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The Most Luxurious Afternoon Teas to Try in Dubai
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by Savoir Flair 3-minute read June 14, 2024

“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 Dubai's 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.

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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.

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At.mosphere

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.

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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.

Bijou Patisserie

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.

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Mandarin Oriental

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.

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MOLI by SHI

Don’t tell the others, but this has got to be our absolute favorite afternoon tea at the moment. MOLI by SHI has combined two of our favorite things: dumplings and tea, offering an Eastern twist on the typical British or European style tea services. Inspired by the Cantonese yum cha tradition, this delightful experience isn't about strict tea pairings. So, go ahead and pick a pot that you love, or mix it up with mocktails, iced tea, or a refreshing matcha. On the savory side, enjoy bites like corned chicken puff, curry beef bao, prawn har gao, Shanghai-style vegetable dumpling, and the very filling duck bao bun. Save room for dessert with indulgent treats like miso tatin and matcha coffee tiramisu. With decor that rivals the Forbidden City and food presentation just as stunning, every aspect of this venue is a feast for the eyes and the palate, guaranteeing you’ll leave with a camera roll full of gorgeous shots.

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SAYA Brasserie

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.

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The Gallery

Afternoon tea at The Gallery in The Lana - Dorchester Collection brings a charming twist to traditional English style. Stepping into the dramatic lobby, with its archways and high ceilings, feels like entering a living art gallery with waterfront views of Marasi Bay Marina. Helmed by award-winning pastry chef Angelo Musa, this is no ordinary tea time. Enjoy truffle egg sandwiches and slow-roasted wagyu beef, paired with scones slathered in clotted cream and exclusive jams, and desserts like ruby grapefruit and strawberry cheesecake. With gentle piano tunes and a stunning art collection, the ambiance creates the perfect setting for a leisurely and indulgent escape.

The Royal Tearoom

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy tiny sandwiches and exquisite pastries while sipping tea with your pinky in the air, The Royal Tearoom is the place. Located in the lobby of one of the World’s 50 Best Hotels, this Signature Afternoon Tea experience blends luxury and charm. Crafted by Gault&Millau UAE’s Pastry Chef of the Year, Christophe Devoille, you know you’re in for something special. Start with sumptuous lobster rolls and finger sandwiches featuring flavors like black truffle and smoked cheddar. Then move on to beautifully crafted pastries such as raspberry tarts and dark chocolate moelleux. The fluffy scones with clotted cream and unique preserves are the real stars. Accompany your treats with a choice of 25 varieties of AVANTCHA tea, sourced from the finest teas, herbs, flowers, and fruits from across the globe. The ambiance is both sophisticated and welcoming, making every visit memorable. It’s an experience that will leave you planning your next visit before you’ve even finished.

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