Afternoon tea Dublin: 14 best places to have afternoon tea in the city
If you’re looking for your afternoon tea fix in Dublin, we’re here to help.
Afternoon tea is a custom that dates back to the 1840s.
And nearly 200 years later, the tradition has gained new popularity among modern foodies and culture vultures.
Dublin being the bustling contemporary culinary scene that it is, you will easily find a healthy and quality afternoon tea for you and the family or you and your friends.
Here are our picks for the 14 best places to have afternoon tea in Dublin.
The Pink Restaurant is one of the newest additions to Dublin’s culinary scene, having opened in 2021. As the name suggests, everything here is unabashedly pink and that’s something the restaurant’s head chef , Jennifer, is very proud.
It’s only fitting that their afternoon tea offering is gloriously pink. Diners can expect fresh cakes, scones and sandwiches served with a teapot and pink bubbles. Expert staff help visitors navigate the experience, showing you the traditional etiquette associated with afternoon tea.
The Shelbourne is perhaps the most obvious entry on the list, given that it is one of Dublin’s most prestigious and historic hotels.
Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the hotel’s Lord Mayor’s Lounge, where you will be treated to ‘sweet indulgence’ in truly classy surroundings. Afternoon tea here consists of a four-tier dessert stand stocked with a selection of sandwiches, scones and desserts.
It can be booked here.
Afternoon tea at the Westin takes place in the Atrium Lounge, promising a blend of tradition and first-class service.
The afternoon tea menu includes sandwiches like the Triple Decked Dubliner Cheddar, Wrights of Marino Co Smoked Salmon and Irish Chicken Salad. There is also the selection of fresh scones as well as sweet treats.
It can be booked here.
Vintage tea trips
It’s an afternoon tea experience like no other. Take a trip through some of the city center’s most scenic spots on a vintage London bus and sample a fine selection of fresh sandwiches, cakes and scones.
The trip host will appear from time to time to guide you through the city and tell you little-known facts about what you are seeing as you indulge. If you have food left over at the end, you’ll be offered a take-out box and you can even keep your Vintage Tea Trips coffee mug.
You can book it here.
Lauderee is a favorite for those with a sweet tooth in town. Located on South William Street, you can book afternoon tea for two (€75), for three (€105) or for four (€140).
As expected, you’ll be treated to a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, delicious treats, tea and a glass of prosecco each.
The cake cafe
The Cake Cafe, located in Pleasant’s Place, has perhaps one of the best afternoon tea deals in Dublin, costing just €27.45 per person.
For that price, you’ll get a glass of prosecco followed by a selection of mini sandwiches made with their freshly baked breads. Next, you’ll enjoy a selection of mini cakes of the day with a freshly brewed tea or coffee of your choice.
Starting at €60, afternoon tea at the Westbury is one of Dublin’s most upscale offerings. While admiring the view of Grafton Street, you can sit down and feast on a selection of sandwiches, scones and homemade pastries.
You will also be served fragrant teas from around the world in silver teapots and you will have the opportunity to sip a glass of Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV from the champagne trolley.
The Hazel House
Located in Tibradden, The Hazel House’s afternoon tea offering is one of the more rustic starters on the list, taking place in the ambient cafe that uses its own fresh ingredients to make savory sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones.
Plus, you can also enjoy some prosecco. You can book it here.
The Merrion in Dublin city center offers an afternoon tea experience that takes place in their drawing rooms. If we want to talk about a unique afternoon tea, we should definitely point out that this “Art Tea” is, well, artistic.
The treats you will be served are their own little works of art inspired by the work of JB Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and others.
You can book afternoon tea at the Merrion here.
old music store
The Old Music Shop restaurant on North Frederick Street offers afternoon tea served in its Georgian dining room.
Along with the basics such as fresh sandwiches, scones, cakes and a selection of teas, there is also the option of adding a glass of prosecco, gin and a bottle of wine or champagne.
Plus, they offer an afternoon tea package that you can have delivered to your doorstep.
Perhaps the most worthy of the title of hidden gem when it comes to afternoon tea in Dublin is the vintage Parnell Street teapot. Enjoy a selection of Chinese treats, sweet bites and scones for just €29.95 for two people.
Pog has become one of the best places in Dublin to eat pancakes. With four restaurants in and around the city, its Howth restaurant offers a delicious afternoon tea that consists of a variety of fresh, non-traditional bites such as the Mini Avocado Toast, Vegan Sausage Roll and Mini Jackfruit and Slaw Sambo.
It costs €30 per person with the possibility of adding prosecco (€37). Plus, you can go bottomless for €47.
silk road cafe
Housed in one of Dublin’s most fascinating cultural attractions, Chester Beatty, Silk Road Cafe’s afternoon tea menu is influenced by what’s in the library.
Rather than sandwiches and scones, you’ll be treated to treats from 15 countries around the world, including Palestinian chicken, falafel, sweet corn fritters, Persian love cakes, mango mousse and burfi Indian.
The Dylan Hotel
The Dylan Hotel on Eastmoreland Place offers five-star afternoon tea which consists of delicacies served to you as you relax in crushed velvet sofas.
Expect the salty, sweet and sparkling classic for €40 per person.
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