“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Ah, the venerable tradition of afternoon tea. Dating back to the 19th century, when Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford and close friend of Queen Victoria, would indulge in a light snack and tea in the afternoon to ward off hunger pangs before dinner. This custom soon caught on among the upper classes, and by the mid-1800s, afternoon tea had become a fashionable social event.
Today, afternoon tea remains an important cultural practice, not just in the UK, but around the world. As we head into the cooler months, we wanted to give you a taste of our favorite afternoon tea spots in Dubai. Many are enhancing their offerings with special themes, making this the perfect time to explore the best places for this delightful ritual. After all, there’s nothing quite so enchanting as a steaming cup of tea and some delectable nibbles to transport you back to a bygone era of elegance and refinement.
Editor’s Note: As we continue to explore and review this ever-expanding culinary landscape, we’ll keep adding to this list throughout the year. Bon Appétit!
Address Beach Resort
Address Beach Resort is proud to present its luxurious Caviar Afternoon Tea, which includes a 15-gram tin of Golden Oscietra Caviar. This culinary journey offers savory bites that can be paired with caviar or enjoyed on their own, as well as sweet treats such as Pecan Brownies, Chocolate Choux, and Hazelnut Bonbons. The experience is further enhanced by a choice of a velvety Sencha Green Tea or the Lychee Soda 23K, made with lychee, lime, soda water, and a 23-carat gold leaf.
Al Madhar Lounge
he Al Madhar Lounge‘s ‘Turtle Tea’ at Jumeirah Al Naseem is an innovative afternoon tea experience that revolves around the themes of conservation and sustainability. This unique collaboration with artist Idriss B is brought to life by Chef Julien Jacob, and proceeds from the event are donated to the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project. The ‘Turtle Tea’ experience features an array of vegan sweet and savory treats, accompanied by a pot of fine loose-leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee, all served on smaller yet show-stopping chrome turtle sculptures.
Treat yourself to a sky-high fantasy with At.mosphere Burj Khalifa‘s ‘La Gourmandizes High Tea in the Sky’. Imagine yourself indulging in whimsical sweet and savory delights within the Lounge on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building. From here, the Dubai skyline unfurls before your eyes, turning a simple afternoon tea into an unforgettable panorama. In this dreamy setting, traditional finger sandwiches take on an innovative flair, while the finest patisseries, crafted from the season’s freshest ingredients, resemble edible works of art. For an even more opulent affair, consider the ‘Luxurious High Tea in the Sky’ upgrade. This option introduces you to decadent dishes like ‘Oyster Blade Wagyu Potato Mousseline’, ‘Catch of the Day Gnocchi’, and ‘Barley Risotto’, transforming your high-tea experience into a lavish feast in the clouds.
Bar Du Port
Bar Du Port excels at everything you could look for — a leisurely brunch, a stylish business lunch, an elegant evening soirée, and yes, an afternoon tea. Located in the heart of Dubai Marina, this spot transforms a casual afternoon into an event of elegance and style. The afternoon tea menu is a carefully curated selection of delights, featuring an array of Aux Merveilleux De Fred’s French pastries, each thoughtfully paired with one of AVANTCHA Tea's exceptional tea blends. From the light and airy texture of Merveilleux pastries to the robust flavors of expertly brewed teas, every item is a testament to culinary finesse. The setting, with its stunning views of the marina and an ambience that blends modern charm with laid-back luxury, is reminiscent of a scene from a glossy travel magazine. It's a place where you can savor a cup of perfectly brewed tea and a delicate pastry without the need to commit to a lengthy, formal affair. Don't be surprised to find it attract a crowd and feel a bit of the moment at times; that's simply because everyone knows that an afternoon at Bar Du Port is always a splendid idea.
Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk's Bijou Patisserie introduces a captivating new afternoon tea experience: the "Le Goûter Vault." Marrying tradition with a contemporary French twist, this unique tea session elevates the art of leisurely indulgence. Upon arrival, guests are presented with a golden key that unlocks the vault, revealing an array of afternoon-tea treasures. Inside, they will find signature patisseries and savory delights, all meticulously curated by Chef Romain Castet. Complemented by unlimited servings of tea, coffee, and homemade lemonade, the Le Goûter Vault is a sublime way to indulge in luxury, making it a must-try for both casual visitors and dedicated connoisseurs.
