Sneaking an extra meal into your day is always a great idea, especially when it involves an afternoon high tea of elegantly prepared scones, petit fours and sandwiches to guarantee your appetite doesn’t go astray between the lunch and dinner break.
If we had our way, we’d make daily high tea mandatory, but until that happens here’s where you can enjoy the best high teas on the Sunshine Coast in 2023.
If stepping into a world of tranquility and charm for the day is up your alley, Tiffany’s Maleny quintessential high tea is exactly what you're looking for. Perched high in the clouds of Maleny, you are surrounded by uninterrupted views of the gorgeous Glass House Mountains while you relax, sip and savour each bite. This exquisite venue offers hand-made sweet and savoury delights including a variety of petit fours, finger sandwiches and homemade scones, as well as bottomless Teilka Tea and coffee.
We love that you can dine on the panoramic deck with full table service or find the perfect grassy spot for a cute picnic style set-up. You can also bring along your little ones to enjoy their own special High Tea service—a great way to introduce them to the finer things in life.
Proving they’re no stranger to throwing a hinterland high tea on the Sunshine Coast, Flaxton Gardens pulls all the moves within the grounds of their award-winning estate, where you’re granted the choice of a charming terrace or lush garden atmosphere. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to champagne, followed by tea and an arrangement of mini sweets and savouries.
Flaxton Gardens spoils you for choice, boasting an array of feasts, high teas and seasonal set menus which are perfect for baby showers, birthdays or even a simple get-together. Adding a modern twist to a traditonal high tea, the Flaxton Tapas High Tea includes treats like arancini, grilled chicken briohe, lemon myrtle panna cotta and handmade macarons and for just a cheeky $15 you can add on the bottomless mimosa package. Hands down, one of the best high teas on the Sunshine Coast.
The Silva Spoon
Whether it’s black, green, white, herbal, oolong or rooibos you’re craving, your tea desires will be satisfied at The Silva Spoon in Cotton Tree, where you’ll be treated to one of the Sunshine Coast’s most extensive selections of tea.
The peckish will be peckish no more with the usual sweet and savoury fare served on a three-tiered stand, plus a homemade walnut-rolled cheese ball served with mini homemade bread that’s all kinds of yum. This tea and coffee emporium serves up one of the best high teas on the Sunshine Coast, without a doubt.
Setting the standard for high tea on the Sunshine Coast, Aimee Provence in Buderim provides a gorgeous traditional service of loose-leaf English teas, petit fours, savoury ribbon sandwiches and the most scrumptious scones topped with homemade jam and lashings of clotted cream.
We love their vegan high tea, which includes savouries like pumpkin rolls, curried lentil pies and even dishes up vegan scones with fresh strawberries and coconut cream. We'll raise our pinkies to that. Boasting expansive ocean views, Aimee Provence is an absolute dream location to consider when celebrating your next birthday, baby shower or bridal event.
Chocolate 2 Chilli
When you’re looking for a Sunshine Coast high tea experience with a difference, Chocolate 2 Chilli go above and beyond to deliver high tea to you; simply choose your location and leave the tea, food and table setting to them. It’s like Uber Eats—high tea-style—except the food looks almost too good to eat.
We’re talking chicken, tarragon and almond sandwiches, roast pumpking and feta quiches, cupcakes with buttercream icing, and dessert jars of raspberry and cream meringue. Chocolate 2 Chilli's top-notch service includes the setting of your table with elegant china sets, tiered cake stands, pots of English Breakfast tea and all the high tea delicacies. Now this is a cool spin on a traditional classic and easily one of the best high teas around.
Secrets On The Lake
Get the girtl squad together for a Sunshine Coast event like no other at Montville’s Secrets on the Lake, where high tea is accompanied by stunning views across Lake Baroon.
An occasion for your stretchiest elastic pants, Secrets on the Lake’s pastry chef creates a three-tiered high tea masterpiece of petit fours, finger sandwiches, vol-au-vents and mini quiches paired with your choice of tea, coffee or champagne. If you're feeling extra fancy, upgrade to the Secrets Ultimate High Tea with Louis Perdrier French Sparkling Brut and more extra special goodies.
Elements At Montville
Editors Note: Elements at Montville is temporarily closed for renovations as of April 2023
Ideal for a special occasion or a just a simple 'treat yourself' day, Elements At Montville is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon sipping on loose-leaf infusions, nibbling on cucumber sandwiches and swooning over lush Kondalilla valley views. A three-tiered stand at the centre of your table provides joy through its offering of freshly baked scones, delicated tea sandwiches, and mouth-watering cakes and tarts.
Their finger-lickingly good nibbles are accompanied by a choice over of 50 speciality teas, which might just be the hardest choice you'll have to make at this special place. There’s no denying this vintage-style tea house is one of the best places to experience high tea on the Sunshine Coast.
Now that you've eaten all of the scones, why don't you keep the good vibes flowing and check out all the best markets on the Sunshine Coast this month?
Image Credit: Aimee Province & Tiffany's Maleny (Wylde Folk)