Afternoon tea in DXB

European tradition meets Arabic hospitality at these sumptuous afternoon tea sessions

Afternoon tea is one of Britain’s most successful culinary exports; a quaint occasion in which sandwiches, pastries and scones are served with endless cups of tea. Dubai’s eateries have embraced the tradition, making afternoon tea a highlight of any indulgent day out with friends and family.

La Farine Café & Bakery

Fresh French fare is artfully constructed at La Farine Café & Bakery {Lobby level, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Downtown Dubai; 971.4.414.3000} where afternoon tea is served from 3-6pm at the Salon de Thé. Savory open sandwiches, delicate pastries, and warm scones accompany a selection of teas from the café’s signature Tchaba brand. (From AED 250 per couple.)

La Farine Cafe & Bakery

Fortnum & Mason

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason {Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai; 971.4.388.2627} is a feast for all the senses. Slender sandwiches including rare roast beef with gherkin and caper dressing, or hen egg with mustard cress, are served on elegant fine bone china in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. (From AED 245 per person.)

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea

Jewel Afternoon Tea

How do you make afternoon tea even more civilized? Serve it during a game of polo on a terrace overlooking the manicured grounds of Desert Palm Per Aquum Dubai {Al Awir Road; 971.4.323.8888}. Classic savory bites like smoked salmon and green tea cream cheese are served alongside French pastries, followed by warm scones, strawberry jam, and clotted cream. (From AED 145 per person.)

Jewel Afternoon Tea at Desert Palm

Rhodes W1

It doesn’t get much more traditional than at Rhodes W1 {Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sufouh Road; 971.4.317.6000} where British chef Gary Rhodes’ elegant high tea is served in Wedgewood china. Nibble on dainty sandwiches with quail’s egg mayonnaise and cress and cream cheese, followed by warm treats such as herb croque monsieur with cream cheese and onion. (From AED 195 per person.)

Afternoon Tea at Rhodes W1

Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire

Parisian master chef Pierre Gagnaire opened Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire {Lobby Level, InterContinental Dubai Festival City; 971.4.701.1111} in 2014 to much fanfare. Today, the French bakery is a sophisticated spot for afternoon tea; a colorful affair featuring fresh macaroons and delicate creations dreamed up by the great man himself. (From AED 195 per person.)

Afternoon Tea at Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire

The Lounge at At.mosphere

Afternoon tea is elevated to new heights in The Lounge at At.mosphere {Level 122, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai; 971.4.888.3828} on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building. More than 20 varieties of tea accompany finger sandwiches and fine pastries, with fresh homemade scones and preserves. Opt for the luxury package and sip on Pierland Brut champagne with berries and cream while you savor the views. (From AED 320 per person.)

Afternoon Tea at The Lounge at At.mosphere