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Time For Tea: The UAE’s Best Afternoon Teas

The quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea has spread from the drawing rooms of 19th-century aristocratic society and into the lobbies of five-star hotels worldwide. Here we round up the UAE’s very best afternoon teas.

Dubai
Address Beach Resort JBR

Enjoy a gastronomic experience with the new BREEZE Afternoon Tea in The Lounge at Address Beach Resort JBR. Enjoy the warm and inviting ambience while tucking into delectable bites, including Alaskan King crab roll, Organic chicken roulade, pistachio Madeleines and espresso tiramisu. Available daily, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 328 per stand.

GO: Visit https://addresshotels.com for reservations and more information.

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Address Dubai Mall

Treat yourself to an assortment of delectable cakes and savouries, complemented by a range of premium loose-leaf teas at Karat. The chic venue inside Address Dubai Mall is the focal point of the hotel and the ideal place for relaxing and socialising after a day of shopping. AED 185 for two persons.

GO: Email dineatdubaimall@addresshotels.com or call 04 438 8888 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Address Dubai Marina

Indulge in an exquisite Afternoon Tea at Address Dubai Marina’s Kambaa. Gather your friends and indulge in the flavour and refinement of Arabic, vegetarian and healthy fare, along with a selection of teas and coffees from around the globe. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 190 for two guests.

GO: Call 04 436 7777 for reservations and more information. 

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Address Sky View

Savour a selection of finely cut sandwiches with quail egg and black truffle, prawns’ cocktail with choux puff, freshly baked scones, and a mouth-watering range of desserts including fig rose and raspberry macaroons and chocolate vegan cake. Complemented by an assortment of beverages to sip on as you enjoy your afternoon tea over intimate conversations in a charming ambience. Available daily, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 195 per person or AED 295 per person (including a glass of bubbly).

GO: Email dineatskyview@addresshotels.com or call (0)4 873 8888 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Indulge in an authentic Parisian culinary experience with an afternoon tea curated by chef Pierre Gagnaire at Choix by Pierre Gagnaire. The offering includes signature scones, pastries and the finest tea selection. Available daily, 12pm to 6pm. from AED 125 per person (weekdays) and AED 150 per person (weekends).

GO: Visit www.dubaifestivalcityhotels.com for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Served on a unique stand mimicking the hotel’s Canopy of Light, Noor Lounge’s Summer Afternoon Tea features a glamourous selection of savoury and sweet bites ranging from smoked salmon and roast lamb finger sandwiches to scones with clotted cream, homemade jams and petit gateaux. Available daily, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 180 per person or AED 360 for two persons.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for reservations and more information.

Noor Lounge

Meliã Desert Palm

Afternoon tea at Meliã Desert Palm is a perfectly refreshing affair to enjoy amidst views of the polo field. Sip on the finest teas or iced teas while sampling tiers of French pastries, elegant finger sandwiches and warm scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 145 per person (including a selection of JING tea) or AED 200 per person (including a selection of JING tea and a glass of bubbly).

GO: Email eat.dp@melia.com or call 04 602 9323 for reservations and more information. 

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Within moments of stepping into Palazzo Versace Dubai, you will be greeted by the opulent Mosaico lounge situated at the heart of the lobby. Here that you can experience the quintessential High Tea featuring an extensive selection of the finest teas and tempting treats, including turkey ham and cheese mille-feuille, chicken salad with mango cream cheese, marinated prawn with avocado mango pearl, choux au Craquelin Dulcey and Trocadero pistachio strawberry. Available daily, from 10:30am to 7pm. AED 360 for two persons.

GO: Email reservations@palazzoversace.ae or call 04 556 8805 for reservations and more information.


Raffles Dubai

Blossom with Raffles Salon’s Floral Afternoon Tea, a delicate themed menu that incorporates the essence of flowers with savoury treats and sweet temptations and is elegantly presented in Victorian-styled gold stands. Available daily, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 175 per person.

GO: Email dining.dubai@raffles.com or call 04 324 8888 for reservations and more information.

Raffles Salon

Saya Brasserie

Saya Brasserie’s Instagrammable Afternoon Tea features a multi-tiered selection of sweet and savoury treats presented on a luxurious gold-framed stand. Expect cheese sticks, salmon rose blini, pink brioche, vanilla cake, pistachio tart, cake pops, chocolate tarts and cheesecake pots. Available daily from 9am to 6pm at the City Walk, Wasl 51 and Nakheel Mall branches. AED 259 for two people.

GO: Call 050 541 8373 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

Unlock sumptuous wonders of signature pastries and delicious savoury bites amidst the charming surroundings of Bijou Patisserie, lobby lounge at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. ‘Le Goûter’ is a French twist on Afternoon Tea served in a sophisticated jewellery box. AED 175 per person or AED 320 (with a glass of bubbly).

