Top up on tulips for your flower pots and bring the girls together for another garden party away from the humdrum of the city, all in one place. The cosy tea garden at Schäffler’s Garden Nursery is the perfect setting to soak in the great outdoors while you munch on wheat free muesli with edible viola flowers or celebrate a special occasion with desert for breakfast – maybe a Mississippi mud pie? You can even bring your four-pawed friends along to share in the delicious atmosphere with their very own doggy treat! 28 Johannesburg Road, Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. Details: 011-786-0242
If cake with a certain je ne sais quoi is your calling and your heart flutters at the words ‘high tea’, then this is for you.
Enjoy an oh-so-very French sidewalk café experience at Vovo Telo and get your daily dose of baked goods – made from stone ground flour – as well as Karoo olives, award-winning boerenkaas, free-range eggs and farm produce. Did we mention they have hot chocolate made from a real melted slab? Find your closest branch on their website.
Dicky’s cakes in the CBD is the place to go for queen’s cakes and jam tarts, while Juta street’s Black Forest Bakery in Braamies sells authentic German breads baked in sourdough style. 102 Juta St, Johannesburg. Details: 011-403-0065. For more exotic pastries you can try Olivia’s Coffee Bake where roasted pears are stuffed into tarts and breads may be scented with lavender. 175 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff. Details: 011-888-8395.
Finally, it’s all in the name so no best-of-the-best list of patisseries is complete without The Patisserie in Illovo who make one of the best meringues this side of the moon. 30 Rudd road, Illovo. Details: 011-268-0022. Oh and we mustn’t forget Patisserie de Paris in Blairgowrie which serves authentic French style macaroons and more. 9 Mackay Avenue, Blairgowrie. Details: 011-326-0913
Take a leaf out of our book and visit Contessa Tea Connoisseur and Bistro to browse through over 150 different imported and local teas from classic and flavoured black, to oolong, green, white, and tisane. We like the Buddha Bamboo best. It’s a blend of Bamboo Leaves, Pineapple Bits, Lemongrass, Black Currant Leaves, Marigold Blossoms, Mallow Blossoms, Red Currants and Strawberry Slices. But you can set up your own tea tasting for yourself or you and a few friends at around R90 per person. Don’t resist the urge to sample a few cakes while you’re there either. You won’t regret it! Corner Rivonia Blvd and 11th Avenue, Rivonia, Johannesburg. Details: 011-234-6641
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