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Food & Drink

Treat yourself to Dubai's best afternoon teas

Sun, July 18, 2021

Spectacular settings to superb sights, here's where to sip your tea in lavish style in Dubai.

Spectacular settings to superb sights, here's where to sip your tea in lavish style in Dubai.


Sahn Eddar

The afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar embraces the Burj Al Arab's reputation for elegance and luxury. Located on the first floor of the hotel, the restaurant boasts a splendid Arabian-style atrium decked out with opulent marbles and mosaics. The hospitality here is always impeccable, as is the selection of fresh, dainty sandwiches, pastries and cakes. The surroundings may be impressive, but the food is equally as magnificent.



Take 'high tea' literally from the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa. At.mosphere renders a stylish setting with views that are in a league of their own, considering the tower's iconic status as the world's tallest. Feast on a choice of three dining options – fresh and fruity, cream and savoury, or fine roasts and vegetables – and be spoilt for choice thanks to an extensive selection of fine teas. It might be worth paying a little extra for a seat right by the windows to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience even more unforgettable.


The Farm

A hidden oasis in Dubai, The Farm at Al Barari is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea. Surrounded by lush greens with a 'water garden' theme and an earthy vibe, you'll soon fall in love with the setting. With a focus on sustainable and organic ingredients, the power-packed menu features classics such as sandwiches and pastries, accompanied by refreshing blends of your choice. This isn't an experience to be rushed, so it's ideal for long, lazy afternoons.


Al Fayrooz


Al Fayrooz Lounge in the palatial Al Qasr resort treats the traditional English afternoon tea as an art form. They have laid out myriad options to indulge all tastes including the Al Qasr Afternoon Tea and Wellness Afternoon Tea. Savour delicacies like the strawberry kunafa mille-feuille and apricot orange blossom soufflé, alongside the spectacular backdrop of the iconic Burj Al Arab and winding waterways of Madinat Jumeirah.


Peacock Alley


The term ‘Peacock Alley’ was originally coined to describe the colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York, which was frequented by high-society personalities. You can reflect on this rich heritage over a classy afternoon tea at the Palm Jumeirah venue in Dubai. Book a table at this fashionable destination to enjoy quintessential treats such as sandwiches, scones and pastries, with your choice of premium TWG teas. For a unique brew, try out the Waldorf Astoria signature blend or customise one of your own. 


Raffles Salon

Arguably the most fashionable afternoon tea in the emirate, Raffles Salon located by WAFI Mall offers inspired culinary creations. The award-winning Floral Afternoon Tea gives the British tradition a distinctly floral twist with rose petal scones and rosewater-infused strawberry jam, hibiscus-cured salmon and jasmine-flavoured chocolate ganache. With a classic presentation and slick service, the experience is perfectly suited to a leisurely afternoon. Little ones with a refined palate will be happy to know that the venue caters to them too, with a dedicated children's afternoon tea offering savoury and sweet bites – think beef sliders, cakes and creamy hot chocolate.


Shakespeare and Co.

Shakespeare And Co Dubai

Shakespeare and Co. has all the flair you can expect from a quintessential British-style tearoom. The popular restaurant-cafe's recent afternoon tea addition is a crowd-pleaser, providing a taste of the city's sought-after high tea experience on a budget. Taking place daily from 3pm to 6pm, you get to tuck into mini sandwiches, a selection of bread, butter and jams, chocolates, a cake and your choice of a beverage and macarons – all for under AED100. If you’re exploring Dubai, you’re sure to notice one of the many branches spread across the city – our favourite is the one at Souk Al Bahar.


Choix Patisserie & Restaurant

There’s always a sense of occasion when it comes to afternoon tea, and when you’re led out onto Choix Patisserie's sprawling terrace overlooking still waters and a beautiful promenade then you know you’re off to a good start. Sample a premium collection of Parisian delicacies from three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire at this chic spot in Dubai Festival City. It’s the closest you’ll feel to the Avenue des Champs Élysées in Dubai, with signature scones, pastries and (of course) fine teas.

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