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24 Best High Tea Sydney Spots [2023]

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Sydney is a city known for its high tea culture. If you’re looking for a delicious and relaxing afternoon out, then high tea Sydney is the answer! There are many high tea venues in Sydney with a wide range of tea selection, savoury pastries, but not all of them are created equal.

In this blog post, we will list 24 of the best high tea spots with wide range of tea selection in Sydney. Whether you’re looking for a traditional high tea to have tea or coffee or something more unique, with devonshire tea or just to have a glass of sparkling wine, clotted cream, or jus simply experience high teas, we have you covered!

1) The Gallery High Tea Experience

Key ServiceHas exquisite selection of La Maison Du The tea
AddressGround level, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, 161 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Operating HoursFriday to Sunday 11:00 – 12:30; 13:30 – 15:00

The Sheraton Grand – Champagne High Tea offers a contemporary yet traditional twist on the conventional high tea. Enjoy a sumptuous three-tiered dessert spread of delectable sweet and savory morsels that will tantalize your taste buds.

The Gallery High Tea, on the other hand, offers a beautiful three-tiered cake stand with dainty portions served on it. The pastry kitchen provides a variety of handcrafted sweet and savoury pastries delicacies.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves one of the most finest traditions
  • Has exquisite selection of La Maison Du The tea
  • Modern yet elegant twist on the traditional high tea

Customer’s Review:

I needed high tea, I needed it statim, and The Gallery provided it and in spades. Food excellent, as always; don’t be surprised there’s no one to greet you, they’ve moved that counter to the back of the gallery.

in hac lacrimarum Vale

2) Captain Cook Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

Key ServicePersonalised service
AddressCaptain Cook Cruises, Circular Quay Wharf No.6, Sydney, Australia
Operating HoursThursday to Sunday 14:00

On a cruise ship, you may enjoy a classic British High Tea with an Aussie twist while taking in the sea views of Sydney. A glass of sparkling wine, as well as a variety of fine teas, is included in the experience! The cruise departs from Circular Quay Wharf at 1:30 p.m. Did we mention that you may use the Dine & Discover NSW voucher to save $25 on this experience? It’s time to get the girl gang together!

Key Differentiators:

  • Modern setting
  • Premium upper-deck restaurant seating and 360° harbour views
  • Personalised service

3) Elegance High Tea at Stamford

Key ServiceConvenient location
Address93 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 NSW Australia
Operating HoursSaturday – Sunday 11:00-14:30

At Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, enjoy afternoon tea amid exquisite antiques and lovely art in the understated elegance and warm ambience of the charming hotel. The high tea at Stamford is served with fluffy homemade scones, homemade jam and double cream, as well as sweet and salty pastries. Its location is also the perfect spot for everyone. In the middle of Sydney, this internationally renowned traditional high-end hotel is located minutes from the city center and all Sydney has to offer.

Key Differentiators:

  • Convenient location
  • A selection of sweet & savoury pastries and tea or coffee
  • Surrounded by exquisite antiques and charming artworks

Customer’s Review:

Well worth a visit for a high tea on a weekend. Old world charm and very polite staff, plus the background music is quite relaxing, playing the old standards.

Kevin Middleton

4) High Tea at Altitude

Key ServiceSavoury morsels on three tempting tiers
Address176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday 15:30 -17:00

Shangri-La Sydney’s High Tea at Altitude elevates the concept of high tea with its exclusive location, breathtaking panoramic views, and luxurious settings! You’ll have the best skyline for photos with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in sight! You’ll enjoy mouthwatering desserts and savory bites on three delightful levels. Did we mention the oh-so-fluffy scones with clotted cream and other show-stopping desserts?

