Afternoon tea in Shanghai is not just just cakes and earl grey these days — you could even go for beers and sliders or even a marshmallow pizza! Perfect for when you have an attack of the munchies between lunch and dinner. The afternoon tea sets at these 10 wonderful places in downtown Shanghai range from ice-cream and coffee-for-two, to a whole afternoon tea buffet.
Not for little girls, try Craft’r’noon tea at Kaiba. Cool down the summer afternoons by swapping out those hot teas and lattes for a refreshing, cold brew. The Open-flow deal on weekdays, 2pm to 5pm, includes all draft beers for just ¥98 with a purchase from their updated selection of food. Chow down on small bites like mandarin duck confit sliders, plus burgers and pizzas which are 30-50% off.
479 Wuding Road, near South Shanxi Road // 武定路479号, 近陕西北路
169 Middle Jianguo Road, near Ruijin 2 Road // 建国中路169号, 近瑞金二路
Dingxi Road, near West Yanan Road // 定西路739号, 近延安西路
Odelice’s delightful afternoon tea takes place every Monday to Friday, 2-5pm. Try the Sweet platter-for-two with panna cotta, chocolate fondant, caramel pancakes and two drinks at ¥88. Or the Tartines platter-for-two with smoked salmon & country cream cheese, French ham & mozzarella, piperade & herbed cheese spread and two drinks at ¥98.
Hongqiao: 1G, 3219 Hongmei Road // 虹梅路3219号
Xuhui: 208 Xinle Road, near Donghu Road // 新乐路208号, 近东湖路
Take a break from shopping, relax and enjoy afternoon tea at The CUT, served from 2pm to 5pm on weekdays, weekends and public holidays. Choose from beef tartare, pork balls, rice pudding, salmon sandwiches, brownies, butter cakes, fruit tarts and freshly brewed tea or coffee, all just ¥148 for two.
IAPM Mall, Floor 6-7, 999 Middle Huaihai Road // 淮海中路999号环贸6楼
Azul Tapas & Lounge
Be on top of the world with high tea on the rooftop at Azul tapas lounge, Peruvian-style, featuring prosciutto ham on ciabatta and baked Spanish dumplings. Enjoy a unique afternoon tea selection and dine in the beautiful Azul interior or alfresco on the terrace.
Floor 8, Ferguson Lane, 378 Wukang Road, near Tai’an Road // 武康路378号武康亭8楼, 近泰安路
Ginger by the Park
Treat yourself to a delicate, elegant and delicious high-tea at Ginger by the Park. Enjoy it on the terrace or in the dining room overlooking the lush greenery of the adjacent park. All the class of a royal afternoon spread, featuring cream scones and tea, wafted with the incense of Southeast Asia.
Xuhui: 91 Xingguo Road, near Hunan Road // 兴国路91号, 近湖南路
Sweeten up your afternoons at Fountain all through the month of June. The afternoon tea special-for-2 means you don’t need to decide between the apple tart, rich molten macha cake, or the assorted seasonal fruit platter. Pick any 3 desserts on the menu for just ¥100, the set includes a selection of fine Sirocco teas and coffees.
Shop 2, Floor B1, 888 Shenchang Road, near Shenhong Road // 申长路888弄2号地下1层02室, 近申虹路
You can join the Italians for afternoon tea every day at Pizza Delfina. Their set menus feature an array of tasty desserts and choices of imported teas or coffees, starting from just ¥38. Which do you fancy, the Gelato set, the Cake set, the Panna cotta set, or the Truffles set?
Huangpu: Floor 3, 755 Middle Huaihai Road, near Ruijin 2 Road // 淮海中路755号3楼, 近瑞金二路
Pudong: Suite G17, Area 3, 1368 Shibo Avenue, near Shangnan Road // 世博大道1368号世博源3区G17, 近上南路
Taste & See
For the mother of all high teas, look no further than Taste & See. The daily high tea buffet, featuring over 20 sweet and savoury items baked fresh by a team of 9 chefs, is a joy to behold. Take your camera and prepare to be amazed, Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 5.30pm, weekends 3pm to 5.30pm. ¥128 includes tea or coffee and all-you-can-eat from the buffet table.
Zhong Plaza, 99 Taixing Road, near West Nanjing Road // 泰兴路89号, 近南京西路
Get your sweetness overload at Sofia Pizza with an oven-baked marshmallow pizza pie. The S’mores pie and 2 coffees, latte or cappuccino, can be yours for just ¥55 between 2pm and 5:30pm daily.
Jingan: 1124 Beijing West Road // 北京西路1124号
Xuhui: 37 Anfu Road // 安福路37号
Hongqiao: Archwalk mall, LG1-102, 179 Maotai Road // 茅台路179号, 金虹桥商场LG1楼B102室
La Bistronomie Indulge
La Bistronomie offers a delightful assortment of finger food – savory butter & raisin scones and sweet passion fruit mousse. Indulge your appetite and bask in the afternoon sun on the patio. Plus, choose from the full spectrum of tea and coffee.
800 Show, Floor 1, Building A3-1, 800 Changde Road, near Changping Road // 常德路800号秦公馆1楼A3-1号, 近昌平路