What’s not to love about getting dolled up in a fancy outfit, eating tiny cakes and finger sandwiches, sipping tea and pretending for two hours that you’re actually really sophisticated?
For some of us, a Perth/Boorloo high tea is the perfect opportunity to enjoy free-flowing drinks and finger-licking pastries all afternoon. For others, it’s a weekly occurrence to drink tea that’s unmissable. Either way, at Urban List we reckon it’s the ideal way to bring your pals together. Pinkies up, here's where to find the best high tea in Perth.
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Coming in at just $59 each, the afternoon tea at Silks is surprisingly good value. Unlike traditional high teas this one has more of a dim sum vibe, with your dainty and delicious treats served in a steamer basket brimming with vibrant Cantonese flavour. Expect bold savoury bites straight from the wok like chill salt king prawns, a scallop puff with black squid ink and cumin lamb in a colourful bao bun through to sweets like green tea choux, passionfruit with raspberry sphere and the mandarin and orange macaron. To wash it down you'll have a stunning butterfly honey tea that changes colour as you drop the lemon in, with the option to throw on a beautiful Pink Flamingo Cocktail for an extra $10.
Cape Arid Rooms
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A beautiful space calls for a beautiful afternoon tea, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Cape Arid Rooms inside the heritage walls of the stunning COMO The Treasury hotel. From the decor and service to the delightful locally sourced treats and masterful tea, they’ve truly thought of every detail, so rest assured this is Perth’s most sophisticated high tea experience.
Haven Lounge at The Westin is constantly evolving its high tea menu, and each one is more divine than the last. The little treats served here are possibly the most beautiful that we’ve seen, and with the chic décor throughout the lounge, a high tea here is truly something else.
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When you're looking for a good high tea, you're pretty spoilt for choice at Crown. We wanted to bring your attention to a new one on offer at The Waiting Room (TWR) inside the beautiful Crown Towers lobby. The new Birdcage High Coffee delivers a twist on the traditional experience, with a stunning three-tiered birdcage tower overflowing with a mix of savoury and sweet delights which you can pair with a fancy coffee cocktail and bottomless tea and coffee.
Grand Orient High Tea
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For high tea with a fancy Chinese twist, you can't go past The Melbourne Hotel's charming new Oriental Tea Affair. Take a seat in the elegant dining room and make your way through a mix of sweet and savoury delights courtesy of Chef Loi. We're talking Peking duck toasts, scallop dumplings and crispy spring rolls with truffle through to matcha tiramisu and handcrafted macarons. You can also throw on the bottomless sparkling and/or cocktails if you're feeling like something a little stronger than free-flowing tea. I mean, who could say no to bottomless lychee martinis?
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Santini At QT
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While we definitely shed a tear when QT moved its beloved rooftop high tea down to the Santini restaurant, the tea-riffic three-tiered selection of afternoon delights well and truly makes up for it. Every Saturday, Executive Chef Andrew Barkham and the team are whipping up gorgeous little savoury nom noms like Blue Swimmer Crab brioche buns, sundried tomato and basil tartlets, poached chicken and black truffle sandwiches, followed by sweets such as whipped ricotta and chocolate cannoli, cheesecake, salted caramel pecan tarts and the classic QT vanilla and orange meringue. Book here.
Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna might not host high tea every week, but damn when they do you'll wanna make sure you've got a seat. Their all-you-can-eat vegan high tea buffets are wildly popular and one look at the spreads on offer and you'll see why. Just picture a table piled high with sandwiches, pastries and the most beautifully decorated cakes. Follow them on Instagram for the latest dates.
Bar Amelie has nailed the perfect afternoon tea with 90 minutes of free flowing bubbles and the most delightful spread of sweet and savoury bites to share. On the menu, you'll find savoury tartlets, smoked salmon blinis, mushroom arancini and a selection of gorgeous little open sarnies, alongside sweet slices and tarts. Why not bring mum along, splash out for the fancy champagne and slide swiftly into favourite child position? Book here.
