Shanghai's best afternoon teas with moderate price tags, from Andaz Xintiandi afternoon tea to Meilin's afternoon tea at Light & Salt
Where Andaz Lounge or Hai Pai
What The Andaz Afternoon Tea
When 2.30-5.30pm daily
Price 193.20RMB per person (including 15
percent ser vice charge)
What you get A modern presentation on
a tiered stand including an array of sweet
and savoury items accompanied by scones
with jam and clotted cream, plus a pot of
tea or coffee.
The food From the savoury selection,
the warm mini quiches are wonder fully
satisfying. Also memorable are the scones-served with fresh cream and flavoursome
homemade jam. On the sweet side, the
star of the show has to beng café.
The locale Afternoon tea is served on
the comfortable and spacious ground
level Andaz Lounge with large windows
overlooking Xintiandi. There’s also a large
deck area where you can enjoy afternoon
tea outside – make the most of it while the
The verdict A great value option, with tasty
scones to boot – best value hotel tea.
Andaz Xintiandi is at 88 Songshan Lu, near
Huaihai Zhong Lu. See full address details
What Afternoon Tea
When 2-5pm daily
Price 158RMB per person
What you get A tea, coffee or cold drink
(or for an additional 10RMB, the signature
hot/iced chocolate), a savoury canapés
plate including vegetable rolls, salmon
mousse, cod brandade with gherkin
mayonnaise and duck rillettes with country
bread croutons; and for sweets, the choice
of pastry (between éclair au chocolat, tarte citron, éclair Mont-Blanc etc).
The food Enjoy but don’t dwell on the
somewhat modest savoury options and
instead fully immerse yourself in the
generous pastry. The éclair Mont-Blanc is
a highlight, with light and delicate choux
pastry topped with milk chocolate and
squiggles of sweet chestnut cream. From
the drinks menu, it’s hard to pass up the
old fashioned hot chocolate ‘L’Africain’,
served with a side of whipped cream for a
thick, rich and luxurious sip – it’s almost
a dessert in its own right. If you’re keen
for something lighter, tr y a pot of Thé 226
au Cacao. This mix of Chinese and Ceylon
tea with chocolate aromas is considerably
less heavy and provides the perfect
accompaniment to the sweet and savoury
bites on offer.
The locale Attempting to recreate the
famous Parisian dining room, Angelina is
quintessentially French; from the intimate
tables that are perfect for a tête-à-tête, to
the French music resonating around the
dining room. If the weather is kind, the mini
garden-style terrace is a good spot to while
away the afternoon.
The verdict Although the savour y options
are somewhat lacking in substance, it’s
still worth stopping by for the quality sweet
offerings and a pot of delicious tea or hot
chocolate – best for French-style fancy.
Angelina is at Unit 120, Shanghai Centre,
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu. See full address details
Light & Salt
What Meilin’s Afternoon Tea
When 2.30-5pm daily
Price 158RMB per person
What you get Tea or coffee plus a hearty
but balanced mix of sweet and savoury:
foie gras mousse, prawn ceviche, savour y
madeleines, a macaron, mini ice cream,
hawthorn berry parfait, opera cake, fruit
tar t, and freshly baked scones with orange
marmalade, berry jam and whipped cream.
The food Light & Salt’s creative offerings
make their afternoon tea a joy. The set
for one person is generous and easily
sharable between two if you add a drink.
Highlights include the freshly made ice
cream and the fluffy opera cake.
The locale With large window seats, plenty
of light and a gorgeous terrace with views
over the Huangpu, Light & Salt offers a
fantastic riverside afternoon tea.
The verdict Generous por tions, a lovely
terrace and great ser vice – best for a glam
afternoon tea with a view.
Light & Salt is at Sixth Floor, 133
Yuanmingyuan Lu, Near Xianggang Lu. See full address details
M on the Bund
What M on the Bund’s High Tea
When 3-5pm Sat-Sun
Price 151.80RMB per person (including 10
percent service charge)
What you get Freshly baked scones served
with clotted cream and jam, an assortment
of finger sandwiches (egg, cucumber and
tuna/salmon), cakes and pastries (such
as lemon tar ts and chocolate brownies)
and a pot of tea or a cafetiere of coffee.
The food Exceptional but accessible – what
we love about afternoon tea here is that it’s
generous, balanced, but most importantly,
excites the taste buds. From the rich and
tasty sandwich fillings to the light and
delightful lemon tart, you’ll be well sated.
The locale Whether you’re inside the dining
room or out on the glorious terrace, M on
the Bund is one of our very favourite spots
to spend an afternoon. With impeccable
service, divine teacups (which can also be
purchased) and a laid-back vibe, afternoon
tea here is hard to beat.
The verdict Outstanding but only available
on weekends – best for good food,
picturesque views and gorgeous teacups.
M on the Bund is at Seventh Floor, Five on the
Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan
Dong Yi Lu. See full address details
The Portman Ritz-Carlton
Where The Lobby Lounge
What Traditional Afternoon Tea
When 2.30-5.30pm daily
Price 217.35RMB per person based on
a two person set (434.70RMB for two
including 15 percent service charge)
What you get A triple-tiered assortment of
savoury items (such as a ham croissant,
salmon tar tare and cucumber sandwiches)
and sweet items (like chocolate cup
cakes, éclairs, opera cake, fruit tar ts and
macarons) that will dominate your table
along with scones, jam and clotted cream,
plus a pot of tea or coffee.
The food Everything is made on site and
there’s a balanced array of offerings. From
the savoury selection, the fresh and tasty
cucumber sandwiches are a highlight. The
scones are fluffy and moreish, while the
sweet options are eye-catching, colourful
and provide a nice mix of chocolate and
fruity options, making for an afternoon
tea that’s as pleasing to look at as it is to
munch your way through.
The locale The bustling lobby area at
Shanghai Centre makes for an interesting
spot to linger and watch the passing
crowds. Comfortable seating and relaxed
service all contribute to making this
afternoon tea worthy of a visit.
The verdict Good food and wonderful
service – best for people-watching.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton is at Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near
Xikang Lu. See full address details