From elegant high tea sets to traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, here’s where to get your cha fix in Shanghai.
A patisserie, chocolatier and tea salon all in one, Chez Shibata is something of an institution on the city’s tea circuit. The Japanese brand uses the finest French and international ingredients in their exquisite sweet-toothed creations; regulars rave about the Maldon sea salt-topped chocolate eclairs, accompanied by an extensive menu of teas, but natch.
Enjoy tea amid a tranquil garden setting at Zenjoy, a traditional-meets-contemporary Chinese tea house set across two floors. Nibble on savoury and sweet treats while you sample a range of teas – including black, white, green and Pu-er – brewed in Anji Mountain spring water, which is said to improve the flavour.
Popular with the expat crowd, Home from Home’s Japanese courtyard entrance and laid-back vibe make it a good option if you’re looking to escape the city bustle. There’s a range of tea packages to suit every palate, while the expertly trained staff will advise on different flavours and pairings.
With its grand, white-colonnaded setting complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and live string music, The Peninsula’s Lobby is the city’s most glamorous afternoon tea venue. Nibble on daintily tier-plated sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and decadent cakes; opt for a glass of champagne and side of caviar for added indulgence.
Chez Shibata / No.309 Jiashan Road / +86 21 6495 3323 / 10am-9pm daily / chez-shibata.com
Zenjoy / 17 Yuqing Rd / +86 21 6417 0117 / 10am-1pm daily
Home from Home / 1/F No. 10 / 182 Fumin Lu / open daily
The Lobby at the Peninsula / G/F / No 32 The Bund / +86 21 2327 2888 Afternoon tea served 2pm-6pm daily / shanghai.peninsula.com