Best high tea venues Melbourne

There are a great many perfect spots for high tea in Melbourne. From cafes to hotels and from bars to art venues, high tea is literally served at every spot. Many affordable choices are available, as are somewhat more luxurious ones. It all depends on the occasion and the exact type of service you are after.

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Recommended high tea Melbourne CBD venues

High tea Melbourne CBD is one of the most enjoyed activities by many. It is no wonder, hence, that many establishments offer sumptuous menus and exquisite drinks on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at some top-ranked high tea venues.

Felt restaurant at Hotel Lindrum

Lindrum’s (26 Flinders St) Felt restaurant has constantly topped tourist charts of favourite dining places, and its high tea service is no exception. The Lindrum offers standard high tea packages, as well as bridal- and baby shower celebrations.

The services include an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, pastries, afternoon cakes, macaroons and guests’ choice of 15 different T2 loose leaf blends Padre espresso coffee. High tea is served on Saturdays and Sundays. Large group bookings (20+ people) are usually available throughout the week.

Aria Bar at the Langham

Langham’s (1 Southgate Ave., Southbank) Aria Bar serves chocolate bar afternoon tea — a must-attend service for all chocolate lovers. Starting with a three-tiered stand of sandwiches, quiches and scones, the service culminates to a chocolate fiesta — the chocolate buffet on the central table is not to be missed!

The Windsor

The Windsor (111 Spring St.) has a long tradition of serving tea. No wonder there, at least not for anyone familiar with the basics of history. Suffice it to say that they have perfected the art, and today have nine pastry chefs who take care of every tiniest detail (special dietary needs included).

The selection served includes exquisite warm scones and ribbon sandwiches, and a wide variety of pastries. Earl Grey teas go without saying. Tip: try the Grey de Luxe tea, the high society’s favourite. The Windsor Accor hotel Melbourne will teach you some proper afternoon tea etiquette, too. You will be given a booklet to help you get started.

Mámor Chocolates and High Tea Szalón

Not everyone identifies with high society. While the Windsor might be perfect for high-end business people, other places are preferred by more relaxed groups. Mámor Chocolates and High Tea Szalón (153 Johnston St.) is one of such places, and perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Formerly a Hungarian salon, the Mámor is nowadays more traditional. The three-course high tea service includes a chef’s selection of all things chocolate, scones, potato and zucchini roesti, parmesan shortbread and free range egg salad sandwiches. Vegan and gluten-free courses served.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Hopetoun Tea Rooms (The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St.) is one of locals’ favourites. It has been for over a century, to be more precise. That says something about their high tea service, which boasts all of the most popular sandwiches and cakes (and we mean all!), warm scones and only the finest tea. If you enjoy high tea and would like to experience authentic Melbourne vibe, this is just the spot.


Hihou (1 Flinders Ln.) is a bar offering Japanese-style high tea service. Expect Japanese traditional dishes with unavoidable chopsticks. That is to say, high tea at Hihou is by no means an ordinary service. The tea served is of the finest quality (tip: try plum green tea) and the food exquisite.

Small bite courses of all kinds are served. Tip: vegetarians should taste fried tofu and shiitake rice puff balls. They are of the finest quality. Sweet treats are exotic, to say the least, and served in an elegant high tea box.

Unique high tea Melbourne recommendations

Restaurants and bars are the first thing that comes to mind when high tea Melbourne is mentioned. However, there are many more venues where you may enjoy once-in-a-lifetime high tea services. You will find some of the recommended ones listed below.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Care for some high tea outdoors? Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect spot. Take a punt at 10.15am or 12.15pm daily (a boatman will do the hard work) and enjoy the finest tea and a classic three-tiered stand of best loved delicacies. It’s a perfect romantic outing, too, and definitely a more creative way to enjoy tea and sweets than at some Accor hotel Melbourne.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art (7 Templestowe Rd., Bulleen) is a must-visit venue, with or without high tea. Why not indulge both your artistic sense and your belly at the same time? Served are mid-20th-century afternoon teas and treats, straight from the farmhouse garden and kitchen (a seven-course feast!).

The afternoon tea at Heide combines a private tour led by an expert guide and splendid food and drink. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova (380 Lygon St., Carlton) is Melbourne's largest movie complex. The high tea service includes two sandwiches and four desserts in a nifty high tea box. Enjoy the delicacies while watching some of the best movies. Note: Monday is the discount day. Regular tickets cost $7 for sessions before 4pm and $9 for sessions after 4pm. Special Monday offer: 3D movies for $13 all day.

Parliament House (and Melbourne high tea)

If you don’t mind your bags being x-rayed, you might wish to attend the Parliament House (Spring St.) high tea service. For one thing, it is a whole new experience, and the food and teas served are of the finest quality. Open 2.30pm-4pm weekdays, the Melbourne high tea service boasts the traditional afternoon tea fare (petit fours, finger sandwiches and scones) and the complimentary guided tour of the Parliament House.

Best high tea service in Melbourne?

So, which is best high tea service in Melbourne? As you can see from only a handful of recommendations, the question is indeed difficult. We leave it to your taste — these are only some of our favourites.

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