CapeTownMagazine.com

Cape Town’s tea spots

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Cape Town’s tea spots

Hit me with your best pot!

Last Update 26 September 2017

"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you." William Ewart Gladstone was equally as passionate about these infusions as the Chinese, who would rather go three days without food than a day without tea.

It is always a good time to grab a book, or a few friends and enjoy a good dose of tranquli-tea. Whether it’s tea for two or two for tea, Cape Town has the right tea spot for you.

High Tea/Afternoon Tea in Cape Town and surrounds is always a great way to seal the day.

Pierneef á La Motte
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a drive out to Franschhoek for a day in the Cape Winelands. Breathe in the fresh country air. Look over the perfectly manicured lawns, budding grape vines and ode-to-women statues on the La Motte Wine Estate while you enjoy their famed Winelands Tea. Served between 9am and 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday in the Pierneef restaurant, on the stoep or in the garden, guests can get a cup of positivi-tea (and treats!) for R165/p.


Drinks: Sip on a selection of herbal teas served in a delicate tea-set made especially by famed fine artist and ceramicist Ella-Lou O’Meara. Not only is there a variety of red, green, black, white, matured and fruit-infused teas from local and international producers, but coffee lovers can get their fix of locally blended java if they so wish. Toast to an indulgent affair with a glass of bubbly at an additional cost of R65.


Snacks: Open your glass cloche to an array of bite-sized savoury and sweet morsels. Smoked salmon sandwiches with cream cheese and chives, sausage rolls, soetkoekies (sweet biscuits) and macarons are just some of the treats you’ll sample.


R45 Main Road | Franschhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 876 8000

Alphen Boutique Hotel

The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia, nestled in a 17th-century building, is a delight for your eyes. Constantia Valley is surrounded by wine routes and scrumptious culinary experiences waiting to be enjoyed. The Alphen Boutique is home to 5 Room Restaurant, where your delectable afternoon tea is served from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

Drinks: A careful selection of 20 different teas are available for this spectacular afternoon treat. You’ll have your pick from peppermint tea, vanilla tea, green tea, ginger lemongrass tea, orange chamomile tea, and South Africa’s favourite: rooibos tea.

Snacks: To snack on, you can expect dainty sandwiches that are as tasty as they sound. There will be an offering of home-baked savouries to nibble on. Sweet delicacies and whimsical culinary treats are what 5 Room Restaurant is known for so be sure to save some space for them.  

Alphen Drive | Constantia | Cape Town | +27(0)21 795 6300

126 Cape Café at The Hilton

Tea and pastry pairing daily from 12:00 - 18:00
Drinks:
A wide variety of Ronnefeldt speciality teas are on offer at this upmarket hotspot. Choose between the Rooibos chocolate truffle tea, the masala chai tea, matcha tea and more!
Snacks: 126 Cape Café offers authentic halaal certified treats and head chef, Candice bakes fresh pastries daily. Croissants, either filled or not, are on the menu, as well as cookies and muffins, of which the flavours change quite regularly. 126 Cape Café is also known for mini mono-cakes, which includes black forest, strawberry cheesecake or various flavoured tarts, to name but a few. With the pastry pairing, the best offerings are on the menu, including the milk and fynbos honey wedge, cardamom and pistachio scented macaroon, as well as the lemon and lime spiked meringue. Go on, treat yourself!


Hilton Cape Town City Centre | Buitengracht Street | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 481 3710

The Mount Nelson Hotel

Whether it’s a business meeting, a birthday party, or just a bit of self-indulgence, tea at The Mount Nelson is a sweet affair. Morning tea is from 9:30 am – 12 pm daily, and afternoon tea is from 1:30 pm – 5.30pm with live music. Dress code is smart-casual.

Drinks: A varied array of leaf and flowering teas from Nigiro Tea Merchants are on offer, including the signature Mount Nelson Tea; a blend of six teas with rose petals taken from the Mount Nelson’s very own garden. Other teas include Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan and Ceylon.

Snacks: The moreish finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket are always available, as well as smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber fillings. You can find delectable dark chocolate cake, heavenly lemon meringue; freshly baked scones are served with clotted cream and preserves for the ultimate indulgence. 