Key Differentiators:

  • Decadently delicious High Tea
  • Spectacular harbour views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House
  • Savoury morsels on three tempting tiers

Customer’s Review:

Had a really enjoyable high tea with my sisters. The view is just unmatched. We had the festive high tea ( $95 with a glass of sparkling) plus drinks. Id say 25% was the view. Akyl lop

5) Endless High Tea at Crossroads Bar at Swissôtel Hotel

Key ServiceOffers classic English high tea
Address68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Operating HoursFriday to Sunday 14:00 -15:00

The traditional high tea has been completely revolutionized at the Crossroads Bar at Swissotel. The Endless High Tea is a delicious, yet low-calorie indulgence that allows you to savour the most delectable sandwiches, cakes, and scones with jam and cream available while maintaining a balanced diet. You’ll also get a glass of sparkling wine and a variety of T2 premium loose-leaf teas as part of the experience.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers classic English high tea
  • Serves generous assortment of delicate savoury sandwiches, luscious cakes, and scones with jam and cream all served a-la-carte
  • An array of T2 premium loose-leaf teas

Customer’s Review:

The service was amazing, the high tea was great – lots of choices from savory to sweet. Very attentive staff members. Will definitely be returning back.

Beverly Simmons-Hurtado

6) High Tea Experience at The Tea Room QVB

Key ServiceGluten Free High Tea option
AddressLevel 3 North End Queen Victoria Building 455 George Street, Sydney NSW
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

At The Tea Room QVB, you may enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind experience from Royal Albert fine china and British silverware settings, to the enticing array of petits fours created by their award-winning patissier. They also have a Devonshire Tea package that includes two scones and cream, tea or coffee for only $25 per person if you’re not looking for something too hefty on a weekday!

Key Differentiators:

  • Gluten Free High Tea option
  • Elegant high tea set-up
  • Affordable packages

Customer’s Review:

A splendid High Tea, with impeccable service and sensuously wealthy room ambiance. A sumptuous range of the finest teas complimented with the most delicious savouries, sandwiches, scones with fresh jam and whipped cream, and finally petite cakes that just melted in the mouth with flavour. All served with the finest Royal Doulton.

Mark Ko

7) Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood at The Langham

Key ServiceIntimate interior setting
Address89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Phone1 (626) 585 6218
Operating HoursMonday to Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

Are you looking for a traditional high tea experience? You’ve found it! It is credited as the origin of the classic Afternoon Tea, which is served from their London flagship hotel. You may have a magnificent Afternoon Tea in an intimate atmosphere that also shows stunning harbour vistas while staying at this boutique hotel, located in the heart of historic buildings and pretty cobblestoned streets. To top it all off, serve Laurent-Perrier champagne to complete the experience. It will be one you’ll never forget!

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers picturesque views of The Horseshoe Garden and San Marino
  • Also offers a children’s tea selection
  • Intimate interior setting

Customer’s Review:

The Christmas high tea was perfect! The food was delicious and the staff were kind and hospitable. Such a wonderful experience. Will be doing High tea there again very, very soon.

Jeannine Wallace

8) QT Sydney

Key Servicewhimsical high tea
AddressQT Sydney Lobby, Sydney
Phone+61 2 8262 0000
Operating HoursSaturdays and Sundays, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Adriano Zumbo’s high tea is unsurpassed. The dessert king has teamed up with fun-loving boutique hotel group QT for a whimsical high tea at its CBD hotel. Cheekily called QTea, the extravagant occasion is reminiscent of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the best way possible.

Key Differentiators:

  • Amazing interiors
  • Friendly staff

Customer’s Review:

Fantastic place to stay. The staff are fun, friendly and make you feel so welcomed that your smiling from the moment you arrive.

