5 posh high tea spots in SA

Posted by Kirsten on 5 October 2020

The best way to spend the day is with a cup of tea in hand. Add some delicious pastries and delicate sandwiches, and you’ve got an amazing afternoon planned.

High tea has become a popular activity across the country. Picture: Pexels

High tea has become a favoured pasttime across the country, and many restaurants offer their own take on this classic treat. Get your fancy on at one of these popular high tea spots across South Africa:

1. The Mount Nelson in Cape Town

No trip to the Mother City is complete without a trip to the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel. Take a seat in the bright and enchanting lounge, and anticipate an indulgent feast. Live piano music sets the scene while you dine on sumptuous cakes, pastries and sandwiches stacked in tiers, .

You have the option of sitting down for morning, afternoon or evening tea depending on your schedule.

When:  9:30–11:30am, 1–3pm or 6–8:30pm

How much: Morning Tea – R325 per adult, R230 per child,  Evening Tea – R425 per adult, R230 per child.

2. Casa Labia by Ideas Cartel

For a truly grand affair, head on down to the Casa Labia, the former residence of the Count and Countess Natale Labia. The restored monument reopened to the public in 2010 and still boasts an old-world charm and splendour. In September of 2020, Ideas Cartel took over management of this stunning location and you will feel every bit of royalty in the ornate Venetian ballroom, the perfect setting for a period drama. Tuck into sweet treats while savouring the view of the Indian ocean.

When: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday

How much: R350 per person

3. The Oyster Box in Umhlanga

Inspired by The Oyster Box’s original, architecture with four magnificent tole and ceramic chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, natural sunlight and towering Palms, The Palm Court is the venue for the legendary High Tea each afternoon. It’s also a favourite meeting spot for casual dining.

Enjoy live piano music while feasting on an array of pastries, baked goods and teas from all corners of the world.

When: 2.30pm – 5pm daily

How much: R250 per person

4. High tea at Mantis No. 5 Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth


Soak in the sights at this immaculately restored boutique five-star art-deco hotel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Located less than 10 minutes from Port Elizabeth International Airport, No. 5 is nestled in the affluent Summerstrand suburb, away from the hustle and bustle, yet an easy stroll to the ocean which is less than 150 metres away.

Gather in the Champagne Lounge to snack on an array of treats. Minimum of eight people necessary for a booking.

When: Arrange a booking

How much: R120 per person.

5. Level Four At 54 On Bath in Johannesburg

Afternoon tea at Johannesburg’s award-winning Level Four restaurant is an indulgent experience of sophistication and delicious delicacies. Sit back, relax and take in the tranquil surroundings and enjoy premium tea leaves of your choice, English tea sandwiches, assorted pastries, cakes, quiches and freshly baked scones served with fresh cream and preserves.

When: 2.30pm-5pm daily

How much: Traditional Afternoon Tea – R290 per person, Royal Afternoon Tea (includes a Kir Royal cocktail) – R360 per person, Champagne Afternoon Tea – (includes a glass of Perriet Jouet Champagne) – R420 per person.


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