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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

– Henry James

Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from silver teapots into delicate bone china cups.

Although afternoon tea has been deemed a British tradition, where upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves, and hats for their tea time which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock, it surprisingly has a new appeal in the Nigerian scene.

Since sweater weather is finally here and we think it goes best with a steaming hot cup of tea. So, if you ever find yourself in Lagos between now, whenever and are searching for a great location to have tea and relax with friends, be sure to check out these places. Because walking through the doors into this beautifully designed shops/cafés are the quintessential international experience, from quick and satisfying meals to excellent services and lest we forget their amazing pastries, your tea cravings start and stop at these places.

La Brioche

A Parisian themed pastry shop and café for freshly baked pastries and desserts. From madeleines and lemon tarts to beautifully handcrafted sandwiches, you can find sweet and savoury options for breakfast and brunch or just a little snack.

Courtesy: @LaBrioche

Craft Gourmet

Dreaming of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Craft Gourmet is the best place to start. With its leather studded chairs and elegant, clean finish making you feel more like you are in Paris or London rather than Lagos.

Courtesy: @CraftGourmet

The Orchid Bistro Express

The Bistro has a warm, friendly set up, in very peaceful surroundings. Interior is simple yet classy; you’ll think you’re in a quaint French restaurant.

Courtesy: @TheOrchidBistro