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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 9 high teas in Sydney

1. Cortile Lounge | Intercontinental Sydney

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Tea not your cup of, er, tea? There is another option in The Cortile’s sun-lit 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 $62 pp

2. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea | The Westin

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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), The Modern Twist (comes with a SuperFoodsRX Cocktail) and Ruinart’s Afternoon Tea (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 $54 pp


3. Exquisite High Tea | Sheraton on the Park

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For something excessively indulgent and undeniably opulent yours has to be the High Tea Experience with Bubbles at Sheraton on the Park. At $59pp, which includes a fresh cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea you'd better come with your sweet tooth ready.

Tea times: Monday - Friday 12:00pm

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

Phone number: (02) 9286 6000

Cost: $59 pp


4. The Tea Room, QVB

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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 $35 pp


5. Vaucluse House Tea Rooms

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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-4pm, Weekends 8am-4pm

Address: Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse

Phone number: (02) 9388 8188

Cost: From $55 pp


6. Macaron High Tea | Passiontree Velvet

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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) - $34.95 (The Duchess High Tea)


7. Celebration High Tea | Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

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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.

Tea times: For reservations

Address: 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 9228 9188

Cost: $65 pp


8. Afternoon Tea| Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La

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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 Afternoon Tea experience. You know which one we're opting for.

Tea times: Daily 11:30am and 6pm

Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Phone number: (02) 9250 6000

Cost: From $48 pp


9. Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood | The Langham

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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: Daily 12pm-5pm

Address: 89-113 Kent St, Sydney

Phone number: (02) 9256 2222

Cost: From $70 per person


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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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!

      Stephanie

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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

    • finder Customer Care
      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.

      Stephanie

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    cynthiaOctober 28, 2015

    high tea deals in sydney

    • finder Customer Care
      StephanieOctober 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Cynthia,

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

      Thanks for looking!

      Stephanie

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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

    • finder Customer Care
      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.

      Best,

      Stephanie

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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

    • finder Customer Care
      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.

      Thanks,
      Alex

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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,
    Pam

    • finder Customer Care
      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!

      Stephanie

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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 ?

    • finder Customer Care
      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!

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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