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Melbourne really loves a good high tea. Those indulgent afternoons of tea and scones, dainty sandwiches and picture-perfect pastries. Here are some of the city’s lushest spreads.
High Tea at The Tea Rooms 1892
The Tea Rooms 1892 sit at an iconic spot in the Block Arcade. They have a rich history of serving high tea to elegant Melburnians in gilt surrounds. Of course, there are scones, and their famous smoked salmon pinwheel sandwiches. Or enjoy quiches, chicken liver pate on chestnut biscuits, and refreshing fresh fruit. A selection of sweet petit fours also goes perfectly with your pot of tea. Reservations essential.
Afternoon Tea at Hotel Windsor
Travel back in time to 1883 for a traditional afternoon tea at Hotel Windsor – with a hint of stylish contemporary flavours. A three-tiered silver stand is adorned with freshly baked scones, sweet jam and cream. Exquisite pastries include savoury tarts with tomato, ricotta and fried capers. There's also blueberry, sake and mascarpone choux. Or try classic cucumber sandwiches and brioche buns with white anchovy, paprika and lemon.
High Tea at Royal St Collins
Who said tea was just for the afternoon? Royal St Collins invites you to take in their delicious treats at breakfast too. Indulge in gorgeous loose leaf teas from Harney & Sons (or a jaunty mimosa if you prefer). The food menu includes mini desserts and point sandwiches. Then there’s two kinds of scones – rosewater and date or orange blossom – ready to be dolloped with jam and cream.
High Tea at Om Nom Kitchen
High tea at Om Nom Kitchen is a creative take on tradition. You'll find Om Nom set within the designer Adelphi Hotel. The décor is dark and dramatic and sets the scene for scones with gruyere and truffle honey. Savouries include a confit duck waffle cone. Sandwiches are filled with egg, potato and jamon. For sweets think passionfruit pav, lemon meringue profiteroles and the famous ‘Lamingtart’.
Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory
Conservatory at Crown is an indulgent experience in bright and airy surrounds. Enjoy an immaculately presented array of gorgeous bites, with unlimited tea and coffee. Warm scones, both plain and raisin, are served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. There are hot savouries like seafood vol au vents and wild mushroom pies. Perfect finger sandwiches have fillings like the classic cucumber and cream cheese. Finish on a sweet note with something like a raspberry and Earl Grey tea ganache tart.
Afternoon Tea at Budapest Café
Carlton’s Budapest Café is inspired by the whimsy of Wes Anderson’s film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Their regular menu features fluffy Japanese pancakes, custard puffs and creamy mentaiko udon. But you can visit from 3pm on Fridays for their dainty take on afternoon tea. Order a sweet afternoon tea set for almond tuiles, Earl Grey madeleines, cronuts and a cup of tea. Or indulge in an array of unique croffle flavours, from tiramisu treats to matcha red bean creations and more.
High Tea in Style by Cristina Re
Cristina Re is known for her gorgeous gold-trimmed tableware and elegant, vintage style. For an ultra-glamorous high tea experience, head to Collins Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt. The high tea is framed with Cristina’s beautiful pieces. Enjoy warm scones and finger sandwiches with fillings like confit chicken. There are also golden savoury goat cheese pastries, rose macarons and other decadent treats. Tea is served by loose leaf icons T2, and there’s also an entirely vegetarian menu available.
High Tea at Collins Coffee House
Sure, you can dine in under chandeliers and decorative ceilings. But Collins Coffee House also love to box up their baked beauties and deliver them to your door. Whether you're dining at home or in the heritage building, enjoy pumpkin and sage tarts, egg rolls, chicken Waldorf finger sandwiches. Plus classic scones, moist cakes and Italian biscuits. Now there’s a perfect Sunday. Gluten-free selections also available.
Last updated on Thu 16 Sep 2021
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Royal St Collins
European-style cafe serving decadent high tea, breakfast, lunch and dessert.
Collins Coffee House
Modern Australian cafe located in a heritage building, specialising in coffee, high tea and brunch.
The French Brasserie
The French Brasserie offers a relaxing sanctuary at the top end of town with modern French cuisine.