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11 of the best high teas in Melbourne

Flex your pinky finger and don your finest frock; the best high teas in Melbourne are waiting with silver spoons.

High tea isn’t just royal business. Despite its aristocratic origins, the once elitist affair has recently risen in popularity and is now enjoyed by petit four devotees from all crusts of society. But it need not be any less luxe. Melbourne, Australia’s capital of art and culture, is home to many hotels, restaurants and bars that offer exceptional high tea experiences. From classic finger sandwiches in opulent salons to contemporary fine dining twists, these are the best high teas in Melbourne.

The Windsor Hotel

If palatial settings are your cup of tea (pun intended), look no further than high tea at the Windsor Melbourne. Golden curtains, chandeliers and delicious delicacies await within the 140-year-old hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll be served a glass of French sparkling wine or champagne, followed by a suite of savoury canapes such as scamorza toasties and mini chicken and leek pot pies. With the likes of pecan pie cheesecake and crunchy peanut espresso ganache at your fingertips, sweet tooths won’t be disappointed.
When: Wednesday to Sunday
Where: 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Price: From $89 per adult or $35-50 per child on weekdays, or $109 per adult or $55-70 per child on weekends

High tea at the Windsor Hotel Melbourne
High tea © The Windsor Melbourne

The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne

The Waiting Room at Crown Towers Melbourne offers one of the most lavish high teas in Melbourne. Curated by executive pastry chef Hari Unterrainer, the menu features a decadent degustation of tangerine smoked trout, eggplant caponata and strawberry rhubarb crumble – all served up on a specially-made, four-tier tower. The plush velvet sofas make the perfect pillow to sink into once your stomach is satisfied (and it will be). Adults receive a complimentary taster cocktail, while children are served non-alcoholic pink bubbles.
When: Friday to Sunday
Where: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Price: $89 per adult or $55 per child

The Waiting Room High Tea, Crown Towers Melbourne
The Waiting Room © Crown Towers Melbourne

Joseph’s Dining, Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee

Go where the bubbles flow. Joseph’s Dining gives you the perfect excuse to live by this motto, with free-flowing prosecco included in their weekend high tea. Guests can expect a delightful spread of sweet and savoury bites within an idyllic mansion garden setting.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Escarpment Rd, Werribee VIC 3030
Price: $85 per adult or $55 per child

Collins Kitchen, Grand Hyatt Melbourne

At the end of the day, it’s pretty hard to beat oven-warm scones slathered with velvety clotted cream – unless we’re talking chocolate fountains. Luckily, Collins Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne has both. Guests can browse the savoury stand, dessert counter and create-your-own-crepe stall at their own pace during the restaurant’s Saturday high tea. Don’t forget to sample one of T2’s signature blends.
When: Saturday afternoons
Where: 123 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Price: $99 per adult and $49.50 per child

Collins Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Collins Kitchen © Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

There’s no need to turn your nose up at a scone that’s a little less, well, British. Pullman on the Park’s high tea puts a local spin on the English tradition with a menu inspired by native Australian ingredients. Try the Dja Dja Wurrung chicken sandwiches or the lemon myrtle scones for a memorable Melbourne high tea experience that unites opulence with a sense of locality.
When: Saturday afternoons
Where: 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Price: From $89 per adult or $44.50 per child

Yugen Tea Bar

Yugen Tea Bar isn’t your traditional high tea setting. Not only is the bar’s charcoal interior ultra-sleek, but its bold, angular design reflects the mountainous landscapes of traditional tea-growing regions. Sip on quality blends handpicked by global tea sommelier Thibaut Chuzeville while you marvel at delicatessen delights (they almost look too good to eat). Think matcha and yuzu roulade, molten chocolate tartlets, Sichuan cucumber sandwiches and shaved wagyu with puffed rice and horseradish.
When: Wednesday to Sunday
Where: 605 Chapel St at the Capitol Grand, South Yarra VIC 3141
Price: $105-119 per adult or $45-55 per child

Yugen Tea Bar high tea
Contemporary high tea © Yugen Tea Bar

Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham, Melbourne

Make sure to come with your second stomach. The Langham, Melbourne’s three-tiered tower of sweet and savoury canapes is a treat for the palate as much as the eyes. Diners can graze on a selection of gourmet sandwiches, warming casse-croûtes and desserts from the hotel’s in-house pastry chefs. With specialty teas from Ronnedelt and bespoke interiors, this hotel brings you one of the best high teas in Melbourne. They even have a dedicated children’s menu.
When: Daily
Where: 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
Price: From $85 per adult or $48 per child on weekdays, or from $118 per adult or $58 per child on weekends

High tea at the Langham Melbourne
High tea at Aria © the Langham Melbourne

No35, The Sofitel Melbourne

Citrus tortes, raspberry madeleines and caramelised pumpkin tartlets with maple ricotta. Pair all this with a lemongrass loose-leaf brew and you’re looking at one of the best high teas in Melbourne. The Sofitel Melbourne’s No35 restaurant not only delivers on taste factor but also boasts a brilliant skyline view.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: 25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Price: From $98 per adult and $45 per child

The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

High tea at the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne is an indulgent affair. Overlooking the CBD and Port Phillip Bay from the hotel’s 80th floor, the opulent dining experience impresses in more ways than one. Choose from a selection of Love Tea loose leaves while you nibble on smoked confit chicken Feuille de brick and Ispahan macarons.
When: Thursday to Sunday
Where: 650 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Price: $110 per person

High tea The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne
High tea on the 80th floor © The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne

The Westin Melbourne

Spend a blissful afternoon chatting with friends or family over a cuppa (or maybe something stronger) at the Westin Melbourne. Served within a sumptuous setting adorned with high ceilings and gold finishes, this high tea is one of Melbourne’s finest. The hotel offers an array of high tea menus to suit every palate, ranging from fun emerald treats on their Wicked-themed menu to the crispy croquettes of their seasonal offerings.
When: Daily
Where: 205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Price: $72 per adult or $58 per child

Wicked themed high tea at The Westin Melbourne
Wicked high tea © The Westin Melbourne

Altus Rooftop Bar, Hotel Chadstone

Perched on Hotel Chadstone’s Level 12 rooftop, high tea at Altus is the perfect occasion to slip on your best heels or cufflinks. From zesty crab remoulade to gruyere corn fritters with truffle emulsion, the 90-minute seating offers a carefully considered tasting menu that rivals any of the top high teas in Melbourne. A sophisticated selection of sweets and scones are of course included too.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Melbourne MGallery, Hotel Chadstone, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148
Price: From $85 per adult

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