22 indulgent afternoon teas to try in Dubai
From the luxurious to the leisurely…
Afternoon tea is said to have originated in 1840 when the Duchess of Bedford would get peckish while waiting for dinner. Now it’s an institution and an all-around lovely day out. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely affair or a more decadent one, here are the most indulgent afternoon teas in Dubai.
Address Beach Resort
Address Beach Resort’s 1001 Arabian Night afternoon tea includes a range of savoury and sweet treats including spiced smoked salmon, Middle Eastern shredded chicken wrap, Black Angus roast beef, Arabic coffee tiramisu, saffron tree milk cake and more. All yours for Dhs318 per set.
Address Beach Resort, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, daily 3pm to 9pm. Tel: (0)4 879 8888. addresshotels.com
Head to Address Boulevard in Downtown Dubai for an art-crafted afternoon tea experience. Served in a dainty chest of drawers set atop your table, indulge in four layers of sweet and savoury treats paired with a distinguished selection of teas. It’s Dhs250 for two.
Lobby Lounge, Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 2.30pm to 6pm. Tel: (04) 561 8888. addresshotels.com
Customary Arabian-inspired treats are served in this high tea at Al Bayt. Your treat will be paired with panoramic views of Burj Lake and The Dubai Fountain in a pretty Arabian atmosphere. It’s available daily from 2pm to 6pm.
Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
Aspen Cafe by Kempinski at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is offering afternoon tea with nibbles ranging from sandwiches and wraps to scones and cakes. For sips, you’ll have five distinctive teas to choose from. The offer is available daily from 3pm to 6pm and costs Dhs190 per adult or Dhs350 for two. Head here on the 17th of the month and enjoy a special 17 per cent off offered by the cafe on the occasion of its 17th anniversary. Offer valid until end of December.
Kempinski Hotel, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, daily 1pm to 7pm, Tel: (04) 409 5999. kempinski.com
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An elegant afternoon tea awaits at Cafe Society with a variety of canapes and sweet delights. It costs Dhs199 for two. Advance booking is required.
Cafe Society, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 2pm to 6pm, Dhs199 for two. Tel: (0)4 318 3755 . @cafesocietydxb
Choix Patisserie and Restaurant
For a taste of the lifestyle at lifestyle of the Avenue des Champs Élysées, head to Choix Patisserie and Restaurant, by renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire. On the menu, work your way through signature scones, pastries and a fine tea selection.
Intercontinental Festival City, Festival City, Dubai, daily 12pm to 6pm, Tel: (04) 701 1136. intercontinental.com
Dukes the Palm
British Afternoon Tea takes place at the classic and sophisticated lounge in Dukes the Palm. Prices start from Dhs135 for a classic afternoon tea. Want grape? It’s Dhs150 or if you want bubbly it’s Dhs185.
Dukes the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 1pm to 5pm. Tel: (0)4 455 1111. dukesthepalm.com
A number of French delicacies can be found inside this gorgeous red case at Fouquet’s afternoon tea. The bites have been created by two gifted pastry chefs who know what they are doing when it comes to French cuisine. The afternoon tea costs Dhs250 per person and includes scones, clotted cream, Fouquet’s jam, tarts, mini-cakes and much more. If you want a glass of champagne with your treat, it’s Dhs300.
Fouquet’s Dubai, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai, daily 3pm to 6pm. Tel: (0)4 524 5301. @fouquets.dubai
Four Seasons Hotel DIFC
The afternoon tea at Penrose Lounge is an ode to UAE’s local honey. The desserts and the savoury bite are created using locally grown, 100 per cent pure, raw and unfiltered honey in place of sugar. This sweet and responsible treat will cost you Dhs325 per pair with coffee and tea, and Dhs490 per pair with bubbly. There are warm scones and a number of sweet and savoury bites.
Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, DIFC, Dubai, available daily from 2pm to 7pm, Tel: (0)4 506 0000 @fsdubaidifc
Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach
At Shai Salon, a classy afternoon tea experience awaits curated by Chef Nicolas Lambert. There are decadent sandwiches, dreamy scones and crafted pastries you can pair with tea recommended by the experts. It’s Dhs240 per person or go with a friend and pay Dhs420 for two.
Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, daily 2pm to 8pm, Tel: (0)4 270 7805. @fsdubai
Jumeira Emirates Towers
The aptly named The Towers Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Emirates Towers will take you on a culinary journey through its history, present, and future. On the three-tiered stand, pick from scones with clotted cream, curated sandwiches such as smoked Scottish salmon; organic chicken etc, petite amuse bouche, red velvet truffle and more. Pair your bites with quality artisan tea or coffee or fresh juices.
Daefi Lobby Lounge, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily 2.30pm to 6pm, Dhs199 per person, Dhs320 per pair, Dhs350 takeaway (book 24 hours in advance). Tel: (0)4 330 0000. jumeirah.com
Treat yourself to an award-winning afternoon tea at La Farine in JW Marriott Marquis. There are freshly baked scones, pastries, classic finger sandwiches and more savoury treats which you can pair with tea or coffee. Make it even more special by adding on a glass of grape or bubbly. The afternoon tea is available daily from 1pm to 6pm.
