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Sydney’s best high teas

We've sought out the top high teas in Sydney to find you the best sandwich, tea and scone combination.


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High tea- it's an English tradition that conjures up images of women in gowns, delicately handling fragile tea cups with their pinkies positioned in the air.

Sydney is filled with lavish venues perfect for a budget-friendly three-tier sandwiches and scones high tea. Try one, try them all. We've tried quite a few (and we've included our deals and thoughts on them below, too!)

Sydney's Best High Teas

  • The Langham
  • Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
  • The Gallery
  • The Cortile, Intercontinental
  • Stillery
  • Gunners' Barracks
  • Atura Hotel
  • Gunners' Barracks
  • Embellish Atelier
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • The Westin
  • The Tea Room
  • Vaucluse House Tearooms
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Crossroad Bar
  • Burnt Orange

Here’s a round-up of the best options.

Best for views: Gunners' Barracks Sparkling High Tea

Best for views: Gunners' Barracks Sparkling High Tea from RedBalloon

There's so much competition for high teas with views but Gunners' Barracks wins our vote for its sweeping 180 degree views of the harbour and it's million dollar location. The offerings might be standard but the view is definitely not.

  • Location: End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights
  • Price: Morning tea ($40pp), traditional afternoon tea ($55pp), children's traditional afternoon tea ($40pp), sparkling afternoon tea ($60pp), champagne afternoon tea ($80pp).
  • Tea times: From 10am, daily
  • What we love about this place: Surrounded by bushland with impressive views over the harbour, it's difficult not to want to steal away to Gunners Barracks for any meal or occasion.

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Best for visitors: Captain Cook Cruises

Best for visitors: Captain Cook Cruises from Experience Oz

Pair a tour of the city by boat with a decadent afternoon tea for the ultimate taster of Sydney's icons. Captain Cook Cruises is one of the biggest names in the business and features daily sailings and traditional high tea fare.

  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour
  • Price: Sydney Harbour high tea cruise ($69pp)
  • Tea times: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 2:30pm-3:45pm
  • What we love about this place: It takes you on a relaxing 1 hour 15 minute cruise to see the sights with a high tea that features Australian favourites such as Crystal Bay prawns and Brown Brothers sparkling.

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Best for atmosphere: The Tea Room, QVB

This one's strictly for queens and princesses seeking a traditional high tea in the grandest of settings.

Located on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room offers one of Sydney's most established and esteemed high tea services and plates up its finger sandwiches and homemade scones on authentic Royal Albert china.

All its teas and tisanes are of the high-quality single-estate loose-leaf variety and are imported from China, India, Japan, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan and Africa. You've pages of options, so choose wisely.

Location: Level 3, North End, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.
Price: Morning tea ($40pp), children's high tea ($40pp), traditional high tea ($55pp), sparkling high tea ($60pp), cocktail high tea ($70pp), champagne high tea ($80pp).
Tea times: Daily 10am-close.
What we love about this place: It feels as though we've stepped back in time and space to Elizabethan spaces in London where ladies of class dressed up and lunched for hours.


Best for a change of scenery: Vaucluse House Tearooms

How better to experience high tea than on the beautiful colonial estate of Vaucluse House? Its dedicated tea rooms boast views overlooking the 10 hectares of gardens that stretch all the way down to the banks of Sydney Harbour.

Dating back to the 1830s, this sandstone estate is a quiet oasis away from the busy city life. The Tea Rooms' High Tea is a tour through English dining history, offering scones with berry preserve and clotted cream and chicken and tarragon Harry's Bar sandwiches.

Location: Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse.
Price: High tea ($60pp).
Tea times: Wednesday to Friday 9am-4pm, Weekends 8am-4pm.
What we love about this place: It's the ultimate summer dining venue with well-groomed gardens you can sit in and while the day (or afternoon) away in.

Archibald high tea 2019.

Best for culture vultures: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Every visit to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a unique one as its themes change according to the arts and entertainment scene. For example, during the Archibald Prize, bespoke high teas (2019's black and white offering is pictured) come complete with live performances by the Australian Youth Orchestra and ticket to the exhibition.

Location: 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney.
Price: Wentworth high tea ($65pp)
Tea times:
Subject to availability. Contact the restaurant for details.
What we love about this place: It supports the arts, hosting exclusive Archibald Prize events as well as musical-themed menus to coincide with current productions.


Best for chocolate lovers: Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La

And finally: the high tea dark horse. The Shangri-La often gets overlooked as a high tea destination.

Perhaps it’s because it doesn’t always put its hand up for events such as Good Food Month’s Ultimate High Tea, but it should not be discounted – have you seen this hotel’s dessert bar?!

