Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or you’d like to treat yourself, a classic high tea is a great experience to try any day of the year. And thankfully, Melbourne is just bursting with historic and gorgeous venues for you to enjoy high tea. In no particular order, here are some truly delightful places to try high tea in Melbourne.
1. The Tea Rooms 1892
Cost: From $65 per person
Home to the original Hopetown Tearooms, this quaint venue in the historic Block Arcade is a must-visit for every Melburnian. Take a step back in time, and feel like a shopper in the 1890s, as you sip tea by the vivid emerald wallpaper. Reservations for high tea are a must, and it is available seven days a week, from 11am until close.
Find The Tea Rooms 1892 at Shops 1 & 2 The Block Arcade, Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
2. Jardin Tan
Cost: $99 for two.
Surround yourself with the lush greenery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy a delightful high tea for two. Enjoy handmade scones, sweet and savoury bites, a glass of bubbly on arrival and free-flowing tea and coffee. High tea is available at 1pm or 2:30pm, from Wednesday to Sunday. Bookings are required, and sessions last for 90 minutes.
Jardin Tan is nestled in the Royal Botanic Gardens, on Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141.
3. The Windsor
Cost: From $89 on weekdays and $99 on weekends.
The Windsor hotel has served up afternoon tea since 1883, making it the longest-running in Melbourne. Sit inside the colonial-era dining room, One Eleven, and enjoy champagne, specialty tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts. Afternoon Tea at The Windsor is held from Wednesday to Sunday.
Find The Windsor on 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
4. Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham
Cost: From $75 on weekdays and from $90 on weekends.
Step into Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham hotel for a range of delightful afternoon tea options. There’s the classic style of afternoon tea, as well as a gluten-free option, a tea for children under 12 years old and an afternoon tea and spa combo for the ultimate indulgence.
See the different types of afternoon tea here, and find The Langham at 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006.
5. Collins Coffee House
Cost: From $60 per person.
Enjoy a charming high tea in the middle of Melbourne at Collins Coffee House. Choose your level of indulgence, starting with a traditional high tea and moving up to a high tea with bottomless prosecco. If you’d rather stay at home, you can also pick up a High Tea in a Box for 2.
Find Collins Coffee House at 395 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
See also: You Can Still Have High Tea At Home
6. The Westin Melbourne
Cost: From $65 per person.
At The Westin, you’ll indulge in delectable sweet and savoury delights and premium teas and coffee blends. If you like a little booze with your high tea, you can upgrade your package to include sparkling or champagne. There’s also a high tea for little ones, a high tea hamper to try at home, and special high tea events, like the Cinderella high tea experience earlier this year. High tea at The Westin is served every day, from 11am to 4pm.
Visit The Westin at 205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
7. Tea Room at NGV
Cost: From $69 per person.
After a day admiring some incredible artwork, treat yourself to some high tea at the National Gallery of Victoria. Head up to Level 1, and nibble on a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, macarons and more. Upgrade your experience to enjoy sparkling wine or champagne. High tea is available daily from 10am to 5pm.
NGV is located at 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006.
8. Strangers Corridor at Parliament House
Cost: $75 per person.
Did you know that you can have high tea at the Parliament of Victoria? This is a tradition that both members and visitors have enjoyed since 1924. Try freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and delicious pastries on the classic tiered stands. Pair it with tea, coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. High tea is served in the Strangers Corridor restaurant at 2pm on Thursdays of non-sitting weeks.
Discover Strangers Corridor at 1 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Cost: $120 per person.
Feel transported back in time at this intimate Parisian salon, filled with lavish antiques. Indulge in two hours of free flowing Blanc de Blanc, as well as a glass of French champagne on arrival, in this bottomless high tea experience. Of course, there will be traditional scones and savoury sandwiches to try, as well as indulgent desserts and pastries. High tea is available on various Saturdays and Sundays, at 11am and 2:30pm.
Book your experience here. Find it at 26/321 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181
10. Mary Eats Cake
Cost: From $65 on weekdays and $72 on weekends
With tea houses based in Brunswick and Montrose, the team at Mary Eats Cake prides themselves on their sense of urban sophistication. Enjoy a seasonal high tea menu with sweet and savoury bites and vintage tea sets. If you can’t dine in-store, pick-up or delivery is also available within a 35km radius. High tea is available from Wednesday to Sunday.
Find Mary Eats Cake at 558 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056 and 13 Leith Road, Montrose VIC 3765.
11. Miss Violet’s Tea Rooms at Old Man Drew
Cost: $85 per person
Return to a bygone era at Miss Violet’s Tea Rooms. The room is set with fresh flowers, Royal Albert China and crystal chandeliers – the perfect setting for an afternoon of high tea. Enjoy champagne on arrival, seasonal savoury food, scones, small cakes, petits fours and chocolate. High tea is served upstairs at Old Man Drew on Saturday and Sunday, from 3pm to 5pm.
Find Miss Violet’s Tea Rooms at 359-361 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032.
12. Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón
Cost: From $59 per person.
Indulge in a decadent high tea at this salon in Collingwood. There’s three types of high tea to choose from. The Petit High Tea features a sample of their favourite offerings, served with tea, coffee and pink lemonade. The Luxe High Tea includes French sparkling wine, and a range of sweet and savoury treats. And the Chocolate High Tea features a decadent array of elaborate sweets and petits fours with cocktails or mocktails.
Head to Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón on 153 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066.
13. Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park
Cost: $85 per person.
Head to Melbourne’s west, and feel delighted by a lavish spread of sweet and savoury delicacies in this historic setting. Look out over the magnificent gardens of Werribee Park, while you sip a class of Mumm Champagne. High tea takes place every Sunday at 12:30pm.
14. Olinda Tea House & Restaurant
Cost: $66 per person on weekdays, and $73 per person on weekends.
Nestled in the Dandenong Ranges, you’ll find the tranquil Olinda Tea House & Restaurant. Nibble on a selection of hot and cold savouries, Asian-influenced petits fours and Devonshire tea. Sparkling wine is available at an extra cost. Bookings are required, and they are open from Wednesday to Monday.
Discover Olinda Tea House at 86 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda VIC 3788.
Cost: From $75 per person.
Feel like you’re on holiday and have high tea by the sea at The Atrium inside The Continental Sorrento. There’s traditional scones with house-made jams and cream, finger sandwiches and a rotating menu of delectable treats. High tea is served every Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm.
Find The Atrium at 1/21 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento VIC 3943.