Romantic, intimate and indulgent, safe and glamorous at the same time – High Tea of the colonial hospitality around Cape Town is the perfect outing for the month of love, a great way to celebrate during the last month of summer.

Afternoon Tea has always made iconic moments at the Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano as a silver tiered stand, glittering with sweet gems, is brought to your table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, baked cheesecake with white chocolate and tangy berry tartelettes.


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

And that’s just the start. Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional koesisters sprinkled with coconut beckon you to indulge, while savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower and onion pakoras, Farmer Angus beef frikkadels, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat your taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus.

As for the brew itself, they offer an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions. Make sure to try the signature Mount Nelson Tea, an exquisite blend with pink rose petals, or opt for the earthy, yet delicate orange and spice rooibos from the Cederberg.

Linger in the conservatory or outside on the terrace until the shadows start to lengthen.


Summer high tea at Sun international Table Bay hotel is a feast for the senses, presented with the grace and nostalgia. Afternoon tea in The Lounge consists of savoury to sweet and a decadent array of confectionary items.

Watch the bustle of the harbour from the comfort of the hotel lounge and savour the freshest flavours. Friday to Sunday from 14:30.


On the other side of the harbour, the One&Only Cape Town serves a daily afternoon tea at the Isola Bar with magnificent panoramic view of Table Mountain.

The daily offer include a spectacular afternoon tea of elegant sandwiches, buttermilk scones and a veritable confectionary of gold leaf éclairs, pastel macarons and individual cakes.

A Valentine’s edition of the One&Only Afternoon Tea is designed to be served between 12-14 February which will include 6 sweet and 5 savoury treats to each guest.


The 12 Apostles Hotel ‘Tea by the Sea’ is an iconic experience, being cherished by returning travellers, both international and domestic. Renowned for its scrumptious, freshly baked selection of warm scones, cupcakes, macaroons and mouth-watering finger sandwiches, along with our finest selection of fragrant teas and coffees.

Guests can indulge in the ‘Tea by the Sea’ experience which is topped up on request for you to enjoy. Generous hospitality, with incredible sea and mountain views, makes this an institution with the locals and the perfect location for a special occasion. This chic affair is the ideal way to celebrate any special occasion.

Booking is essential and group bookings are welcome (terms and conditions apply). Served: 10:00, 12:30 and 15:00.


Back in the heart of the city, Afternoon Tea is held daily at Bombay Brasserie at The Taj between 14:00 and 18:00, featuring an array of sweet and savoury treats, transporting guests to an era of refinement and prestige.


The Royal Portfolio Silo Hotel, which dominates the V&A Waterfront Silo District welcomes day visitors to enjoy its grand space and mindfulness décor.

The Royal Tea is a selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime treats including several savoury delights. Served daily from 2:30PM to 4:30PM on the 6th floor with a last seating at 3:30pm.


All the experiences and options mentioned in the article require booking. Some would also oblige full payment is required in order to confirm the booking.