While high tea isn't on the list, afternoon tea is in a multitude of forms. There's your standard afternoon tea with live music offerings and then there's the Shangri-La’s signature Wickedly Sweet Chocolate Afternoon Tea experience. You know which one we're opting for.

Location: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks.
Price: Afternoon high tea ($55pp).
Tea times:
Daily 11:30am - 6pm.
What we love about this place: It has a chocolate high tea. Need we say more? Oh, and the desserts at Shangri-La are the genius of none other than Anna Polyviou.

Sydney high tea comparison

LocationPrices fromIncludes drinksWhere to book
Gunners' Barracks, Mosman$40Yes- one espresso coffee or one Ronnefeldt teaRedBalloon
Captain Cook Cruises, Circular Quay$69Yes- glass of sparkling wine, tea and coffeeExperience Oz
The Tea Room, QVB$40Yes- tea and coffeeThe Tea Room
Vaucluse House Tearooms$60Yes- glass of Morgan's Bay Sparkling cuvée and tea selectionVaucluse House Tearooms
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth$65Yes- tea and coffeeSofitel Sydney Wentworth
Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La$55Yes- tea, coffee and hot chocolateShangri-La

Vegan and gluten-free options

Dietary requirements won't stop you from scoffing down scones and sandwiches. Just contact the venue at least 24 hours before your high tea to esnure they can make arrangements.

You can find vegan and gluten-free options at: Gunners' Barracks, The Westin, The Tea Room, Vaucluse House Tearooms and Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

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    MiriamJuly 3, 2016

    Do you have children’s prices on any of these high teas?I would like to take my daughters and three granddaughters to a high tea

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      StephanieJuly 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Miriam,

      Thanks for your question.

      Most high teas are set menus so they are charged per person regardless of age. Boronia Teahouse however does offer a Little Ladies Holiday High Tea during the school break. This is a mother-daughter package for $50 with each additional little lady being charged at $20pp.

      Passiontree Velvet also offers a Teddy Bears Picnic high tea for kids. This package includes ham sandwiches, a strawberry macaron and a chocolate macaron – paired with either juice or a babyccino for $9.95pp. You can find out more here.

      If you’d prefer to dine at one of the other high tea venues, it might be worth contacting them directly to see if they can organise an alternate menu for your granddaughters.

      I hope that helps!


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    CatharinaJanuary 16, 2016

    Hi there,

    I’d like to get a High Tea Cruise voucher, but need to know if I can use the voucher this Wed, 16/1/16. Visitor is going back home the next day! There is no name or phone no of the company doing the High Tea. Would you please let me know how I’m able to find out availability etc.
    Many thanks, C

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      StephanieJanuary 18, 2016Staff

      Hi Catharina,

      Thanks for your question. You will need to contact either the issuer of the voucher or the high tea venue itself to see if the voucher is valid on the date you wish.

      Sorry I couldn’t have been of more help.


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    cynthiaOctober 28, 2015

    high tea deals in sydney

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      StephanieOctober 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Cynthia,

      We’ve included the best high tea deals in Sydney we can find on this page.

      Thanks for looking!


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    kathrynOctober 25, 2015

    I am having my 13th birthday and want to know a good place to high tea for me and 3 friends

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      StephanieOctober 26, 2015Staff

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for your question.

      All the high teas mentioned in this article come personally recommended by our staff. For more information, click through to their respective websites so that you can see if the venue and its menu suits your needs.



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    HeatherMay 30, 2015

    Hi I would like to take my daughter out for high tea on Sunday the 7th June in Sydney CBD for a long awaited catch up

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      AlexJune 1, 2015Staff

      Hi Heather.

      If you’d like to go to one of the venues listed in this post, it’s best to contact them directly to make a reservation as we’re unable to do that for you.


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    PamMay 6, 2015

    We would like to go to a High Tea while we are down in Sydney for Vivid , one of the participants is Gluten Free, can you tell me which Restaurants offer this option.
    Thank you,

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      StephanieMay 7, 2015Staff

      Hi Pam,

      Thanks for your question!

      Many of the restaurants offering High Teas in Sydney offer gluten free options. However you may need to call in with your request as some require 24 hours notice to organise your special meal. Of note, The Westin, Sheraton on the Park, The Tea Room, and The Victoria Room all offer gluten free high teas.

      Hope that helps!


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    lisaMarch 15, 2015

    hi i am looking for a nice place to have a kitchen tea for my sister. were would you recommend the best place to go is ?

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      ShirleyMarch 16, 2015Staff

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your question.

      The locations that we’ve reviewed above are all so good that we can’t just pick one winner. You might want to pick the location that’s closest to you, or have the best views – up to you!


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