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When it Rains – Let it Pour (The Tea that is…)

Tea time is back with a bang in Cape Town. It’s the ultimate traditional afternoon treat, and you’ll find there’s frenzied competition around who can lay on the ultimate high tea spread in Cape Town.

When you’re staying in self-catering accommodation in Cape Town, you don’t need to worry about spoiling your dinner so it’s free for all come four o’clock. Here are some of the top places in town to lift your pinkie finger in style.

Belmond Mount Nelson

This sophisticated and secluded venue overlooks the Company’s Garden and has over 40 teas on offer, along with a delightful selection of sweet and savoury nibbles. If you take your tea seriously you can treat yourself to a tea and canape pairing session at the hands of the hotel’s tea sommelier. Alternatively, you can sip away in comfort in the elegant dining room or on the spacious terrace.

The 12 Apostles Tea by The Sea

Nestled in the arms of the 12 Apostles Mountain Range this venue dishes up bucketloads of charm alongside platters of goodies and a selection of 18 different teas. Bite sized spoils include chocolate brownies made with real butter and Valrhona chocolate, vanilla namelaka, white-chocolate cheesecake and more.

Truth Coffee – Steampunk High Tea

Take part in high tea for the truly trendy at this cutting-edge coffee shop in Buitenkant Street. The occasion is split up over 3 courses of perfectly-paired drinks and delicacies. For starters there’s a layer of citrus-infused sweets served with a glass of Pol Roger champagne. Next, the Café Course reveals traditional sweet and savoury bites with any coffee or tea on the menu. Finish off with a flourish of charcuterie and more champagne.

Cucina Labia

Ocean and garden views greet you at this swish eatery, once the 18th century residence of count and countess Natale Labia. The old-world charm remains and is reflected in the traditional tea served here. Petite lemon meringues, buttery scones, salad cups, snoek pate and apricot crostini are among the delicate bites on offer and you can enjoy it against a background of classical music on the weekends. Bookings are for a minimum of 12 people so round up your friends and step back into a gentler, grander time together.

The Silo Hotel

Balanced above the Zeitz MOCAA, this venue boasts some of the best views in town. Expect three tiers of delicious eats including buttermilk scones, savoury pies, egg-mayo wraps, mini sandwiches, macarons, petits fours and salted caramel chocolate torte domes. Coupled with a selection of warm sweet teas, it’s culinary art at its best. There’s so much on offer that the chef needs 24-hour notice to prepare and doggie bags are obligatory.

Book your spot in Cape Town self-catering accommodation and get in on the Tea trend before it goes back out of fashion.

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