from Dhs 320 per person. Call 04-8883828. 


7. O Concept Store, Jumeirah 1

Half boutique store and half café, this is the spot for you to visit if you are looking for fashion, jewellery, home décor and furniture. The lifestyle concept boutique houses glamorous fashion brands like Jeremy Scott, Waed Line , SJP Shoes, Tom Rebl, Aavva Fashion, Onesixone Bags, Laurafed Agneskovacs, and many more!


8. Arabic afternoon tea at Oud lounge, Doubletree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay

Served in Oud Lounge in the hotel lobby amongst Arabic decor and a backdrop of a live Oud player, the Arabic Afternoon tea is one to try. It includes traditional Arabic sweets such as pistachio kunafe, basbousa; a range of Arabic teas and coffees and, of course, freshly baked scones, served with rich clotted cream and delicious jams. Daily from 4pm-6pm, Arabic afternoon tea is priced at Dhs 79. Call 04-5511544. 


9. Arabesque Afternoon Tea at Boulevard Kitchen Terrace

Looking for a quiet catch up over tea with your friends? Enjoy a truly unique afternoon, overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa, as you indulge in a spectacular selection of Emirati desserts alongside traditional tea delicacies. The afternoon tea is priced at Dhs160 for one and Dhs260 for two, taking place every day from 2pm to 6pm. Call 04-4238899. 

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