The trend for taking time out for tea has put afternoon tea firmly on the menu. Formerly the domain of the top hotels and select tea rooms, there are now more than 35 high teas and themed teas as well as a growing number of tea rooms across Victoria. Here are our top picks.
Best classic high teas
- The Hotel Windsor – the classic choice, the hotel has been serving elegant afternoon teas since opening in 1883.
- Myer Mural Hall – held in the art deco ballroom the last Sunday of every month, guests are entertained with live classical music and stunning art history.
- Sofi’s at The Sofitel – decadent high teas with France’s legendary Lenôtre pastries. Weekend sessions include an open crêpe and savoury cookery station.
- Hopetoun Tea Rooms – pinwheel sandwiches and lamington slices combine with old world charm in the iconic Block Arcade.
- Collin’s Kitchen at Grand Hyatt – traditionally served finger sandwiches and cakes on tiered-platters followed by a dessert buffet.
Top teas with a twist
- Afternoon Tea at The Langham with Burch & Purchese – a sumptuous afternoon tea that includes elegant classics alongside Darren Purchese’s elaborate and creative sweet temptations.
- Where A Girl Goes Christina Re – one for the girls, high tea combined with craft, femininity and creative touch of Cristina Re .
- Mamor Chocolates & High Tea Szalon – an indulgent and intimate European style tea for chocolate lovers.
- Madame Brussels – a garden party more than a traditional tea but the vintage-inspired garden setting makes it a popular choice.
- Emerald Peacock – a ‘Girls Picnic’ high tea with bubbles, home brewed ice cream, petite baguettes and sweet treats.
- Werribee Mansion – The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park has partnered with T2 to deliver decadent afternoon tea experiences in the Mansion’s historic library.
- High tea on the high seas – high tea is served in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry.
- Chateau Yering historic house – local produce comes accompanied by Yarra Yalley wines in a beautiful historic garden setting.
- Overnewton Castle – high tea in stately style at Australia’s only Scottish baronial castle.
- Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat – Diners settle into deep cane armchairs with freshly brewed tea for a regal experience with ‘High Tea under the Arches’ at Hepburn Springs.
Other tea time options
- Storm in a Teacup, Collingwood (Melbourne)
- Oriental Teahouse, various locations in Melbourne
- Moments & Memories Tea Room, Beechworth (High Country)
- Olinda Tea House, Olinda (Dandenong Ranges)
- The Strangers Corridor in Parliament House, Melbourne
- Lady Lavender’s Tea Room, Bunyip (Gippsland)
- Lindenderry at Red Hill, (Mornington Peninsula)
- Craigs Royal Hotel, Ballarat (Goldfields)
- Café Vue, St Kilda (Melbourne)
- The Waiting Room, Crown Towers, South Bank (Melbourne)
- Woodman Estate, Moorooduc, (Mornington Peninsula)
- Stamford Hotel, Melbourne