Shanghai's best afternoon teas: moderate

From Andaz Xintiandi afternoon tea to Meilin's afternoon tea at Light&Salt

Shanghai's best afternoon teas with moderate price tags, from Andaz Xintiandi afternoon tea to Meilin's afternoon tea at Light & Salt

Andaz Xintinadi

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 weather lasts.

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