Best High Tea Experiences In Sydney

Drink, Eat, Food Guide, Guide, Sydney / 26 February 2020

Feeling a little bit fancy? Celebrate in style at one of Sydney’s best high tea experiences.

We know Sydneysiders adore a bottomless boozy brunch (we’ve even put together a list of our favourites if you need some inspiration). But, how can we forget about the classic high tea experience? For those days when you want to don your best threads and sample a refined menu of bite-sized eats, check out our guide to the best high tea experiences in Sydney.

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Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour

The newly relaunched High Tea experience at Sofitel Sydney invites diners to escape to French-inspired oasis with a high tea experience inspired by a childhood classic. Set in the heart of Darling Harbour, this chic high tea takes inspiration from Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ acclaimed children’s book character, Claris. Whether you’re familiar with this character or not, this high tea is set to be one to impress. Running now until June 13th 2020, step into the hotel’s elegant Atelier restaurant and sample a menu of French pastries, macarons, flowing French champagne and more. Bon appétit!

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour High Tea, Level 3, 12 Darling Drive Darling Harbour. Every Saturday from 1-4pm, $89 per person. Find out more here.

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Vaucluse House Tearooms, Estate Vaucluse House

Set in the lush historic grounds of one of Sydney’s few 19th Century mansions, the Vaucluse House high tea experience is one not to be missed. Diners can sample their way from savoury to sweet, with everything from chicken and tarragon finger sandwiches to passionfruit macarons and buttermilk scones with cream and preserves on the menu. Want to step up your high tea experience? For just an extra $10 per person you can upgrade to flowing Pomegranate Prosecco cocktails or even elevate your bubbles to the French Moét Rose Mini (for an extra $26).

Vaucluse House Tearooms High Team, 69A Wentworth Road, Vaucluse. Every Wed to Sun, 10am to 4pm, $60 per person (min. 2 guests). Find out more here.

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The Tea Room QVB, CBD

Visiting Sydney’s famous Romanesque arcade, the Queen Victoria Building, often feels like stepping back in time. And for those who want to complete this nostalgic experience, booking in for a lavish high tea at The Team Room QVB is always a good idea. Pull up a chair in this plush dining room and get ready to dig into a traditional menu of gourmet high tea eats complete with herbal tea and even top-notch bubbles. The Tea Room QVB offers a variety of packages, ranging from a simple Devonshire Tea of scones and tea or coffee ($20 per person) all the way up to a luxe Champagne High Tea experience with flowing French bubbles ($80 per person).

The Team Room QVB, Level 3 North End QVB, 455 George Street Sydney. Open daily 10am-5pm, $20 to $80 per person. Find out more here.

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Primus Hotel, CBD

It might be one of the CBD’s lesser known luxury hotels, but Pitt Street’s Primus Hotel boasts a lavish high tea experience for diners. Taking place in the hotel’s stunning Lobby Bar, High Tea at Primus Hotel delivers a menu of innovative sweet and savoury dishes infused with a contemporary touch. Curated by the venue’s Executive Chef and Head Pastry Chef, expect a lavish menu of refined eats including tiramisu, vanilla cannoli, kingfish ceviche, truffle and mushroom arancini as so much more. Take your pick of their four high packages, including everything from a glass of Chandon NV Brut ($55 per person) all the way up to a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne ($250 for two people).

Primus Hotel, Lobby Bar, 339 Pitt Street Sydney. Open daily for high tea from 3-5pm, $45 to $250 depending on package. Find out more here.

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InterContinental Sydney, Double Bay

To toast to an afternoon of leisurely dining, say cheers with a glass of champagne or even a mini Martini at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. Take your pick of the Classic High Tea ($59 per person) featuring the Chef’s selection of savouries, freshly baked scones and homemade desserts and patisseries. Fancy a more exotic experience? Try the Oriental High Tea ($69 per person) featuring petite oriental-inspired sweets, freshly steamed dumplings and savoury bites. Plus, diners can add a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne to either package ($10 per person).

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, 33 Cross Street Sydney. Open daily from 12pm to 4pm, $59 to $69 per person. Find out more here. 

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The Langham Sydney, Millers Point

Held in the luxe hotel, The Langham Sydney, prepare to experience something special at this high tea experience. Direct form their flagship London hotel, this luxe Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood offers an indulgent menu of delights to enjoy. Choose your accompanying drink, with your choice of Mitolo Jester, Sangiovese Rosé or premium bubbles on offer. Book in before 3pm to dive into an unlimited dessert station or let the team take care of you with their classic afternoon tea menu.

The Langham Sydney, 89-113 Kent Street Sydney. Open Mon to Sun, 12pm to 5pm, $70 to $90 per person depending on package. Find out more here.

Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks

Offering sweeping vistas over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond, pull up a chair at Blue Bar on 36’s high tea experience. Hosted inside the Shangri-La Hotel in the heart of The Rocks, this decadent high tea buffet has been curated by the venue’s Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou. Start with a glass of sparkling on arrival before diving into a menu of delicacies including apple and rhubarb tea cakes, roast vegetable quiche Lorraine buttermilk and tea-raisin scones and so much more. Plus, you can even upgrade to bottomless cocktails to complete your high tea experience.

Blue Bar on 35 at the Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street The Rocks. Open Fri (12pm-2pm, Satu and Sun (11am-1pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm), $75 to $95 per person depending on package. Find out more here.

Best High Tea Sydney

Swissotel Sydney, CBD

Searching for a high tea experience that won’t break the bank? You’ve come to the right place. Flock to Crossroads Bar at Swissotel Sydney to dive into a menu of classic high tea delights. From dainty finger sandwiches to mouth-watering scones, sip your way through premium tea or upgrade your experience with a glass of champagne or rosé. 

Crossroads Bar at Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney. Open Mon to Fri 12pm-4pm, $59 per person). Find out more here.

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