Ever since I was a little girl, my mum and sisters would solve all the problems of the world and celebrate all achievements with a cup of tea on the couches of our home. I still have the feeling that everything goes better with a cup of tea. The British concept of tea time is ingrained in South African culture – particularly in Cape Town. Even in corporate offices there is a tea break during the day and not a coffee break! Sting sang “I don’t drink coffee, I take tea my dear”, in his Song “Englishman in New York” ..so here’s where we take tea my dear!
Without a doubt this tea house in Simon’s Town has to be number one on the Top Tea Spots. They serve tea from wooden teacups as Tibetan Folklore states “that drinking tea from a wooden cup makes you handsome, popular and wise”. If that’s not a good enough reason to take tea, they have a VAST selection of tea. The 2 most popular teas are the home made Spiced Chai Tea and the Tibetan Salty Butter tea. The also have an impressive range of imported organic black, white & green teas, fruit infusions and flavoured rooibos teas. Tibetan Teahouse has fresh herb teas & infusions from herbs such as rose geranium, lemon geranium and lemon grass (many of which come from the on-site organic garden!). Do try their vegan and gluten free food and visit the gallery and Tibetan shop. Read More…
Opening hours: Tues – Sunday: 10am – 5pm | Tel: 021 786 1544
What you see is what you get here in this family friendly deli tucked away at Noordhoek Farm Village. The open plan kitchen creates a warm and friendly, bustling environment and we just love the walls lined with books which you can buy or exchange! Perfect spot to meet for a cup of tea, with a book or with friends (and fabulous bakery too!). As CS Lewis said: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” They stock Ceylon and rooibos tea as well as peppermint, chamomile, earl grey, green tea and chai tea. Read More…
Deli Opening Times: Daily 8am – 4:30pm | Tel: 021 789 1966
Imhoff Farm: Kommetjie
For old world charm, stop at Imhoff Farm where you can get a cuppa tea at the Free Range Farm Shop & coffee shop (Although we promise they have great tea!) or at the Blue Water Cafe. Both are excellent spots to unwind and relax summing up the words of Thich Nat Hahn, “Drink your tea slowly & reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future”. Read More…
Opening Hours: Coffee Shop: 9am- 5pm Tel: 021 783 5828
Restaurant: Tues 9am- 5pm Weds- Sun: 9am –late Tel: 021 783 2007
The Annex: Kalk Bay
Tucked behind Kalk Bay Books, The Annex is a calm haven from the bustle of the Kalk Bay Main Road. With brick walls, a fireplace and a great tea list including Green Tea, Berry, Chai, Chamomile and Peppermint teas plus a selection of Iced Teas, this is a lovely spot to take tea. There is a Chinese proverb that states “ I would rather go for three days without food than a day without tea”, however the food is fabulous too with a particularly great section of yummy cakes so we don’t recommend following Chinese philosophy on this one!
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm | Tel: 021 788 2453
Casa Labia: Muizenberg
Casa Labia Café is located in the former reception area of the home originally built for Count Labia, the Italian ambassador in the Cape. The cafe is charming, warm and very intimate making a great spot for an elegant afternoon tea occasion. “Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” , claimed Chaim Potok! On Friday and Sunday afternoons Casa Labia has a pianist playing compositions from classical to popular modern works. Pop upstairs to the African Nova boutique Shop and the art gallery.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm | Tel: 021 788 6062
“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” William Gladstone
Some other Great Tea Venues to warm or cool you, cheer you or calm you:
- The Meeting Place in Simon’s Town. Tel: 021 786 5678
- Knead in Muizenberg: Tel: 021 788 2909
- Cafe Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village: Tel: 021 789 2538
- The Manor Bar, Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay: Tel: 021 790 0116
- Suikerbossie: Hout Bay Tel: 021 790 1450
“Where there is tea there is hope” – Arthur W. Pinero
And to finish on a hopeful note… Stop at the Original T-bag Design Company situated in Hout Bay – a glorious upliftment project where they make fabric items, decor items, gifts, table ware and stationary out of reused tea-bags! Tel: 021 790 0887 or visit their website for products.
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