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10 Terrific Dubai Afternoon Teas to Try For 2024’s Finest Dining

by Dubai Travel Planner

Our favourite afternoon dining spots for a truly opulent Dubai experience

Looking to tantalise the taste buds in a sophisticated setting truly? Brunch in Dubai may conjure up images of copious plates of food and bottomless drinks, whereas afternoon tea brings a delicate and decadent touch to the Dubai dining scene.

This traditional English meal for the upper class, introduced in the 19th Century, was seen as a fashionable social event – not just a light snack but an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy the finest teas and pastries.

Afternoon teas with elaborate themes remain as popular as ever in Blighty, but what can you expect to experience in the heart of Dubai’s sophisticated and luxurious hotels?

We bring you a selection of our ten favourite Dubai afternoon teas to try – from those with spectacular views to unique Arabian twists on traditional high tea and truly unique (and instagrammable!) experiences. We’ve also added some value options to our listing for those on a budget still wanting to experience the luxurious side of Dubai.


Mashrabiya Lounge

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, set amongst a backdrop of contemporary arabesque design, you’ll find Mashrabiya Lounge, offering the best afternoon tea in Dubai.

The extensive afternoon tea menu features a range of elegant finger sandwiches, delectable pastries and traditional scones. An upgrade to a sparkling package is also available, provided you are seated in the extensive alfresco terraces.

Where to find the Mashrabiya Lounge: Lobby Level, Fairmont The Palm. Open daily from 7:00 am to midnight, afternoon tea is served 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance,

Expect to pay: from 195 AED for the classic afternoon tea, additional charges apply.

Learn more at www.fairmont.com

At.Mosphere

High tea in Dubai doesn’t get much higher than At.Mosphere (in fact, it is the tallest high tea in the world!) Sitting on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, At.Mosphere High Tea provides two separate menus and views that you have to see to believe.

The At.Mosphere High Tea dining at Burj Khalifa offers plenty to choose from in terms of patisseries and mini-sandwiches. Alternatively, dine on champagne and roast chicken from the luxury menu.

This is one of those truly special moments to save up for if you are visiting Dubai, not only the best Dubai views but the best in decadent dining.

Where to find At.Mosphere: Burj Khalifa, 122nd floor, 1 Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Open every day from 7:00 am to 2:00 am. High Tea is served in the Lounge and Bar between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm, costing 599 AED per person. Children from 5 to 10 can dine on La Gourmandizes menu for AED399 per person. Under 5s are not allowed. Note that the venue recommends booking for the limited window seating at least a week in advance.

Expect to pay: 599 per person minimum spend; Luxury High Tea inclusive of bubbles, 810 AED.

Learn more at www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com

Bijou Patisserie

Tucked inside the Sofitel in Dubai’s Obelisk, this chic patisserie really is a jewel in Dubai’s afternoon tea crown. The French-inspired menu is a unique combination of flavours served inside a mini vault, unlocked with a special key. This afternoon tea is a theatrical event in itself and offers a quirky and charming experience to diners.

The menu is delicate and refined and includes delicious savoury treats such as lobster and avocado tart and brioche feuiletee with organic tomato and beef cecina. The selection of sweets follows suit, with dainty choux pastries, crisp millefeuille and crunchy pavlova.

Where to find Bijou Patisserie: Sofitel Hotel, Dubai Obelisk, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City. Available from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm daily.

Expect to pay: Prices start at 195 AED with unlimited tea, coffee and homemade lemonade, rising to 325 AED to include a glass of Champagne. Children are permitted and expected to pay 75 AED with unlimited fresh juices and hot chocolate.

Learn more at www.sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com

Al Fayrooz Lounge

This is a great place to try some Dubai afternoon tea with a stunning arabesque setting, exquisite views and listening to some live piano music. Al Fayrooz Lounge has an extensive selection of the finest teas and classic treats such as Victoria Sponge and English fruit cake.

During the summer, you can cool down with their selection of iced teas. Some of the flavours they offer include lemon, peach, and green tea.

For a truly unique twist in the cooler months, inquire about their Abra Afternoon Tea, taking to the serene and picturesque waterways around Madinat Jumeirah.

Where to find Al Fayrooz Lounge: Lobby Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Road. Open from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm seven days a week, Afternoon tea served from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Expect to pay: 190 AED per person for a standard afternoon tea, 245 AED for afternoon tea with a pink gin and tonic or tea-infused cocktail, or 310 AED per person for a champagne afternoon tea.

Learn more at www.jumeirah.com

The Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge has some of the best afternoon tea Dubai has to offer in a truly glamorous Arabic setting. This lounge features a terrace that provides gorgeous views of the Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeirah while piano music plays in the background.

A tempting array of delicious sandwiches, including Norwegian salmon with horseradish and roast smoked beef with caramelised onion, is followed by delicious traditional plain and raisin scones, pistachio macaroons, lemon meringue tart and Battenberg cake.

With the kids? They also offer a Kid’s Treat Afternoon Tea, making it an excellent choice if you are visiting with family but would still like to enjoy some of Dubai’s finer experiences.

Where to find the Lobby Lounge: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. Afternoon tea is served daily from 12.30 pm to 5.00 pm.

