Our Top Picks For Awesome Afternoon Tea In Dubai
From buzzing brunches to romantic restaurants, cosy cafés to lavish lunch spots, Dubai is a food-lovers paradise where every imaginable meal wish and craving can be satisfied 24/7 (oops, there goes the waistline). And one of our faves? Afternoon tea – a couple of hours dedicated to dainty bites, gallons of tea and the occasional glass of bubbly with a group of fellow mamas – bliss. We’ve searched the city for the best places to indulge in scones, sandwiches and social (tea) drinking.
Al Fayrooz Lounge at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
When temperatures dip then relaxing on colonial style armchairs under huge sweeping fans while looking out over the Burj Al Arab and the sparkling sea on the outdoor terrace at Al Fayrooz can’t be beaten (and the unlimited refills of sandwiches will seal the deal for any hungry mamas out there!). If you’d rather sit indoors then a pianist tinkling away on the ivories will set the tone while you sip. Oh and there’s a chocolate fountain. Just sayin’.
Al Fayrooz Lounge, Al Qasr
Tel: +971 (0) 4 3666730
Afternoon Tea served daily
Price AED 185 per person or AED 285 per person with a glass of champagne.
psst… The Entertainer has two for the price of one vouchers mamas!
At.Mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa
There’s high tea and then there’s REALLY HIGH tea on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building. Yes ok so it’s quite expensive but the experience is unforgettable (and this is a much cooler way to go up the Burj than faffing around with queues to the observatory tower where sandwiches are definitely not included). Take your time over organic baked quiche, finger sandwiches and pretty gold-flecked pastries plus a glass of bubbly and Beluga caviar and a few oysters (yes mamas!) if that’s more your thing – and get one of the best views of the sun setting over Dubai to boot.
Tel: +971 (0) 4 888 3828
Afternoon Tea is served daily, 15.00 – 18.00
Price AED 1000 per person (or AED 320 per person without the caviar, oysters and champagne).
Choix Pattiserie & Restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire
Do we love anything Parisian? Mais oui! And the very sophisticated Choix afternoon tea is right up our boulevard. The petit brainchild of world-renowned 3 Michelin Starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire, stepping into Choix in the lobby area of the Intercontinental Dubai is a real breath of fresh French air – the décor is as delicious as the food with parquet flooring and chic white and gold furnishings with pops of soft feminine colour. Afternoon tea includes assorted finger sandwiches with delicious fillings such as quail egg and caviar, sultana scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and bitter orange and a selection of choix pattiseries (the eclairs are to-die-for). Plus a huge choice of tea, infusions, fruit juices and very good coffee, all to the soundtrack of a live pianist. Heavenly.
Choix Pattiserie & Restaurant
Tel: +971 (0) 4 701 1127/28
Afternoon Tea is served daily, 14.30 – 18.00
Price AED 195 per person or AED 310 for a lighter option for 2
Fortnum & Mason
For an afternoon tea that’s fit for a king (or queen, or mama in fact), look no further than Fortnums (they’ve sold tea for more than 300 years don’t you know). While the famous tea blend they’ve perfected is reason enough to stop in (especially after a morning of shopping the mall), there are also 3 tiers of totally scrummy tea-cakes, crumpets, perfectly cut crustless mini sandwiches, scones and the best clotted cream and jam ever. The atmosphere is elegant – we love the iconic F&M eau de nil blue and gold colour scheme plus the view over the Dubai Mall fountains to Burj Khalifa from the terrace is divine.
Fortnum & Mason
Tel: +971 (0) 4 388 2627
Afternoon Tea is served daily
Psst…Fortnum’s offer dairy and gluten free options too so there’s no need to miss out mamas!
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Reform Social & Grill
The 1940’s inspired afternoon tea at Reform Social & Grill has been designed specifically (but not exclusively) for the gents and includes a line up of mini masculine bites including angus burgers, steak pie, sausage rolls and Yorkie bar brownies topped off with the option for manly booze and nicotine (cocktails, whiskey and cigars) or rather more soberly accompanied by a selection of mighty leaf tea and seriously strong coffee.
