Sip your afternoon tea in style
Afternoon tea might be a quintessentially British pastime, but Dubai has a whole host of options for gourmands. Whether it’s a tea with your family or friends, there are plenty of options that fit the occasion. Don some smart attire and head to one of these stunning spots for high tea, Dubai-style.
For world-class luxury, few places compare to the Burj Al Arab. The afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar restaurant is a ritual of elegance and indulgence. Located on the first floor, the restaurant boasts a magnificent Arabian-style atrium decked out with opulent marbles and mosaics. The service during afternoon tea is always impeccable, as is the selection of dainty sandwiches, pastries and cakes. The surroundings may be impressive, but the food is equally as magnificent at Sahn Eddar.
First floor, Burj Al Arab
+971 4 301 7600
On the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, you’d be taking ‘high tea’ literally. The stylish setting at At.mosphere comes with an incredible view to match – one that’s in a league of its own thanks to its location in the world’s tallest tower. At this sky-high spot, you can feast on a choice of three different options: fresh and fruity, cream and savoury, or fine roasts and vegetables. Each high tea menu is accompanied by an extensive selection of teas, as well as a finishing selection of sweet treats and pastries. And since this is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, it might be worth paying a little extra for a table overlooking the second-to-none city panoramas.
122nd floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 888 3828
Located in the stunning Palace Downtown, stepping into Al Bayt is like walking into an Arabian palace. While a traditional British afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones is available, we suggest the Arabian Afternoon Tea Experience. Incorporating fine flavours from the region, this afternoon tea is perfect for tasting unique Arabian treats like camel milk pistachio crème brûlée. And paired with these delicate plates are unlimited infusions of teas and coffees.
Lobby Level, The Palace Downtown Dubai
+971 4 888 3444
Al Fayrooz Lounge
Located within the expansive Al Qasr resort in the sprawling beachside Madinat Jumeirah complex, Al Fayrooz Lounge treats the traditional English afternoon tea as an art form. Choose from myriad options, like the traditional Al Qasr Afternoon Tea, Wellness Afternoon Tea, Royal Afternoon Tea, and Cream 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.
Lobby Lounge, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
+971 4 432 3232
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 figures. The Palm Jumeirah venue serves a classy afternoon tea that more than lives up to its rich heritage. The classic afternoon tea features delicate sandwiches, scones, pastries and TWG teas, along with the Waldorf Astoria signature blend or a DIY blend of your own. Soon-to-be-mums can also book a Waldorf Astoria afternoon tea baby shower, accommodating 15 or more guests for a bespoke experience in this idyllic setting overlooking the hotel's beautiful gardens.
East Crescent, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 818 2222
Arguably the most fashionable afternoon tea in the emirate, Raffles Salon’s afternoon tea offers cute culinary creations that are often themed around interesting collaborations. For example, a recent partnership with Forever Rose London resulted in The Collection Floral Afternoon Tea – a stylish take on a traditional afternoon tea, boasting a refined floral theme and delicate presentation. A few of the inspired dishes on the menu included a rose-shaped mousse, hibiscus-cured salmon, jasmine-flavoured chocolate ganache and dry rose petal scones. With rotating themes all through the year, you’ll always experience an afternoon tea unlike any other at Raffles.
13th Street, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City
971 4 324 8888