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel | 76 Orange Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27(0)21 483 1000

The Silo Hotel

The Royal Tea is as elegant as its name suggests, the pastry chefs at this award-winning hotel are popular for their exquisite tea time treats. Allowing guests to devour them in peace, afternoon tea is served daily at 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Call ahead and make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

Drinks: The tea chest includes a wide array of speciality loose teas and the coffee is roasted in Cape Town by Truth. 

Snacks: Indulge in a selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime treats, including a mouth watering selection of savoury delights to the Royal Tea experience.

Silo Square |  V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27(0)21 670 0500

Vineyard Hotel

As you walk in, the hustle and bustle of the city slowly evaporates. You enter into the manor house and you are greeted with tranquillity. The surrounding garden is lush with vegetation, making afternoon tea on the patio ideal. High Tea is served daily high tea is from 3pm – 5:30 pm

Drinks: A wide variety of Twinings and Dilmah teas from Jasmine, Lemon, Pure Peppermint, Ginger spice, Blackcurrant, and Peach teas are available. It is safe to say every blend is brew-tifully made.

Snacks: For snacking expect a tray with a selection of finger sandwiches, vegetarian quiche, mini chocolate tart, poppy seed cake.


 54 Colinton Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27(0)21 657 4500

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Sit down to a traditional Swiss Farm style tea at the picturesque Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa while the melodic background music of Alida is played on a Baby Grand in the background. Guests receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Traditional high tea is from 10am - 5pm daily.

Drinks: Dilmah teas with a variety of flavours to choose from, including vanilla, almond, Moroccan mint, and all the standards teas.

Snacks: Scones with cream and preserve, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, sweet pastries, baked cheesecake with berry compote and carrot cake with cream cheese and roasted hazelnut topping.


Minor Road 16 | Franschhoek | +27(0)21 876 8900

12 Apostles Hotel

Fancy tea by the sea? Traditional high tea is served daily from 2pm - 6pm. Enrich your eyes and admire the beauty that is Cape Town’s coastline. Nestled in the lower slopes of Table Mountain, guests can enjoy a buffet style High Tea.   

Drinks: Tantalise your tastebuds with a brew of strawberry, peppermint and caramel flavoured tea.  Coffees and rich hot chocolate will also be available.

Snacks: Tuck away these delicious treats such as lemon meringue tartlets, finger sandwiches, Almond strawberry cupcakes, selection of biscuits, macaroons and the secretively-named chocolate extravaganza.


Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27(0)21 437 9000

Table Bay Hotel V&A

High tea at the Table Bay Hotel is an opulent affair, and takes place daily from 2.30pm - 5.30pm.


Drinks: A selection of fresh house teas, specialised coffees and homemade ice tea.


Snacks: Blueberry muffins, raisin scones, homemade jams, lemon curd and Chantilly clotted cream, chocolate-peanut butter cake, red velvet cup cakes etc. Plus, something a little savoury: roasted parsnip, mushroom and cheese quiche or smoked salmon and asparagus quiche.


Quay 6 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 406 5918

The Cellars Hohenort

The Low Carb High Tea is the perfect excuse to indulge in guilt-free treats in the afternoon; whether it is sweet or savoury, you are sure to enjoy yourself. Settled in the flourishing Constantia Valley, on the slopes that created Table Mountain, you can admire the magnificent views as afternoon tea runs from 3pm to 5pm.

Drinks: From classic green to sweet ginger, there is a variety of teas and coffees to choose from. The popular favourites have to be the vanilla rooibos tea, red berry teas as well as camomile tea.

Snacks: Enjoy an array of open sandwiches, as well as sweet and savoury treats ranging from yoghurt honey panna cotta to broccoli roasted red peppers & goat cheese tarts.

93 Brommersvlei Road|  Constantia Heights | Cape Town | +27(0)21 794 2137


Tea cafés in Cape Town and surrounds

The Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel

Journey out to South African olive country for a spot of tea and tradition at one of Riebeek Kasteel’s colonial treasures. High tea at the Royal Hotel, a charming country outpost just an hour from Cape Town’s city centre, takes place every Saturday at 3:30pm. The regal affair demands that guests arrive dressed appropriately in smart casual wear.

Drinks: An aromatic selection of loose leaf teas.

