Dubai's best afternoon teas 2020

These are the top afternoon teas in Dubai as revealed at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020 in association with Dubai Food Festival

Dubai’s best afternoon teas 2020

WINNER

Al Fayrooz Lounge
This is a top spot for visitors thanks to the stunning views of Burj Al Arab. Indulge in a traditional English tea in this elegant lounge and sample classics such as Victoria sponge, English fruit cake, tea cakes, sandwiches and scones.
Dhs235 per person (Arabesque Afternoon Tea), Dhs335 including a glass of bubbly (Royal Afternoon Tea). Daily 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Al Bayt
This tea at Palace Downtown is a suitably regal affair. 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).

Raffles Salon
This is a delightful tea at a longstanding spot in Oud Metha. 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.
Dhs160 (tea and coffee), Dhs225 (one glass of bubbly). Daily 2pm-7pm. Raffles Hotel, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

SHORTLISTED

Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire
The winner of this award in 2019, 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. Daily 2.30pm-6pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1136).

At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge
Fancy high tea, literally? This is the world’s tallest restaurant and it serves up a high-flying tea. It’s elegant, fancy and set on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa is a bucket-list experience.
Dhs430 per person (non-window table), Dhs503 (window table). Daily noon-4.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828).

Noor Lounge
With a canopy of gilded trees and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the pool and on to the Arabian Gulf, the lobby of this luxurious Jumeirah hotel is the perfect place for a sophisticated afternoon tea. Noor Lounge offers just that with mini sandwiches, soft scones and the most incredible intricate pastries all served elegantly on the branches of a golden tiered platter. Plus an interesting and unusual choice of tea to wash it all down with.
Dhs320 (for two). Open daily 2pm-6pm, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Jumeirah, www.mandarinoriental.com (04 777 2222).

Sahn Eddar
Looking to push the boat out? This afternoon tea at the world-famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a must-try. Delicate sandwiches, fresh pastries and cakes make a decadent afternoon tea offering with the option of raising the bar with a glass of bubbly.
Dhs550 per person, Dhs635 (house beverages). Daily 1pm-4pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 301 7600).

Shai Salon
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.
Dhs285 per person, Dhs380 (bubbly). Daily 2pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah, www.fourseasons.com (04 270 7805).

Sidra Lounge
This palatial hotel has a grand, traditional afternoon tea. Guests are serenaded by the live sounds of a pianist, cellist and saxophonist while enjoying three courses of delicious cakes and sandwiches. A charming afternoon.
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).

The Chart Room
For a foray back in time, you can’t do better than the QE2, the iconic vessel now berthed in Port Rashid after a life transporting passengers across the high seas. Tea is now served on the Quarter Deck, with a line of tables looking out towards the docks – with the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa in the background. You’ll enjoy a traditional stand of sandwiches and cakes – with the choice of hot pastries too.
Dhs195. Thu, Fri, Sat 3pm-5pm. The QE2, Port Rashid, Deira, www.qe2.com (04 526 8888).

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