Melbourne is among the world’s best food cities so it’s no surprise it’s home to the best high tea.
There are many high tea venues to choose from, so we have done the hard work and put together a list of our favourite Melbourne high tea venues. Us lucky High Tea Society contributors give our reviews a star rating and these are the top-rated reviews.
Best High Tea Melbourne:
Fancy a non-traditional high tea at a stylish venue? With its high ceilings and expansive chandeliers, large windows overlooking the Yarra River and high-backed leather chairs we can’t think of a more suitable place.
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
High Tea The Conservatory Crown Melbourne Review
The Hotel Windsor 5 stars
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne boasts old-school class and elegance with over 130 years of experience in the business of meticulously made desserts. Where better for an ultra-traditional afternoon tea?
111 Spring Street, Melbourne
High Tea The Hotel Windsor Melbourne Review
Hopetoun Tea Rooms 5 stars
Located in Melbourne’s famous Block Arcade, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is steeped in history. Opening in 1892, the tea rooms were first run by the Victorian Ladies Work Association and named after their founder Lady Hopetoun, wife of former Victorian Governor and Australian Governor-General Lord Hopetoun. Served on a three-tier cake stand, the bottom tier is full of savoury selections, including Hopetoun’s famous pinwheel sandwiches. Our favourite treat was the sizable pumpkin roulade filled with a generous amount of smoked salmon, goats cheese mousse and spinach. The familiar line of people who wait outside to get seated at one of the 20 tables is testament to the sensational service and sweets inside.
The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St, Melbourne
High Tea Hopetoun Tea Rooms Review
The Grand Hyatt Melbourne 4.5 stars
The Grand Hyatt is able to cater for almost any dietary requirement something to suit any palate – from the spicy to the mild. For the more traditional there are divine chicken sandwiches and salmon with cream cheese rolls. However if you are feeling particularly adventurous why not try the chirashi sushi?
123 Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea Grand Hyatt Melbourne Review
Westin Hotel Melbourne 4.5 stars
Be greeted by a glass of Moet or Chandon champagne and enjoy the vista of Melbourne’s Town Square. You’ll also be impressed by the beautifully presented treats that are adorned with edible flowers.
205 Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea The Westin Melbourne Review
Sofitel Hotel Melbourne 4.5 stars
The Sofitel serves high tea seven days a week. A traditional high tea is offered from Monday to Friday. However the weekend buffet menu, which features all the hallmarks of the weekday menu has an additional selection of pastries and desserts. We recommend the croque monsieur.
25 Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea Sofitel Melbourne Review
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto 4.5 stars
Served in the hotel’s light-filled Alluvial atrium, The Clarke Sisters’ Tea Party experience, named after the two high-tea loving sisters who both married the man who commissioned the original Rialto building, is decadent and delightful. It features everything you could want from a great high tea – from the French champagne on arrival, to the classic white table linen, charming service and the appearance of the dessert trolley at the conclusion of the meal.
495 Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto Review
Om Nom, Adelphi Hotel 4 stars
Om Nom, inside the world’s first dessert-themed hotel – the Adelphi Hotel, is a sweet-tooth’s heaven and a great choice for a contemporary and stylish high tea in Melbourne.
187 Flinders Lane Melbourne
High Tea Om Nom, Adelphi Hotel Melbourne Review
With its red and black velvet curtains, crystal chandeliers, antique baroque furniture, mismatched fine bone china and petite silverware, high tea at Mamor is a truly decadent experience. Pastry chef Janet McKenzie is the new mistress of Mamor, and has produced an extensive high tea menu that can also be refined for vegans and the gluten intolerant. She also offers a specialised ‘seven sins of chocolate’ high tea menu in a nod to the szalon’s range of chocolates made on-site. The salmon pate and cucumber sandwiches were a standout for High Tea Society, and the mini parmesan shortbreads with beetroot pesto were indeed very moreish.
153 Johnston Street, Collingwood
High Tea Mamor Chocolates Review
Mary Eats Cake 4 stars
Here you are in the safe and talented hands of Sarah de Witt, the Tea Sommelier behind Impala & Peacock artisan teas and French trained pastry chef, Jessica Hillbrick. They’ll take you on a gastronomic journey filled with characterful tea infusions and delightful unique sweet and savoury treats.
558 Sydney Road, Brunswick
High Tea Mary Eats Cakes Review
Sheraton Hotel Melbourne 4 stars
The Paris End of Little Collins Street in the very heart of Melbourne invites you for a Parisian affair. On a weekend, you’re able to indulge in an irresistible dessert buffet, where opulent macarons and decadent eclairs from famed Melbourne patisserie The Crux & Co are paired with La Maison du Thé teas and of course champagne. With nine éclair flavours such as double vanilla, passionfruit and bitter chocolate, there’s sure to be something for everyone. This applies to the wide variety of macaron flavours, including cookies & cream, pistachio and jasmine (just amazing).
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea at the Sheraton Melbourne Review
Ganache Chocolate 4 stars
You need a drink, some food and a cozy place to gossip (not necessarily in that order). Where do you go? Gânache Chocolate has a chocolate high tea menu that has been created with the chocolate lover in mind, and without the usual hefty price tag that many high teas now command. Master chocolatier and patissier Arno Backes has put together a selection of his most popular slices and chocolates, with vegetarian and gluten free options also available. The lavender-flavoured macaron is the best we’ve ever tried and the Ganache chocolates were just ridiculous. As for the savouries the pulled pork and cheese toastie was a standout. Arguably the most Melbourne part of the menu is the selection of chocolate cocktails – including espresso martinis.
250 Toorak Road, South Yarra
245 Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea Ganache Chocolate Melbourne Review
Strangers Corridor, in the Parliament of Victoria, has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1924. One of the first High Tea Society reviews, over 7 years ago, and part of the inspiration to the development of The High Tea Society, we decided to visit this sophisticated, elegant and historic venue again to see how the High Tea compared to the new players in the market. We have to say, we were pleased to see the offering had evolved and were very surprised this gem was not the afternoon hotspot for High Tea lovers.
Parliament of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne
High Tea Strangers Corridor, Parliament of Victoria Review