GO: Call 04 4281 4111 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Swissôtel Al Ghurair

Bond over an indulgent Lindt Afternoon Tea experience at Swissôtel Al Ghurair’s Yasmine Lounge. The partnership with Lindt features a menu inspired by contemporary Swiss cuisine with decadent notes of chocolate. While parents enjoy ratatouille, crostini, empanadas and Schümli Pfümli, children will delight in a treasure chest of Alpine Maraconi, mini sandwiches, flavoured profiteroles, Lindt chocolates and Swissotel’s hot chocolate. Available daily, from 12pm to 6pm. AED 135 for two adults and one child and AED 39 for additional children’s afternoon teas.

GO: Visit swissotel-dubai-alghurair.com or call 04 293 3270 for reservations and more information. 

Dubai's best afternoon teas

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Soak in the elegant surroundings of the Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC as you indulge in a decadent afternoon tea featuring speciality tea blends and a selection of luxurious sweet and savoury treats. Add a glass of bubbly to your afternoon treat to make the experience even more exquisite. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 120 per person.

GO: Call 04 372 2323 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Vida Downtown

Indulge in sweet treats and savouries at Stage2 with a special afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of traditional, Arabic, vegetarian, and healthy savouries, desserts and sweets, alongside an assortment of teas and coffees from across the globe. Available daily. AED 199 for two people.

GO: Call 04 888 3444 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Waldorf Astoria DIFC

The term ‘Peacock Alley’ was coined to portray the daily promenade of people passing through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC. This elegant bar and lounge is ideal for a sophisticated afternoon tea featuring a selection of sweet and savoury bites while being enchanted by the melodic harmonies of the piano and cello. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 195 (jasmine afternoon tea), AED 280 (premium afternoon tea) and AED 315 (bubbly afternoon tea).

GO: Call 04 515 9818 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Abu Dhabi
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Head to Observation Deck at 300 for a one of a kind Afternoon Tea high above the capital. The All Seasons Afternoon features a selection of savoury sandwiches and crispy patisseries featuring flavours and elements inspired by the four seasons. Available daily, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 260 per person.

GO: Call 02 811 5666 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Head to Osmo Lounge at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island and enjoy freshly baked afternoon tea classics such as golden raisin and plain scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam, and lemon curd. There’s also a selection of savoury dishes, including duck couscous puff pastry, salmon with zaatar, sumac egg with truffle, and tortilla with saffron. Presented upon a three-tiered stand with a vegetarian menu option, the afternoon feast includes iced and hot teas, coffees, and chocolate. Available daily, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 185 per person.

GO: Email dineatosmo@hilton.com or call 02 208 6900 for reservations and more information.


Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Indulge in an Arabic Afternoon Tea on the picturesque boardwalk and enjoy waterfront views and personalised service. The set menu features Arabian flavours including cold infusion options and is the perfect way to enjoy the sunset. Available daily, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 360 for two guests.

GO: Email jsirestaurants@jumeirah.com or call 02 811 4342 for reservations and more information.

Saadiyat Island Resort

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Majlis lounge offers an elegant setting for afternoon tea, with stunning panoramic views of the capital through the floor to ceiling windows. Tea lovers will adore the variety of refined menus, with delectable sweets and savouries prepared and presented with great finesse. The afternoon tea at Majlis is ideal for a special occasion, offering a luxurious setting for celebrating baby showers and birthdays. Available daily for AED 210 per person.

GO: Email abudhabi.majlis@rosewoodhotels.com or call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi

The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi presents a welcoming ambience combining live harp music and an ever-evolving afternoon tea menu. Guests can enjoy delightful savouries such as the vegan garden peas tatine or the smoked turkey bagel. While those craving all things sweet will be satisfied by French pastries such as a French toast with ricotta and strawberry or the aptly named pina colada. The menu will also feature quintessential afternoon tea staples such as fluffy scones served with fresh jams and clotted cream. To elevate this experience further, guests will walk away with an AED 500 InstaRunway voucher to shop at their discretion. Available daily, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 110 per person (including coffee or tea) or add AED 85 for two hours of free-flowing bubbly.

GO: Email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com or call 02 509 8555 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Situated off The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi’s grand lobby, the comfortable and homely Venetian inspired Alba is ideal for a delightful afternoon tea featuring savoury hors d’oeuvres, scones, chocolate treats and a selection of tea inspired by delicate floral aromas. Available daily, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 160 per stand.

GO: Visit www.ritzcarlton.com or call 02 818 8282 for reservations and more information.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

This spring, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the timeless St. Regis ritual of Afternoon Tea at Crystal Lounge. The Classic Afternoon Tea features an array of traditional British recipes such as smoked salmon and crème fraiche sandwiches and lemon meringue tarts, whilst the Arabic-style afternoon tea includes sumac scented chicken with harissa mayonnaise sandwiches, saffron and cardamom scones and dainty bites inspired by the authentic tastes and flavours of the UAE. Available daily. AED 195 per person.

GO: Call 02 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

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