La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai, daily 1pm to 6pm, Dhs195 per couple. Tel: (0)4 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Mashrabiya Lounge offers a daily high tea from 12pm to 5pm. Indulge in English cucumber and mint cream cheese finger sandwiches, truffle egg salad on a mini brioche bun, lemon meringue tart, raspberry macaroon, scones and much more. Prices start from Dhs155 with a choice of coffee or tea. Want bubbly? Prices start from Dhs199. Go with a friend and get one bottle of sparkling wine for Dhs399.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to 5pm, from Dhs155. Tel: (0)4 457 3457. fairmont.com
Afternoon tea is a decadent affair at the luxury hotel, Palazzo Versace. Sample finger sandwiches and more savoury delights while those with a sweet tooth can choose from a variety of pastries, scones with jam and more. Only want tea to pair? It’s Dhs360 for two guests, but if you want a glass of Prosecco each, it’s Dhs480 and you’ll dine on the terrace. If you’re meeting mates over a quick catch-up, opt for the Cream Tea offer which will get you fruit and plain scones, served with clotted cream, homemade jam and lemon curd and tea for Dhs90 per person.
Palazzo Versace, Culture Village, Al Jadaf, Dubai, daily 10.30am to 7pm. Tel: (0)4 556 8888. palazzoversace.ae
Raffles is serving up an award-winning floral afternoon tea in partnership with Forever Rose London. The treats incorporate the essence of flowers so expect to tuck into cured salmon with hibiscus extract, rose-shaped brie mousse with edible flowers, scones with strawberry jam and rose water and more. This treat is all yours for Dhs175 including tea, or Dhs225 with a glass of bubbly. Indulge even further and add on a 60-minute massage treatment at Raffles Spa for Dhs450.
Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, Dubai, daily, 2pm to 7pm, starting from Dhs175. Tel: (04) 324 8888. raffles.com/dubai
Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge (JBR)
Your afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton will include traditional scones, elegant sandwiches, and sweet treats such as truffles, macaroons and cakes. There are two options to pick from: traditional for Dhs215 which comes with tea or hot beverages, and Royal Treat for Dhs305 with premium sparkling. It’s available daily, and if you choose to indulge on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you will also be treated to a live pianist from 2pm to 6pm.
The Ritz-Carlton, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 5pm. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
Sidra Lobby Lounge
Sidra’s traditional afternoon tea features a selection of pure blended teas which you can pair with scrumptious sweet and savoury bites. It will cost you just Dhs190 per person.
Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, daily 3pm to 6pm, Dhs190 per person. Tel: (04) 435 5577. alhabtoorcity.com
Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Voted What’s On Dubai‘s best Afternoon Tea 2021, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk afternoon tea serves up its afternoon tea in a sophisticated jewellery box. Inside you will find signature patisseries and delicious savoury bites. It will cost you Dhs175 per person to enjoy this treat with artisanal tea and coffee and Dhs320 if you want a glass of bubbly.
Bijou Patisserie, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, lobby lounge, Wafi, Dubai, daily 2pm to 6pm, Tel: (0)4 281 4111. sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com
St Regis Afternoon Tea at The View
Want to soak in some of Dubai’s spectacular views? Head to The View at the Palm at St Regis for its afternoon tea. Treats include a range of scones with clotted cream and a jam selection, savoury sandwiches and desserts. It is served with coffee, tea and juices. It runs daily from 1pm to 5pm and costs Dhs275 per person.
The View at the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Tower, 52nd floor, daily 1pm to 5pm. Tel: (0)56 688 9885. marriott.com
The world-famous restaurant has given us another reason to visit – an afternoon tea experience aptly called Sky Tea. The experience takes place in the Samba Room of the venue with delicious bite-sized treats beautifully placed on a three-tiered spiral tree. There’s salmon brioche toast, Samba Dubai maki with seasonal truffle, chocolate tart with praline paste, yuzu raspberry cake with raspberry mousse and much more. Sky Tea runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm which means you will accompany your delicious bites with views of the sun setting at golden hour with the tunes of Bossa Nova completing the ambience.
Sushisamba Dubai, Samba Room, The St. Regis Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, Tue to Sat 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Dhs345 per person sky tea package and Dhs395 per person to include a glass of bubbly, Tel: (0)4 278 4888. sushisamba.com
The Royal Tearoom (Atlantis The Royal)
There are two different afternoon tea offerings at Atlantis The Royal. One is The Signature Afternoon Tea for Dhs560 which features a classic selection of savouries and pastries. The second is Emirati Afternoon Tea which focuses on Arabic homemade sweets. Both can be enjoyed with a plus one. It takes place daily from 2pm to 5pm.
The Royal Tearoom, Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 2pm to 5pm, from Dhs190. Tel: (04) 426 2000 atlantis.com
Tandoor Tina has a new afternoon tea bringing together contemporary Indian food with exotic teas and delicious cocktails. There is a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu but both feature bites created by Chef Trish Singh Henault. Favourites include pine-nut potato samosa, pickled shrimp khandavi, chicken tart, chocolate mango bites, truffle parmesan macaron and more. The afternoon tea takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm and 7pm.
Tandoor Tina, 25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Center Street, Wed to Fri 4pm to 7pm, Dhs150 soft package, Dhs250 for two cocktails, Tel: (0)4 210 2500. tandoortina.com