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 the perfect way to bring your pals together.
Pinkies up, here's where to find the best high tea in Perth.
La Vie Champagne Lounge
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 just $70 per person for the whole lot. Not bad at all.
Cape Arid Rooms
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 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.
Bar Uma offers an exquisite, almost too good looking to eat, free-flowing high tea set in a lush garden-like space. Prices start from $58 for bottomless sweet and savoury delights, but we'd recommend going for the $78 or $122 package to get yourself free-flowing sparkling or champagne. It’s the perfect afternoon treat for you and your friends to indulge in.
Haven Lounge At The Westin
Haven Lounge at The Westin is constantly evolving its high tea menu, and each one is as good as the next. The new menu launching on 13 November is their famous festive high tea, but they've previously done high beer, high coffee and their extremely popular truffle high tea too. 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 snaps. But then again you could also get your high tea to go (it comes complete with a tiered cardboard stand) and set it up wherever your heart desires—perfect for a spring picnic by the river.
Hearth At The Ritz-Carlton
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. They also do a gob-smackingly gorgeous Christmas high tea featuring gourmet minis full of classic Christmas flavours, with this year's edition running from 4 December.
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, with a particular focus on seafood; trust us, it works. Every Saturday at 12pm and 2.30pm, 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, all for just $65 (or $50 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.
There’s nothing better than rounding up your best pals for an afternoon of dainty treats. Throw in some riverside views, gin cocktails and free-flowing Chandon and you’ve got The Reveley’s Afternoon High Tea. With packages starting at $50 per person (and from $70pp for free-flowing Chandon), all you need to do is book here and your crew will be feasting on an elegant array of sweet and savoury delights in no time.
Bites By D
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 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.
This one’s a little different: why not try out a high coffee instead of a high tea? TWR Perth, the mesmerising and stunning waiting room slash bar in the beautiful Crown Towers lobby, is serving up three different coffee cocktails to go along with six deliciously decadent treats inspired by places around the world, all for just $45-60pp. We’re pretty keen to try the Tim Tam, red velvet sponge and raspberry popsicle alongside our Caramel Espresso Martini. What’s more is that it’s available everyday from midday ‘til 5pm, so get around it.
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 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 $28 and cap out at $37, 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
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, more specifically the rocky road and mini lemon meringues. Pair that with a glass of champagne on arrival and an afternoon of endless tea from $49.95 and you’ll leave beyond satisfied.
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 $50 that come with house-made scones, finger sandwiches, macarons and tonnes of deserts.
Cottage Tea Rooms
Home to the best scones in the Swan Valley, Cottage Tea Rooms serves traditional high tea every Monday to Saturday from just $35 per person. Their two-hour packages include bottomless cups of tea—or two cups of coffee—plus a generous selection of delicious sweets, savouries, sandwiches and scones per person. If you’re bringing the kiddos along, there’s a special catered children’s high tea menu too.
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Image credit: Bar Uma, Shot by Thom, Emma Bryant, Nancy Hanna, Elle Borgward, Jillian McHugh