February 14, 2012
High Tea in Cape Town - with a Twist
By the end of the 19th century, the Cape of Good Hope had become a popular destination for Europe’s wealthy travellers and, naturally, the tradition of high tea was adopted in Cape Town. Certainly it's a tradition that flourishes.
Most four- and five-star hotels serve delicious snacks and sweet treats, and a wide range of teas and coffees. In South Africa the much loved rooibos tea, made from our indigenous fynbos, is included on the high tea menu, and tea cakes are now combined with traditional South African treats such as miniature koeksisters (crisp, plaited doughnuts soaked in syrup), mini milk tarts and konfyt (jam) among the usual cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponges and petit fours.
These places in particular are known for their stylish afternoon tea:
The Conservatory at The Cellars Hohenhort
The Library at Cape Grace
The Terrace at the Mount Nelson
Vista Bar at the One & Only Cape Town
Café Grill at Twelve Apostles
+27 (0)21 437 9000 or www.12apostleshotel.com
The Lounge at the Table Bay Hotel
+27 (0)21 406 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.suninternational.com/Destinations/Hotels/TableBay
As we sip on our Ceylon it's good to take a moment to reflect on those fate-changing journeys that went before ours….punctuated in part by the daily ritual of a high tea...