Fancy a cuppa? Here are the best places to go for afternoon tea!
Hong Kong may be known for its staples such as Har Gau and Chau Sui, but sometimes we like to stray a little from our local faves and go quintessentially British (even if just for an afternoon!). Whether you have visitors in town, a special birthday to celebrate, or just fancy treating yourself, we’ve done the legwork and now present our ultimate guide to afternoon tea! So get ready to spend some time sippin’ champagne whilst munching scones, pastries and other delights. We don’t need any more convincing, so it’s time to par-tea!
Traditional Afternoon Teas
Café Gray Deluxe, The Upper House
Dine on the 49th floor overlooking Victoria Harbour at Café Gray Deluxe, located in the utterly swanky Upper House in Pacific Place. The golden raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream are not to be missed and are deliciously paired with intricate sweets, savouries and delightful Jing tea.
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $325 per person, $560 for two; add a glass of “Mini” Brut Champagne or Rose for $150 (plus 10% service charge)
Lobby Lounge, Island Shangri-La
Relax and enjoy afternoon tea surrounded by tropical gardens and live entertainment. You can choose between either the Summer Afternoon Tea set, which includes fresh summer flavours like Hokkaido scallop with pineapple salsa; or the Mango and Berries Afternoon Tea set featuring sweets and savouries with a fruity twist.
When: Weekdays, 3pm to 6pm; Weekends 2pm to 6pm
How much: Summer Afternoon Tea Set: $308 for one, $528 for two; Mango and Berries Afternoon Tea Set: $338 for one, $558 for two; add a glass of champagne for $128 (plus 10% service charge)
Lobby Lounge, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 3838, www.shangri-la.com
The Verandah, Repulse Bay
Sophisticated and refined, The Verandah at Repulse Bay is all about offering the relaxed charm of the original Repulse Bay Hotel. Serving traditional Continental cuisine with a modern twist, The Verandah brings about elements of a bygone era (think lavish flavours, fine wines, witty conversations and unrivalled service). The Traditional English afternoon tea set has all the classics, from home-made scones with clotted cream and jams to French pastries and finger sandwiches. One of the unique selling points here has to be the ambience – you’re in a historic building, surrounded by an elegant garden, overlooking a picture-perfect view of the sea.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, 3pm to 5:30pm; Sunday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: Weekdays: $308 for one, $508 for two; Weekends & Public Holidays: $328 for one, $604 for two
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The Lounge and Bar, The Ritz-Carlton
There are times where all you want is something timeless and simple and The Lounge & Bar’s English afternoon tea set is sure to hit the spot. Located high up in the ICC with a view to put most helicopter rides to shame, go ahead and munch away on a scone with jam and clotted cream or a raspberry confit tart – sometimes all you really need is a classic.
When: Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 6pm; Friday to Sunday and public holidays, 2:15pm to 4:15pm & 4:30pm to 6:30pm
How much: $418 for one, $708 for two (plus 10% service charge)
The Lounge, Four Seasons
With all-time classics, like freshly baked scones alongside more ambitious (and delectable) spins, your taste buds will be zinging for days on end after your visit to The Lounge. Paired with a fine selection of premium loose leaf tea and you’ve got yourself an elegant afternoon out.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5:30pm
How much: Afternoon Tea Set: Weekdays, $308 for one, $588 for two; Weekends & Public Holidays, $328 for one, $628 for two; à la carte options are also available and you can add a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée for $215
The Lounge at Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888, www.fourseasons.com
The Window Café, The Kowloon Hotel, Harbour Plaza
Overlooking the iconic shopping street along Nathan Road, this café gives you the best bang for your buck and is one of the most inexpensive options on offer. Along with the afternoon tea set during the weekend, The Window Café also offers an all-you-can-eat afternoon tea buffet at the weekend and on public holidays.
