Sydney’s Best High Teas

Whether it’s the traditional sandwich and scone combination, or a more decadent and unique long ladies lunch you’re after, we’ve sought out the top high teas in Sydney just for you.

High tea. It’s an English tradition that tends to conjure up images of ladies in gowns, pinkies in the air, the tiniest and most fragile of teacups and Kirsten Dunst in a high-mop wig. Don’t deny it, the image crossed your mind too.

Use it as a lavish excuse to dress like a lady, catch up with your girlfriends and tantalise your tastebuds over three tiers of intricately crafted sweet and savoury nibbles and a bottomless pot of exotic leaf-tea. Or, if you’re feeling naughty, a shot of vodka. It’s past midday. Even the queen would approve.

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Sydney's Best High Teas

Top 10 High Teas in Sydney

1Cortile Lounge | Intercontinental Sydney


Tea not your cup of, er, tea? There is another option in the renovated Treasury Building’s Cortile Lounge.

Renowned for its exquisite high teas, you’ve the choice of the classic Cortile Afternoon Tea Stand or the Weekend High Tea Affair complete with French pastries, French waffles, French crêpes and a French waiter (well, hopefully.)

And then, you’ve the choice of busting the stereotype and indulging on a High Coffee experience, where sweets are paired with your favourite java and crêpes are lined with chocolate and espresso.

Tea times: Weekdays 11am-4pm, Weekends 1pm-4:30pm across two seatings

Address: 117 Macquarie St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 9240 1396

Cost: From $55pp

2. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea | The Westin


If you’re a high tea connoisseur, then you’ve heard of — nay — you’ve experienced this before: an Alice in Wonderland inspired high tea that’s guaranteed to have you tumbling down the rabbit hole in glee.

Fanciful and fun doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of one of the Westin’s Mad Hatter offerings, which include A Mad Tea Party (served with bottomless tea or coffee), Down The Rabbit Hole (comes with a Drink Me cocktail) and Ruinart’s Queen of Hearts (with a flute of ‘R’ de Ruinart Champagne).

All that’s left for you to decide is how far down you’d like to tumble.

Tea times: Daily 12pm-6pm

Address: 1 Martin Pl, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 8223 1111

Cost: From $49 pp

3. Exquisite High Tea | Sheraton on the Park


For something excessively indulgent and undeniably opulent yours has to be the Afternoon Tea Buffet at Sheraton on the Park. At $55pp, which includes a fresh cup or coffee or tea you'd better come with your sweet tooth ready.

This one's only available on weekends so if you feel like saving those for a more relaxing activity (errr- what could be more relaxing than a high tea buffet?) during the weekday traditional high tea ($49pp) and sparkling high tea ($59pp) is available.

Tea times: Daily from midday or 12pm or 2:30pm on weekends (buffet)

Address: The Gallery Tea Lounge @ The Sheraton Hotel, Lobby Level, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 9286 6000

Cost: $89 for two

4. 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. Choose wisely.

Tea times: Daily 10am-close

Address: Level 3, North End, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney 

Phone number: (02) 9283 7279

Cost: From $40pp

5. Vaucluse House Tea Rooms


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.

Tea times: Wednesday to Friday 10am-3:30pm, Weekends 9:30am-4:30pm across three seatings

Address: Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse

Phone number: (02) 9388 8188

Cost: From $55pp

6. Sadhana Kitchen


And now for something completely different. While many high teas offer a gluten free option, there’s none in Sydney quite like this one.

Meet Sydney’s first and currently only, organic raw vegan high tea.

It’s a glorious affair with all the sweet and delicious things that make life worth living for, but without all that refined sugar, gluten and lactose that can test the taste-bud/stomach relationship for some.

The ever-changing menu can include anything from mini coconut bacon pizzas to mini choc donuts and scones with white chocolate cream and raspberry chia jam.

Tea times: Daily 10am. By booking only.