Expect to pay: 215 AED for the standard afternoon tea or 305 AED for a glass of Champagne. Pay an additional 150 AED for two hours of free-flowing sparkling wine.

Learn more at www.ritzcarlton.com

Raffles Salon

Enjoy a wonderful award-winning Floral Afternoon Tea experience where savoury treats are perfectly paired with sweet temptations. In partnership with Forever Rose, expect the essence of flowers as a consistent theme through their dishes – the Lavender Honey Macaron and hibiscus cured salmon are our favourites!

We love that the afternoon tea can also be paired with a 60-minute treatment at Raffles Spa for AED 550, giving the ultimate afternoon out in luxurious Dubai!

If the floral experience isn’t your cup of tea, this elegant lounge also presents a classic afternoon tea here, or try the Treasures of Arabia for delectable treats with a Middle-Eastern-theme.

Where to find Raffles Salon: Raffles Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai. Afternoon Tea is served 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily.

Expect to Pay: 175 AED for the standard Afternoon tea or upgrade to Chmanpage for 225 AED; Kids 75 AED.

Learn more at www.raffles.com

Choix Patisserie and Restaurant

Embrace the culinary lifestyle of the Avenue des Champs Élysées in the heart of Dubai. Offering a premium collection of Parisian delicacies from three Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Indulge in the finest selection of continental sandwiches and delectable cakes and pastries at this renowned afternoon tea venue, all for a budget-friendly 125 AED. As well as the standard afternoon tea, you will often find seasonal specials like Valentine’s Afternoon (available for 175 AED throughout February 2024).

And for those that often find afternoon tea too sweet-heavy, an additional plate of savoury bites can be added for just 70 AED

Where to find Choix Patisserie: Lobby Level, Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City, open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. Afternoon tea is served 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Expect to pay: 125 AED per person for the standard afternoon tea.

Learn more at www.dubaifestivalcityhotels.com

Al Bayt

Along with having some of the best high tea in Dubai, Al Bayt also provides the best of both worlds when it comes to snacks. You can have traditional Western treats like sandwiches and pastries to go with your tea. Alternatively, you can try some Arabian-inspired treats if you’re feeling adventurous.

Al Bayt also offers a delightfully charming atmosphere. You can opt to sit inside, where there is often live music, or sit out on the terrace and enjoy views of The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa.

Where to find Al Bayt: Palace Downtown Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.

Open every day from 8:00 am to 12:30 am. Traditional afternoon tea served daily from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Expect to pay: 190 AED per person

Learn more at www.addresshotels.com

SocialBee Lobby Lounge

A quirky bee-themed afternoon tea that’s sure to make you smile. Enjoy a delightful assortment of sandwiches, pastries and cakes, including Hatta Honey Cake, all served in a beehive cake stand.

SocialBee also makes the most of seasonal events to offer carefully designed treats to suit the occasion. From the 7th to the 14th of February 2024, you can enjoy a lovingly crafted Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with your significant other for just 349 AED.

Served daily from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm. Live music is also provided by pianist Hanna from Wednesday to Friday between 4.00 and 7.00 pm.

Where to find SocialBee: The Hilton, Palm Jumeirah. Open 8.00 am until 10.00 pm daily; afternoon tea served between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm daily.

Expect to pay: 349 AED per stand (for two people) for standard afternoon tea, or 499 AED for the premium afternoon tea with a bottle of Prosecco.

Learn more at www.hilton.com

Sahn Eddar

You’ll find one of the most exclusive high teas Dubai has to offer at the Burj al Arab.

Located on the first floor of this architecturally stunning and internationally renowned hotel, afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar is a real treat.

The carefully crafted menu contains a whole host of culinary delights with savoury items, including a delectable Mediterranean twist stuffed with braised tomato, heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, cream cheese and pine nuts. We’re salivating just thinking about it! A salmon brioche and crab rye roll add to the indulgent flavours.

A palate cleanser and an assortment of the finest sweet treats follow the savoury course. Scones and gateux anneciens conclude the tea, served with your choice of specially selected loose-leaf teas and coffees.

Where to find Sahn Eddar: 1st floor, Burj al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Road. Open every day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, afternoon tea 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, pre-booking essential. Children are permitted at 50% discount.

Expect to pay: The afternoon tea package is 490 AED per person, including a glass of signature sparkling juice, or 590 AED, including a glass of Louis Roederer Brut champagne.

Learn more at www.jumeirah.com


More Affordable Afternoon Teas in Dubai

Whilst admittedly, the above selection is at the pricier end of the scale, there are some more affordable afternoon teas to consider if you are travelling to Dubai on a budget and still want to try one of Dubai’s more lavish and unique experiences. Why not look at some of these contemporary offerings that may please the pallet for under 200 AED per person:


Do you have a favourite afternoon tea in Dubai that you think we are missing? Let us know in the comments below.

All information and prices are correct (to the best of our knowledge) as of February 2024, but things are constantly changing – especially pricing! Please get in touch with venues ahead of time to confirm opening hours and to book; many require full payment 24 hours in advance to confirm your reservation.

You can find more of our suggested fabulous and unique dining options in Dubai here, or for something more casual, check out our selection of the best coffee shops in Dubai.


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