High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel


One of my coworkers said this last week and it’s so sappy but true: there’s nothing quite like sharing a place you love with people you love. I’ve been here virtually on my own for the past three months so it was great to have some of “my people” in town this past week. My dad and sister Madeleine visited me, and we had such an incredible time!! I won’t spoil too much because I have a full-on post detailing our Garden Route road trip coming up later this week, but here’s a short and sweet (literally, even just the photos could cause an insulin spike) post about an afternoon Maddie and I had after my dad left: Tea at the Nellie.



It was our last stop before Maddie scooted off to the airport to her final destination of Barcelona for study abroad, and this seemed the perfect venue to hang out, catch up and stuff our faces before a long flight (or nap, in my case ;)).


The Belmond Mount Nelson sits in the Gardens neighborhood of Cape Town, with sprawling grounds and salmon colored buildings.The setting for high tea is particularly idyllic: a veranda overlooking the hotel’s fountains and gardens. High Tea is served daily from 1:30-3:30 and 3:30-5:30pm (morning and evening teas are also available), and costs ZAR 295 ($20) per person. It includes an optional glass of bubbly (yes please!), a tiered savory course, a dessert buffet, a scones course, and of course, your unlimited selections from the 4 page tea menu. Highly recommend the berry sencha green tea and the orange rooibos. Basically the pictures speak for themselves but everything is DECADENT and you pretty much roll out of there wishing you had a second stomach (or the foresight/nerve to bring a doggy bag home…) BONUS: they’re awesome about catering to food allergies! I’m allergic to nuts and they made sure I could taste a version of pretty much everything, desserts included 🙂




Check back in the next couple days for a full recap of our Garden Route road trip!

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