One of Britain’s favourite traditions celebrated the Dubai way. Here are our trio of tea-remendous tea times where you can stick out your pinky and sip in style.
Partea Brunch at Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
Worlds collide as brunch Dubai-style meets the quintessential British tradition. The five-star hotel’s tea lounge has just launched what could be Dubai’s first afternoon tea brunch.
Skip breakfast for an extensive and indulgent buffet of cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches, slices of Battenberg cake, freshly-baked homemade scones topped with dollops of clotted cream, plus cakes galore.
Designer tea company Tchaba provides something to sip on, from rare ‘silver tips’ white tea, classics like Earl Grey, or something completely different – why not try black tea with macadamia nuts and chocolate pieces?
Tea Lounge, Dukes Dubai. Saturdays 2pm-6pm. Packages from AED 195 (soft drinks), AED 240 with one glass of grape, AED 340 for unlimited grape, French bubbles AED 520. 04 455 1111.
Demoiselle by Galvin, CityWalk
Sister branch to the famous café in Harrods, London, this new venture in CityWalk is the 11th venture for the titular Galvin brothers, who earned a Michelin star at Galvin at Windows in the British capital’s Hilton.
Tea lovers can choose from traditional or chocolate afternoon offerings, served in the restaurant’s chic Salon de The on classic three-tiered stands packed with scones, delicate sandwiches and sticky pastries. A range of fine teas complete the experience.
2pm-7pm daily. CityWalk. 04 590 5076. AED 98 per person for traditional afternoon tea, chocolate AED 114.
Byzantium Lounge – Taj Dubai, Business Bay
Imperious gold peacocks watch over diners who want to linger over a teapot in the hotel’s mezzanine lounge.
With more than a nod to Indian tradition, try a classic afternoon tea spread with spiced up with samosas, cardamon pound cake and chaat. More than 20 teas and herbal infusions can be brewed up too, and this deal comes with an endless supply of them.
Give the hotel enough notice and they can even prepare a gluten-free version.
Burj Khalifa Street, Executive Towers. 12pm-6pm daily. 04 438 3100. AED 215 per person for An Ode to India afternoon tea, AED 200 for classical.
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Fashion Tea at Raffles, Oud Metha
Designer treats straight from the catwalk onto your plate, the Raffles’ Fashion Tea has been a favourite with fashionistas since 2011, especially the white chocolate ganache stiletto.
Catch the seasonal collection in the refined surroundings of Raffles’ lobby Salon, where it’s served with unlimited hot beverages, a glass of bubbles, or if you’re feeling really fancy, preceded with a 60-minute massage or deep cleansing facial at the hotel’s spa.
Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City. 2pm-7pm daily. 04 324 8888. AED 249 for two people, AED 449 with a glass of bubbles each, AED 399 per person with a massage or facial.