Get your pinky fingers out because it’s time for high tea! From seasonal tea sets at Rosewood and Ritz Carlton to classics like The Peninsula and Four Seasons afternoon tea, here’s where to go for your scones, sweets and savouries in Hong Kong.
Whether it’s a special birthday to celebrate, getting together with the Mamas, throwing a baby shower or just fancy treating yourself, we can’t deny the charm of high tea. Be it a hotel tea set or one from restaurants and tea shops, your afternoons just got better (and with the kids at school!). Get ready to spend some time sippin’ Champagne whilst munching scones, pastries and other delights. Here’s our ultimate guide of where to go for afternoon tea in Hong Kong.
181 at Fortnum & Mason – Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
The British brand has been serving up high tea since the 19th century, so you can be sure they know what they’re doing! Here, guests can choose from two delightful sets, including Afternoon Tea, complete with finger sandwiches, or High Tea, which features more substantial savouries like the Lobster Omelette Victoria & Truffle, and Welsh Rarebit. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free afternoon tea sets are available upon request.
When: Daily, 2pm to 6pm
How Much: Both afternoon tea menus are $588 per person; add $100 for a glass of Champagne
aqua luna – Afternoon Tea Cruise
Looking for an afternoon tea with the wow factor? It doesn’t get more impressive than aqua luna’s offering, which takes you out to sea whilst you enjoy your scones and tea! Step aboard one of the city’s last remaining red sail junks and enjoy a cruise around the harbour while tucking into tempting yum cha favourites from Dim Sum Library and delicious cakes and sweets from aqua.
Vegetarian afternoon tea menu is also available.
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5pm (until Sunday, 6 February)
How Much: $399 per person; add $100 per person for a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne; $299 for children aged 4 to 11)
Café 103, The Ritz-Carlton – A sky-high afternoon tea!
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! As of now, it’s serving the Valrhona Oabika Chocolate tea set until Wednesday, 30 November, 2022 with decadent sweets including Ghana Chocolate and Plum Taco, Pistachio and Lemon Macarons, Double Chocolate Scones and more chocolatey goodness!
When: Daily, 3:15pm to 5:15pm
How much: $418 per person, $688 for two
Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – An opulent high tea experience
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 5:30pm; Saturdays and public holidays, 2pm to 3:45pm or 4pm to 5:30pm; Sundays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $428 per person, $828 for two; add a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne for $198
GREEN, Hotel ICON – Guerlain X Hotel ICON Golden Bee Afternoon Tea
Sweet treats and beauty goodies collide with Hotel Icon’s limited-time afternoon tea collaboration with luxury French beauty brand GUERLAIN. Highlights of the Golden Bee Afternoon Tea include the Golden Bee Macaron, Crab Meat Salad and Caviar, and Melon Ball with Honey Pearl Caviar. As a bonus, the popular free-flow ice cream station returns with Homemade Honey Yogurt Soft Serve Ice Cream.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:45pm to 4:45pm; weekends and public holidays, 2:45pm to 4:45pm or 4:45pm to 6:45pm (until Monday, 31 October)
How Much: $728 for two people or $418 per person (weekdays); $758 for two people or $448 per person (weekends and public holidays)
Lobby Lounge, Island Shangri-La – A Fruity Summer Sensation Afternoon Tea
Relax and enjoy afternoon tea surrounded by tropical gardens and live entertainment. The seasonal high tea menu delights with an array of light and refreshing bites, including Lemon Tea Cake, Apricot and Pistachio Roll, Fig and Prosciutto Mini Bagel and more. There’s also a kids’ afternoon tea set ($320 for two) served everyday between 3pm to 5.30pm with classic sweets like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, donuts and fruit juice.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm; weekends and public holidays, 2pm to 6pm
How much: $718 for two people (takeaway sets are also available for the same price)
Lobby Lounge, Kerry Hotel – A Breezy Staycation Afternoon Tea
Partnering with PAUL & JOE, each tea set for two comes with a PAUL & JOE BEAUTE gift set and a redemption voucher for a lipstick. Highlights of this afternoon tea set include P&J, not peanut butter and jelly as you might suspect but potato and jalapeño with caviar, cheese, chives and creme fraiche, as well as desserts like Cherry & Pistachio Opera Cake, plus freshly baked signature scones.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:30pm to 5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 1:30pm to 4pm or 4:15pm to 6pm
How Much: $638 for two people (weekdays); $668 for two people (weekends and public holidays); add $188 for two glasses of Champagne
Madame Fù – Afternoon tea with a Chinese influence
Madame Fù 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, think Mango Pomelo Panna Cotta, Char Siu Puffs, Cucumber and Jellyfish Tart with Crème Fraîche and more. We highly recommend pairing with a Chinese tea pot of your choice to get the whole experience!