Snacks: A smorgasbord of sweet and savoury delights. Guests can look forward to a buffet-style offering of delicate finger sandwiches, delectable quiches, heavenly tarts and decadent pastries. The carrot cake, with its light-as-air cream cheese, is a house specialty


 33 Main Street | Riebeek Kasteel | +27 (0)22 448 1378      

Nigiro Tea Merchants

‘Anytime is Tea Time’ at Origin Coffee Roasting & Nigiro Tea. Nigiro Tea Merchants is fast becoming synonymous with tea culture in Cape Town. Sit down in the calming space of the tea garden, and discover what all the fuss is about.  

Mondays to Fridays: 8:30am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 2pm.

Drinks: 180+ teas sourced from various parts of the world: China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi, Egypt, Turkey, Czech Republic and Greece. Green, White, Show Tea, Oolong, Black, Red, Fruit Infusion, Herbal Infusion and Rooibos.

Snacks: Dim Sum - vegetable and soya mince filled bun; Zong zi – two bamboo leaves filled with sticky rice, shiitake mushrooms, peanuts and soya mince. Breakfast and lunch options are also available.


20 Dreyer Street| Heritage House| Claremont|+27 (0)22 448 1378

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden

Open seven days a week from 9am - 5pm; high teas on request.


Drinks:
Black tea, Earl Grey, Herbal, organic rooibos, light buchu tea and Lavazza coffee.


Snacks: Cakes (they have had the same baker for 25 years using tried and tested recipes): apple crumble, milk tart, brandy pudding, scones, muffins and lemon meringue.


Rhodes Memorial Restaurant | Table Mountain Nature Reserve | Cape Town | +27(0)21 687 0000

Tibetan Tea House (Sophea Gallery)

The teahouse is situated on a verandah, where you have the best view of False Bay. The menu consists of vegan and vegetarian meals, popular in Tibetan culture. The Tibetan Tea House is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Drinks: The two most popular teas are the homemade spiced Chai and the Tibetan salty butter tea. They serve these in traditional Tibetan wooden teacups, as Tibetan folklore states that “drinking tea from a wooden cup makes you handsome, popular and wise!” Also on offer is an excellent range of imported organic black, white and green teas, fruit infusions and flavoured rooibos teas that are sourced from truly organic suppliers who uphold fair-trade principles. Fresh herb teas and infusions from herbs, such as rose geranium, lemon geranium and lemongrass, are also on offer and are sourced from an on-site organic garden.

Snacks: The emphasis is on 'kind food'; that is, delicious vegan and vegetarian food based on Tibetan recipes. Despite the fact that Tibetans don’t really eat cakes, the sweet-toothed among us are well-catered for with an all vegan egg-free sweets menu. Scones, chocolate cake, apple crumble with vegan cream or ice-cream, lemon cupcakes which include gluten free-, egg free- and wheat free versions.

 


2 Harrington Road | Seaforth | Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 1544

Lady Bonin

Look out for the baby-blue caravan with quirky, bohemian decorations because this travelling tea-gypsy knows a thing or two about her favourite cuppa. Lady Bonin travels to different markets, festivals and events, offering an alternative to the usual coffee takeaways.

Drinks: Loose-leaf teas as takeaway hot teas or iced-teas and fresh daily blends. 23 different loose-leaf teas: blended black, green, white, Oolong, fruit infusions, herbal in glass jars sourced from their countries of origin and locally. The list is endless! 

Snacks: Cupcakes, delicacies and other savoury treats that complement each tea. 

213 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)83 628 2504

Kirstenbosch Tea Room

Kirstenbosch Tea Room

Daily afternoon tea served from 8:30am – 5pm. The high tea is served for groups of 20 or more so gather your friends and let that tea sink in.

Drinks: Dilmah teas with a variety of flavours to choose from, including Ceylon, Earl Grey, peppermint, camomile, Green tea and ginger, are ready and waiting to be sipped. 

Snacks: This quaint café will fashion cucumber and cream cheese fillings or egg sandwiches; either on white or whole-wheat bread. You can also treat yourself to mini spinach-and-feta quiches, home-made scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and cake.


Gate 2 | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens | Rhodes Drive | Newlands | +27 (0)21 797 4883

---

Rather want coffee? Here you find Cape Town’s coffee roasters and cool Cape Town coffee shops.

