Teaming every indulgent food group with caffeine and champagne (cocktails if you’re lucky), a few solid hours to catch up with the girls AND undoubtedly a perfect snap for your feed (tiered platters are an Instagram gold mine). Scroll through our picks for high tea across Sydney.
Primus’ Wilmot high tea encapsulates the old world decadence of the classic high tea, featuring lemon and white chocolate scones, finger sandwiches, and popcorn mousse cake. Bombay chai, African solstice and orchid vanilla teas (and more) are welcome accompaniments, while the impressive cocktail list is an option that’s difficult to resist. Also offering the G’n’Tea high tea with a heartier selection of canapés from oysters Kilpatrick, beef and burgundy pies to wagyu sliders, every taste is catered for from $45 to $65 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
339 Pitt Street, Sydney
Indulge in a British high tea ensconced within the luxurious setting of The Langham’s Palm Court. With incredible views across the Harbour, you can nibble on scones with jam and macarons as you take in the elegance of your surroundings. Laurent-Perrier is the champagne of choice, but if your mind has other ideas, be sure to consult the impressive signature mixology list for their best cocktails. That being said, if there are teetotallers present they’ll be more than pleased with the tea and coffee selection. From $75 per person.
89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
If taking your high tea must be done by the water, fear not, The Loft in Darling Harbour is here to take care of things. A cocktail bar by night, but by day, The Loft transforms into a refined venue. Offering high tea from 12-3pm from $45 with the all, but mandatory, choice of adding a cocktail or sparkling to your afternoon smorgasbord for a little extra. Chocolate and walnut brownies, passionfruit and sherbet Eton mess, and the strawberry and lemon curd tartlets are completely addictive while the dukkah roasted pumpkin, pepitas and Yarra Valley feta quiche adds something a little more substantial for balance. Bookings are essential.
3 Lime Street, King Street Wharf
This is hands-down a Grandmother-pleaser. From $55 a head, you can treat yourself with something sweet, something savoury and naturally something bubbly. Pumpkin and spinach tarts with smoked crème fraiche, and salmon and herbed cream cheese cornets with keta caviar are followed up with a host of sweet morsels, from elderflower cheesecake-filled doughnuts to buttermilk scones with clotted cream and rosewater meringue with fairy floss. Campos coffee will look after your caffeine needs while Tippity Teas Sydney rule the loose-leaves.
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
If you like a more health-conscious offering, Alibi Bar's plant-based High Tea is the place to visit. The savoury canapé selection includes morsels from pickled carrot blini, forest mushrooms on toast with wasabi cream, to smoked hommus on lavosh. The assortment of sweets team tidily with the rose sparkling or Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut. Prices range from $63-$250 per person, depending on your drinks of choice.
6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
An old-time favourite and one for the traditionalist, the Tea Room hardly gets more grandiose than the ornate room on level 3 of the QVB. Making a sophisticated affair over Royal Albert china and British silverware part and parcel. Finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of sweet morsels will be plied on you as you lounge in luxurious armchairs and take in the opulence of your surroundings. Bookings are essential particularly around Mothers’ Day so get cracking.
455 George Street, Sydney
The chocolate afternoon high tea at the Shangri La’s Lobby Lounge is wickedly delicious. Three tiers of chocolate cakes, macarons, bavarois and brownies await your visit, as does a glass of Veuve Clicquot (or several) from $38 to $62 depending on the date and tipple. If a traditional tea is more your mama’s style, three tiers of savoury and sweet creations can be organised post haste. The Shangri La’s traditional high tea ranges from $45 to $65 per person.
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Steeped in history, Burnt Orange is situated in an historic sandstone mansion that takes in sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. High tea is served from 3.30pm on weekends for $45 with tea and coffee, with the option of adding a glass of bubbles for $55. Everything is made fresh on the day, with the tomato and goats cheese tartlet, native spice rubbed roast lamb slider and chicken finger sandwiches on Avoca bread keeping the savoury options in check. Naturally, scones make an appearance in the sweet-stakes, teamed with key lime pie flamed meringue, hazelnut daquoise galaxy chocolate mousse and green tea lamingtons. Reservations are essential.
1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman
Offering a variety of high teas with pairings from cocktails to champagne; the Traditional Afternoon Tea at Gunners Barracks is the stuff of legend. With a set selection of cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and preserve along with tea or coffee ($50) you’ll be well looked after. If you feel a cocktail is needed to help smooth the afternoon over, add a bellini, margarita or an espresso martini if caffeinating is obligatory. Also offering a traditional childrens afternoon tea ($35) with all the goodies plus a hot chocolate, you can make this an affair for the whole family.
End of Suakin Drive, Mosman