9) The InterContinental Hotel – Double Bay

Key Servicepetite dishes, afternoon tea
AddressStillery Bar and Dining Room, InterContinental Double Bay
Phone+61-2-8388 8388
Operating HoursEvery day, 11am – 5pm

Look no further than the InterContinental Double Bay’s renowned high tea if you’re visiting Sydney and searching for a memorable dining experience. The elegant Eastern Suburbs hotel is the perfect location to feel like royalty, especially with its exquisite high tea menu.
The Stillery Bar & Dining Room, located on the premises, is dedicated to long-standing customs and high tea caters to a broad range of tastes and diets. Expect everything from scones, sparkling wine, savoury pastries and sandwiches to quiches, clotted cream, cakes, and cookies for us adults. Along with your high tea, keep things bubbly with a wide range of artisanal loose-leaf teas and sparkling wine.

Do you want to go all out? For an additional $250, you can add two 200ml bottles of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial champagne.

Key Differentiators:

  • Afternoon tea is also available for takeaway, so enjoy this luxurious experience in the comfort of your own home.
  • Takeaway afternoon tea serves two and it is only $170 and comes complete on a convenient portable four-tiered stand with a selection of sweet and savoury treats.

Customer’s Review:

Food was generally of high quality and very delicious.

10) Alibi – Woolloomooloo

Key ServiceHigh Tea
AddressAlibi, Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Phone+61 2 9331 9088
Operating HoursSaturdays and Sundays, 12pm – 2.30pm

Alibi, within Ovolo Woolloomooloo, is the place to go if you want to mix up your usual high tea. The Ovolo crew has committed to going vegan with its Plant’d program—and its high tea is no exception. Alibi’s unique high tea gives this British tradition a little creative remodelling using locally sourced ingredients and cutting-edge cooking methods.

The menu includes a coffee and chocolate cake, peppermint gum pea tart, and salt-baked sweet potato, as well as tea, coffee, and fresh juice. For an extra $79 or $140, you can also add free-flowing sparkling rosé or Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut to your meal. This is one unusual plant-based experience you won’t want to miss out on. To reserve a table, go here.

Key Differentiators:

  • a restaurant and bar offering innovating cocktails and a plant-based dining menu by Matthew Kenney
  • a unique cocktail lounge offering innovative cocktails and a plant-based dining menu by renowned US chef, restaurateur and global pioneer of plant-based cuisine, Matthew Kenney

Customer’s Review:

I would highly recommend this restaurant it has a really funky vibe and the food is next level. Very relaxed dining experience.

11) The Gunners’ Barracks

Key ServiceMorning Tea, Traditional Tea
AddressGunners’ Barracks, Mosman
Phone02 8962 5900
Operating HoursEvery day, from 10am

The Gunners’ Barracks, on Georges Head with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, is a must-see for high tea in Sydney. This heritage-listed establishment honors tradition and provides the ideal opportunity to indulge in elegance.

Freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves, finely sliced sandwiches, savoury pastries, petit cakes, and a huge variety of 41 different Ronnefeldt teas are just some of the things on their menu. You may also add French champagne, rosé wine, Australian sparkling wine, or cocktails to your order.

Key Differentiators:

  • Heritage-listed venue
  • Offers 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour

Customer’s Review:

This place has beautiful scenery and fabulous environment! We had the traditional high tea and it was fantastic. The food items were delicious and they offer a great selection of teas. Furthermore, the service was excellent! This is a must visit for sure.

12) Loftus Lane

Key ServiceHigh Tea
AddressShop 3 / 38 – 42 Bridge St. Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone0426 359 394
Operating HoursMon – Thu : 6.30 am – 3 pm
Sat – Sun : 8 am – 3 pm
Public Holiday : 8 am – 3 pm

Loftus Lane Cafe’s high tea, unlike anywhere else in Sydney, is served on beautiful white department store drawers and transparent jewelry boxes. The combination resembles something from Alice In Wonderland, with smoked salmon and cream cheese waffles, strawberry and cream cheese tarts, macarons, cake slices, finger sandwiches, quiches, brownies, butter scones with jam and cream and then—to cleanse the palate—coffee or champagne.

Key Differentiators:

  • Decked out with glamorous furniture
  • Swanky cafe by day and elegant bar by night 

Customer’s Review:

The food, drinks and staff were absolutely amazing. I’ll definitely be back. Thank you!!

