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June 03, 2013

Five amazing places for tea in Cape Town

Let's have tea, says Allison Foat, as she reviews the top 5 tea spots in Cape Town –  and the Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier comes highly recommended

When people say, "Let’s have tea," it means they plan to take some time and chat over a cup, or two or three.

Unlike coffee, you can't really grab a cuppa and run ... tea on the go? Not so much. That fast-forward drinking pleasure sort of belongs to coffee. Well, that's the way I see it anyway.

Drinking tea is a gentler, more languid pastime and there's no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CIty Centre and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.

My reasons for choosing these particular spots are many – the cups are beautiful, the cakes delicious, the settings charming, the teas a superior quality and the welcomes warm and friendly. Let's have tea...

Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier

Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier at the V&A Waterfront has wonderful macaroons and serves tea in exquisite Villeroy & Boch porcelain cups and teapots. I do not love the sugar sachets, though – bring back the cubes I say...

Contact: +27 (0)21 418 8844
Website: www.myattcafe.com

Peter's House

Peter's House in Tamboerskloof (opposite Power & the Glory) does a boozy high tea every Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 6pm.

It mixes it up with both sweet and savoury goodies on the menu, and delicious winter warmers like hot toddies and, of course, "ordinary" tea for the less adventurous.

Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3451
Website: www.petershouse.co.za

The Power & the Glory

The Power & the Glory and its irresistible killer carrot cake, made right there, is a pure delight.

It uses fabulous Dilmah teas, served in Le Creuset mugs, making it all very fabulous. Owner Adam Whiteman knows how to put it together, that's for sure.

And yes, if there's paper on the table, you can release your inner scribbler and doodle while you sip.

Contact: +27 (0)21 422 2108

Tamboers Winkel

Tamboers Winkel in Tamboerskloof is a favourite place of mine, a home away from home.

Tea is served in vintage cups and the red velvet cupcakes and brownies are moreish.

Contact: +27 (0)21 424 0521
Website: www.tamboerswinkel.com

Luvey 'n Rose

This newest place I found is Luvey 'n Rose, an art gallery and coffee shop in Rose Street, Bo-Kaap.

The interior is superb and the tea it serves is an excellent brand called TWG – my favourite is Vanilla Bourbon. That, coupled with a piece of shortbread, is a heavenly combination.

Contact: +27 (0)83 557 7156
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Luvey-n-Rose

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