So you’ve heard about the best brunch places in Hong Kong, but have you checked out these amazing afternoon tea sets in the city?
From happy hours to dinner buffets and fancy hotel brunches, the city of Hong Kong is renowned for its eating and food culture. And one thing that we take very seriously in HK is afternoon tea. So if you’re wondering who has the best high tea in Hong Kong, these are favourite spots to enjoy tiny sandwiches, sweet treats, scones and a good cup of cha.
Wondering where to go for the best high tea in Hong Kong? Check out our guide below
1. The Butterfly Room at Rosewood
Regarded as one of the best afternoon teas in Hong Kong, Rosewood makes top-notch pastries that keep us visiting again and again ($998 for two). One thing special about Rosewood’s afternoon tea is that customers are served with confections after having the savouries, where you can pick any sweets from the trollies. Whether you love their caviar crab meat toast, chocolate pound cake or fruit tart, the afternoon tea at The Butterfly Room will definitely become your all-time favourite.
The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3891 8732
2. The Verandah at The Repulse Bay
If you feel like escaping from the city for a while, The Verandah is a great spot. The spectacular sea view and the colonial-style interior are big bonuses, where the courtyard fountain or spiral staircase are great photo spots. Since the Verandah is managed by The Peninsula, you can expect amazing food like parmigiano reggiano mousse and caramel chocolate pillows. The afternoon tea for two is priced at $648 on weekdays and $688 on weekends and public holidays.
The Verandah, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, p. 2292 2822
3. The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea
Experiencing the famous and iconic afternoon tea at The Peninsula lobby is an absolute must for all Hong Kong locals and visitors. Served daily, indulge in a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and tea. Champagne is also available for those feeling a little adventurous. Accompanied by string music, this is definitely one of the best high teas in Hong Kong.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2920 2888, 香港九龍梳士巴利道
4. The Murray Signature Afternoon Tea
The Garden Lounge at The Murray Hotel offers a Signature Afternoon Tea that is paired with a handpicked selection of champagnes and wines. The menu includes both sweet and savoury delights as well as curated speciality teas. Enjoy the stunning views of St John’s Cathedral and the city skyscrapers as you feast.
Garden Lounge, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3141 8888, 香港中環紅棉路22號
5. The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe
Changing their menu often, Tiffany Blue Box Cafe gives you a grand experience literally inside a giant semi-transparent accessory box. Indulge in twelve afternoon tea bites like white peach panna cotta, rose gateau, foie gras terrine, lemon poppy seed scones and more! We love how a lot of their treats are blue in colour which relates to the brand concept of Tiffany & Co.
The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe, 2/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2362 9828
6. Live jazz and classical afternoons at Tiffin
Enjoy a smart casual and musical afternoon tea at Tiffin in the Grand Hyatt. Afternoon tea bites include scones, jam, cupcakes, puddings, pies, sandwiches, burgers, salads and much more. What could be better than great food, stunning views and relaxing music on a lazy afternoon? Plus, the ice cream bar makes it one of the best high teas in Hong Kong!
Tiffin, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mezzanine floor, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, p. 2584 7722,香港島灣仔港灣道一號
7. Vivienne Westwood Cafe
Fashionista alert: don’t miss out Vivienne Westwood Cafe! Needless to say, the huge logos on the macarons, chocolate plates, 3-tiered server and teaware make the afternoon tea very grand. The savouries are generally more popular than the sweets, with famous items such as puffed pastry with scallop and crab meat salad tart. However, we find their macarons extremely crispy on the outside, and the herbal teas that come along are very refreshing as well. The fancy visuals, satisfying food and convenient location speak for its price ($688 for two).
Vivienne Westwood Cafe, 1/F Fashion Walk, 27-47 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2799 5011
8. Palm Court at The Langham
We just love the fragrant teas and beautiful teaware used at the Palm Court. The vivid smell of the Lychee Red Tea made their scones and rose jam even more enjoyable. If you missed out the Summer Picnic Afternoon Tea, be sure to check out their thematic afternoon teas that change regularly. Also, since the Gateway is right next to the hotel, the Palm Court is one of the optimal places for you to rest after shopping all day.
Palm Court, Lobby level, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2132 7898
9. The Envoy at The Pottinger
Try some special Malaysian afternoon teas at The Envoy! At $195 per person, you can order a mixture of sweet and savoury bites that come with a complimentary drink and raisin scones. Some examples of treats are spicy sambal popcorn shrimp, pandan chiffon roll and Malaysian coconut mango macaroons. Other than the food, the Matcha Mocha Affogato and Kinako Latte are also equally exceptional.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2169 3311
10. Feast at East
If you’re wondering where to have the best high tea in Hong Kong, head over to Feast in EAST hotel for their afternoon tea sets. Find sharing boards designed for two that are inspired by their popular buffet selection. The sharing boards consist of a range of savoury bites like smoked salmon, artisan breads, pickles and pressed paninis. Later top it off with some tea, desserts and cupcakes.
Feast (Food by EAST), East Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, p. 3968 3968, 太古太古城道29號東隅1樓
11. Indulge at WOOBAR
WOOBAR changes its afternoon tea offerings regularly, and often collaborates with renowned fashion designers and international brands to heighten the experience. One thing is for sure, the team at WOOBAR always pushes the boat out in terms of decadence and deliciousness, so be sure to pop in for a cuppa.
WOOBAR, W Hotel, Elements, Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3717 2222, 尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號香港W酒店6樓
12. Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton
Inspired by the Five Element-themed cocktail menu, the team of Ozone has thoughtfully prepared a series of Five Element-themed afternoon tea set menu to enhance guests’ afternoon exploration of taste. Water splashes a refreshing note from the ocean with a scallop ceviche; fire remixes the traditional Mexican taco with Sichuanese fiery chicken; Ozone’s renowned Mini Mushroom Wagyu Beef Burger represents Earth on the menu. This high tea is bound to make your table full of tantalising flavours and colours.
Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2263 2087
13. Soil to Soul
For a light and refreshing afternoon tea set, head to Soil to Soul for Korean temple food. You can expect signature favourites and completely new creations presented in a two-layered wooden box with Korean herbal tea. Soil to Soul rotates its collaboration every now and then with beauty brands, elevating the soulful experience at this serene restaurant.
Soil to Soul, Shop 704, 7/F 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2389 9588
14. 181 at Fortnum & Mason
Extraordinary tea, fresh-baked cakes, warm scones and an array of freshly prepared sandwiches await at Fortnum & Mason. For $588 per person, you can pick from three different sets; afternoon tea, high tea, and vegetarian tea. The afternoon tea serves more finger sandwiches, whereas the high tea brings out the classic British bites like scotch eggs and truffles. There are options to add-on a glass of Champagne ($100 more) or sparkling tea ($60 more). Also, the views of Victoria Harbour around sunset are simply stunning!
181 at Fortnum & Mason, Shop 002&122, G/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3916 8181
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