13) Burnt Orange

Key ServiceHigh Tea
Address1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman, Sydney
Phone02 9969 1120
Operating HoursWednesday-Friday – 8.30am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday – 8.30am-5.30pm
Public Holidays – 10am-4pm, CLOSED: Monday & Tuesday

For those who want a more laid-back high tea with still spectacular views of the harbour, Burnt Orange is the place to go. You may enjoy amazing views while munching on a delectable variety of savoury and sweet delicacies.

The menu features all your afternoon favourites, including choux buns, macarons, scones, and quiches, plus the venue’s signature Burnt Orange Tart with blood orange curd and Swiss meringue. You’ll also score a large pot of tea, or you can upgrade to a sparkling high tea for an extra $10 a head. 

Key Differentiators:

  • Popular choice for occasions

Customer’s Review:

Beautiful place! Very friendly staff, it is a nice place for family get together take a break~ enjoy the harbor view and fine food. Will come back again and try the high tea.

14) Alice in Wonderland Cocktail Tea Party Adventure

Key ServiceHigh Tea
AddressWonderland Bar, 24 Baywaster Road, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011 
Phone02 9181 4339

An immersive cocktail adventure! Come along on a 90 minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland. Brought to you by the interactive team behind The Wizard’s Den, Beyond Cinema and A.K Wregg. For those both curious and curiouser – this will be the theatrical tea party to end all tea parties.

Key Differentiators:

  • Theatrical experience

Customer’s Review:

A unique & immersive high tea experience.

15) Cafe Birkenhead

Key ServiceCafe
AddressShop 70A Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre
19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne, NSW, AU
Phone02 9181 4339
Operating HoursWeekdays: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Weekends: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open late for Functions

Cafe Birkenhead is the ideal place to unwind with a meal. Located in Drummoyne with views of the city, they are fully licensed and serve a wide selection of tea, cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits.

Their venue is available for shared use for breakfast and lunch functions and as an exclusive venue to use for night events. They can cater for any event, whether it is a birthday celebration, engagement party, christening, corporate function or wedding reception.

Key Differentiators:

  • beautiful water views
  • packages are all inclusive & affordable

Customer’s Review:

Great location and awesome view from the cafe.


16) The Waiting Room

Key ServiceFestive high tea
AddressLevel 1 (Ground), 1 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
Phone02 8871 7171
Operating Hours8am – 11pm (Mo – Th & Su)
8am – 12am (Fr, Sa)

Although one might not typically associate casinos with refined British teas, the Crown’s TWR overlooks some stunning views of the water. With its convenient location in Barangaroo, it makes for the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea on a sunny day.

Key Differentiators:

  • Soak up the harbour views
  • Offers a delectable range of savoury and sweet treats
  • Sydney’s most exclusive Champagne high tea

Customer’s Review:

We had the high tea and the duck rillette, pork belly slider, salmon tostada, vanilla butter praline, and lemon & lime mousse were quite tasty. The scones were cooked quite nicely and probably the best scones I’ve ever had.

David Ngo

17) Reign At The QVB

Key ServiceDedicated cheese high tea
AddressLevel 1, Queen Victoria Building
455 George Street Sydney (Druitt Street entrance)
Phone+61 2 8023 7608
Operating HoursMonday – Tuesday
Wednesday – Thursday

If you’re as significant of a cheese-lover as I am, then Reign at the QVB is an afternoon stop you won’t want to miss. With their High Cheese tea service, you get to choose three different types of cheeses to be paired with lavosh, oat crackers, grapes, quince jelly, chutney— all the fixings! And if champagne is your kind of fancy (as it should be), add a bottle bubbly for $99.

Key Differentiators:

  • Enjoy with lavosh, oat crackers, grapes, quince, chutney, dried fruits and nuts
  • An array of seasonally-driven share-plates
  • Professional service

Customer’s Review:

A beautiful spot for an intimate date or a girl’s catch-up. The aesthetic is divine and so is the food.

