What’s not to love about getting dolled up in a fancy outfit, eating tiny cakes and sandwiches, sipping tea and pretending for two hours that you’re actually really sophisticated. For some of us, it’s 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, it’s an extremely popular way to bring people together.
Pinkies up, here's where to find the best high tea in Perth.
Trust Perth’s best buffet restaurant to put on an incredible high tea. Epicurean’s Afternoon Tea runs every Sunday and guests are treated to an incredible selection of savoury and sweet delights, including cheese, their famed free-flowing chocolate fountain and a live crepe station. It’s accompanied by signature tea from Dilmah and a glass of Veuve Tailhan to fancy things up even more; and all for $59.
Be transported to France with Bistro Guillaume’s Taste of Paris high tea. You’ll be treated to an abundance of sweet and savoury canapés, a pot of tea per person and a delicious glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne, all for just $65. Only available on Saturday afternoons, we recommend booking early to avoid missing out. The restaurant has a picturesque view and the green and white décor will have you feeling très elegant.
Known for the last decade as the ultimate hotspot for high tea, Rochelle Adonis is the one you won’t want to miss. All the delectable food is handcrafted and inspired by the flavours of Italian and French cuisine, and the menu is constantly changing so you’ll never get bored with what’s on offer. Oozing elegance, this isn’t your everyday high tea. We recommend rounding the girls up, making a booking and settling in for an indulgent meal that will have everyone leaving happy. They’re also fully licenced, so go ahead and upgrade that tea to a bubbly.
The vegetarian menu at Tarts is so good, it may even convert those that aren’t believers. The perfect high tea for those looking for something a little different, the food and tea on offer here will blow your socks off and will only set you back $50. We seriously recommend trying the apple, lime, ginger and lemongrass iced tea, it goes perfectly with all the delicious food.
Bites By D
Anywhere that has BYO champagne gets two ticks from us. Bites By D really goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has the best possible time, with amazing service and beautiful food. If you’ve ever seen the desserts at this place, then you’ll understand why we keep running back for more. Plus, they serve pots of loose leaf tea from T2, and who can say no to that?
For a fancier experience at a budget-friendly price, Chinta is the perfect place. Offering something for everyone, the crew here serves signature, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and halal high teas. 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 $49.
May Street Larder
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 from sweets; you won't want to share the tahini and white chocolate tart with anyone.
Treasury Lounge And Bar
If you’re looking for a high tea that celebrates Western Australia’s amazing produce, we’ve found it. Treasury Lounge and Bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax and fill up on fresh WA goodies. The menu changes seasonally and will set you back $55.
Haven Lounge At The Westin
Haven Lounge at The Westin serves up an abundance of different styles of high tea, and we’re here for it. You’ll always be able to score the traditional high tea, but they’ve previously also done high beer, high coffee and an extremely popular truffle high tea. The little treats served here are possibly the most Instagrammable that we’ve seen, and with the décor at the Haven Lounge, we guarantee you’ll get some good shots. You’ll also get a glass of sparkling, so make sure you book in to avoid missing out.
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, you’ll only be set back $28. They’re also pooch-friendly so gather the doggo gang for a fun day in the Valley.
Chapels On Whatley
Dishing up the best tea brews in Perth, the team at Chapels on Whatley know what’s what when it comes to high tea. While the savoury bites are good, it’s the sweets that you’ll want to save room for, more specifically the mini chocolate mud cake. Pair that with a glass of champagne on arrival and an afternoon of endless tea and you’ll leave beyond satisfied.
What better way to enjoy a Sunday session than high tea at Atrium? For just $45 you’ll enjoy free-flowing sparkling wine, coffee and tea, as well as an array of sweet and savoury options. Perfect if you’re heading for a stay-cation at the Towers.
Treat yourself with free-flowing high tea at The George. Whether you’re celebrating a special event, or just celebrating the weekend, the team at The George goes above and beyond to make it a special day, catering for vegans, vegetarians, coeliac, gluten-free and pescatarian diets. They offer different packages starting at $45 that come with house-made scones, finger sandwiches, macarons and tonnes of deserts.
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