As a city rife with tea drinkers, we can’t get enough of a great afternoon tea experience – be it traditional, themed, or downright unconventional in nature. Besides, scones with jam and clotted cream is always a good idea, right? To that end, we’ve scoured the city’s offerings in search of the best, handpicking the following tea-rrific afternoon teas as our favourites. Join us?
The Afternoon Tea Above the Clouds
Taking high tea (quite literally) to another level, this one’s a luxe spread of dainty yet delish finger sandwiches, stunning colourful pastries, and freshly baked scones above the clouds on the 123rd floor. Enjoy the best spot in town to see the Dubai skyline and toast with a glass of bubbles.
At.moshphere, Burj Khalifa, from AED 430, 04 888 3828, available daily from 12pm – 4pm
The Mediterranean Afternoon Tea
Didn’t manage to travel this summer? Don’t worry, Yava transports diners to the Yafa region – and its afternoon tea is perfect for two. Dive into the flavours of the Mediterranean with dishes such as pistachio-orange cake, lemon-mint mousse, Yava’s famous homemade olive oil cake, and savoury dishes aplenty. Bonus: the tea menu and handcrafted mocktails are just as divine.
Yava, Wasl 51, AED 150 for 2 people, 055 129 9655, available daily from 3pm – 6pm
The Quintessential Afternoon Tea
Looking for the quintessential British afternoon tea in Dubai? The glamorous Lobby Lounge at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Dubai offers a classic take on afternoon tea with irresistible cakes, fine pastries, freshly baked scones, and a huge selection of coffee and tea from around the world.
Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, from AED 195 per person, 04 399 4000, available daily from 12:30pm – 5pm
The Regal Afternoon Tea
This luxury regal afternoon tea brings together a fun fusion of Arabic and English flavours in the stunning Arabesque lobby. Feast on dishes like camel milk crème brûlée and scones accented with cardamom, all while sipping on Arabic tea.
Al Bayt, Palace Downtown, from AED 190 per person, 04 428 7961, available daily from 2pm – 6pm
The Pretty Afternoon Tea
Without a doubt one of the prettiest afternoon teas in Dubai, this beautiful offering comes in a tiny chest of drawers. With sweet delights that are colourful, dainty, and oh-so-delicious, it’s the perfect afternoon tea for any out-of-towners looking to indulge in the glitz and glamour synonymous with Dubai.
The Lounge, Address Boulevard, AED 149 per people, 04 561 8888, available daily from 2:30pm – 6:30pm
The Healthy Afternoon Tea
Want a guilt-free afternoon tea? Located in the region’s first five-star family-friendly wellness resort, this one comes with an assortment of vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and wheat-free bites that will not only be appreciated by your taste buds, but also the rest of your body. And if you happen to be in the mood to enrich your mind, browse a book from the in-house library as you sip your tea.
Chapters, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, from AED 165 per person, 0 4 524 7764, available daily from 2pm – 6pm