High tea is a fun way to catch up with friends, spend some quiet time with a loved one or treat yourself to a mother-daughter brunch or afternoon tea. The tradition of high tea stems back to the 1700s, where it was served as a light afternoon meal between three and four o’clock. From beautiful heritage gardens to modern restaurants with shimmering harbour views, check out some great places to enjoy high tea in Sydney below.
Head to the Langham Sydney for a truly unique high tea experience. With a history of producing some of the best afternoon teas since 1865, the tradition continues in Sydney, with delightful displays on three tiers as part of its famous ‘Tiffin at The Langham’. Sweet treats and savoury bites are matched with teas sourced from all over the world for the ultimate in high tea.
The Gunners Barracks Tea Room, Mosman
This exclusive heritage location is a great spot to enjoy luxurious afternoon tea while taking in beautiful views of the city and the famous Sydney Harbour. Take a seat in the Harbour Terrace for a sun-soaked affair, or unwind in the newly-renovated Tea Rooms. The afternoon tea menu includes a selection of cakes and pastries, fingers and scones alongside fine Ronnefeldt teas or coffee.
Plush red chairs, high ceilings and a light, airy atmosphere – this tea room is not to be missed. All of the delicious sweet treats, including scones, fluffy pastries and tasty sandwiches, are served within one of the most beautiful establishments in Sydney. The restaurant is found in the original ballroom of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney’s CBD, bringing a sense of flair and style to this high tea experience. With such a brilliant mix of designer and high stores within the QVB, it’s also a great place to enjoy a spot of shopping after you’ve sipped on some tasty tea and tarts!
Enjoy a unique high tea experience at the Parliament of NSW! One of Sydney’s most historic buildings, Parliament House has now opened its doors to the public each Friday, serving high tea with a heritage twist. Enjoy tiers and tiers of treats and cakes, mini lemon meringue pies and more next to traditional tea and coffee or a sparkling wine. Guests meet in the Strangers Dining Room, which also overlooks the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.
Enjoy traditional high tea with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour at the Shangri-La Hotel. Choose from three tiers of deliciously tasty treats including sweet and savoury cakes, scones and more curated by executive pastry chef Anna Polyviou. All teas come with a range of creams and jams sure to delight, served from 11:30am to 6:00 pm within the lobby lounge and Terrace. The hotel also offers a Blu Bar High Tea Buffet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, with another service at 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm. Guests can also enjoy a flute of Chandon NV Brut, or opt for a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
Fancy an elegant morning or afternoon tea surrounded by lush grounds? The historic Vaucluse House Tearooms is housed in a beautifully preserved art deco building overlooking 10 hectares of tranquil grounds in Vaucluse, just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Serving high tea from Wednesday to Sunday, you can savour delightful finger sandwiches, flaky scones and delicious morsels of cake, all topped off with a freshly-brewed pot of tea and a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings are essential.
This stunning high tea can be found at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay, where the menu offers a range of options to suit any wallet and any taste. Surrounded by exquisite antiques and charming artworks, this menu offers a range the standard scone and brownie through to the full menu of scones, sandwiches, sweet treats and flutes of Moet & Chandon.
For a truly decadent high tea experience, book in a table at this charming heritage-listed Mosman establishment. A beautiful colonial veranda extends around the building and tempts you in to try the impressive high tea packages on offer. Be sure to take a stroll in the delightful manicured gardens once you’re done.
This is an ideal opportunity to try the high tea smorgasbord, served with one of the best harbour views in the city, through the floor-to-ceiling windows and picturesque dining area The Rocks. Homemade scones with clotted cream, tasty loose leaf teas and sweet treats make this high tea destination truly memorable.
At the Intercontinental you can indulge in High Tea or, for something a little bit different, try their High Coffee. The menu for high coffee is espresso-inspired and includes an espresso martini, as well as your choice of coffee. For high tea you can choose from a staggering array of loose leaf teas served with petit cakes, pastries and fresh-baked scones and savouries, with the option to upgrade to champagne.
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