Dubai’s top 12 glamorous high tea experiences

  • Nothing spells high tea like sipping it at 1450 feet in the air. Officially the highest restaurant in the world, Atmosphere serves up a scrumptious feast alongside afternoon tea. Depending on your choice, the spread features sweet treats with bursts of berry and cream and savory snacks of classics like fine roasts and gourmet seasonal vegetables. Atmosphere's tea menu boasts flavors from the Middle East, Britain, and India – all cultures that have deep roots in the UAE's history.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Atmosphere's exclusively blended white tea.

    Good to know: Window tables are priced at 580 dirhams. Regular tables are priced at 530 dirhams.

  • Stepping into the St. Regis feels like sauntering into a flamboyant castle from a children's fairytale. Embellished with striking pillars and ornate chandeliers, the hotel is an embodiment of pure luxury. Be serenaded by the live music in the afternoon tea lounge – but the actual masterpiece takes place after dusk. This is when guests can marvel at a champagne bottle being popped open using nothing but a glistening sword. If you can't wait until sunset for a glass of champagne, you can choose the afternoon tea package featuring bubbles. When it comes to food, Sidra doesn't push the envelope. Its afternoon tea menu offers classic European sweets and savories.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Jasmine Silver Sickle tea and poached lobster with truffle sabayon.

    Good to know: Afternoon tea at Sidra is priced at 225 dirhams. Wet your glass with more than just tea by upgrading to the champagne package – priced at 325 dirhams.

  • If you've got a bucket list of afternoon tea experiences to try in Dubai, pencil in Skyview Bar. Devour mouth-watering finger foods while sipping on carefully selected teas at the Burj Al Arab. Afternoon tea at Skyview Bar features a classic assortment of freshly baked cakes, signature pastries, gourmet tea and coffee, tantalizing sandwiches, and its famous Devonshire clotted cream. Everything at this venue is served with a side of heart-stopping views of the Arabian Gulf. Steal a glimpse of the rapidly rising World Islands from your table too.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: The Rooibos Tiramisu tea and the white chocolate “petit pot”.

    Good to know: Afternoon tea at Skyview Bar is priced at 620 dirhams per person.

  • Escape the city with a road trip to The Farm in the serene enclosure of Al Barari. Swap the sound of honking horns and zooming traffic for chirping birds and flowing streams. The Farm is a gorgeous restaurant designed to immerse its guests in the outdoors, while still giving them the comfort of being partially indoors. Known for its food, the restaurant's menu is inspired by a blend of Arabian,  Indian, and Asian flavors. Its afternoon tea features an array of finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones accompanied by fresh cream and jams, wholesome juices, and delicious tea.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Pomelo chicken salad, seared tuna, and the coconut mousse cake.

    Good to know: The price is 175 AED per person including a selection of sandwiches, desserts and fresh scones served with fresh cream and jams. 2 drinks per person are included (cold or hot beverages) - freshly squeezed juices, milk shakes, coffee/tea and soft drinks.

     

  • The world's first-ever Peacock Alley was built where the Empire State building stands today. The restaurant and lounge are a classic feature at the Waldorf Astoria, originally serving as a hallway that connected the Waldorf Hotel and the Astoria Hotel in New York. Flaunting a wealth of personal history, the lounge is now a signature element in every Waldorf-Astoria in the world. It welcomes visitors to indulge in its traditional high tea – one that's survived the test of time since its debut in 1931. Peacock Alley at The Palm's Waldorf Astoria caters high tea that includes light sandwiches, freshly baked scones from the brand's bakery, and signature TWG teas. Guests can enhance their experience with a sparkling glass of champagne or Prosecco for an additional price.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Crème Caramel Rooibos tea and the classic Waldorf salad.

    Good to know:  Classic Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley is priced at 155 dirhams.

  • Afternoon tea at Raffles Salon comes with a side serving of glamor! Designed to get Dubai's fashionista population jumping for joy – the menu features peach praline chocolate stilettos, yogurt pannacotta and sour cherries hat stand, and blueberry blushers. An homage to international fashion shows, the concept for this afternoon tea was first launched in 2011 by Executive Pastry Chef - Roland Eitzinger. At Raffles Salon, you don't only eat with your mouth but also with your eyes. Don't leave your iPhone at home, the spread is worth its weight in Instagram gold. You can either opt for the regular afternoon tea or get tizzy with some fizzy.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Silver Needle White Tea and the Chef's Walk In The Forest cake.

