6 Indulgent Afternoon Teas in Edinburgh

6 Indulgent Afternoon Teas in Edinburgh

Who can say no to tea and treats? Not us! Afternoon tea in Edinburgh goes above and beyond, with a huge range of venues offering a take on the classic. Our luxury hotel shares the best places to indulge with an afternoon tea in Edinburgh.


A super friendly and affordable spot with staff who are truly experts in loose leaf tea. Delight in the quirky, mismatched vintage china and relaxed atmosphere. Expect familiar favourites, as well as their own concoctions (tea cocktail anyone?). Their tasty treats are also available for a range of dietary requirements. It’s the perfect place for a catch up!

Teacup and Saucer

Colonnades at The Signet Library

The self-proclaimed finest afternoon tea in Edinburgh, and rightly so. This ornate, 19th-century building features neo-classical decor, with immaculate attention to detail. Your delicacies are served on bespoke silver tea stands, using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Indulge in their immense range of teas and coffees, which are unlimited during your visit.

Red Bus Bistro

The clue’s in the name: step on board for an afternoon tea tour on a vintage bus. One of Edinburgh’s most unique experiences, the 90 minute trip showcases the city’s best attractions. Tuck in to all your favourite sweet and savoury nibbles, with a choice of between tea and coffee or gin.

Cucumber sandwiches

Mimis Bakehouse

A small but mighty Edinburgh chain, serving not only afternoon tea but also beforenoon tea! It’s their alternative to brunch. Loved by locals, their delicious traybakes are a must-try. While their classic afternoon tea is lovely, you can also splash out on gin or bubbly.

The Dome

One of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks, the Georgian Tea Room within the Dome is majestic. The opulent surroundings surprisingly have a fair price tag, with options to add cava or champagne. Dainty finger sandwiches, scones and cakes are staples, with excellent vegan and gluten free options available.

Afternoon Tea treats


A fusion of classic staples with Scottish flavours, this unique venue specialises in bitesized treats. Feel free to add prosecco or a gin cocktail to your booking! The real draw of this place, however, is the alternative Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. They swap traditional finger food for scotch eggs, sausage rolls and beer. Great for someone who’s a little less conventional.

Whether you’re set to splurge or looking for something more down to earth, Edinburgh has an afternoon tea for everyone. Make the occasion even more special with a stay in our luxury hotel. Take a look at our gallery to find out more.

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Our 4-star boutique hotel in Edinburgh offers everything you’ll need during your stay in the historic city of Edinburgh. Whether you’re staying for business or leisure, our luxury hotel in Edinburgh is the perfect base to start your exploration of the city rated ‘second top UK destination by TripAdvisor’ along with being ranked ‘second in the world for quality of life’.

If you are looking for the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh, look no further than us right here at Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place, ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, just moments from St. James Quarter, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Relax at our modern hotel set in 5 traditional Georgian townhouses decorated with chic and contemporary interiors which reflect the vibrancy of Edinburgh today. Admire the hotel’s beautifully preserved features such as the original stairwells and unique cupola. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually designed to reflect the neighbourhood story, with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions, and feature supremely comfortable beds, rainfall showers and friendly service so you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive. Our Edinburgh hotel staff are here to help you have a great stay and offer in-depth local knowledge about what’s on and where to go in the world-famous city of Edinburgh. Enjoy our hotel’s cosy, atmospheric, bar & lounge which offers a superb range of local beers, speciality whiskies and gins.

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Join us for breakfast, and fuel up for the day ahead with our selection of continental items and a-la carte dishes which are cooked to order using local produce where possible. You can’t stay at our Edinburgh hotel without trying a ‘Wee Dram’. We have a selection of fine whisky to take you around the most famous Scottish distilleries, with the occasional stop off in places such as Wales and Japan. Alternatively, try one of our craft beers or ‘softies’.

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