John Skene

18) Vaucluse House

Key ServiceHigh tea in a historical setting
Address9A Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia
Operating HoursWednesday to Sunday, 11am – 3pm

The Vaucluse House, set on the beautiful and historic grounds of Nielsen Park, is one of the best places for high tea in Sydney. For $50 per person, you can enjoy finger sandwiches, croquettes, veggie tarts, mini chocolate eclairs, buttermilk scones and more. You can also add champagne for an additional $22 or a lychee cocktail for just $10 extra.

Key Differentiators:

  • Stunning harbourfront setting
  • Historic estate
  • Finger sandwiches, croquettes, tarts, eclairs, scones and more

Customer’s Review:

A most beautiful journey back in time. Fantastic tour guides and don’t forget to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms just outside the garden. Couldn’t imagine an afternoon better spent.


19) Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Key ServiceUses Jing tea
Address199 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Operating HoursFri to Sun 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Appropriately situated on the mezzanine level with a full view of the hotel lobby, Mode Kitchen and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel in Circular Quay is perfect for keeping an eye on all of the comings and goings. Watch as overnighters check in and out of the grand, chandelier-decked reception while picking a Jing tea from one of our many trolleys wheeled out for guests’ perusal–and brewed right in front them! The tiered trolley is all killer no filler; delicate yet futuristic desserts that are sure to deliver a flavor whomp include green apple & dill pavlova, strawberry & vanilla tart, and dark chocolate delice.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves pillowy scones pair well with a tart swipe of marmalade
  • Tiered trolley with delicate desserts
  • Fantastic views of the hotel lobby and Circular Quay

20) Radisson Blu Hotel

Key ServiceTraditional high tea
Address27 O’Connell Street, Sydney, 2000, Australia
Phone+61 2 82140000
Operating HoursSaturday and Sunday: 10:30 am–3:30 pm

If you opt for the Traditional High Tea, one of La Maison Du The’s teas or Vittoria coffee will be served to you elegantly, complete with a delicious variety of sweet and savory snacks. Don’t worry about dietary restrictions–gluten-free options are available. Plus, we have vegan and chocolate high tea selections too!

Key Differentiators:

  • Dietary restrictions are easy to cater for
  • Gluten-free, vegan, and chocolate high tea options available
  • Signature high tea for groups of more than 20 in our elegant Lady Fairfax Room.

21) Alibi Bar and Dining

Key ServiceA plant-based high tea
Addressinside Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
Operating HoursSaturday – Sunday
12pm – 4pm

Come to Alibi Bar and Dining to feel good about yourself and enjoy a delicious, sweet treat. A plant-based high tea that reflects Matthew Kenney’s philosophy has given new life to clean eating in a High Tea setting. The perfect blend of classical and innovative cooking has created an entirely new subculture of high tea. With locally sourced, mouthwatering vegan delights and stunning beverages, this isn’t just any old high tea–it’s your high tea.

Key Differentiators:

  • Locally sourced, mouthwatering vegan delights
  • Jaw-dropping beverages
  • Classical and innovative cooking

Customer’s Review:

Went here for the Vegan High Tea on a quiet Sunday afternoon for a friend’s birthday. The service was good, mocktails and tea excellent. Highlights were the duck pancakes, bagel w cashew cream cheese, choc sponge, and mango cheesecake.

Luke Zorbas (Flurolux)

22) Marriott 

Key ServiceThree high tea options to choose from
Address161 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

The Marriott’s high tea is an afternoon dedicated to luxury and pampering. Served with a glass of champagne or cocktail, you can enjoy tasty sweets, treats and savouries, beautiful flowers, and, of course, tea. Choose from three different high tea options: the “Bubbly High Tea”; “Premium High Tea”; or the “Ladies Pamper Afternoon High Tea” where you can enjoy a mini manicure with your cake. An afternoon like this is one not to be missed!

