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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

+27 (0)21 794 2137 or restaurant@collectionmcgrath.com or www.cellars-hohenort.com

The Library at Cape Grace

+27 (0)21 410 7100 or signal@capegrace.com or www.capegrace.com

Ellerman House

+27 (0)21 430 3200, info@ellerman.co.za or www.ellerman.co.za

The Terrace at the Mount Nelson

+27 (0)21 483 1000, reservations@mountnelson.co.za or www.mountnelson.co.za

Vista Bar at the One & Only Cape Town

+27 (0)21 431 5888 or restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com or capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

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 tbhres@za.suninternational.com 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...

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