The Best Afternoon Tea Dublin Has To Offer: 11 Places To Try In 2020

best afternoon tea in dublin
Photo left : By The Westbury. Photo right : By The Atrium Lounge

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.

In the guide below, you’ll find a wide variety of places to have afternoon tea in Dublin, from castles and 5-star hotels to cafes and more.

The Best Afternoon Tea In Dublin

  1. The Merrion Hotel
  2. The Vintage Teapot (one of the quirkiest places for afternoon tea in Dublin)
  3. The Shelbourne
  4. The Cake Café
  5. House Dublin
  6. Queen of Tarts (home to arguably the best afternoon tea in Dublin and beyond!)
  7. The Atrium Lounge
  8. The Morrison Hotel
  9. Airfield Estate
  10. The Hazel House (one of the most overlooked spots for afternoon tea Dublin has to offer)
  11. The Westbury

1. The Merrion Hotel

The Merrion Hotel Dublin outside area
Photos via The Merrion Hotel Dublin on Facebook

One of the most luxurious hotels in the city, Dublin’s 5-star 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.

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.

2. The Vintage Teapot (one of the quirkiest places for afternoon tea in Dublin)

The Vintage Teapot restaurant dublin
Photo via The Vintage Teapot restaurant on Facebook

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.

3. The Shelbourne

The Shelbourne
Photo via The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection on Facebook

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

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.

The regular Afternoon Tea at this chic hotel is priced at €55 per person. While you are in the neighbourhood, make sure to stop by the lush gardens of St Stephen’s Green.

4. The Cake Café

The Cake Café is one of the best places for afternoon tea in Dublin
Photos via The Cake Café on Facebook

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

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.

5. Queen of Tarts (home to arguably the best afternoon tea in Dublin and beyond!)

Queen of Tarts dublin
The best afternoon tea in Dublin: Photo via Queen of Tarts on Facebook

Opened in 1988, Queen of Tarts is run by sisters Regina and Yvonne Fallon who trained in NYC to become pastry chefs.

Once they moved back home to Dublin, the pair decided to open their own café and serve tasty foods like freshly baked scones, cupcakes, and their signature plum tarts.

The café also offers a sumptuous seasonal combination of sandwiches, as well as soups and salads that are available for lunch.

Customers like that the café only uses premium products including Callebaut fine Belgian chocolate for their cakes and Lavazza beans for coffee.

6. House Dublin

house dublin afternoon tea
Photos via housedublin.ie

If you read our guide to the best bottomless brunch in Dublin, you’ll have seen us rave about the boozy brunch offered at House. 

However, they also do alcohol-free afternoon tea. House is situated inside two Georgian townhouses and it boasts an amazing Afternoon Tea menu with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Whether you decide to have your Afternoon Tea in their cosy parlour or on the outdoor terrace, a visit to the House promises to be a memorable dining experience.

The menu includes a selection of macaroons, smoked salmon in Guinness brown bread, and an extensive list of afternoon tea cocktails if you fancy a tipple. 

7. The Atrium Lounge

The Atrium Lounge in dublin
Photo via The Atrium Lounge on Facebook

Next up is another of the best afternoon tea in Dublin City if you fancy splashing the cash and going all out for a special occasion. 

Situated inside the 5-star Westin Dublin hotel, the Atrium Lounge is one of the best options for Afternoon Tea in Dublin. 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. 

8. The Morrison Hotel

The Morrison Hotel
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 an upbeat vibe.

Whether you are craving some savoury treats, wish to try the delicious steak sandwiches, or get your sugar fix with the signature whiskey chocolate, everything you try here will be extremely tasty.

The Irish brewed Wicklow Wolf Beer pairs perfectly together with their Gentlemen’s Tea. The views of the River Liffey from the Morrison Hotel are spectacular.

9. Airfield Estate

Airfield Estate afternoon tea
Photo via Airfield Estate on Facebook

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.

10. The Hazel House (one of the most overlooked spots for afternoon tea Dublin has to offer)

The Hazel House cafe
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.

11. The Westbury

The Westbury hotel afternoon tea
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.

Foodies looking for a luxurious experience can visit the popular Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Inside this elegant hotel, you will find the famous Gallery where they serve the most amazing Afternoon Tea.

The Gallery boasts a lovely interior with an open fireplace and piano music. Their Afternoon Tea menu starts at €47 p/p and includes everything from petite sandwiches and pastries to crumbly scones, cakes, teas, and champagnes.

Afternoon Tea Dublin Offers

If you’re in search of afternoon tea deals in Dublin, you’re in luck – some of the places listed about offer regular deals for those looking to save a few quid.

One of the best ways to source afternoon tea Dublin offers and deals is to sign up to Living Social (we’re not linked to them in any way).

They seem to always have a section of the site that contains deals (search for ‘Afternoon tea deals Dublin Living Social’ and you’ll find the current offers.

The Best Afternoon Tea Dublin Has To Offer: Where Have We Missed

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some great places for afternoon tea Dublin in the guide above.

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

A thirsty travel writer with a passion for weird street food, Aperol spritz, and tropical islands.

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