On those days when lunch was too light and dinner feels like ages away, afternoon tea is where it’s at. Besides, cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream are always a good idea. Here, we’ve handpicked five tea-riffic afternoon teas that are perfect to enjoy with your BFF, family, and even alone if you feel like treating yourself!
The Afternoon Tea above the Clouds
With this literal take on high tea, you can enjoy an afternoon tea of dainty yet delish finger sandwiches, stunning colourful pastries, and freshly baked scones above the clouds on the 123rd floor. Enjoy the best spot in town to see the Dubai skyline in all its glory and toast with a glass of bubbles.
At.moshphere, Burj Khalifa, from AED 430, 04 888 3828, available daily from 12pm-4pm
The Mediterranean Afternoon Tea
Can’t travel this summer? Don’t worry, Yava brings a taste of the Mediterranean to you. Its newly-launched afternoon tea is perfect for two, so grab a friend and dive into the flavours of the Mediterranean with dishes such as pistachio-orange cake, lemon-mint mousse, Yava’s famous olive oil cake, and savoury dishes aplenty. Enjoy its luxury tea menu and handcrafted mocktails to round off a perfect afternoon.
Yava, Wasl 51, AED 150 for 2 people, 055 129 9655, available daily from 3pm-6pm all summer
The Quintessential Afternoon Tea
Looking for the quintessential English afternoon tea in Dubai? The glamorous Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai offers a classic afternoon tea with irresistible cakes, fine pastries, freshly baked scones, and a huge selection of coffee and tea from around the world.
Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, from AED 195 per person, 04 399 400, available daily from 12:30pm-5pm
The Regal Afternoon Tea
This regal afternoon tea brings together a fun fusion of Arabic and English flavours in a stunning Arabesque lobby. Feast on unexpected dishes like scones infused with saffron and cardamom and camel-milk crème brûlée, all while sipping on Arabic tea. Win-win.
Al Bayt, Palace Downtown, AED 170 per person, 04 888 3444, available daily from 2pm-6pm
The Pretty Afternoon Tea
Undoubtedly one of the prettiest afternoon teas in Dubai, this offering comes in a tiny chest of drawers. With sweet delights that are colorful, dainty, and oh-so-delicious, it’s the perfect afternoon tea if you’re looking to impress any out-of-town guests looking for a slice of Dubai’s glitz and glamour.
The Lounge, Address Boulevard, AED 189 for two people, 04 561 8888, available daily from 2:30pm-6pm