9 Best Afternoon Tea Dublin in 2023 (2023)

Searching for the best afternoon tea in Dublin? You’ve landed in the right place!

Since hitting the publish button on a guide to the best breakfast in Dublin a while back, we’d had heaps of emails from people asking about afternoon tea recommendations.

So here we are! The Victorian tradition of tea served with a variety of savoury and sweet spreads in the afternoon has proved pretty popular in Dublin.

Below, you’ll find plenty of excellent places for afternoon tea in Dublin City Centre and beyond, for those of you that fancy a mid-day treat. Dive on in!

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Wherewethink does the best afternoon tea Dublin has to offer

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Photo via The Atrium Lounge on Facebook

The first section of our guide is whatwethink is the best afternoon tea Dublin has to offer. These are places that one or more of The Irish Road Trip Team have been to.

Below, you’ll find everywhere from the swanky Shelbourne Hotel and the Merrion to the The Vintage Teapot and more.

1. The Shelbourne (from €55 p/p)

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Photo via The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection on Facebook

The Shelbourne is arguably the most historic setting for afternoon tea in Dublin City Centre. This lavish 5-star hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the country and its interior screams indulgence.

Their busy Lord Mayor’s Lounge offers elegant Afternoon Tea with an Irish twist. Expect to find foods like homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and whiskey-cured salmon with Guinness bread.

There’s a Classic Afternoon Tea for €55 per person and a Champagne Afternoon Tea from €73 per person.

2. The Vintage Teapot (€15 p/p)

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Photo via The Vintage Teapot restaurant on Facebook

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Make your way to the Vintage Teapot, a lovely tearoom spread over three floors that are famed for its charming décor (expect everything from silk cushions to oriental paintings).

This place has its own version of Afternoon Tea with delicacies such as macaroons, blinis, and a wide range of Asian sweets. They also offer an extensive range of traditional Chinese teas on their menu that is printed on bamboo.

If you wish to read a book while enjoying your Afternoon Tea, you can do so from the comfort of a little reading corner with both Chinese and English literature.

2021 Update:I’ve just phoned the Vintage Teapot to check the price, as it seems too good to be true. However, they confirmed it’s still €15 p/p, making it the best value afternoon tea Dublin has to offer.

3. The Atrium Lounge (from €49 p/p)

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Photo via The Atrium Lounge on Facebook

Situated inside the 5-star Westin Hotel, the Atrium Lounge is a good option if you’re looking for a refined setting for your tea and treats.

The inviting décor and the tastefully decorated courtyard make a perfect setting for an alfresco Afternoon Tea experience.

On the menu, you will find freshly baked scones, sandwiches, and delicate desserts. They also offer a Tome for Gin Afternoon Tea options that includes crayfish mayonnaise and popcorn panna cotta.

If you’re looking for the best afternoon tea in Dublin to mark a special occasion, what’s on offer at the swanky Westin Hotel is well worth checking out.

Related read: Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Dublin (from Michelin Star eats to Dublin’s best burger)

4. The Merrion Hotel (from €55)

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Photos via The Merrion Hotel Dublin on Facebook

One of the most luxurious 5 star hotels Dublin, the Merrion Hotel takes Afternoon Tea to a whole new level.

This dining experience takes place in the hotel’s drawing rooms and includes a variety of treats ranging from miniature desserts inspired by artists to scones and sambos.

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The Art Tea at the Merrion will set you back €55 per person. It is worth mentioning that former president of the US, Barack Obama, stayed at the Merrion back in 2011 during his visit to Dublin.

5. The Westbury (from €58 p/p)

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Photos via The Westbury Hotel on Facebook

The Westbury is another fancy spot that tends to rank high in many guides to the best afternoon tea in Dublin, and for good reason.

Inside this elegant hotel, you will find the famous Gallery which boasts a lovely interior with an open fireplace during the colder months and piano music.

Their Afternoon Tea menu starts at €58 p/p and includes everything from petite sandwiches and pastries to crumbly scones, cakes, teas, and champagnes.

Other popular places for afternoon tea in Dublin City and beyond

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Photos via Airfield Estate on FB

Now that we have wherewethink does the best afternoon tea in Dublin out of the way, it’s time to see what else the capital has to offer.

Below, you’ll find some of the other Dublin afternoon tea spots, each of which has racked up rave reviews online.

1. Vintage Tea Trips (from €49.50 p/p)

First up is arguably the most unique afternoon tea Dublin has to offer – Vintage Tea Trips (affiliate link). Those that climb aboard are in for an experience and a half!

You’ll board the vintage Routemaster bus from Temple Bar and listen to 1950s jazz as you munch away on all of the usual afternoon tea favourites.

You’ll also get a good look at Dublin City, as the bus passes everywhere fromSt. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church to Trinity College, the Phoenix Park and more.

