Johannesburg

Joburg's Best High Teas

16 Apr 2021
From the lightest and fluffiest buttery scones with clotted cream and preserves to dainty tea served to the sounds of a live pianist, Joburgers love to take time out for afternoon tea. Here's our pick of some of the best High Teas this city has to offer.

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

One of South Africa's most luxurious hotels, The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa officially reopens on May 1, 2021 and happily for those who enjoy indulgent High Teas in refined surroundings, the hotel will be bringing back its High Tea offering. The Saxon High Tea is an elegant and traditional styled High Tea served in the Piano Lounge where the hotel's resident pianist will be tinkling the ivories to set the mood.

Price: R500 per person   When: Morning tea is served 09:30-11:30 and afternoon tea 13:00-15:00. High Tea is not available on Sundays.
How to book: Call +27 11 292 6000 or book online.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

 
Garden views at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Enjoy a leisurely high tea at this luxurious boutique hotel tucked into quiet Morningside, five minutes from central Sandton. The setting is the pretty Manor House Bistro overlooking the hotel gardens, or weather permitting, take tea on the terrace. The style is classic English afternoon tea with a choice of inventive savoury options like camembert and sour fig pastry, accompanied by a towering stand of cakes, fluffy scones and plenty of tea. There is also the option to enjoy a glass of bubbly with your High Tea (available by the glass). 

Price: R365 per person, must be paid at least 48 hours in advance.  When: High tea is available in the morning and afternoon from Mon to Thu only.
How to Book: High Tea bookings must be made at least 72 hours in advance. Call +27 11 808 7300 or email functions@fairlawns.co.za to book.

The Palazzo Montecasino

 
High Tea at The Palazzo Monetcasino

High tea at the Palazzo Montecasino is served at the hotel’s Medeo Restaurant terrace, overlooking a pool that would make any Hollywood starlet feel at home. For groups you can also arrange High Tea in the pretty rose garden of the hotel's private Rosa venue. The generous High Tea menu, presented with elegance, comprises a variety of extravagantly decorated little cakes, tarts and pastries, colourful macarons, petite quiches, assorted sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones and a fine selection of single-origin Ceylon teas.

Price: R340 per person.   When: High Tea is served daily 14:00–16:30, booking is essential.
How to book: Call +27 11 510 3000 to book.

Da Vinci Hotel

A festive dessert table at Da Vinci Hotel

Tucked away from the buzz of Sandton Central you'll find the Da Vinci Lounge, a relaxed space in a private courtyard with a small pool, where an urban high tea is served buffet style. Start with a homemade lemonade welcome drink before exploring the buffet tables that include savoury treats such as smoked salmon, sandwiches and filled croissants, as well as a variety of dips and breads as well as hot savoury items including cheese and jalapeno rissoles or chicken pinchos. For those with a sweet tooth, imagine a table piled high with Nuttikrust truffles, scones, and of course what is a high tea without a slice of cake – mango and coconut gateaux to be exact. 
 
Price: R355 per person   When: High tea is served Sat and Sun 14:00-16:00, booking essential
How to book: Email banqueting@legacyhotels.co.za, call +27 11 292 7000 or book online.

BAKERIES AND PATISSERIES

L'Atelier Bakery

 
High Tea at L'Atelier at Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank

A pretty in pink French bakery and patisserie inside the atrium of the Trumpet building on Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank. L'Atelier offers a beautifully presented High Tea which comes with a wide variety of miniature bites including salmon bagels, Caprese sandwiches, freshly baked scones with strawberry jam, for the vegans a vegetable quiche and for those who love the sweet stuff there's banana or chocolate brownies, colourful macarons and other delights.
 
Price: R250 per person   When: High tea is served Mon to Sat 09:00-16:00, prior booking essential.
How to book: Call +27 82 320 6878 

Just Teddy

 
High Tea at Just Teddy

From competing in the Great South African Bake Off,  to running a market stall, in 2020 Ted Zaki of Just Teddy patisserie moved to one of Joburg's most upmarket malls, Hyde Park Corner, and its incredible popularity has only continued to grow. During lockdown Just Teddy pioneered the High Tea in Box, which you can enjoy at home (still available via their website) or you can enjoy High Tea at the patisserie. The menu is a delightful array of the day's selection of French patisserie, Middle Eastern-inspired savouries like Lebanese spinach pies and topping off the three tiers, fresh scones with cream and jam.

Price: From R250 per person  When: High tea is available daily served daily 

OUT OF TOWN

De Hoek Country Hotel

The hour's drive from Joburg to this luxury boutique hotel is worth it for tea served in a lush country garden. The seasonal menu has a generous and tasty selection of finger sandwiches and sweet and savoury pastries, scones are top-notch and tea includes a glass of bubbles. A nice option if you are spending the day in the Magaliesberg countryside.

Price: R350 per person   When: High Tea is served Sat 13:00-17:00, booking is essential.
How to book: Call +27 14 577 9600 or email reservations@dehoek.com, prior payment is essential to secure your booking.

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