Brisbane has some of the best high teas where chefs emphasise local Queensland produce.
Yes the sun-soaked capital has an arts scene and outdoor adventure, however the drinking and dining culture is just as impressive. Restaurants meet pretty riverside gardens and man-made beaches.
There are so many high tea venues to choose from, so we have done the hard work and put together a list based on our favourites. Us contributors at High Tea Society give our reviews a star rating and these are the top-rated reviews.
Best high teas:
Stamford Plaza Brisbane 5 Stars
This venue with its stunning floral bouquets is inspired by The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. The Stamford takes cue from a colonial past and offers a high tea service fit for the Queen. In regards to food we particularly enjoyed the crispy, non-greasy chicken curry puffs.
Corner Edward & Margaret Street, Brisbane
Our review of the high tea at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Bacchus 4 Stars
The glamorous Rydges Hotel in Southbank is ideal for tea lovers. Edibles also pleasantly surprise. Take the croissant, which is served with truffle and eggs – a lovely twist on an old favourite.
Corner Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank
Our review of the high tea at Bacchus
Customs House Brisbane 3.5 Stars
This is one of Brisbane’s most awarded function venues. Customs House is situated in Brisbane’s CBD right on the river. If you’re lucky you’ll get a table overlooking the stunning Story Bridge. What could be more Brisbane than Queensland sand crab? Pair it with sweet ginger dressing in a cucumber cup and there’ll be an explosion of flavours and textures in your mouth. You can wash down the treat with a complimentary mimosa.
399 Queen Street, Brisbane
Our review of the high tea at Customs House
Room with Roses 3.5 Stars
Discover why this establishment was named one of the top five places to take high tea in Australia by Vogue Living. Situated in the iconic heritage listed Brisbane Arcade, this high tea is truly an experience of the senses.111-117 Adelaide Street, Queen111-
117 Adelaide Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Our review of the high tea at Room with Roses
Sofitel Brisbane 3.5 Stars
This setting is modern and minimalistic, full of natural light with floor to ceiling windows that showcase Brisbane city. While everything is sensational we particularly took to the ribbon sandwiches. The honey roasted turkey and pumpkin with cranberry sauce was a pleasant surprise.
249 Turbot St, Brisbane, Queensland
Our review of the Sofitel Brisbane
The Signature Shingle Inn High tea is served daily to order and includes petite sweets, delicate ribbon sandwiches and the traditional scone with jam and fresh cream. Choose from a range of beverages: coffee, leaf tea, Shingle Inn’s famous Lime Mint Julep and sparkling wine (licensed stores only). This family friendly venue also has a Kids High Tea that is fit for any little Prince or Princess. Your child will indulge in a ribbon ham sandwich, delicious mini donut, cute Kid’s biscuit and Kids Shake or Babychino.
City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
Our review of the Shingle Inn City Hall
Treasury Hotel Brisbane
Enjoy an elegant high tea experience in the ambient surrounds of Treasury Hotel. You’ll be more than satisfied with the decadent sweet and savoury selection created by Executive Chef, Steven Jones. Steven’s exquisite delivery of high tea was perfected during his years working at 5-star establishments in London. He’s now setting a new benchmark for the high tea scene in Brisbane. Your afternoon high tea will be served with your choice of bottomless La Maison Du Thé French handcrafted teas. For something extra special there is the Premium High Tea that includes a two-hour Chandon package with a selection of Chandon sparkling wines to choose from. Sit back and enjoy the giggles and bubbles!
Top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Here you can relax on the verandah while enjoying a High Tea for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. Savouries include a delicious Chicken liver parfait on lavosh and Pumpkin with labneh tart. Desserts are all impressive however a treat that stands out and would excite any chocolate lover is the freshly baked Lindt choc chip cookie. Unlimited non-alocholic beverages are part of the high tea and these include: tea, coffee, soft drinks, juice and mineral water.
37 Balfour Street, New Farm, Brisbane