Related read: Check out our guide to the best brunch in Dublin (or our guide to the best bottomless brunch in Dublin)

2. The Cake Café (from €27.45 p/p)

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Photos via The Cake Café on FB

You will find the amazing Cake Café right behind Dublin’s bustling Camden Street. This sunny little tea room and bohemian bakery is one of the more popular cafes in Dublin.

Mainly thanks to the mouthwatering desserts and pastries, like cupcakes and chocolate brownies, that it dishes out each day.

The Afternoon Tea is served daily and includes delicious cakes, sandwiches, soups, and a glass of prosecco. If you are on a budget and wish to enjoy some tasty cakes, a visit to this venue is simply a must.

3. The Morrison Hotel (from €32 p/p)

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Photos via The Morrison Hotel on Facebook

If you’re in search of an alternative version of afternoon tea in Dublin, then this next place should be right up your street.

Offering a modern take on the traditional Afternoon Tea, the Morrison Hotel is famed for its chic décor and upbeat vibe.

There are several different options to choose from: The Fancy Pants Tea, The Gentlemen’s Tea, the Vegan Afternoon Tea and the Wheat Free Afternoon Tea.

4. Airfield Estate (update: currently on hold)

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Photos via Airfield Estate on FB

Located in Dundrum, Airfield Estate is a great place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the Dublin city centre.

The seasonal Afternoon Tea menu includes both savoury and homemade sweet treats and a nice selection of teas. They only use the freshest seasonal produce which actually grows in the estate’s gardens.

If you are looking for a relaxing destination where you can enjoy tasty foods and admire magnificent garden and mountain views, make sure to stop by the Airfield Estate for Afternoon Tea.

2021 Update: I just called Airfeld (Nov 10th) to check if this was still running, and they said that it’s on hold at the minute, but that it’s likely to be back soon.

5. The Hazel House (€20 p/p)

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Photos via The Hazel House on Facebook

Next up is arguably the most unique afternoon tea Dublin has to offer (it’s also a great spot to bring kids!). Welcome to the Hazel House, an Irish craft café, woodwork shop, and a petting farm.

Located outside the city centre in Tibradden, this cool venue offers everything from delicious foods to live music and a bunch of different workshops.

Their version of Afternoon Tea comes with a glass of prosecco. If you are feeling adventurous, go on a hike to the summit of the nearby Tibradden Mountain.

2021 Update:I’ve just called these lads to check prices. They said you need to book this at least a day in advance.

Afternoon tea Dublin: Where have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places for high tea in Dublin City Centre and beyond.

If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

FAQs about the best afternoon tea in Dublin

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from where to get a boozy afternoon tea in Dublin to which place does the funkiest spread.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What is the best afternoon tea Dublin has to offer?

The Atrium Lounge, The Vintage Teapot and The Shelbourne are three of the best afternoon tea Dublin spots in 2021.

What is the most unique place in Dublin for afternoon tea?

In our opinion, the most unique afternoon tea Dublin has to offer is the one from Vintage Tea Trips. You’re on a vintage bus, after all.

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FAQs

Where is the most classically famous afternoon tea served? ›

In London, The Ritz is still the most famous location to take afternoon tea; there are over 18 different types of tea to choose from, sandwiches are replenished and, after the scones, cakes are served from a trolley.

What do you wear to a high tea in Dublin? ›

Smart casual is fine but if you like to wear your finery this is a great opportunity to do so.

What time is afternoon tea in Dublin? ›

Afternoon Tea Sittings

Monday - Sunday 12pm, 2.30pm and 5pm.

Can you ask for more at afternoon tea? ›

You can ask for more scones, sandwiches, cakes and tea—not that you'll need it. Afternoon tea is usually quite filling, which brings us to our next point… Do treat afternoon tea as a meal.

What are the 3 main foods served at an afternoon tea? ›

There aren't any rules when it comes to the food, but a standard afternoon tea comprises a tier of sandwiches, a tier of cakes and one of scones or teacakes.

What do you wear to an afternoon tea? ›

Usually, the attire requested for guests to adhere to for afternoon tea is 'smart casual'. This will generally mean no sports-branded trainers, t-shirts, shorts, or sportswear. A typical outfit for afternoon tea for men would include smart trousers and shoes, with a shirt.

Can you wear jeans to high tea? ›

In a pinch, a well-pressed collared shirt and smart jeans will usually suffice. Dress as you would as a wedding guest at an afternoon reception. For more casual teas in a warm weather destination, a casual look, like polo shirt and shorts, is likely fine.

What should you not wear to high tea? ›

If you want to ensure you're wearing the proper high tea attire, stay away from anything mini or clingy. You will be seated most of the time, so make sure your high tea dress is comfortable: not too short or tight. Something that hits just above or below your knee will be perfect.