Hearth At The Ritz-Carlton
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Sitting pretty at the base of the Ritz-Carlton you’ll find Hearth, which is home to some of the finest sweet and savoury treats created with the freshest produce WA has to offer. While you enjoy the picturesque riverside views, you’ll be indulging in fluffy scones, dainty madeleines, lamingtons, tarts and so much more.
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Located in the grand, heritage-listed building that houses The Royal, Fleur offers one of the most elegant high teas in Perth. The high tea showcases local produce through decadent sweets and savoury delights. Every Saturday from 12.30pm til 1.30pm you can enjoy these mouth-watering morsels while surrounded by gorgeous portraits by artist Miguel Vallinas, floral installations and some of the best service in Perth.
Be transported to France with Bistro Guillaume's afternoon tea. You’ll be treated to an abundance of sweet and savoury canapes, a pot of tea per person and a delicious glass of Moet & Chandon champagne, for $80 (or $65 if you're going sans booze). Only available on Saturday afternoons, we recommend booking early to avoid missing out. The restaurant has a picturesque view and the green and white decor will have you feeling tres elegant.
La Vie Champagne Lounge
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Ditch your regular old high tea and trade it in for this decadent four-tiered high cheese tower at the tres chic La Vie Champagne Lounge inside Crown Perth. You'll work your way through tiny sweet and savoury fromage-filled bites like baked camembert, brie layered with fine herbs, goat’s cheese, cannolis and more. And if you're thirsty, you can wash it down with a champagne tasting flight for $95 per person for the whole lot.
Bites By D
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Anywhere that has BYO champagne gets two ticks from us. Bites By D goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has the best possible time, with amazing service and achingly beautiful food. Offering high tea Tuesday to Sunday, as well as a twilight high tea on Saturdays, Bites by D can accommodate up to 40 people, so if you're planning a big celebration, you know what to do.
For a fancier experience at a budget-friendly price, Chinta's Morning Tea is perfect. Offering something for everyone, the crew here serves signature, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and halal morning teas from 9.30am Monday to Thursday. You’ll feel all the elegance with the crystal glasses, vintage fine china cups and fresh flowers at every table. You’ll also be treated to a free flow of tea or coffee, all for just $39.
May Street Larder
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The food at May Street Larder is so scrumptious, their high tea is not one you’ll want to skip. The savoury items will have you craving more, especially the Korean fried chicken slider, but save room for sweets; you won't want to share the coconut cake with anyone. Tea and coffee is bottomless, and you can add prosecco by the glass or the bottle.
Make a day of it and head to the Swan Valley for the most affordable high tea at Lavender Bistro. If you’ve ever had the lavender ice cream at this place, you’ll know just how good the food here is. Serving up three tiers of sweet and savoury goodies, including some delicious French pastries, prices start at $30 and cap out at $39, depending on whether you’re after a cheeky sparkling rosé. They’re also pooch-friendly so gather the doggo gang for a fun day in the Valley.
Chapels On Whatley
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Dishing up the best tea brews in Perth, the team at Chapels on Whatley know what’s what when it comes to high tea. With everything from blooming teas to native Bush Tucker teas, if you're after something left of centre, this is the place to come. While the savoury bites are good, it’s the sweets that you’ll want to save room for. Pair that with a glass of champagne on arrival and an afternoon of endless tea from $59.95 and you’ll leave beyond satisfied.
Perth and Fremantle
If you've done your traditional high tea a billion times, this newbie is a great way to mix it up. Social darts bar, Flight Club, is bringing together bottomless high tea—we're talking endless sandwiches, sweets, coffee and tea—and bottomless darts, plus, a whole bottle of bubbles each, all for $79 per person... and let's just say what it lacks in fancy frocks and sophistication it well and truly makes up for in fun. Round up your players and book here.
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