When: Afternoon Tea Set: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5:00pm; Afternoon Tea Buffet: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 3pm to 5pm
How much: Afternoon Tea Set: $198; Afternoon Tea Buffet: $278 per person, $198 for children and elderly
Palm Court, The Langham Hotel
Famed as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea experience in London more than 150 years ago, Palm Court’s Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood is a must-try in Hong Kong. Treat yourself to Yorkshire tea loaf, french macarons and classic finger sandwiches. Paired with tea served in custom-made “Langham Rose” teaware and accompanied by live entertainment, this is an unbeatable option!
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5:30pm; Weekends and Public Holidays, 2:15pm to 4:15pm & 4:30pm to 6:30pm
How much: $368 per person, $628 for two; upgrade to the deluxe experience with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne for $548 per person or $918 for two
Classic Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula
This is the iconic Hong Kong afternoon tea. Whether you’re visiting the city or have been here for years, tea at The Peninsula is bucket list-worthy, for sure. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, freshly-baked raisin scones and your choice of teas from The Peninsula Tea Collection. Add on a glass on bubbles for an extra special tea to remember!
When: Daily, 2pm to 6pm (first-come, first-served basis)
How much: $398 for one, $718 for two; add a Glass of Deutz Peninsula, Brut Champagne for $220
Sky Lounge, Sheraton, Hong Kong
Enjoy your tea in true style while taking in sweeping views of the harbour! The afternoon tea at the Harbour View Lounge in Sheraton Hong Kong serves up gourmet savouries alongside freshly-baked sweets and pastries. The theme of the set changes throughout the year so get in touch to find out what’s on offer. Perfect for a truly indulgent afternoon.
When: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
How much: Changes depending on the set; call for details
Sky Lounge, 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2369 1111, www.marriott.com
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Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
An institution in its own right, this luxurious lounge offers afternoon tea in a timeless and elegant setting. The spread includes British classics like finger sandwiches, sweets, scones and signature homemade rose-petal jam. For tea, it offers seasonal themed flavours, giving you the complete afternoon tea experience!
When: Monday to Friday, 2:30pm to 6pm; Saturday and Public Holidays, 2pm to 4pm & 4:15 to 6pm; Sunday, 3:30 to 6pm
How much: Monday to Friday $318 per person, or $498 with a glass of Brut or Rose Champagne; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays, $338 per person or $518 with a glass of Brut or Rose Champagne (plus 10% service charge)
Modern Afternoon Teas
Tiffin, Grand Hyatt
This popular afternoon tea involves working your way through three layers of sweet and savoury French delicacies. Enjoy your canelés, éclairs, sables and verrines and finish with a visit to the ice-cream counter!
When: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: Monday to Friday $298 per person or $438 with a glass of champagne; weekends and public holidays $328 per person or $468 with a glass of Champagne
Tiffin, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
Madame Fu Grand Café Chinois
Madame Fu is offering an elegant afternoon tea set, available to enjoy on its veranda or in its iconic pink room! Beautiful as always, this is a perfect opportunity for Instagram. The menu features classic dishes alongside those with a Chinese influence (char siu puff anyone?!). Spots are limited, so confirm a place and make a reservation. Sets are $250 for one or $450 for two.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $250 per person, $450 for two; add a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne for $120 per person or $240 for two
The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hotel
Enjoy a glamorous modern afternoon tea served in the elegant Butterfly Room at the newly-opened Rosewood Hotel. Snack on a selection of savoury canapes, baked delicacies and treats from the pasty and confectionery trollies.
When: Daily, 2pm to 4:15pm and 4:30pm to 6:30pm
How much: $720 for two, add $260 for Champagne pairing
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Estiatoria Keia takes the Greek tradition of late afternoon relaxation, followed by a coffee and small dessert, and reinvents it with a lavish and modern twist. Greek celebrity pastry chef Marinos Kosmas has put together a selection of Mediterranean-inspired sweets and savouries including the vol au vent Spanakopita style and Sicilian lemon mini cake. Paired with fine teas and Greek coffee, this is one to remember.
