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.
Bar Uma offers an exquisite, almost too good looking to eat, free-flowing high tea set in a garden-like space. Prices start from $49 for bottomless sweet and savoury delights, but we'd recommend going for the $69 or $99 package to get yourself free-flowing sparkling or champagne. It’s the perfect afternoon treat for you and your friends to indulge in. Bar Uma also does a take-home high tea if you don't feel like getting dressed up.
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 12.30pm and 2.30pm, you can enjoy these mouth-watering morsels while surrounded by gorgeous portraits by artist Migeul 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 canapés, a pot of tea per person and a delicious glass of Moët & Chandon 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.
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 every day of the week, as well as a twilight high tea on Saturdays, Bites by D can accommodate up to 24 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.
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.
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. Available from Wednesday to Sunday, the menu changes seasonally and is always impeccable.
Haven Lounge At The Westin
Haven Lounge at The Westin serves up an abundance of different styles of high tea, and each one is as good as the next. You’ll always be able to score the traditional high tea, but they’ve previously done high beer, high coffee and their extremely popular truffle high tea which is available right now, but not for much longer. 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. If you're not worried about the atmosphere, you can also get your high tea to go, complete with a tiered cardboard stand.
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. 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 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.
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.
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Image credit: Bar Uma, Shot by Thom, Emma Bryant, Nancy Hanna, Elle Borgward, Jillian McHugh