With Australians consuming around 22 million cups of tea daily, there are plenty of options when it comes to enjoying a good cuppa.
Afternoon tea or the classic high tea has seen a resurgence in Melbourne, so too has the return to elegance in fashion. Tea, cucumber sandwiches and petit fours in a venue that boasts class and elegance seems to never go out of style.
Here are my favourite spots around town:
Please confirm prices on the respective web sites (links below).
Melbourne High Tea
Treat yourself to your own garden party at Madame Brussels. This is where the Madhatters Tea Party meets Wisteria Lane.
Refreshing punches, cupcakes, cucumber sandwiches can be taken upon our rather fancy terrace or enjoyed on our garden settings upon our lush green grass indoors should the weather prove too cold.
Madame Brussels' personal chef shall prepare delights made with love and offered to you by sweet young men. Carefully prepared dishes include:
- Traditional Poached Chicken Sandwiches on soft white bread
- Cucumber sandwiches
- Curried Egg Sandwiches
- Smoked Double Ham with Gruyere and Dijon
- Rather Fancy Cupcakes
- Scones, Jam and Cream
If youíre after a beverage with an English influence, definitely try Pimms. Tea and coffee is available if one is in the mood for something hotter.
Contact Miss Pearls to arrange the perfect delights for your garden party.
Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Ph: 03 9662 2775
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Located on the first floor lobby level, Sofiís provides an atmosphere of understated elegance complemented by natural light and changing exhibitions of artwork.
During the week Sofi's Lounge allows you to draw pause for the finest afternoon teas from 2:30pm Monday to Friday. For $45 per person served on individual tiered stands, enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, cakes, freshly baked scones with home made jam and whipped cream accompanied with a glass of sparkling wine and tea or coffee.
Each weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 2:30pm, enjoy Sofiís High Tea buffet for $65 per person. Offering live savoury cooking and crepe station, elegant finger sandwiches, hot and cold savories, freshly baked scones with home-made jams and whipped cream, a selection of cakes, pastries and desserts and a glass of Australian sparkling wine.
25 Collins Street, Melbourne.
Restaurant Reservations: 03 9653 7744
The Hotel Windsor
The Hotel Windsor has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883. Their famous afternoon tea is served to your table on three-tiered silver stands and consists of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches.
Monday-Friday: 12 noon & 2:30pm | $69 per person, children aged 3-6 years $25, aged 7-12 years $40
Saturday-Sunday: 12 noon & 3pm | $89 per person (includes an indulgent dessert buffet) children aged 3-6 years $30, aged 7-12 years $50
111 Spring Street, Melbourne.
Ph: (+613) 9633 6004
The Langham Melbourne
Indulge in traditional Tiffin afternoon tea or a chocolate indulgence at ARIA Bar & Lounge at The Langham, Melbourne.
Tiffin Afternoon Tea
During the week delight in nostalgic Tiffin served on a traditional three tiered silver stand including scones with chantilly cream and preserve and twists on old English Fvourites. Served with leaf tea, espresso coffee or hot chocolate.
Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
$45.00 per person
Chocolate Indulgence Afternoon Tea
A selection of delectable chocolate treats that will satisfy the strongest of chocolate cravings along with traditional afternoon tea favouries.Served with leaf tea, espresso coffee or hot chocolate
Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
$49.00 per person.
ARIA bar & lounge | Melba Restaurant
The Langham, Melbourne
1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Melbourne.
Ph: 03 8696 8888
Park Hyatt Melbourne
If you are wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of our busy city centre, take a leisurely stroll up through the Paris End of Melbourne to the luxurious Park Hyatt for their delicious High Tea.
High tea is served every day between 2.30 and 5.00. The staff are incredibly friendly and attentive.
Read Review: High Tea @ Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Square
Off Parliament Place VIC 3002
Ph: 9224 1234
The Westin Melbourne
Itís refreshing to attend a high tea service that focuses on the contemporary in terms of style and the foods and beverages on offer.
Transform your afternoon into one of relaxation with a refreshing selection of treats, featuring SuperFoods. Experience Westin's modern twist on the traditional.
Available every day from $49 per person or $59 per person including a glass of Chandon NV Brut, bookings essential. High Tea group bookings are also available.
205 Collins St, Melbourne
Toll Free: 1800 656 535
Phone: +61 3 9635 2222
Read Westinís Modern Twist on the Traditional High Tea (Review by Monica)
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Nowhere else in Melbourne's City Business District can you find a more charming setting and atmosphere than the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Whilst sipping on your tea, the Victorian splendour of the Block Arcade will take your mind back to the late 19th Century when the tea rooms' history began.
Since 1893, the tradition of quality at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms continues, combining delight of fine foods and beverages, with the tranquil beauty of refined elegance of The Block Arcade.
Servicing both traditional tea and high tea,
Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
The Block Arcade | 282 Collins Street, Melbourne
Reservations: 9650 2777 | Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Please check prices (as they can change) on the web links below.
Reviews By Monica
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