Bubbles and Blooms
The Fairmont the Palm’s ‘Bubbles & Blooms’ is a unique afternoon tea experience that showcases beautifully crafted sweet and savory delicacies, complemented by stunning floral arrangements from Bella Fleur. The menu features a variety of treats, including smoked brisket and fresh salmon with a honey glaze, as well as an array of cakes and sweets. However, the highlight of the experience is that guests are able to take home the exquisite floral arrangements as a special souvenir.
‘Le Goûter du Fouquet’ at Fouquet in Downtown Dubai offers an impressive and luxurious afternoon tea experience, complete with a range of exquisite French delicacies and stunning views of the Burj Khalifa. With two talented French pastry chefs — Chef Hugo and Chef Julien — at the helm, guests can choose from a selection of homemade mini pastries and cakes, plain and raisin scones with clotted cream presented in a beautiful red case, as well as Fouquet’s own jam, and a choice of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mocktails, or freshly squeezed juices.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has collaborated with luxury jewelry and watchmaker Roberto Coin to offer a special afternoon tea experience at Aspen. The set menu is served on a classic three-tier high tea display and features a range of delectable dishes, such as Baby Shrimp Tart with Mango Salsa, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwich, and Chocolate Marquise Cake.
The afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental stands as a masterpiece of refinement and elegance. Impeccably presented with sophistication, each element of this time-honored tradition is curated to near-perfection. The tea selection is an anthology of global flavors, featuring everything from robust Assams to fragrant, hand-tied jasmine blooms. As for the food, they are a triumph of culinary artistry. Dainty finger sandwiches boast the freshest ingredients, from Scottish smoked salmon to organic egg and cress, while an assortment of pastries and scones — served with clotted cream and house-made preserves — arrive as though they're treasures waiting to be discovered. Yet, what truly elevates the experience is the immaculate service, ensuring that your teacup is never empty and your comfort is continually assured.
Observatory Bar & Grill
Dubai Marriott Harbour & Suites’ Observatory Bar & Grill hosts a ‘Sky High Tea’ with 360-degree panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Guests can indulge in sweet and savory treats such as scones, salmon tartar, veal ham sandwiches, berry tartlets, cheesecake, and macaroons, and sip on premium artisanal tea all while enjoying the blissful aerial views for a perfect leisurely afternoon with family and friends.
For a French spin on a British tradition, Parlour Boutique’s Parisian-style afternoon tea features an assortment of gourmet treats, pastries, sandwiches, and hot beverages. The elegant Eiffel Tower-shaped stand adds a delicate charm to the setting, with accents of blush orchids, marble tabletops, and pink crockery. The menu offers a diverse range of savory and sweet items, including Chicken Mushroom Vol au Vent, Beef Tartine, avocado toast, French Matcha Macarons, and Blueberry Opera cake.
Fancy a spot of tea with a side of tea? SAYA Brasserie is your pink-hued, pastel dream come true. Imagine a place where every corner screams “snap me”, from candyfloss pink walls to plush velvet chairs that are more “sit and pose” than “sit and relax”. It’s like stepping into a world where every day is a celebration — and the afternoon tea is the highlight. Beyond the Instagram-worthy aesthetics, it’s the perfect spot to unwind with friends, letting conversations (a.k.a. tea) flow freely. The spread comes with a beautifully stacked selection of cheese sticks, salmon rose blini, and avocado hummus blinis that look as good as they taste. The sweet lineup is a delightful parade of treats like vanilla cake, pistachio tart, and cheeky cake pops that’ll have you forgetting about calorie counts. As you nibble on these delicious bites, sip on your favorite brew or a pink signature mocktail, adorned with edible rose petals — because let’s face it, everything’s better with a little bit of fancy. So, grab your squad, book 24 hours in advance, and get ready to spill the tea in style at any of SAYA Brasserie’s branches in Dubai.
The Library in St. Regis Downtown is another chic spot to enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, complete with floor-to-ceiling views of the creek to admire as you sip on your tea. The Library offers a selection of dainty sandwiches and treats that guests can enjoy, along with a daily assortment of scrumptious cakes, such as the hazelnut chocolate, salted caramel macaron, and the signature Caroline Astor cake that we have yet to tire of.