    Good to know: The standard Fashion Afternoon Tea at Raffles Salon is priced at 249 dirhams for two people. Turn it up a notch with a glass of Champagne for 449 dirhams.

  • Soak up the mesmerizing Middle Eastern vibes at Sultan's Lounge. Housed within the regal walls of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, this Ottoman-inspired lounge hosts a dazzling afternoon tea. The menu features international classics with a gourmet twist. Guests can treat their taste buds to a selection of light sandwiches and specialties and then take their sweet tooth for a spin with the dessert menu. No traditional afternoon tea experience is complete without an assortment of scones – fresh from the oven – that Sultan's Lounge compliments with clotted cream, citrus curd, and strawberry jam. Finally, swim through its fascinating list of premium-blend teas and coffees.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Grilled chicken and egg mousse and the Guanaja chocolate cake.

    Good to know: The standard afternoon tea at Sultan's Lounge is priced at 195 dirhams for two guests. The premium afternoon tea experience is priced at 225 dirhams.

  • Sipping tea in an English garden is a simple pleasure Gary Rhodes aims to delivery with his take on the classic British afternoon tea. For a fine-dining restaurant, Rhodes W1's interiors are charmingly sunny with vibrant bursts of yellow and accents of tropical birds gliding along the wall. Enjoy a sun-smooched view of Dubai Marina on the restaurant's terrace while indulging in Rhodes' award-winning food. Served in bespoke Wedgewood bone china, Rhodes W1's afternoon tea is practically a postcard from England on a plate. Afternoon tea can be booked every Friday and Saturday.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: The cream cheese, onion, and herb croque monsieur.

    Good to know: Afternoon tea at Rhodes W1 is priced at 175 dirhams per person. Add a glass of champagne to your afternoon tea for 340 dirhams per person.

  • While the concept of afternoon tea may have originated in Britain, the tradition of luxuriating over a cup of tea in the afternoon isn't unique to the UK. The Middle East's tea traditions are deeply entrenched in its heritage – with distinct tea blends emerging from ancient Bedouin tribes. The Samovar Lounge sweeps its guests off their feet with a glittering high tea experience. It combines Eastern and Western flavors, evoking a sensuous dance between Arabic desserts and European teas on your tongue. Depending on your appetite, you can opt for two types of experiences.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: Guacamole buns and its selection of premium tea blends.

    Good to know: The Samovar Light Tea features individual cakes, freshly prepared pastries, delicious Arabic sweets, and your choice of tea for 75 dirhams. Bump up your experience with the Samovar High Tea which offers an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones with gourmet accompaniments, bespoke tea, biscuits and individual baked goods for 105 dirhams per person.

  • One of the finest luxury tea brands in the world, TWG hails from Singapore and was born in 1837. The brand enjoys a cult following – with masses of tea enthusiasts trekking across the globe for a sip of its unique assortment of tea blends. Locally-based TWG fans can make a pilgrimage to Dubai Mall, Festival City Mall, or Yas Mall for a freshly brewed cup of TWG tea. For something a little fancier, schedule your trip to the tea salon between 3PM to 6PM. You can choose from a variety of different set menus – ranging from vegetarian to Manhattan or plain old a la carte. Afternoon tea appetizers feature glamorous light bites like foie gras burgers, ratatouille, and more.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: The matcha tea sprinkled farmhouse crêpe.

    Good to know: Afternoon tea at TWG Tea Salon and Boutique is priced at 58 dirhams.

  • Al Fayrooz Lounge at Jumeirah Al Qasr takes immense pride in its afternoon tea. Keeping its selection of tea and finger food as authentic as possible, the luscious spread features Victoria sponge, English fruit cake, tea cakes, sandwiches, and scones. Guests can take their pick from a varied selection of four different versions of afternoon tea at the lounge. Al Qasr is renowned for its enchanting ambiance and magical design. Guests can clink cups with friends while losing themselves in a daydream amidst Al Qasr's sparkling blue rivers and swaying date palm trees.

    MenuPages.ae recommends: The White Peony tea and freshly baked Umm Ali.

    Good to know: The Al Qasr Afternoon Tea is priced at 225 dirhams per person. The Royal Afternoon Tea is priced at 325 dirhams per person. The Hendricks Afternoon Tea is priced at 325 dirhams per person. The Iced Afternoon Tea is priced at 225 dirhams per person.