Take a moment and imagine yourself sitting in a stately home in 19th century England. Chances are, if you can envision it vividly enough, you would be sitting enjoying an afternoon tea. The beloved tradition has been in vogue since then and has continually evolved as people all around the world have grown to embrace it.
If you are heading to Dubai on holiday, or are just looking for somewhere new to go, here are the four most enchanting spots for afternoon tea in Dubai.
1. For a bite of English royalty – Grosvenor House, Rhodes W1
If you genuinely want to embrace your inner royal family, on the weekend, make your way to the Michelin star restaurant of Gary Rhodes. This well-known restaurant and bar offers a wonderful tea al fresco experience when you dine at the terrace.
Here you can have afternoon tea in the classic British style with scones, tea, traditional British dishes, and the famous Coronation Chicken Sandwich.
Grosvenor House has a magical spell that will make any afternoon enjoyable and memorable.
Where: Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Emreef Street
When: Fridays and Saturdays, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
2. For an afternoon tea, you can only get in Dubai – At.mosphere Lounge at Burj Khalifa
Imagine sipping your tea and eating your scone in the highest building in the world — Burj Khalifa. Located on Level 122, in the At.mosphere Lounge, this afternoon tea comes with a side of serious views.
At.mosphere Lounge offers two varieties of their afternoon tea. The “La Gourmandise” includes a traditional assortment of mini sandwiches, patisserie, scones and fresh berries, which you can pair with a wide variety of global teas and coffees.
Additionally, you have the option of stepping your afternoon tea experience up a few notches and having the “Luxurious Menu”, which includes trademark delicacies, the main course selection, and something bubbly.
Whichever you opt for, you can be assured that all the sweet and savory treats are of the highest quality. Just try to resist eating it all before you get a photo!
(If you do decide to go to At.mosphere Lounge for your afternoon tea, note that there is no direct access from The Dubai Mall or At the Top to Burj Khalifa. You must enter through The Armani Hotel Dubai’s main entrance.)
Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
When: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
3. For an afternoon tea underwater – Ossiano, Atlantis
There is no lack of beautifully and uniquely designed restaurants in Dubai. But of course, Dubai has to put its own unique twist on everything and afternoon tea is no different. Enter afternoon tea at the Atlantis, a restaurant situated underwater.
If you want to eat exotic fish eggs, sandwiches, and macaroons during a delicious three-course set menu while watching the fishes pass you by, this is the spot to go. (A children’s and an a la carte menu are also available on request.)
Not just impeccable service, and a mesmerizing setting, this is also one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai.
Where: Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
When: Saturdays, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
4. For an Arabesque-style afternoon tea – Al Fayrooz Lounge in Al Qasr
=> afternoon tea sandwiches
=> hot savories
=> selections of homemade scones
=> Devonshire clotted cream
=> lemon curd
=> strawberry jam
=> chocolate fondue
=> your choice of loose-leaf teas or freshly ground coffee
They also offer a “Wellness Afternoon Tea” that is healthy and deliciously elegant (however, you have to book your reservation at least 24 hours before your preferred scheduled).
With the unique food offerings (they have elevated afternoon tea to an art form) and the elegant surroundings, this is a once-in-a-lifetime afternoon tea experience.
Where: Lobby Lounge, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
When: Daily, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
There is nothing wrong with treating yourself (and your loved ones) every now and then. Having a cuppa at one of these four places is definitely going to provide everyone a filling and memorable afternoon.
Have you ever had afternoon tea in any of these places? Where do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
AUTHOR BIO: Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”