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Five Unique High Tea Experiences In Sydney

Christine Knight

You won’t be needing your lacy gloves or nana hat to experience one of these decadent high teas in Sydney. Once a popular afternoon pastime begun by British nobility in the 1800s, “high tea” has kept up with the times to become a vibrant, innovative and absolutely delicious way to dine with friends. While there are too many high tea offerings in the city to even begin to list, we love these five venues for their unique takes on a traditional eating custom.


The Cortile, InterContinental Sydney

Dine in the restored 1851 Treasury building in Sydney’s CBD on a classic high tea with a modern twist. Sit in the sun-lit indoor courtyard, underneath the historic building’s stunning vaulted ceiling, and enjoy tea-themed sweets, such as the Jasmine Gold tea crème brulée.

InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney



The Tea Room QVB

While afternoon tea at the QVB is one of Sydney’s most famous high teas, the Tea Room also offers something quite unique – the  Oriental High Tea, which features Peking duck pancakes and scallop and ginger dumplings.

The Tea Room QVB, 3, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St, Sydney



The Tea Salon

One of the few high tea locations to be inside a shopping centre, the Tea Salon specialises in fancy scone selections as well as an extensive tea menu. They also collaborate with well-known celebrities in the food world such as Katherine Sabbath, queen of fancy cakes, to produce limited edition high teas.

The Tea Salon, Westfield Sydney, Lvl 4, Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney



The Tea Cosy

Hands down, the best scones in Sydney can be found in this tiny family-owned and operated cafe tucked away in Sydney’s historic Rocks district. Scones are huge and fluffy, served hot and fresh with home-made jam. High tea is a basic but delicious affair: scones, finger sandwiches and old English-style pastries such as a lemon meringue tart.

The Tea Cosy, 33 George St, The Rocks NSW



Sheraton on the Park

Sydney’s best high tea buffet is served every weekend at the Sheraton on the Park. You’ll need two stomachs to try one of everything from their ever-changing menu, which can include pancakes, waffles, freshly-made creme brulee, scones, sandwiches and platter after platter of stunning sweet treats.

Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney




Christine Knight is an Australian travel writer and blogger. When she’s not chasing her energetic five-year-old through Sydney’s inner west, you’ll find her “researching” her way through the best high teas in the city.