Melbourne is the food capital of Australia, with so many choices it’s not always easy to find the best. Naturally, the search for the perfect High Tea experience has never been more challenging.
We reached out to the aficionados of all tea-based outings High Tea Society, led by Michelle Milton to get a reading on the current high tea climate of Melbourne.
"As the Editor of High Tea Society, I have experienced the best high tea Melbourne has to offer, and the worst. When creating the Best High Tea list I considered the quality of the food, the service, the environment and the atmosphere", said Michelle.
After 10 years of publishing, they've had a High Tea or two. Here are the best high teas in Melbourne for 2021:
Conservatory | Crown Melbourne
The Conservatory is one of the classiest High Teas in Melbourne. With its spacious dining area, Chandeliers and views of the Yarra. The menu changes seasonally and guests can expect exquisite creations any time of the year from spiced wagyu sausage rolls to traditional scones with jam and cream.
Collins Kitchen | The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Collins Kitchen is able to cater to almost any dietary requirement or palate—from mild to super spicy. Guests are seated in spacious booths, giving an intimate and private feel. Be prepared to be spoiled for choice with a menu stacked with cakes, finger sandwiches and small plates. A hot contender for the best high tea in Melbourne.
Be prepared to be transported back to the 19th century, with décor reminiscent of a bygone era. The Hotel Windsor is a self-described ‘quintessential experience'; the hotel began serving High Tea in 1883 and with 130 years under their belt, this is one of Melbourne’s best high tea spots.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Another one chock-full of legacy, Hopetoun is known for its infamous window display of tempting treats, the Tea Rooms has been serving High Tea since 1892. The ever-present line out the front door is a true testament to the quality and experience on offer at their High Tea offering.
Located in the world’s first dessert-themed hotel, Om Nom is a modern and contemporary take on High Tea. With couches that hang from the ceiling, lighting reminiscent of a cocktail bar and a colour scheme inspired by chocolate and cherry, it's not your run-of-the-mill tea soiree. For something truly different this is the one to hit.
Be greeted with a glass of champagne and sit and watch the busy Melbourne Town Square. Enjoy a High Tea influenced by both the old and new, in the contemporary surroundings of the Westin. Not afraid to venture into new territory, The Westin have even launched truffle-cheese high teas and other themed ventures.
Embracing its location in the Paris End of Collins Street, the Sheraton presents a Parisian inspired High Tea. French delights include champagne, macarons and are accompanied by La Maison du teas. For a truly French afternoon, this is the place to be.
The Langham has a long history stemming in High Tea. Guests can experience a variety of tea services, with the signature tea being the Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. Served on Wedgwood crockery, guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Langham's classical atmosphere.
Mary Eats Cake
BRUNSWICK & MONTROSE
This is a High Tea experience created by two extraordinary culinary talents. Presented on vintage fine bone china stands, the menu is a collaboration between Sarah de Witt, the Tea Sommelier behind Impala & Peacock artisan teas and French-trained pastry chef, Jessica Hillbrick. With such a prestigious group behind it, Mary Eats Cake is one of the best High Tea in Melbourne. Read about Mary Eats Cake here.
Serving High Tea since 1924, Strangers Corridor takes guests back to old-world parliamentary formality. All of the food and beverages on offer are locally grown and sourced Victorian produce. Indulge in the finest high tea at an exclusive location usually reserved for Members of Parliament, visiting dignitaries and even royalty.
The Sofitel offers a traditional High Tea during the week and a buffet styled High Tea on the weekend. Guests can enjoy a glass or two of Champagne, a wide variety of teas and a high-quality menu. Enjoy a plush surrounding, with high-vaulted ceilings, leatherback chairs and comfy sofas at one of the best high teas in Melbourne.
Mamor Chocolate brings a truly decadent experience, step into a boudoir-style setting reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge. Bookings are essential with only room for 20 patrons at a time, making it an intimate occasion. Guests can enjoy an extensive high tea list, with refinements for vegans and gluten-intolerant guests. Think macarons, scones, cakes, and sandwiches. With its exclusive dining area and inclusive range of treats, this definitely makes the best high tea in Melbourne list.
Here are some more contenders for the best high tea in Melbourne that we've scoped:
Royal Street Collins
Another inner-city oasis, Royal St. Collins Tea House may be traditional in its layout and decor, but the cakes served here are cutting-edge—intricately designed, pairing traditional flavours and unique textures to create intricate mirror-glazed mini desserts. This spot is filled with charm and is guaranteed to make you feel like royalty.
The Tea Rooms 1892
Located in Melbourne’s iconic block arcade, The Tea Rooms 1892 is an amazing heritage-listed gem of the city. Renowned for its exquisite window display and long lines; this extravagant wonderland is stocked with delicate cakes, embellished decor and silverware to boot—a unique, exquisite ambience that makes for one of the best high tea in Melbourne.
Collins Coffee House
Collins street seems to be where it’s at when it comes to the best high tea in Melbourne, with another stunning high tea spot gracing this quintessential tree-lined CBD street. The cakes and sandwiches at Collins Coffee House are a bit more rustic, with classic tarts, quiches and tiny layered sponge cakes packing a major punch. This historical building more than makes up for this less polished finish, with sweeping high ceilings intricately decorated with art-deco designs.
Old Man Drew
Old Man Drew in Ascot Vale combines the luxury of high tea with a forgotten garden aesthetic to transport you to a whimsical wonderland of mossy stone walls, intricate cast-iron designs and eerie garden sculptures. The dedicated Miss Violets Tea Rooms pair the unique atmosphere with a classical high tea experience, featuring real Royal Albert China and traditional victorian trimmings, as well as some absolutely delicious floral-themed cakes.
The NGV Tea Room
Elevate your art experience by visiting the NGV’s very own Tea Room, located on the first floor of this iconic Melbourne culture landmark. Not only does this spot offer all the classics, from finger sandwiches to delicate patisserie; they also include free-flowing sparkling wine for only $10 a person. High tea is quite the pairing after traversing through the multi-floor exhibits, an experience not to be missed.
The hard work has been done for you, now it is time to go and enjoy the Best High Teas in Melbourne.
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Image credit: The Hotel Windsor