Think you've tried all the afternoon teas in Shanghai? Check this list and eat more high teas the city has to offer
Grand Kempinski Hotel
Where The Lobby Bar
What Cherry Afternoon Tea (from 1 October - menu changes depending on the season)
When 2.30-5pm daily
Price 216.20RMB/two people (including 15 percent service).
What you get Scones jam and cream, sandwiches, mini quiches plus a selection of sweets, including cherry macarons, cheesecake, mousse and fruit tarts, all presented on a three tiered tray, plus a tea or coffee.
The food Plenty of variety and seasonal ingredients makes this an enjoyable afternoon tea. One to linger over as the weather gets cooler.
The locale Plush carpet, low lighting, couches and cushions make The Lobby Lounge a cosy place to enjoy an intimate afternoon.
The verdict Seasonal ingredients help keep tea at the Grand Kempinski fresh and interesting.
Grand Kempinski Hotel is at 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, near Yincheng Lu. See full address details
What Belle Epoque Afternoon Tea Set
When 2-5pm Tue-Sun
Price 308RMB/person (including 10 percent service charge).
What you get Three-tiered tea set made up of savoury and sweet items served with tea or coffee. There’s a puff pastry with beef and truffle, smoked salmon sandwich, rillettes de poisson sandwich, as well as sweet items, including scones with cream and jam, a macaron, caramel apple tart, financier, orange mini cake, mini panna cotta, mini éclair, and fruit cup.
The food The charming dining room suits the lovely presentation of ample, nicely put together treats. An apple tart packs intense fruit flavour laced with toasty caramel. Strawberry mousse marries vanilla cream in an elegant choux pastry. Even more memorable than the edibles are the loose-leaf teas, wheeled to the table on a tall cart. Glass jars display dried flowers and plants, which are combined and steeped with potted herbs as bespoke beverages.
The locale A brasserie of leather banquettes, white tablecloths, brass rails and parquet floors, the setting seems plucked from a Parisian boulevard and deposited on the Rockbund.
The Verdict Well-crafted food in a charming setting – best for an afternoon splurge with a Francophile friend.
Paris Rouge is at First Floor, YWCA Building, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu. See full address details
Where The Living Room
What The Park Hyatt Afternoon Tea
When 2-6pm daily
Price 339.25RMB/person (including 15 per cent service charge per set).
What you get A coffee or a pot of English breakfast or Longjing tea, plus savoury and sweet bites. Savoury items include a lobster bun, smoked salmon toast, foie gras, and quiche Lorraine, while the sweets include an almond and chocolate cake, passion fruit mousse, a Swiss roll and scones with clotted cream.
The food Carefully presented and well crafted, the food at The Park Hyatt’s afternoon tea is good, but it’s the view that makes it taste even sweeter.
The locale On the 87th floor lobby, the views at this afternoon tea are some of the finest – make sure to book a seat by the window.
The verdict Nice food and even nicer views – best for taking guests when you want to impress.
The Park Hyatt is at 79th-93rd floors, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu. See full address details
What POP Afternoon Tea (main image)
When 2-5pm daily
Price 196RMB/person (including 10 percent service charge).
What you get A tea of coffee plus a three tiered stand offering a selection of savoury items (a smoked salmon with frisee bagel, mozzarella and tomato ciabatta, and a ham and cheese sandwich). For sweets, there’s a raisin scone, raspberry macaron, chocolate cupcake, lemon cupcake, chocolate brownie and a pistachio éclair.
The food The food at POP’s afternoon tea is good, if not particularly memorable. From the savoury side, the ham and cheese sandwich, while tasty, reminds us a little too much of school lunches and the bagel is somewhat bland. The sweets get more exciting, with a luxurious brownie and the scone being the standouts.
The locale The POP dining room is gorgeous, comfortable, and the terrace is second to none.
The verdict If you’ve got some cash to splash (POP’s afternoon tea doesn’t come cheap) and want epic views over The Bund, then check it out.
POP American Brasserie is at Seventh Floor, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu. See full address details.
TWG Tea Salon (IAPM Mall)
What Tea Time set menus (four options available: 1837, Chic, Fortune, Manhattan)
When 2.30-5pm daily
Price Starting from 143RMB per person and rising to 308RMB per person. Prices include 10 percent service charge
What you get In the 1837 Afternoon Tea Set, you’ll get a TWG Tea pot of tea (served hot or iced) and either two fresh baked scones or muffins served with TWG Tea's tea-infused jelly (Geisha Blossom Tea Jelly) and whipped cream, or one patisserie from the signature trolley.
The food If you opt for the scones, they’re small but fluffy, mixing perfectly with the light and fragrant peach essence and green tea jelly. Options from the signature dessert trolley are exciting, too. A favourite is the matcha cake, which boasts the optimum balance of flavour and sweetness. TWG Tea Salon is also very much about the tea with, incredibly, more than 800 flavours available. Each beautiful gold-coloured pot is carefully brewed before being brought to the table with the leaves removed so that there’s no risk of bitterness and you can enjoy every last drop.
The locale Despite its mall location, TWG Tea Salon is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon surrounded by well-dressed locals and plenty of tea.
The verdict With an array of prices, it’s easy to get something to suit all budgets here – best for the dessert trolley and staggeringly large tea selection.
TWG Tea Salon (IAPM Mall) is at Second floor, IAPM Mall, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu. See full address details
W+S Café by Napoleon
What Lady’s High Tea
When 1-5pm daily
Price 298RMB for two people.
What you get A tea or coffee and a three-tiered set with sweet items (macarons, buttercake, chocolate tart, mango-coconut mousse, mini lemon-cheesecake, scones with cream and jam) and savoury bites (sandwiches, smoked salmon toasts, and tomato crackers).
The food Dubbed ‘Lady’s High Tea’, the set is served in a glossy, marble-floored café buzzing with female patrons and dance-pop tunes. Hot teas range from Ceylon orange pekoe to chamomile, while chilled offerings include a refreshing, lightly sweet grapefruit iced tea. Raw sugar, served in a seashell, is redundant alongside the decorative, candy-sweet pastries. Pink puffs of meringue top a rich and tangy mini cheesecake, while a mint macaron is an unabashed aquamarine. Although the desserts and savoury nibbles are attractive and fresh, they fall closer to standard than show-stopping.
The locale Bright and cheery, bursting with floral blooms.
The verdict Good for a sugary pick-me-up in a bright, cheery setting.
W+S Café by Napoleon is at 1298 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huating Lu. See full address details
Yongfoo Elite (雍福会)
What Chinese afternoon tea set
When 2-5pm daily
Price 216.20RMB/person (including 15 percent service charge).
What you get A pot of tea and eight small bites (sweet and savoury).
The food Artfully presented, the savoury items at Yongfoo Elite outshine the sweets. The yam puff has a delicate pastry crust and a delicious mushroom-meat filling and the sesame ball is crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, but it’s the seaweed rice cake that will really impress. The sweets are less interesting, with a red date and lotus seed soup and a mooncake being the highlights. Although the bites are hit and miss, tea here is wonderful, and the waiters were very attentive about constantly topping up the water. Overall, the tea set was beautifully presented though.
The locale The building used to be the former British Consulate with a shaded driveway that you walk down to get to the main restaurant, which is decorated with ornate mix of East and West. The fountain in the garden adds wonderful atmosphere as the soothing sounds of running water soundtrack your afternoon tea.
The verdict Although the food isn’t the finest we’ve had (especially given the price tag), the location is exceptional and definitely has the right atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon tea.
Yongfoo Elite is at 200 Yongfoo Lu, near Hunan Lu. See full address details