When: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
How much: $288 for one, $488 for two
Popinjays, The Murray
Combine luxury with playfulness at Popinjays in the Murray Hotel. Savouries include marinated spider crab with pineapple salsa and popcorn, while sweets range from the raspberry, thyme financier cake to the lychee, green apple profiterole. Paired with The Murray’s signature teas and fabulous rooftop views, this one is a winner.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
How much: $688 for two, $988 for two including Champagne
The Drawing Room, St. Regis Hong Kong
The Drawing Room has reinterpreted the traditional afternoon tea. Choose from a selection of sweets and savouries from a dim sum-inspired trolley and enjoy the fine ambience at one of Hong Kong’s newest five-star hotel, the St. Regis Hong Kong.
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $688 for two
Lobby Lounge, The Intercontinental
The decadent afternoon tea set at The Intercontinental’s Lobby Lounge embraces classic Italian patisseries. We love the Mascarpone Vanilla Cream Eclair, served alongside savouries such as the Smoked Salmon, Parmesan Cream Cheese and Green Olive tartlet and the tapenade! Stick to tea or coffee, or finish your tea off with a glass of bubbly.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 3pm to 6pm
How much: $298 per person, $488 for two
Café 103, The Ritz-Carlton
Aptly located on the 103rd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, there’s no doubt that this afternoon tea exudes luxury. The signature afternoon tea set changes constantly at Café 103 – be sure to check the website for a look at what the current theme is!
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $418 per person, $688 for two
Butterfly Blossom Afternoon Tea at Urban Park
Surely one of the prettiest (and most affordable) afternoon tea sets out there. Enjoy prawn cocktail and tomato salsa shooters, followed by fresh fruit tartlets, macarons and more. Add a glass of sparkling wine onto your set for $50 and you’ve got yourselves a great afternoon!
When: Weekdays, 3pm to 5:30pm (Central & TST branches); Weekends and Public Holidays, 3pm to 5:30pm (Central branch only)
How much: $299 for two; add $50 per person for a glass of sparkling wine.
Urban Park TST, 4/F, 20-22, Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2751 1999, [email protected]
Nobu, The Intercontinental Hong Kong
Renowned for its innovative new-style Japanese cuisine, Nobu may not scream “traditional” afternoon tea, but its T-Set is hard to pass up; offering a lobster vegetable tart, crabmeat bao toast and beer batter waffle! Add a glass of fizz or simply go for tea and enjoy a whole new take on tea-time!
When: Saturday and Sunday, 2:30pm to 5pm
How much: ‘Simply’ T-Set: $348 for one, $548 for two (choice of green tea, coffee, matcha drinks); “Fizzy” T-Set: $528 for one, $888 for two (includes a glass of Louis Roederer Brut)
Nobu, The Intercontinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Finds, The Luxe Manor
Hong Kong’s first Scandinavian restaurant has remained true to its goal of developing the traditional European high tea with a creative kick – trading out sandwiches for other savoury bites like venison pastrami and smoked codfish pastries – while incorporating crowd favourites like Danish pastry and waffles (with strawberry jam and vanilla panna cotta – yum!). Its range of organic teas and gourmet coffees sound great, but we’ve got our eye on the 62% dark hot chocolate.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5:30pm; Weekends, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $456 for two
High Chai, Veda
The innovative High Chai is a must-try for our veggie-loving afternoon tea fans! The chef has curated an assortment of tasty vegetarian dishes, balancing health with indulgence. Don’t miss the mushroom tart or the homemade granola.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5:30pm
How much: $220 for one, $408 for two; add $58 for a cold-pressed juice or $98 for a glass of sparkling wine
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3755 3000, www.veda.com.hk
Le Soleil, The Royal Garden Hotel
French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Soleil and its Vietnamese high tea set is one that we’re dying to sink our teeth into. Trade in the scones and clotted cream for banh mi and crispy Saigon spring rolls, and relax with a cup of sweet Vietnamese coffee.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5:30pm
How much: $408 for two
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Megan Hills in September 2014 and was most recently updated by Jess Mizzi on 28, August 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Cafe Gray Deluxe, image 2 courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Palm Court, image 4 courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, image 5 courtesy of Tiffin, image 6 courtesy of Estiatorio KEIA, image 7 courtesy of Cafe 103, image 8 courtesy of Finds.