Here at FACT HQ, we adore afternoon tea. This quintessentially English tradition has spread from the drawing rooms of 19th-century aristocratic society and into the lobbies of five-star hotels worldwide. Here we round up ten of Dubai’s best afternoon teas.
Bijou Patisserie at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Unlock sumptuous wonders of signature pastries and delicious savoury bites amidst the charming surroundings of Bijou Patisserie, lobby lounge at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. ‘Le Goûter’ is a French twist on Afternoon Tea served in a sophisticated jewellery box. AED 165 per person or AED 320 (with a glass of bubbly).
GO: Call (0)4 4281 4111 for reservations and more information.
Certo at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Tuck into an Italian version of the classic afternoon tea at Certo and enjoy a menu of Italian delights, including bruschetta, cannoli, Panescone, tiramisu and Sicilian citrus tart. Ideal for a relaxed afternoon with a touch of Italian flare. Available daily, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. AED 125 per person and an additional AED 90 for free-flowing prosecco for 90-minutes.
Choix by Pierre Gagnaire at InterContinental Dubai Festival City
The only afternoon tea by a three Michelin star chef in Dubai. Indulge in an authentic Parisian culinary experience with an afternoon tea curated by chef Pierre Gagnaire. The offering includes signature scones, pastries and the finest tea selection. Available daily, 12pm to 6pm. from AED 100 per person and AED 150 for two.
GO: Visit www.dubaifestivalcityhotels.com for reservations and more information.
Lobby Lounge at Address Boulevard
Embark on a vibrant culinary experience with an art crafted Afternoon Tea at The Lounge. Set in an exquisite chest of drawers, indulge in various layers of decadent goodies with soothing teas and coffees. AED 135 per person or AED 185 per couple.
Mosaico at Palazzo Versace Dubai
Within moments of stepping into Palazzo Versace Dubai, you will be greeted by the opulent Mosaico lounge situated at the heart of the lobby. Here that you can experience the quintessential High Tea featuring an extensive selection of the finest teas and tempting treats. Available daily, from 10:30am to 7pm. AED 300 per stand.
Noor Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
A new Summer Afternoon Tea menu has arrived at Noor Lounge. Served on a unique stand mimicking the hotel’s Canopy of Light, Noor Lounge’s Summer Afternoon Tea features a glamourous selection of savoury and sweet bites ranging from smoked salmon and roast beef finger sandwiches to scones with clotted cream, homemade jams and petit gateaux. Available daily, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 165 per person or AED 320 for two.
GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for reservations and more information.
Olivier’s at Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to surprise someone close to you, gift them a carefully curated massage with an afternoon tea pampering experience. The 60-minute full-body massage draws on the healing properties of rose quartz, a crystal renowned for promoting inner healing and silky-smooth skin. Afterwards, you can enjoy access to the spa’s outdoor infinity pool, indoor hydrotherapy pools, steam room and sauna, followed by afternoon tea at Olivier’s. AED 420 per person.
Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria DIFC
The term ‘Peacock Alley’ was coined to portray the daily promenade of people passing through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC. This elegant bar and lounge is ideal for a sophisticated afternoon tea featuring a selection of sweet and savoury bites while being enchanted by the melodic harmonies of the piano and cello. Available daily, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 195 (jasmine afternoon tea), AED 280 (premium afternoon tea) and AED 315 (bubbly afternoon tea).
GO: Call (0)4 515 9818 for reservations and more information.
Raffles Salon at Raffles Dubai
Blossom with Raffles Salon’s Floral Afternoon Tea, a delicate themed menu that incorporates the essence of flowers with savoury treats and sweet temptations and is elegantly presented in Victorian-styled gold stands. Available daily, from 2pm to 7pm. AED 175 for adults and AED 75 for children.
The Patisserie at Address Sky View
Treat yourself to the fresh flavours of lemon from an indulgent spread of sandwiches and desserts, accompanied by teas and coffees. From Lemon cheesecake to sorbet and iced teas, there’s plenty to keep your tastebuds tantalised. Available daily, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 175 per person.