Great Places for Afternoon Tea

There is nothing like a good afternoon tea to revive the spirits and allow one a good dose of all things sweet. While ‘High Tea’ and ‘Afternoon Tea’ are British traditions created to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, in South Africa we take any opportunity to celebrate a bit of time out and a good cuppa (these days champagne or sparkling wine is a welcome addition to the afternoon tea concept. Here are a few fantastic options for those of you who want to take your sweet tooth out on a date.

Tea at One&Only CT. Image by One&Only CT

A decadent tea is served at the Vista lounge area at One&Only Cape Town. Image courtesy of One&Only Cape Town.

One&Only Cape Town: For a major spoil, book your high-tea moment at the One&Only Cape Town. The incredible views of the mountain and the V&A Waterfront from the Vista lounge are enough to send one into rapture; follow that with a spread of edible treats (savoury and sweet), wonderful service and a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy. One&Only Cape Town teas are famous for special occasions, baby showers, anniversaries and for those who just want a lovely afternoon feasting on mountains of cake, macaroons and deliciousness as the sun starts to fade across the Mother City.

Afternoon tea at Majeka House. Image supplied by Majeka House.

Afternoon tea in style at Majeka House, Stellenbosch. Image courtesy of Majeka House.

Majeka House, Cape Winelands:  Decadence in the afternoon is definitely on the menu at Majeka House in Stellenbosch. This boutique hotel has recently introduced a delicious afternoon tea menu, starting from 2.30pm to 5pm. A wonderful combination of treats are on offer alongside some of the world’s best teas. Uber-chef Tanja Kruger has created different themes aroundthe afternoon tea theme (think:green tea, red berry, chocolate and vanilla), and there are various themed menus on offer. Meringues and marshmallow éclairs and fruit tartlets make an appearance against a gorgeous backdrop of the super-stylish Majeka House boutique hotel. There is also a fantastic spa and tea package on offer for those in need of evenb further pampering. Visit: for more information.

The Saxon Hotel & Villas, Sandton: Afternoon tea takes place in the piano lounge from Thursday through to Sunday from 12 to 4pm at the exclusive Saxon Hotel & Villas in Sandhurst, Sandton. There’s sparkling wine on arrival, combined with mountains of freshly baked goodies, smoked salmon and edible treats courtesy of the award-winning Saxon chefs. This is the perfect spot for civilised get-togethers  and you might want to spend a little time sipping you tea in the gorgeous gardens surrounding the pool area. Booking is essential: contact the Saxon on

Café Complet, Kurland Hotel: If you happen to be along the Garden Route and you need a tea and cake fix, it’s a great idea to stop over at Café Complet at the stunning Kurland Hotel in Plettenberg Bay.  Feast on homemade savoury and sweet treats, compliments of the Exec Chef as you drink in the gorgeous view from the shaded verandah. High Tea is served from 12 to 16h00, and bookings are essential:

Cakes, savouries and sweet treats at Cafe Complete. Image by Andrew Brown, courtesy of Kurland Hotel

Homemade cakes, savouries and sweet treats at Cafe Complet. Image by Andrew Brown, courtesy of Kurland Hotel.

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