Looking for an incredible high tea around Sydney? It you fancy making the trek ‘over the bridge’ from the North Shore, there are lots of incredible places in and around Sydney that also offer an indulgent high tea experience – like The Rocks, Darling Harbour and some fancy hotel in the city.
High Tea around The Rocks, Sydney
1. Park Hyatt Sydney’s Dining Room
Delight in the exclusive ambience of Park Hyatt Sydney’s Dining Room. With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and plush sofas, afternoon tea in The Dining Room is the perfect homage to a bygone era. Enjoy the glittering harbour as your backdrop, as you dine on delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones served with jam and clotted cream, and a platter of miniature cakes, tartlets and macarons. An elegant flute of Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne is served to add a little celebration to this delightful afternoon experience.
- Address: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
- Phone: (02) 9256 1661
- Available: Daily, 2.30pm to 5pm
- Cost: Classic Afternoon Tea – $68 | Champagne Afternoon Tea – $88
- Website: diningroom.com.au
2. Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
You have a few options for high tea when it comes to Shangri-La Hotel. You can go the traditional route and indulge in a Traditional Afternoon Tea (expect macarons, mille-feuille, delice, verrine, a selection of savoury creations and scones with clotted cream and housemade preserve). Or you can enjoy a high tea buffet with the sweetest Sydney Harbour views at Blu Bar on 36. Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou dishes up some daring creations, while you enjoy a sparkling on arrival. There is also an option to enjoy free flowing cocktails!
- Address: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
- Phone: (02) 9250 6000
- Traditional High Tea: daily from 11.30am -1.30pm, 1.45pm-3.45pm and 4pm-6pm. $55 per person with a flute of Chandon NV Brut + $65 per person with a flute of Veuve Clicquot, Brut Yellow Label French Champagne
- Blu Bar High Tea: Friday, 12-2pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-1pm | $75 per person, or $95 per person with free-flowing cocktails.
- Website: shangri-la.com
3. Sir Stamford, Circular Quay
Enjoy the most English of traditions surrounded by exquisite antiques and charming artworks, in the understated elegance and warm ambiance of the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay – the perfect setting for an afternoon of indulgence. The high tea options include fluffy homemade scones served with homemade jam, double cream and tea or coffee. A Kids High Tea (5-12 years) is even offered for $32, which includes scones, finger sandwiches, plus mini desserts with fruit juice or hot chocolate.
- Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney
- Phone: (02) 9252 4600
- Available: Daily from 11am-4pm
- Cost: Elegance High Tea – $79 | Traditional High Tea – $64 | Kids High Tea – $32
- Website: stamford.com.au
High Tea around Darling Harbour, Sydney
4. The Loft, King Street Wharf
The Loft at Darling Harbour offers a modern twist on the High Tea Sydney experience, with a funky venue and interesting teas. This fancy cocktail bar offers 180-degree views of the harbour, hosting the perfect get together for girls each weekend. Take in Harbour views as you enjoy an assortment of sweet and savoury canapés as well as OVViO tea pots to share with your group. Feast on wholemeal raisin scones, pistachio and almond slice and walnut brownie, or switch to the savoury and enjoy smoked salmon bagels, chai seeded sliders and more.
- Address: 3 Lime St, King Street Wharf
- Phone: (02) 8070 2424. Bookings are essential
- Available: Saturday and Sunday, 12-3pm
- Cost: Traditional High Tea Platter, $45 | High Tea with a Sweet Twist, $55 | High Tea with a Sparkling Twist, $65
- Website: thekeystonegroup.com.au
High Tea in the city of Sydney
5. The Tea Room QVB
Located in the former Grand Ballroom of the city’s Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room QVB is open daily for a decadent high tea service. You can divulge in the timeless tradition of afternoon tea served on authentic British silverware and classic Royal Albert china. From sweet to savoury morsels, finger sandwiches to scones, everything is made daily on the premises by the passionate team of chefs. Indulge the highest quality single estate loose leaf teas and tisanes, sourced from around the word, including China, India, Japan, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan and Africa. They also have a special children’s high tea on offer, with a selection of sandwiches and treats.
- Address: Level 3, North End QVB, 455 George St, Sydney
- Phone: (02) 9283 7279
- Available: Daily, 10am to 5pm
- Cost: Traditional High Tea – $55 | Sparkling High Tea – $60 | Children’s High Tea – $40 | Cocktail High Tea – $70
- Website: thetearoom.com.au
6. InterContinental Sydney
At InterContinental Sydney, your can relax in luxury and enjoy their inspired high tea within the gran and sun-lit heritage surrounds of The Cortile lounge. Supreme indulgence! Choose from an artisan selection of loose leaf La Maison Du Thé teas, as you feat on a delicious menu laced with a fusion of savoury and traditional treats, as well as experimental sweets. Your little ones can also join in with the Children’s Tea Party, which brings three tiers of Australia treats and mini savouries.
- Address: 117 Macquarie St, Sydney
- Phone: (02) 9240 1396
- Available: Daily, 11am-5pm
- Cost: The Treasury High Tea – $70 weekdays $75 weekends | Children’s Tea Party – $35
- Website: icsydney.com.au
7. Swissôtel Sydney
Spend your afternoon in Crossroads Bar, where you can delight in freshly baked scones, savoury delicacies and mouth-watering desserts, including a chocolate fountain, plus your choice of T2 loose leaf tea or coffee. Swissôtel Sydney is a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. They have a kid’s menu available as well with fairy bread, donuts and more.
- Address: 68 Market St, Sydney
- Phone: (02) 9238 8888
- Available: Monday to Friday, 12-4pm
- Cost: Sparkling High Tea – $59 | Kid’s High Tea – $30
- Website: swissotel.com
8. The Langham Sydney
Famed as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea, indulge in Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood in Palm Court at The Langham. With Western Harbour views, light-drenched spaces and a truly opulent outlook, it’s a stunning spot to enjoy a delectable mix of pastries, scones and savoury delights. Palm Court is an elegant addition to The Langham Sydney’s grand Lobby level.
- Address: 89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
- Phone: (02) 8248 5220
- Available: Daily, 12-5pm
- Cost: $70.00 per person | $85.00 per person – Includes a glass of Mitolo Jester, Sangiovese Rosé | $90.00 per person – Includes a glass of Premium Sparkling. On weekends and public holidays add $10
- Website: langhamhotels.com
9. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Re-imagine the art of tea taking with the Sydney High Tea at the Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar in the city’s Radisson Blu. Relish an exquisite array of sweet and savoury finger foods, such as the cucumber sandwich, beef and cress, curry puffs, classic scones or strawberry Swiss rolls, all displayed in the style of grand British tradition on a silver-tiered stand. These delicacies are served with your choice of Twinings Tea. A gluten-free version is even available with no pre-bookings required. You kids can also feel like royalty with a menu designed for kids, by kids.
- Address: 27 O’Connell Street, Sydney
- Phone: 8214 0000
- Available: Daily, 10am to 4.30pm
- Cost: From $49 per person
- Website: radissonhotels.com