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Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire
This afternoon tea, from a Michelin-starred chef, comes in a remarkably low-key setting. We love the petite cheese and truffle toasties (indulgent and delightfully crisp), while the colourful macarons are light and sweet.
Dhs100 per person, Dhs150 for two persons. Daily 2.30pm-6pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1136).
Amid a warm and homely setting, this is an excellent place to relax and indulge in beautiful culinary creations that go beyond what is traditionally served at afternoon tea. Highlights include rose-shaped brie mousse with fig compote and hibiscus-cured salmon – and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
Dhs160 (tea and coffee), Dhs225 (one glass of bubbly). Daily 2pm-7pm.Raffles Hotel, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
The opulent surroundings of Sidra Lounge are perhaps the ultimate place to experience the grand tradition of afternoon tea. Guests are serenaded by the live sounds of a pianist, cellist and saxophonist while enjoying three courses of delicious cakes and sandwiches – as well as a salmon station and homemade sorbet. Utterly delightful.
Dhs165 per person (regular afternoon tea), Dhs225 (grand afternoon tea). Sun-Fri 3pm-6pm; Sat 2pm-5pm. Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City (04 435 5555).
Choose from a traditional English or Arabic afternoon tea in this Arabesque lobby. The Arabic tray offers shawarma and kofta concoctions, scones flavoured with saffron and cardamom, and camel milk crème brûlée.
Dhs170 per person. Daily 2pm-6pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).
Al Fayrooz Lounge
Indulge in a traditional English tea in this elegant lounge with views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah with classics such as Victoria sponge, English fruit cake, tea cakes, sandwiches and scones.
Dhs233 per person (Arabesque Afternoon Tea), Dhs334 including a glass of bubbly (Royal Afternoon Tea). Daily 2pm-5pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge
Three delectable high tea options are offered at the world’s tallest restaurant. Flavours may include berries, cream and savoury treats or fine roasts with seasonal vegetables. Dessert features pastries and traditional favourites.
Dhs430 per person (non-window table), Dhs503 (window table). Daily noon-4.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828).
Along with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, gourmet afternoon tea treats include tartines, sandwiches and fresh quiches as you sip exquisite loose teas or coffee.
Dhs190 per person. Daily 1pm-7pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
Delicate sandwiches, fresh pastries and cakes make a decadent afternoon tea offering with the option of raising the bar with a glass of bubbly.
From Dhs550 per person. Daily 1pm-5pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 310 7600).
Marvel at the ornate ceilings as you enjoy a selection of English-style finger foods, cakes and snacks to complement a wide range of JING loose-leaf teas.
Dhs270 per person. Daily 2pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah 2, www.fourseasons.com (04 270 7805).
Relax and rejuvenate with the finest selection of gourmet delicacies, tea and coffee in the heart of this hotel where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a perfectly framed view of the Burj Khalifa.
Dhs150 per person. Daily 3pm-6pm. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).