Almost every hotel, bakery and a few restaurants in Edinburgh offer an afternoon tea on their menus. So as an afternoon tea enthusiast, visiting Edinburgh is a dream.
I’ve put together a list of six afternoon teas I’ve been to in the city, in no particular order. I hope this list will continue to expand as I take more trips there.
The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh originally opened in 1903 as a hotel on the Caledonian Railway. Today, the room for afternoon tea, named Peacock Alley, sits under a glass roof where you can see the historic Caledonian station clock.
Highlight: Historic setting and a special blended tea, The Caledonian.
The epitome of luxury in Edinburgh, the Balmoral Hotel is also the most iconic building in Edinburgh. It’s got everything you’d want in a traditional afternoon tea, plus added Scottish touches in a classy and peaceful environment enhanced with a live harp.
Highlight: Watch as a tea blend made just for the hotel, Royal Scottish Balmoral Blend is served using a special pouring technique.
I walked a ton while in Edinburgh and some time in the middle of the day, I found I needed to take a break and sit. There’s no better place to take a rest than somewhere for afternoon tea. If you’re close to the Royal Mile when you need a break from exploring, check out the Radisson Collection Royal Mile.
Highlight: A modern setting for a traditional afternoon tea, and a glass of champagne.
Having afternoon tea in a library surrounded by vintage books is this book and afternoon tea loving person’s dream. A must-do while in Edinburgh for a relaxing afternoon.
Highlight: Get a table in one of the nooks by a window surrounded by two tall bookcases.
For a unique afternoon tea with a few Scottish touches, afternoon tea at the Garden in The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is the place to go. I went for their twilight tea, which is an evening menu with more savories than a usual afternoon tea.
Highlight: Distinctively Scottish items like haggis and crowdie.
After a few hours in the museum, head to the museum’s restaurant called The Tower for fine dining (including afternoon tea!) and views.
Highlight: Visit on a sunny day for a view of Edinburgh Castle.