Reform Social & Grill
Tel: +971 (0) 4 454 2638
Afternoon Tea is served Saturday – Thursday, 15.00 – 17.00
AED 95 per person plus AED 60 for a cocktail and AED 135 for the whiskey and cigar package
Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House
If there’s one thing the Brits do well it’s tea – and particularly the afternoon variety. British Chef Gary Rhodes’ quintessentially British restaurant is the perfect place to refuel with a dainty spread that includes his own interpretation of the traditional stuff. From quail’s egg mayonnaise finger sandwiches and onion and herb Croque Monsieur to warm crumpets with fresh raspberries, the fine china cake stands come piled high with tasty treats to compliment your pot of tea (or glass of bubbly). And with the restaurant’s whimsical décor and gorgeous outdoor terrace complete with topiaries, you’ll feel like you’re in the most perfect of English gardens.
Tel: +971 (0) 4 317 6000
Afternoon tea is served from Wednesday to Saturday, 14.30 – 17.00
Price: Classic Afternoon Tea AED 195 including soft and hot drinks, or the Laurent Perrier Afternoon Tea AED 340 which includes a glass of bubbles.
See our full review of Rhodes W1 here!
Sky Tea at Skyview Bar Burj Al Arab
If you’ve never set foot in the world’s only 7 star hotel before then this is your chance (without forking out over AED 6000 to stay for a night). Arrive the full half an hour that you’re allowed to beforehand and soak it up mamas – tour the lobby and head to the private lift to be whisked up to the Skyview Bar on the top floor where a 7-course tea awaits. Seating is allocated on a first-come first-served basis so if you want a window table don’t be late! Dress code is smart – we suggest you go mega hungry too as the food is good and there’s lots of it – the usual fare such as sandwiches, pastries and cakes but done really well.
Tel: +971 (0) 4 301 7600
Afternoon Tea is served Saturday – Thursday, first seating 13.00, second seating 16.00
Price AED 620 per person
The Collection Afternoon Tea at Crossroads, Raffles Dubai
Fashion and food? Yes please! The pastry team at The Collection create mini bite-sized masterpieces based on the latest catwalk trends – from designer sandwiches to couture cakes plus the sweetest accessories including hats, shoes jewellery and handbags all fashioned from delicious ingredients (almost too beautiful to eat). This is definitely one for the gals so grab a group of mamas and treat yourselves to an afternoon out.
Tel: +971 (0) 4 324 8888
Afternoon Tea is served daily
Price AED 249 for two or AED 449 for including a glass of champagne each.
The Farm, Al Barari
A drive out of town to this desert oasis is so worth it – for the chill factor as much as for their new afternoon tea that includes outrageously good mini open sandwiches, desserts and fresh scones served with cream and jam, complimented by bird song and the most gorgeously lush surroundings in Dubai. Mmmm soak it up mamas (you may never want to leave).
The Farm Al Barari Dubai
Tel: +971 (0) 4 392 5660
Afternoon tea is served daily, 15.45 – 18.00
Price AED 125 per person or AED 230 for 2.
The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz Carlton JBR
Tea at the Ritz, it’s a real treat mamas. Whether you’re seated indoors or on the gorgeous terrace, the plush sofas and stunning surroundings add to the special feel and if you’re after an authentic afternoon tea experience then this one’s not to be missed. The afternoon tea menu includes a Devonshire cream tea option (complete with scones, jam and of course that totally more-ish, leave-the-diet-at-home clotted cream) and a traditional afternoon tea that includes all of the above plus teeny sandwiches, wraps and sweet treats that are replenished regularly – hooray!
Ritz Carlton Dubai
Tel: +971 (0) 4 399 4000
Afternoon Tea is served daily, 14.00 – 18.00
Price AED 190 per person for The Traditional Tea (including a selection of loose leaf teas) and AED 170 for The Arabian Tea
Psst… apparently you can book the kids into kids club while you take tea – we are definitely checking this out!
Psst… The Entertainer offer 2 for 1 vouchers for tea at The Lobby Lounge
The Lotus Lounge at Anantara The Palm Dubai
For an Asian take on the traditional Afternoon Tea head over to Thailand…at The Lotus Lounge, Anantara The Palm Dubai where aromatic tea and 3 tiers of freshly baked scones and sweet treats are served with Thai hospitality and incredible views.
Anantara The Palm Dubai
Tel: +971 (0) 4 567 8304
Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday –Thursday, 14.00 – 17.00
Price AED 145 per person including tea and coffee.
It’s tea time mamas!…
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