A great way to bust out that snooty outfit you’ve been saving for a grand occasion is to indulge in a gorgeously sophisticated High Tea. Think scones, sarmies, and all things dainty, bite-sized, and delicious. Should you find yourself in Cape Town, here are 5 top places to go and enjoy a scrumptious High Tea.
Truth Coffee Roasting
High Coffee anyone? There are coffee shops and then there is Truth Coffee Roasting. The world-famous steampunk coffee shop in Buitenkant street rolled out its High Tea and Champagne experience in 2018. An alluring array of petit fours by pastry chef Kamal Hamzaoui awaits guests at Truth. There are also unlimited selections from the Truth coffee menu, unlimited selections of Nigiro teas and Pol Roger Champagne. The Winston Churchhill High Tea is one of the most expensive High Tea offerings in Cape Town at R990 per person and includes a glass of 2004 Pol Roger Champagne.
The Twelve Apostles
With a truly remarkable outlook over the Atlantic Ocean and the collection of mountains of the same name, the Twelve Apostles is a Cape Town institution. If sea and tea make your heart beat faster, then the afternoon ‘Tea by the Sea’ at Twelve Apostles is a decadent variation of the tradition. Expect cream scones, chocolate brownies, sandwiches, and a wide selection of teas and coffees. The location, along with the exquisite finger food, make this a popular treat for locals and visitors alike. If you are vegan, you’re in luck. With the growing importance of plant-based cuisine, our talented pastry chefs have created a Vegan High Tea experience.
Price: R495 per person | 24 hours notice required | Available 7 days a week.
Granary Café at The Silo
Located on the 6th floor of The Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, the Granary Café offers a Royal Tea, fit for Meghan and Harry. You can expect to see the in-house pastry chef’s petit gâteaux, along with an endless array of sweet treats and savory items. To boot, The Silo is also located in the same grand building as the Zeitz MOCAA, which is a must-visit for any art fanatic.
Price: R425 per person | Available Thursday – Sunday from 14:30 – 17:00
The elegant Pink Lady in the heart of town is always a spectacular idea. Experience old-school grandeur with their sweet treat buffet and a varied selection of teas at the High Tea at Mount Nelson. Pull up a comfortable chair in their naturally lit lounge and indulge in a feast of treats. On offer is a selection of pastries, cakes and savoury sandwiches, which you can enjoy while soft live piano music is played nearby.
Seating times are available Wednesday to Sunday at noon and 3pm. A glass of bubbles on arrival is included as standard.
Price: R450 for adults | R300 for childen under 12
Russian Tea Ceremony at Hazendal
Located on the other side of the Boerewors Curtain, but well worth the mission, the Russian Tea Ceremony at Hazendal brings something different to the High Tea table. Hosted in the elegant Tea Room, with hand-painted murals, crystal chandeliers and imported Dulevo porcelain evoking the opulent grandeur of European nobility, the unique Hazendal Tea Ceremony elevates afternoon tea into a memorable occasion. The Royal Experience includes bubbly and “Imperial Heritage Black Caviar”. Need we say more?