When: Monday to Sunday; 2:30pm to 5:30pm (last order 4:30pm)
How much: $338 per person, $550 for two; add a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne for $120 per person
Palm Court, The Langham Hotel – Elie Saab Girl of Now Afternoon Tea
Famed as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea experience in London more than 150 years ago, Palm Court’s afternoon tea is a must-try in Hong Kong. Treat yourself to Yorkshire tea loaf, delicate pastries and classic finger sandwiches. Paired with tea served in custom-made “Langham Rose” teaware and not to mention the classy ambiance, 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: $698 for two
Sassy Mama Tip: Get 15% off when booking your afternoon tea online.
Popinjays, The Murray – A modern high tea setting
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 afternoon tea sure is a winner.
When: Monday to Friday , 3pm to 5pm; Weekends, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
How much: $428 per person, inclusive of selected coffee and tea
Salisterra, The Upper House – Mediterranean afternoon tea set in collaboration with Ān Soy
Dine on the 49th floor overlooking Victoria Harbour at Salisterra, 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. And for every afternoon tea set sold, 5% of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding Hong Kong.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $34o per person, $630 for two
The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hotel – Luxurious afternoon tea set
Enjoy a glamorous modern afternoon tea served in the elegant Butterfly Room at Rosewood. Snack on a selection of savoury canapés, baked delicacies and treats from the pasty and confectionery trollies. Yes, you really are in for endless cakes, chocolate and dessert! For a touch of extra luxury, you can opt to add caviar for either $1,800 or $350.
Takeaway afternoon tea sets are available for $850 for two ($1,288 including a bottle of Champagne)
When: Daily, 11am to 10:30pm (all-day dining)
How much: $1,098 for two for tea pairing; $1,298 for two for Champagne cold brew tea (non-alcoholic); $1,478 for two including Champagne pairing
The Drawing Room, St. Regis Hong Kong – Indulgent afternoon tea with international fare
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 of St. Regis Hong Kong. Savouries include tuna tataki, foie gras, smoked salmon roll, and as for sweets, dig in (elegantly!) to carrot cheesecake, wild strawberry mousse and more. And you can’t go wrong with St. Regis’ collection of crafted tea.
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $478 per person
The Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong – A must-try afternoon tea set
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 high tea to remember!
When: Daily, 2pm to 6pm (first-come, first-served basis)
How much: $468 for one, $828 for two; add a Glass of Deutz Peninsula, Brut Champagne for $190
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The Lounge, Four Seasons – Japanese Melons And Grapes Afternoon Tea
With all-time classics, like freshly baked signature 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: Monday to Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6pm; Sunday and public holidays, 3pm to 4:30pm or 4:30pm to 6pm (until Friday, 30 September)
How much: $778 for two people or $485 per person (weekdays); $808 for two people or $495 per person (weekends and public holidays)
The Verandah, Repulse Bay – A true English afternoon tea experience
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. The Traditional English afternoon tea set has all the classics, from homemade 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: $648 for two people or $348 per person (weekdays); $688 for two people or $368 per person (weekends and public holidays); add $148 for two glasses of Chandon Garden Spritz or $308for two glasses of Perrier Jouët Blason Rosé N.V.
Tiffin, Grand Hyatt – French-style high tea
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! Highlight flavours include black sugar with ginger; egg tart crème brûlée; peanut butter with crispy bacon and more.
When: 3:15pm to 5:00pm
How much: Monday to Friday $368 per person; weekends and public holidays $398 per person (additional free-flow packages starting from $150 per person)
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 by Megan Hills, updated in August 2019 by Jess Mizzi and was most recently in September 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.