You can eat your way through a world’s worth of cuisine without leaving the borders of Brisbane. This city offers everything from Kentucky fried duck to scotch eggs in curry mayo.
Not every dish in the city is off-the-wall, though; Brisbane’s high tea also offers tradition.
Hotels, restaurants and cafés around the city serve up quintessential afternoon teas, often on tiered trays, with ribbon sandwiches, plump scones, cakes and cup after cup of tea.
Here are a few options in the city, including a few that include a little twist.
Our top picks for high tea in Brisbane
In addition to its classic high tea, Sofitel offers a Gouter Tea. It’s a French take on high tea and features French hot chocolate, crunchy baguettes with creamy brie, rich nutella crepes, rillettes and gougères, which are baked savory choux pastries.
Tea time: 11am-3pm
Address: Club Sofitel Lounge, 249 Turbot Street, 4000 Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3835 3535
Price: From $48
On balmy days you can take high tea in view of the Brisbane River, at the Stamford Plaza hotel. The menu here is inspired by Queensland and features items like petite Daintree barramundi, leek and dill mini quiches plus A Day at the Ekka, which is a deconstructed strawberry sundae in a glass. Meanwhile, scone options include cheese and vegemite flavours.
Tea time: Friday 3pm-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm-5:30pm.
Address: Corner of Margaret and Edward Streets, Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3100 5749
Vintaged Bar is the setting for high tea at The Hilton. You can count on a classic menu of precisely-cut sandwiches, chunky scones topped with clouds of cream and layers of jam alongside a selection of cakes and other sweet treats. You can also top up the experience with a glass of fizz or a seasonal cocktail.
Tea time: 2pm-4pm
Address: 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.
Phone number: (07) 3234 2000
Price: From $45
High tea at the Marriott is perfectly traditional.
The menu features sandwiches with classic fillings like smoked salmon, ham and cheese with mustard, and free-range egg followed by sweet treats like soft scones with jam and cream. Top it all off with options like gooey chocolate brownies and choux pastry.
This regal high tea served up in the contemporary Motion Bar and Grill.
Tea time: Daily 11am-4:30pm
Address: 515 Queen St, Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3303 8034
Price: $49 per person
There’s a French theme to the high tea that’s served at Bacchus in Rydges, Brisbane. The tiered trays here are stacked with items like black brioche with chicken and celery, croissants with ham, almond dacquoise, salted caramel macarons and crumbly scones with jam and cream, of course.
Tea time: Tuesday-Sunday
Address: Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3364 0837
Price: From $38
Views of Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens are served up alongside the high tea at McMahons Restaurant at The Sebel Quay West. Meanwhile, the food selection is the time-honoured combination of finger sandwiches, chunky scones with the jam and cream trimmings and a selection of cakes.
Tea time: 12pm-4pm
Address: 132 Alice Street Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3853 6000
Price: From $45
High tea at Customs House is served up beside Brisbane River within sight of Story Bridge. The menu is traditional with finger sandwiches, scones with slicks of jam and cream and a selection of picture-perfect cakes and pastries.
Tea time: 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Address: 399 Queen St. Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3365 8999
Price: From $49
There are a few options for high tea at Room with Roses. Opt for the classic option and you’ll find yourself tucking into quintessential finger sandwiches with traditional fillings like smoked salmon, crumbly scones with jam and cream as well as three home-made cakes or pastries.
Tea time: 12pm-2:30pm
Address: Gallery Level, Brisbane Arcade
Phone number: (07) 3229 7050
Price: From $42
Perched on the top of Mt Coot-tha overlooking the leafiness of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Summit Restaurant serves afternoon tea with a view. The food is served on tiered plates and pairs sandwiches and hot savouries with crumbly scones and indulgent cakes and pastries.
Tea time: Sunday 3pm-5pm
Address: 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Brisbane Lookout, Mt Coot-tha
Phone number: (07) 3369 9922
Price: From $35
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