One of the most popular ways to reconnect with friends for an afternoon, high tea is no longer an extended pinkie affair with lace tablecloths and baby pink cupcakes. Whilst still maintaining an elegant air, high tea has become a trendy afternoon activity with many restaurants and cafes adding a dash of their own personality to create a unique experience. Here’s our top 10 high teas in Sydney, perfect for spoiling mum on Mother’s Day or a girls day out.
Conveniently located inside Macquarie Centre, set down your shopping bags to take a well deserved break and indulge in high tea from Passiontree Velvet. With a selection of four high tea menus, there is something for all tastebuds with each offering a signature range of sandwiches, macaroons, chocolates and cakes.
For the chocolate fanatics out there, this one is for you, with chocolate dishes using high-quality chocolate sourced from as far as Madagascar to Cuba! The menu can be matched with a selection of the aromatic teas or with sparkling wine. Enjoy an exotic high tea inside one of Sydney's most contemporary hotels.
A truly unique high tea experience set in one of Sydney's most iconic buildings, NSW Parliament House. Only served on Fridays this is a great spot to enjoy freshly baked scones with a side of celebrity spotting with world known dignitaries and royalty are known to be sighted on the grounds.
A scenic 1.5 hour drive from Sydney, join The Carrington Hotel for a leisurely afternoon in the Blue Mountains. Serving a range of tasty finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries, you’re encouraged to take your time enjoying the high tea and the company you choose.
Hosted in a quirky little cafe with plush, mismatched chairs and on fine china, Hatters Tea House’s high tea is a local gem. With over 22 tea options and catering for those who prefer coffee beans in their cup, the Hatters high tea serves a selection of fresh macaroons, gourmet sandwiches and sweet tarts.
Boronia Tea Room has put enormous effort into perfecting its high tea menu so that the food presented on the three tiered stand perfectly reflects the charming Victorian heritage of the mansion. Choose from several menu options that cater for all occasions and beverage preferences, including cocktail, champagne and sparkling options.
Talk about high tea with a view! The spectacular oceanic views from the historic and heritage listed Gunners Barracks will make this one high tea you will sure to remember. Graze on a mixture of freshly baked cakes, sandwiches and scones, as well as gourmet savoury pastries, served straight from the onsite kitchen.
Full of old world charm and classic furnishings, this is a high tea experience for those who like the more traditional fashion of things. Established in the grand Queen Victoria Building devour elegant sweet and savoury bites off fine Royal Albert China. Gluten free menus are also available.
If you book a high tea at Sofitel Wentworth, you’re set for a luxurious afternoon of delectable treats. Hosted in the 60s inspired Soirée, your high tea mixes traditional favourites with the hotel’s signature desserts to ensure your tastebuds are dancing with every bite. Just make sure you leave room for at least a mouthful of The Wentworth’s famous cheesecake, it lives up to its reputation.
Looking for something a little different? Try this vodka high tea hosted by the Food Society. With a menu of handmade canapés that cater for both the sweet and savoury tooth, Food Society match your treats with Single Origin coffee, teas and vodka based iced tea cocktails.