Ten places for High Tea in Sydney this Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday the 13th of May 2018, by taking your mum out for High Tea in Sydney.

High Tea for Mother’s Day is an elegant and decadent way to spoil your mum. There are so many high tea venues to choose from, so we’ve done the hard work and put together a list of our favourite venues we’ve visited.

From traditional scones and the perfect English Breakfast tea at the Langham Sydney to a gluten free high tea at the Sadana Kitchen, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.

The High Tea Society contributors have the difficult task of tasting a lot of high teas each year, so you could say we have a pretty good idea of where to go. We asked our Sydney contributor Melanie Pike about her best experiences.

Melanie Pike
Melanie Pike

What are your favourite high tea experiences and why?

That’s a hard question because each venue tries to offer something unique!

I’d have to say that Burnt Orange in Mosman is a great example where a well thought out menu and a wonderful outlook over bushland down to the harbour comes together for a perfect weekend treat.

Another favourite would be the high coffee (yes you read right, coffee!) at the Intercontinental Sydney to shake things up a bit if you’ve got a group that’s looking for something different. For the more traditional they still offer a delightful high tea option too.

Lastly, if you’ve got guests visiting Sydney you can’t really go past the Park Hyatt in the Rocks for the “wow” factor. Its menu and view across to the Opera House are both 5-star.

If you where to take your mum for high tea for Mother’s Day where would you go?

I’m lucky that my mum is quite adventurous and doesn’t mind breaking with tradition. I’d take her to the Food Society in Darlinghurst where their menu is original (there’s no scones… gasp!) and delicious. Even better are the vodka- and gin-based cocktails, which include different tea infusions and are matched to the food too.

High Tea at the Park Hyatt Sydney
High Tea at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Our Mother’s Day Sydney top picks:

Park Hyatt Sydney

Be immersed in the most luxurious high tea experience at the Park Hyatt. Floor to ceiling windows allow you stunning harbour views all the way across to the Sydney Opera House. The room is bathed in natural light, with plush chairs pulled up to tables set with fine bone china, champagne flutes and fresh flowers. A modern interior accompanies a very traditional afternoon tea.
Read our review of the Park Hyatt Sydney>>

The Langham Sydney

Serving ribbon sandwiches, light and fluffy scones and dainty petit fours on a three-tiered stand, the detailed assortments are a delight to the eyes as they are to nibble. Indulge in a lime crème brulèe while sipping a Dragon eyes jasmine or The Langham’s masala chai. The baby grand piano and leather armchairs will make you feel like you’re at a private club.
Read our review of The Langham Sydney>>

Primus Hotel Sydney

High Tea at the Primus Hotel Sydney
High Tea at the Primus Hotel Sydney

From entering the Art Deco atrium until taking the very last bite of your indulgent feast, you are taken on a journey of luxurious and exotic 1930s glamour at the Primus Hotel. Teas range from Moroccan Mint to an African Solstice. The selection of hedonistic cocktails isn’t modest either; A wise choice is the 1939 Absolut citron, lychee and cassis, named after the year the building was established. What is unique is the pumpkin tart, popcorn mousse and rhubarb jam that will have you scraping the bottom of the jar.
Read our review of the Primus Hotel Sydney>>

Shangri La Hotel Sydney

Celebrated pastry chef Anna Polyviou pleasantly surprises at this classic hotel. Who said éclairs are only sweet? These tiny choux éclairs are filled with a delicious chicken mix. Chai tea and apple marshmallows are also testament that this afternoon tea is one tipped on its head. A classic standout is the puff pastry that is made in house. Sweet tooths will be happy to know that it is caramelised to perfection.
Read our review of the Shangri La Hotel Sydney>>

High tea at the InterContinental Double Bay
High tea at the InterContinental Double Bay

InterContentinental Double Bay Sydney

This venue presents a stylish high tea experience with delectable housemade sweets and savouries. It’s so sophisticated that you can choose the hotel’s unique High Martini on arrival in lieu of the traditional tea, coffee or champagne.
Read our review of the InterContinental Double Bay here>>

Parliament of NSW

The last Friday of each month can be spent exploring rarely seen interiors at Parliament house with an extra special high tea. You’ll be seated in The Stranger’s Dining Room at Australia’s first and oldest Parliament, which offers unparalleled views over Sydney’s Domain.
Read our review of the Parliament of NSW>>

High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney
High Tea at Sadhana Kitchen Sydney

Sadana Kitchen Enmore

This is a high tea that will give you a totally vegan, raw, gluten free, wholefood experience. But it’s not just for those with intolerances, Sadana Kitchen’s take plays with interesting textures and flavours across the various spreads, and we were pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable the whole experience was.
Read our review of Sadana Kitchen here>>

Ladurée, Westfield Sydney

This venue welcomes a high tea on the sweeter side of life, specialising in divine macarons. These exquisite bites partnered with Marie Antoinette Tea all while surrounded by green hedging will have you feeling like French royalty.
Read our review of Laduree here>>

Regional High Teas


Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains

High Tea at Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains, NSW
High Tea at Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains, NSW

What better way to enjoy the panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley than with an Australian sparkling wine and precise, picture perfect finger sandwiches?
Read our review of the Hydro Majestic>>

Ravensthorpe, Albion Park, Wollongong

High tea here is nothing short of sensational, whether it is the spectacular scenery or Strawberry Champagne Cocktail (or mocktail) on arrival, you’re sure to have an incredible experience.
Read our review of Ravensthorpe>>


Looking for more suggestions, then search the High Tea Society Venue Directory here>>

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly is a student at RMIT University in Melbourne. She loves writing about food – as much as she enjoys eating it – as well as arts, culture and even short stories. Aside from this she’s interested in strategic comms and prefers team projects.