Whether it’s a simple afternoon tea cuppa you’re after on a day of sightseeing, or a more elaborate, belly-sagging high tea taken in the grand style we adopted from the English, we offer you a little outpouring of tantalising tea-stops in Cape Town. From the sublime and the pricey to the cheap and cheerily pleasurable, here are our suggestions:
High Tea, Wynberg/Plumstead
Tea and cakes – deliciously decorated – to die for are served in an enchanting courtyard teashop where the staff soon get to know you, and remember you. The teapot cosies are bright splashes of joy, so stand by to buy one as a keepsake and a highly functional item for tea-lovers who still do the teapot-thing. Homebakes are on sale as take-aways too, so snatch one for the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and tea. Open on weekdays from 09h00 – 17h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 -14h00. Telephone: 021 7971 421.
Lady Anne’s at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
Sip infused and flavoured teas in the picture-perfect garden, along with a mouthwatering tiered arrangement of sweet treats and savouries. Available from 15h00. Telephone: (0)21 657 4500.
Queen of Tarts, Observatory
Sink your teeth into sweet and savourt tarts which could easily pass as works of art, in trendy Lower Main Road, Observatory. Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00 and Saturdays 08:00 – 14:30. Telephone: 021 448 2420.
Mount Nelson, Cape Town
Here, you can enjoy the Mount Nellie’s own signature tea, blended from six blends. Feast on an incredible spread of fine finger sandwiches, decadent dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie, local ‘melktert’ and scones with clotted cream and preserves. Afternoon tea is served every day between 14:30 and 17:30, and morning tea between 9:30 and 12:30. Telephone: 021 483 1000.
Nigiro, Origins Coffee Shop, De Waterkant
Enter a ceremonial tea space at Nigiro at the far end of a café in fabulous De Waterkant and take tea with a twist of Zen. There are more than 100 blends to choose from, and all sorts of tea accessories to delight in. Telephone: 021 421 1000.
Tea by the Sea at The twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Atlantic Seaboard
The great Atlantic is just over there when you take Tea by the Sea in The Leopard Room at The Twelve Apostles. Fine teas and coffees are served with all the trimmings – such as chocolate brownies, cream scones and finger sandwiches. Telephone: 021 437 9255.
Tibetan Teahouse, Sea Forth
Located beyond Simon’s Town at Sea Forth, the Tibetan Teahouse has gorgeous views of the ocean. It’s a serene replenishment stop on route to Cape Point, where you can also enjoy vegan meals and sweet treats. The Sophea Gallery is situated alongside the teashop and displays spiritual art and artefacts. There is also a beautiful shop – purchase or simply enjoy gazing at beautiful jewellery from Tibet and Nepal, singing bowls and spiritual Buddhist artefacts. Tel 021 786-1544.
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(The feature thumbnail with teacups in the trees is an image catured at Viljoensdrift River Cruises & Picnics in Robertson: tel 023 6151017)