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Best Places to Have Tea in Dublin

Looking for an afternoon of delicious treats and class? Having tea in Dublin is the perfect way to spend a few hours treating yourself to some of the finer things the city has to offer. Whether you are looking for a high end or more budget experience, Dublin has some of the best tea places around and something to suit everyone. 

For those who love art, beauty, and creativity in a meal, look no further than The Merrion Hotel. The Merrion is not simply a luxury hotel; it is also a bar, restaurant, and spa with some of Dublin’s most stunning and delicious afternoon tea sweets. The desserts are inspired by over 90 pieces of artwork from artists such as William Scott and J.B. Yeats and are so beautiful it is almost a shame to eat them. The art tea is served at 13:30, 16:00, and 16:30 everyday making it an ideal way to unwind after a busy morning of activities.The food is served on fine china as you relax in the gorgeous drawing room of the hotel; it is a one of a kind experience all tea lovers must try. 

House is another fabulous option that offers sweet and savory foods for those whose budgets are more midrange. Part time club and restaurant, House serves not only fantastic treats but also a myriad of cocktails, teas, and coffees in their plush garden and terrace spaces that overlook the river Shannon. The place has a great atmosphere with friendly staff, a diverse mix of customers, and classic food. This is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike so pre booking is essential; be sure to check out House for a fabulous tea at a reasonable price. 

One of Dublin’s most famous hotels, The Shelbourne, is one of the most elegant places to enjoy afternoon tea and an iconic tradition among visitors. Tea is served in the lovely mayor’s lounge, one of Ireland’s most popular drawing rooms, with stunning views of St. Stephens Green. The space is opulent, the presentation high class, and the food mouthwatering. Consider stopping into the Shelbourne for afternoon tea in style.

For a more unique experience consider The Westin; this five star hotel hosts not only a classic afternoon tea but a mad hatter one as well, giving guests the choice between a traditional or peculiar visit. Tea is served in the lovely Atrium Lounge which has cosy chairs, a refined atmosphere, and a five story high ceiling that gives perfect views of the sky. Airy and elegant it is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy some of the best things the city has to offer. 

The Cake Cafe is also an option for anyone who wishes to experience afternoon tea without the expensive price tag. Located behind Camden street, this trendy local spot features chill vibes, tasty food, and good wine. Sandwiches are made on freshly baked bread, prosecco or wine is available upon arrival, and there is no need to book ahead. There is also an adorable courtyard to sit and relax until your food comes. This hidden gem is the perfect budget cafe with tea and cakes delicious enough to rival the big name hotels. 

The Westbury, located on Balfe street, is another lovely hotel that does a fantastic afternoon tea. With views of the bustling Grafton street, a champagne trolley, roaring fireplaces, and comfy couches, this is the place for those who want to spend a few hours unwinding. The staff is very informed and they serve a variety of sandwiches, scones, and pastries, not to mention teas from all over the world. Tea is served from 12:30 to 17:30 and is only €45 Monday through Friday and €55 Saturday and Sunday. 

If you are interested in a once in a lifetime experience, the Vintage Tea Tours is perfect for you. This tour takes you around Dublin by bus as you enjoy a number of tasty treats, hear some interesting facts from the staff, and listen to 1950’s Jazz music. The tour is the winner of a certificate of excellence in 2018 and it is not hard to imagine why. Visitors leave with a better idea of the city, full stomachs, and their very own travel mug. What better way to explore the city than with some sweet treats and warm tea. 

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