What do you wear to afternoon tea in Ireland? ›

Smart casual is fine but if you like to wear your finery this is a great opportunity to do so.

Why is tea time at 4pm? ›

Traditionally, Afternoon Tea is served around 4 pm. It was not created to replace dinner but rather to fill the gap between an early lunch and a late dinner. Small sandwiches, scones, biscuits, and tea were typically on small ornamental three-tier serving trays.

Do you tip at afternoon tea? ›

It's not your average plated meal, so what's the appropriate gratuity? “Tea servers are working just as hard as traditional meal servers and have studied diligently to learn the different varieties of teas, the menu, the types of Champagne, etc. So, tip the same as a standard meal,” suggests Mercer.

How many sandwiches do you get in an afternoon tea? ›

Usually consisting of a selection of teas, freshly prepared finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries with all the trimmings, a light Afternoon Tea should allow for 4 sandwiches, 2 scones and 2 cakes (of different varieties) per person.

What do you eat first at afternoon tea? ›

The correct order to enjoy the food that accompanies afternoon tea is savory to sweet: sandwiches first, then scones, and sweets last. You can use your fingers to eat all three courses. To eat a scone, you simply break it in half with your fingers.

What is the difference between high tea and afternoon tea? ›

Whilst they both include tea as a beverage, afternoon tea includes delicate pastries, little sandwiches, scones and cakes. Whereas high tea is typically a more wholesome meal of meat, potatoes and vegetables served after a long hard day at work.

How many cakes per person for afternoon tea? ›

roughly four little sandwiches per person (2 or 3 kinds); 1 average or 2 small scones: always one with cream and jams/honey; sometimes also one savoury variation. 1 or 2 pieces of cake/pastry (if 2, one rich, one simple)

What is the best time for afternoon tea? ›

People usually have afternoon tea between 3 and 5pm, and 4pm is often cited as the best time for afternoon tea. Many hotels and restaurants offer it from noon until early evening, though, so you don't have to stick to the rules if you want to have it earlier or later.

What kind of shoes do you wear for afternoon tea? ›

Wear closed-toed shoes with a more formal tea party outfit.

For a more formal tea party, feel free to reach for heels—just skip stilettos and choose something with a stacked style so it's a little more conservative.

What is tea etiquette? ›

If sat at a table, the proper manner to drink tea is to raise the tea cup, leaving the saucer on the table, and to place the cup back on the saucer between sips. It's considered rude to look anywhere but into the cup whilst sipping tea, and absolutely no slurping!

Can you wear sneakers to afternoon tea? ›

Most venues have a relaxed 'smart casual' dress code these days, so there is no need for men to wear a jacket and tie (unless otherwise specified) - trousers or smart jeans, collared shirt and clean/un-scuffed shoes are acceptable. No sportswear or trainers (sneakers).

Is it OK to wear black to a tea party? ›

Black is a completely acceptable option for high tea styling.

Do you drink alcohol at high tea? ›

What is involved in a High Tea? Usually, High Tea's include a light sparkling wine or champagne served in gorgeous stemware to compliment the food and tea at the party!

Can you wear dress pants to a tea party? ›

And though the aforementioned styles work well for afternoon tea, you don't have to wear a dress or skirt to be “smart casual.” Dress pants or stylish slacks can provide another stylish option to wear to your afternoon tea. Just make sure they are tailored well, fit properly and are suited for the season.

Can I wear a long dress to tea? ›

A dress or skirt is always a good choice for high tea. If you're wearing a dress or skirt, make sure it is at least knee-length. A blouse or lightweight sweater is an excellent choice to wear with a skirt. Pants or trousers can be worn to high tea, just avoid denim, leggings, and overly casual pant styles.

Can seniors wear jeans? ›

En español | EAre you ever too old to wear jeans? That question has been popping up on social media lately, so let's shout out a firm "No!" Choose jeans with the right fit, fabric, wash and proportions for your body, and then wear them in a contemporary way that suits your style and preferences.

Can seniors wear leggings? ›

There is no right or wrong answer to wearing leggings after 50. I think that if you feel comfortable wearing leggings, then by all means wear them. Here is our list of the best leggings for older women: SATINA High Waisted Leggings – buttery soft and have a super flattering high waist.

Are leggings worn in Ireland? ›

Are Leggings Okay to Wear in Dublin? Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, but they're often too casual looking as pants for Ireland. If you're a big fan of leggings, consider pairing a black pair with long tunics during the spring, or wearing them under dresses and skirts in fall and winter.

Can you wear leggings in Ireland? ›

Leggings are a fantastic and cozy choice when deciding what to wear in Ireland–I love this pair and tended to throw them on whenever we had a long drive ahead. What is this? Be sure to bring along a pair of jeans as well–this is my favorite pair–even in the summer.