Address: 147 Enmore Rd, Enmore

Phone number: (02) 9516 1334

Cost: $55pp

7. Macaron High Tea | Passiontree Velvet


Indulgence, thy name is Passiontree Velvet. For those venturing away from the city but still wishing to maintain that balance of English teahouse and Parisian patisserie (with a dash of Belgian chocolatier) Passiontree might be your cup of, well, tea.

Its menu ranges from High Tea to Light Meals right down to Tasting Experiences. But you're after the High Teas, aren't you?

To whet your palette are four delectable options, including the traditional Devonshire Cream tea (scones, cream and strawberry jam), the more ample Duchess Full High Tea (finger sandwiches, scones, high tea fancies), the indulgent Macaron High Tea (test taste every single macaron on the list and have sandwiches and tea, too) and - for the little ones - the Teddy Bears Picnic (served with a choice of juice or babyccino, naturally).

Tea times: Mon-Wed & Fri: 9am-5.30pm, Thurs: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. By booking only.

Address: K3415 (in front of Coles), Macquarie Centre, Corner Herring and Waterloo Roads, North Ryde, NSW

Cost: Ranges from $9.95 (Teddy Bears Picnic) - $38.95 (Macaron High Tea)

8. Vodka High Tea | Food Society


Thought we were joking when we said you could trade up your tea for a vodka sipper, didn’t you?

We never joke when it comes to vodka and Food Society’s done us a favour by concocting this winning combination of all things sinfully delish. Handfuls of sweet and savoury canapes, matched with your choice of mini vodka cocktails or vodka sippers.

We’ll drink to that!

Tea times: Saturday 12:30pm-4:30pm

Address: Lower Ground Floor, 91 Riley St, Darlinghurst

Phone number: (02) 8090 3462

Cost: From $45pp

9. 50th Anniversary Wentworth High Tea | Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


This lazy long lunch is worth it for the Wentworth’s signature cheesecake alone. Soft to the touch, the recipe for this melt-in-your-mouth cake has been a secret Wentworth family recipe since it opened its doors in 1966. What's that 1966? That means the venue is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year.

Why yes, it is.

As part of those celebrations comes its 50th Anniversary Wentworth High tea which features an exquisite array of macarons, lemon tart, chocolate and lime choux and that decadent cheesecake. At $69pp it's worth every cent, especially as you receive a Ronnefeldt Tea & Cristina Re gift with your high tea, too. It's available on specific dates throughout the year only.

Tea times: Daily 2pm-5pm

Address: 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 9228 9188

Cost: $59

10. Afternoon Tea| 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 discarded - 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 High Tea experience. You know which one we're opting for.

Imagine: three-tiers comprising of 11 chocolate-based desserts - plus the option for a hot chocolate drink if your choc cravings haven’t yet been abated. To this creation we have one three words: death by chocolate.

Tea times: Daily 1pm-5pm

Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Phone number: (02) 9250 6144

Cost: From $38pp (weekdays) or $42pp (weekends)

11. Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood | The Langham


Inside this boutique luxury hotel you’ll sink into plush armchairs, sip on one of their specially blended Wedgewood teas, nibble on smoked salmon roulade with caviar and cream cheese before deciding between the freshly baked scone or lavender cake.

It’s okay, you don’t have to make a choice – have them both (and many other treats beside) over your afternoon. There are a range of packages on offer depending on the day and how fancy you like your champagne, but our advice is to book a mid-week afternoon tea with sparkling.

Tea times: Sunday-Wednesday 10am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-12am, Monday-Sunday 12pm-5pm

Address: 89-113 Kent St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 8248 5252

Cost: From $65 per person

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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14 Responses to Sydney’s Best High Teas

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    Miriam | July 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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      Stephanie | July 4, 2016

      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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    Catharina | January 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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      Stephanie | January 18, 2016

      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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    cynthia | October 28, 2015

    high tea deals in sydney

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      Stephanie | October 28, 2015

      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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    kathryn | October 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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      Stephanie | October 26, 2015

      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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    Heather | May 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

    • Staff
      Alex | June 1, 2015

      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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    Pam | May 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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      Stephanie | May 7, 2015

      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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    lisa | March 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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      Shirley | March 16, 2015

      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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