Key Differentiators:

  • Glass of champagne or cocktail included
  • Tasty sweets, treats, and savouries
  • Mini manicure available with the “Ladies Pamper Afternoon High Tea” option

23) The Tea Cosy

Key ServiceRange of loose-leaf teas
Address7 Atherden Street
The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000
Operating HoursMonday – Friday
10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday
9am – 4.30pm

Nostalgia has never tasted so sweet at the Tea Cosy. With traditional Devonshire tea, world-famous scones, and jam made from Australian-made jams, this high tea is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. Surrounded by fresh flowers and beautiful food, you’ll be transported back in time to your nan’s kitchen.

Key Differentiators:

  • Devonshire tea, world-famous scones, and jam
  • Aromatic tea
  • Freshly baked scones

Customer’s Review:

Quaint and relaxing spot for a cup of tea and scones. There are savoury and sweet options to choose from, and sandwiches too. Crumbly and light, the scones go beautifully with jam and cream. A bit of a wait for our orders to arrive though. Hello.


24) High Tea Delights

Key ServiceThree tea services to choose from
Address440 Forest Rd, Bexley NSW 2207, Australia
Phone+61 2 9599 5569
Operating HoursMon to Fri 10AM–4PM

What could be more luxurious and decadent than enjoying high tea with your closest friends and family? With High Tea Delights, all you have to do is prepare the tables and chairs—which we can provide for you if needed—and let us take care of the rest. Choose from one of our delicious tea services, such as “Little Pleasures”, “Sweet Indulgence” or “Marie Antoinette”. We’ll make sure that your next event is a memorable one!

Key Differentiators:

  • Can cater for groups of 15-30 people
  • Tables and chairs can be hired from High Tea Delights
  • High tea is one of the most luxurious and decadent experiences. And with High Tea Delights, you

Customer’s Review:

Amazing service and even more amazing food and dessert.!!!! Will definitely use it again and recommend it to family and friends. Thanks, Chris once again!

Ahmad Sleitini

High Tea Sydney

High teas are a Sydney staple that can be enjoyed in high-end hotels, quaint cafes, and more. With so many options available to you, there’s no excuse not to indulge! With sparkling wine, savoury pastries, clotted cream, or wide range of tea selection, we sure you will find the best high tea spot you are looking for!

Whether you’re looking for high tea with traditional British fare or something lighter like the Endless High Tea at Crossroads Bar at Swissotel Hotel, we hope this list has helped you find the perfect high tea Sydney spot for your next outing.

And, if you’re looking for an extra special treat, don’t forget to add a glass of sparkling wine to complete the experience! Cheers!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is high tea?

The term u0022high teau0022 was first used to describe a working-class dinner served at a high table and high back dining chairs at the end of a long day’s work. A hot meal would be available with the tea. This might include meat or fish entrees, baked dishes, or salads.

What is the difference between a high tea and an afternoon tea?

The afternoon tea is a delightful affair that takes place in the middle of the day. The centerpiece of an afternoon tea is delectable scones, tea sandwiches, and cakes. A high tea, on the other hand, consists of more substantial meals including meat, fish, and egg dishes as well as breads and sweets, and is served in the early evening.

Is high tea a Scottish thing?

The high tea came about in Scotland because, in the good old days, many had to rise early for work and, consequently, their hours were skewered. Breakfast was early and then, as the day was darkening and not much more could be done, hungry workers ate their main meal of the day around 4 o’clock in the afternoon

What time is afternoon tea in Australia?

Normally, it is at 4pm

What is clotted cream?

Clotted cream is a thick, creamy milk product made by slowly heating milk until the cream rises to the top and forms clots. It is traditionally made from unpasteurized cow’s milk and has a high fat content, typically around 55%. Clotted cream is often served with scones, strawberries, and jam as part of an English

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