---

STAY TUNED AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR MORE INFORMATION

---

The Mother City is fast developing so to keep you clued up; we’ve rounded up some of the hottest latest additions to Cape Town in our New Restaurants and Hot Spots overview. Discover it

---

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City

Cape Town Events Calendar
February 2018
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28

Hey Baby Boutique Fair 2Hey Baby Boutique Fair at Venue ...

Shop around for unique family products at this moms and tots market

Cape Culinary Tours Valentine's Day InclusionTake a Bite into History with Cape Town ...

Learn about Cape Town’s past while savouring local cuisine with these informative walking tours

Rocklands Road Little Deer MarketThe First Deer Little Market of 2018 at ...

Bring your little deers to Vredehoek’s hippest, happiest mini-me market

Taming of the Shrew 15 Feb - 1 March 2018 - 1An All-Female Cast is Shaking Up One of ...

The Taming of the Shrew at Maynardville Open Air Theatre boasts an all-female cast – a first for this popular venue

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2018Enjoy the Taste of 60 Wines at this ...

In vino we trust at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Shimmy Beach ClubBeach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club

Sun, sand, sea and glitz – the weekend isn’t over until you’re relaxing at Shimmy Beach Club

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownKids’ Party Special with Battlefield ...

Treat your little one to the ultimate birthday bash and save on the group price

A Touch Of Madness Burgers and Beers 5Saturdays are for Sunny Daytime Parties ...

Touchdown Saturdays’ DJ, drink specials and sunny courtyard are ideal for summer afternoons

Shimmy Beach ClubFamily Fun at Shimmy Beach Club Cape ...

Infinity pools, jacuzzis, a man-made beach and a kid’s corner, all in one location

Kirstenbosch Summer ConcertsKirstenbosch Goes Big for 2017/2018 ...

Oude 2Enjoy a night of entertainment with the ...

Picturesque views form the backdrop to this open-air Oude Libertas theatre. It’s just waiting to host you and your family for a night of delight

OM Revolution Sunday Sunset Clifton Beach Yoga ...

Embrace your inner yogi on the beach and end the weekend off right!

Tobago's Restaurant and BarEat Away the Sunday Blues at Tobago’s ...

Sundays well spent bring a week of content

marc lottering cape town comedy clubHalf-Price Sundays Stand-Up at Cape ...

Laugh 50% off top-notch entertainment every last day of the week at this one-stop-funny-shop

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open ...

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Cafe ExtrablattSunday Brunch at Café Extrablatt

Home to one of Cape Town’s most affordable all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets

Open Streets Main RoadOpen Streets Main Road 2018: Rethinking ...

Over 5km of car-free playground from Observatory to the city centre, letting the public reclaim and reimagine this space

Markets3Sunday markets in and around Cape Town

Take it easy this Sunday at one of these great Sunday markets to take a stroll through

MAReSOLSatisfying Specials at MAReSOL ...

Food that will make your palate and pocket happy

sea kayaking 12 apostlesSea Kayaking Weekend Family Special

Buy one adult kayaking ticket and get a kids ticket FREE with Kaskazi

ScootoursJunior Passengers Ride FREE Every ...

This exciting off-road adventure provides fun for the whole family

GONOW LogoGet a discount on Sunday Sunsets with ...

Watch the sun set over the Sea Point Promenade from an electric two-wheeler at half the price!

The Backyard Grill Lounge RibsBBQ Ribs Special at The Backyard Grill ...

Savour succulent, sticky ribs for just R150 per kilogram on Wed, Sat and Sun

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Beer Pong and DJ Sundays ...

Are you Cape Town’s next beer pong champ?

Bugz Playpark in Cape TownSunday Funday at Bugz Playpark

Every Sunday, CapeTownMagazine.com readers can enjoy a day of fun and learning with their children.

A Touch Of Madness Burgers and Beers 4Enjoy a Burger and Beer Combo On Sunday ...

This iconic Observatory restaurant offers a special Sunday burger deal that comes with a free beer

Workshop - 5Short Courses at the Cape Town ...

Mix, mingle and learn at this year’s Jazz Festival

Piano Bar 2016 food and cocktails 5Bubbly Special at The Piano Bar

Make this charming musical revue haunt home on Sunday afternoons for half price glasses of MCC

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.