Melbourne’s Best Modern High Tea | 2016 Edition

By Mona Chatskin
8th Jun 2016

Is there anything better than sitting down with sweet nibbles and a cuppa? We think not. But with so many high tea options in Melbs, we’ve picked some of our favourites to make the decision a little easier for you! Raw sweets, DJs, and gluten-free treats—here’s some of Melbourne’s best modern high tea. 

Om Nom

Melbourne CBD

Art and food collide in Melbourne’s high tea scene thanks to Om Nom. Located on the bottom floor of the Adelphi Hotel, Om Nom’s reinvented menu is pushing the envelope on traditional high tea. Christy Tania, Om Nom’s head chef, was even featured on Masterchef (squeals!!!) Serving high tea every weekend, Om Nom’s sesh starts at $65pp. Be sure to try the miso savoury scones to have your mind blown!

Jardin Tan

South Yarra

Jardin Tan’s high tea experience starts at just $30pp. And for an extra $10, they’ll even throw in a bottle of Prosecco. Shannon Bennett’s Jardin Tan explores the culinary delights of French-Indochina. Their afternoon tea will spoil you with an array of sweet and savoury goodies. The best bit? You get to enjoy it in the Royal Botanical Gardens.


South Melbourne

This dessert boutique is now treating us to a bunch of different high tea options! There are three seatings per day, all tucked away at the back of Bibelot. There, you can lounge on plush green couches while sipping your cuppa. Bibelot’s high tea will feed you the very best of their French dessert range, so you’ll probs roll out of there when you’re done (um, hello salted butter caramel éclair!) Picky eater? No stress. Bibelot offers three different High Tea Menus to please even the fussiest of sweet-tooth cravings.

Madame Brussels

Melbourne CBD

While it’s not exactly high tea… Madame Brussels knows how to throw a garden party (think Alice in Wonderland meets High Tea). You can reserve a place for up to 30 people, and be treated with cheeky cocktails and mini cupcakes! Even better? Madame Brussels is a rooftop bar, so you score the views too. Running on weekends from 12pm till 3pm, reserve a spot for you and your pals here.

Fancy Nance

South Yarra

Adriano Zumbo sure knows how to amp up classic tea and scones. Even if it isn’t exactly your cup of tea, Fancy Nance takes the traditional high tea experience to a whole other level. Zumbo’s Fancy Nance is open on Friday and Saturday nights to rid anyone’s midnight sugar cravings. Pick from a 3 course, 5 course of a la carte menu, and say hello to your sugar coma! Not only will there be an extensive cocktail menu, but there’ll be a rotating line of Melbourne DJs to help your work off those sweet, sweet calories. 

Runya’s Room

Melbourne CBD

Inspired by a lush 70s lounge, Runya’s Room is serving up high tea daily. No stress, gluten free kiddies! It even caters for your dietary requirements. With three sessions to choose from, you can have this high tea for brunch, lunch or a late arvo feast! Nestled away in St Collins Lane—which is the new home to some of Melbourne’s most luxurious boutiques—Runya’s Room will transport you to a swanky high tea wonderland! Check it out here

Piggery Café


Yet another high tea experience from Shannon Bennett, Piggery Café prioritises our savoury cravings just as much as our sweet ones. Sandwiches, quiches and arancini balls are promptly followed by caramel slice and lavender infused lemon meringue pie (just to name a few!) Still unsure? Their famous Valrhona hot chocolate is included in the high tea sesh, so you can stay warm while indulging. Only 45 minutes away from the city, the Burnham Beeches Estate gives you the perfect scenic experience while you munch on your delish scones. 

The Brunswick Tea Room


The Brunswick Tea Room at Impala and Peacock really knows how to spoil us, with not one, but FIVE tea blends in their high tea selection. That way you can make sure you have the perfect pairing for your high tea experience. There’s even gluten-free and vegan tea on offer! Famous for their quinoa filled mushrooms, this hipster high tea experience boasts some of the most original treats. Have no fear, there’s still classics—they’re just upped a notch. Be sure to indulge in the coconut cream scones and matcha chocolate mousse. Get all the deets here.

The Yardmill


Yardmill has given us (drum roll please)… RAW high tea! Gluten-free and dairy-free, this place is every vegan’s dream come true! You can even grab these high tea treats take away or get a home delivery. No, we aren’t kidding. The folks are Yardmill make sure we can meet our sugar cravings, yet be healthy at the same time. Plus, they might be the prettiest raw treats we ever did see! Could you ask for anything better? This out-of-this-world high tea is available on Saturdays only, reserve a spot here.

The Tea Salon

Melbourne CBD

Tucked away in Melbourne’s Emporium shopping centre, The Tea Salon lets fashionistas take a chiller after an intense day of shopping. The vintage inspired triple tier stands are covered with dainty sandwiches and their specialty scones. High tea is available daily and well into the evening—so you can stop those cravings, right as they inch into your shopping spree. The Tea Salon is $39.95pp for their goodies, which you can preview here.

Image credit: Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar

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