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.
As the Editor of High Tea Society, I have experienced the best and the worst that Melbourne has to offer. When creating the Best High Tea list I considered the quality of the food, the service, the environment and the atmosphere.
After 10 years of publishing, we’ve had a High Tea or two and these are the best.
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.
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 spoilt for choices with numerous items on their menu.
Be prepared to be transported back to the 19th century, with décor reminiscent of a time gone by. The Hotel Windsor began serving High Tea in 1883 and with 130 years of experience, this is the perfect place to experience a truly traditional High Tea.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Known for its infamous window display of tempting treats, the Hopetoun 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.
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. For something truly different this is the place to come.
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
The Clarke Sisters Tea Party experience is a degustation styled High Tea. While there are traditional elements, the degustation allows guest to experience a new way to have High Tea. It features champagne on arrival, white linen, great waiting staff and a dessert tray at the conclusion of the meal.
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 a contemporary setting.
Embracing its location in the Paris End of Collins Street, the Sheraton presents a Parisian inspired High Tea. French delights include, champagne, macarons and accompanied by La Maison du The teas. For a truly French afternoon, this is the place to be.
The Langham has a history stemmed 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 a comfortable environment.
Mary Eats Cake
Brunswick & Montrose
This is a High Tea experience created by two extraordinary culinary talents. Presented on vintage fine bone china stand, the menu is a collaboration between Sarah de Witt, the Tea Sommelier behind Impala & Peacock artisan teas and French-trained pastry chef, Jessica Hillbrick. 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 of a 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.
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.
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