What time is afternoon tea in Ireland? ›

Sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake around 4:00 pm became very popular. These days, it's more of a treat and for tourists, a special experience in Ireland.

Does golden hour happen every day? ›

The golden hour occurs twice during the day: In the morning, it begins when the Sun is at -4º of elevation and it ends when the Sun is at 6º above the horizon. It matches the end of the civil twilight, just after the blue hour.

Is golden hour twice a day? ›

First of all, the golden hour actually happens twice per day – the hour immediately after sunrise and the hour immediately before sunset. It is marked by redder, softer sunlight when compared to other times of day when the Sun is higher in the sky.

What is the difference between magic hour and golden hour? ›

Magic and golden hours get used interchangeably, but as our definition points out, magic hour is after sunset and before sunrise. Compare this to golden hour, which is before sunset and after sunrise.

What kind of tea do Brits drink at night? ›

The most famous «evening» tea is «Earl Grey». The receipt of this tea belongs to Charles Gray — a member of the British Parliament and influential diplomat. There are several varieties of tea «Earl Grey», according to exclusive recipes it is replicated by different companies.

How many times a day do British drink tea? ›

Q: HOW MANY OF CUPS OF TEA DO THE BRITISH DRINK EACH DAY? A: Approximately 100 million cups daily, which is almost 36 billion per year [Source: ITC]. Q: ARE WE NOW A COFFEE DRINKING NATION? A: No, the number of cups of coffee drunk each day is estimated at 70 million.

What kind of tea do the British drink in the afternoon? ›

Darjeeling, which comes from Northern India and is a light, delicate tea–perfect for Afternoon Teas. Ceylon Tea is slightly stronger than Darjeeling. It is aromatic with a slightly sharp taste. Assam is a strong tea which stands up well to being blended.

How much should I tip for a 40 dollar meal? ›

In the U.S., a tip of 15% of the before tax meal price is typically expected.

What is considered a generous tip? ›

A 20% tip is generous and requires straightforward math. To calculate a 20% tip, first identify 10%, then double that amount. So, if the total cost of your service was $90.00, find 10% by moving the decimal one spot to the left, which leaves you with $9.

How much should you tip for a $100 meal? ›

15-20% of the bill, including drinks.

Why you should not add milk to tea? ›

Tea, especially black and green varieties, is rich in compounds that act as antioxidants and may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, among other benefits. Some studies suggest that adding milk to tea may inhibit the activity of these compounds, while others have observed the opposite effect.

Why do you put your pinky out when drinking tea? ›

It comes from the fact that cultured people would eat their tea goodies with three fingers and commoners would hold the treats with all five fingers. Thus was born the misguided belief that one should raise their pinky finger to show they were cultured.

Why you shouldn't drink tea first thing in the morning? ›

“Your body is already dehydrated due to hours of sleep at night and when you drink tea in the morning as soon as you wake up, it causes dehydration. Theophylline, a chemical substance in tea, can have a dehydrating effect on coprolite, which might also lead to constipation,” says the expert.

Which city is famous for its tea all over the world? ›

Jorhat is known as the Tea Capital of the World and this small city has been the main centre of tea cultivation in the state. A visit to Assam is certainly incomplete without visiting a tea estate and adjoining factory.

In which country did the tradition of afternoon tea appear? ›

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.

Why is tea so popular in the Middle East? ›

For Arabs, tea denotes hospitality, and is typically served to guests. Tea owes its popularity to its social nature; it is one of the most important aspects of hospitality and business etiquette in Arab culture. Importantly, one should not reject tea when offered, because it may be considered rude.

What is the number 1 tea in the world? ›

Black Tea. Perhaps the most famous, and most popular, tea in the world, black tea is a staple in many households. There are several types of black tea in the market, but Ceylon tea is widely considered to be one of the finest brews.

What is the best selling tea in America? ›

Lipton tea is one of the most recognizable tea brands in the world and likely the best-selling tea in the Unites States in 2022, according to data analytics. It was one of the first companies to sell tea in a tea bag.

Which state tea is best in world? ›

Assam. The largest tea growing area in the world is found in Assam. Also, Assam is the largest contributor of tea in India. In fact, contrary to myths that we started growing tea only after it was procured from China; tea has always grown in Assam.

What is afternoon tea called in America? ›

Most people [i.e. Americans] refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or "meat tea" is dinner.

Is afternoon tea a thing in America? ›

Any confusion when one is visiting different parts of the country can easily be solved by explicitly asking for either "hot tea" or "iced tea." Afternoon tea, as a meal, is rarely served in the U.S. except in ritualized special occasions such as the tea party or an afternoon out at a high-end hotel or restaurant, which ...

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