Nothing like a cuppa to lift your spirits. Tea is very hot (yes, pun intended!) at the moment, with both the benefits of drinking the green stuff being a subject of lots of studies and lots of hip tea places popping up all over town. One of the best things about tea in my book? It usually comes with cake! So here’s our top five:
Nigiro Tea Merchants Where better to go than to the source? “Allow the tea do the talking and learn the wisdom that comes from surrendering to tea and silence.” is Nigiro’s motto. The Tea Merchants’ is situated at the back of Origin Coffee and actually Nigiro is Origin spelt backwards! I love that kind of word play. Owner Mingwei Tsai started back in 2009 with 120 different loose leaf teas and nowadays there are over 200 from all over the globe. Relax with a tea ceremony and do check out all those very nice tea pots and cups and parafernalia.
Nigiro Tea Merchants
28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 421 1000
High Tea Café Tucked away in a courtyard in suburban Wynberg High Tea has grown into THE local go-to place for special occasions, not in the least because of owner Irma’s fab cakes… The access is a bit of an adventure, but once you are there it feels very much like your own secret garden. We suggest the honey ginger rooibos!
High Tea Café, Access from Whitby Rd, 53 Constantia Main Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, South Africa
Low-Carb High Tea
A festive, yet healthy take on the traditional sugar, fat and carb-heavy tea, The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia are giving you the saintly option, with delicious little snacks, including seeds, yoghurt honey pannacotta and dark chocolate and beetroot cupcakes, to name just a few! I must say being good is starting to sound pretty delicious there.
Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Tea by the Sea
In the words of the great George Michael: If you’re gonna do it, do it right! So let’s go really fancy at The 12 Apostles. They have their own pastry team. I know. The accent is very much on the food rather than on the tea, you can actually also opt for bubbly!
The 12 Apostles,Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Kirstenbosch Tea Room
This is the no-frills option at a spectacular location, one of the world’s most renowned botanical gardens and voted number 6 of the world’s most exciting picnic spots in the world. Tea comes in a mug. In a bag. Kids get crayons. If it’s chilly you get a blanket. No. Frills. But: the scenery is spectacular and the scones are pretty epic as well, served with heaps of clotted cream.
Gate 2 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
The Tea Bar
I do love a good (tea) yarn and Lady Bonin’s Tea has just such a great story! Jessica Bonin, the founder of Lady Bonin’s, started selling tea all around Cape Town from a caravan back in 2010. The world’s first tea caravan! She sourced organic tea directly from the farmers, for a decent price. At The Tea Bar you can have tea pairings, tea ceremonies and tea slushies but you can also just have a cuppa.
The Tea Bar, 213 Long Street Cape Town CBD
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