Joburg restaurants – The best places for High Tea in Joburg

13 Sep 2017

High Tea and tea on high. From the lightest and fluffiest buttery scones with clotted cream and preserves to tea served with an incomparable vista of one of the most forested cities in the world, Joburg has it all. Here's our pick of some of the best High Tea's this city has to offer.

If you prize boundless generosity when it comes to taking high tea then the Lindt High Tea at five-star The Michelangelo Hotel in the heart of Sandton is the one for you. This buffet-style experience offers overflowing platters of exceptional sweet treats and a fine selection of savouries. Choices include a delightfully dizzying array of sushi, fishcakes, skewers of beef and vegetables, dainty salmon and cream cheese topped puff pastry and de rigueur crustless cucumber sandwiches.

The pretty garden terrace at this stylish hotel in the heart of Rosebank is a perfect place to polish off an afternoon with tea and cakes. An irresistible beautiful cake stand comes stocked with a generous selection of savoury treats and a range of delicate pastries, cakes and fluffy scones, enjoyed with a fine selection of loose leaf teas. Costs R245-R295.

Head to this cosy tea room decorated in abundant botanical prints and accessed by a stairwell in the Crabtree & Evelyn store for a delightful afternoon tea. Book in advance for ‘A grand high tea’: a balance of sweet and savoury items, among them classic crustless cucumber sandwiches, light-as-a-feather tartlets and fluffy scones with cream and strawberry preserve served with a good range of teas or coffee. Finish off with a cake slice accompanied by a glass of bubbly or cordial: the rosemary cheesecake and egg-free chocolate cake both stand out. Costs R200.

The 60-minute drive from Joburg is worth it for tea served in a lush tree-filled garden accompanied by the soothing sounds of running water from the pond. A luxury five-star boutique hotel De Hoek’s setting is re­markable, and instantly melts your city cares away. On the seasonal menu is a generous and tasty selection of finger sandwiches and sweet and savoury pastries. The scones are top-notch and served with homemade jam and your booking includes a glass of bubbles. Costs R325.

Escape the city for an afternoon and enjoy a leisurely high tea at Fairlawns, a luxurious boutique hotel and spa hidden away in a quiet corner of Morningside where peace and tranquillity come as standard. The style is classic English High Tea with a fine selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, lots of pretty petite fours and a choice of cakes from the trolley. Costs R235.

For authenticity we recommend afternoon tea served amid the graceful splendour of the Victorian Lindfield House Museum following a tour of this historical treasure led by owner and collector of all things Victorian Katherine Love. Note that your visit must be booked one week in advance, and high tea specified at the time of booking. Costs R120.

High tea at the Palazzo Montecasino qualifies as one of the best value in Joburg. The daily menu, elegantly served, comprises a variety of cakes, petite quiches, assorted sandwiches and a fine selection of single origin Ceylon teas. High tea is served at the hotel’s Medeo Restaurant terrace overlooking a swimming pool that would make any Hollywood starlet feel at home. Costs R245.

If you have time to travel further afield visit The Victorian Secret Artisan Bakery and Patisserie in Benoni (a 30 minute drive from Johannesburg city centre) where you can enjoy high tea with perfectly crustless cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches plus a selection of pastries, all beautifully served in late Victorian heritage building. ​Costs R160.

Associated Venues

Lindt High Tea at Piccolo Mondo, Michelangelo Hotel

 Michelangelo Hotel, 135 West St, Sandton Central
If you prize boundless generosity when it comes to taking high tea then the Lindt High Tea at five-star The Michelangelo Hotel in the heart of...

High Tea at the Crabtree and Evelyn Tea Room

 Design Quarter, cnr Leslie and William Nicol Rds, Fourways

High Tea at The Fairlawns

 Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Alma Rd, Morningside Manor

The Victorian Secret

 140 Woburn Avenue, Western Extension, Ekurhuleni, Benoni


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Over a year ago

Thanks, this is definitely on my to do list. I love going to high teas. Read my reviews of my high tea at the Saxon Hotel and The Oyster Box on my blog -
Over a year ago
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