From traditional English Breakfast and Earl Grey blends, to healthy green teas and wonderfully adventurous fruit infusions, the tea culture in the Mother City has exploded in recent years – offering a variety of great options for tea lovers to enjoy a perfect cuppa. Whether you are looking for daytime date ideas, somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, or even just a curated list of places to enjoy your favourite beverage, we have rounded up our favourite tea spots in and around the city bowl.
Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar
213 Long Street, City Centre / +27 (0)83 628 2504
The very first of its kind in Cape Town, Lady Bonin’s is open Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30, and Saturday from 09h30 to 14h30. At this cosy spot, you’ll find an extensive selection of tea blends – including a variety of black, green, herbal and speciality teas – to take home or enjoy in the small café. Look out for their trademark blends such as the Rooibos Choc Chili Chai, Earl Grey Blue Flower, Turkish Apple, Moroccan Mint and other delicious offerings.
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden
Rhodes Memorial Street, Newlands / +27 (0)21 687 0000
Situated within the Rhodes Memorial monument grounds, boasting breath-taking views of the Groote Schuur estate section of Table Mountain National Park, as well as the Cape Metropole below, this restaurant offers a lovely place to enjoy afternoon tea. With a great menu of teas that include black, Rooibos, green and herbal, along with sweet treats such as scones, chocolate brownies, milk tart, baked cheesecake and milkshakes, Rhodes Memorial restaurant and Tea Garden is a popular choice among locals, especially for Sunday afternoon tea.
Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont / +27 (0)21 671 2850
If you’re in the mood to venture 20 minutes or so out of the city, O’ways Teacafe in the southern suburbs is an idyllic place to enjoy a good cup of tea. The café is close to Cavendish Square shopping centre and their tea menu is extensive, boasting a range of red, black, white, green and herbal teas. Look out for unique options such as the Green sencha tea, flavoured with Japanese cherry, China white tea, Taiwan Oolong tea, Kenya black tea, fruit infusion with apple, hibiscus and cranberries, China red tea, orange and spice infused Rooibos and many other delightful teas. You can also find delicious coffee here.
Kirstenbosch Tea Room
Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands / +27 (0)21 797 4883
Open every day of the week, from 08h30 until 17h00, the Kirstenbosch Tea Room is the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely tea amidst the beautiful setting of the renowned National Botanical Gardens. If being outdoors in nature tickles your fancy, then taking in this beautifully tranquil spot with a great cup of tea and a sweet treat (or breakfast!) is a perfect solution. The tea room is situated near Gate 2 within the gardens, which means that an entry fee is required upon entering the property, so you may as well make a day of it.
Pierneef à La Motte
Main Road, Franschhoek / +27 (0)21 876 8800
If you’re taking a day to explore more of the Cape, beyond the City borders and into the Cape Winelands, make sure that the small town of Franschhoek is on your agenda. Not only is the drive truly remarkable, with its exceptional scenery, this town is well known for its variety of exquisite dining spots, such as Pierneef à La Motte. This restaurant is open from 09h00, Tuesday to Sunday, closing at 17h00, and reopening for dinner from 19h00 to 23h00 from Thursday to Saturday. Pierneef à La Motte is the perfect spot for afternoon tea, with a picturesque setting, decadent menu full of offerings such as trout-filled pancakes, milk tart flavoured chocolate truffle, macaroons and an assortment of cakes.
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