Switch off the kettle and head to one of these top afternoon teas in Hong Kong.
Fancy a cuppa? There’s nothing quite like catching up with your friends over a lovely cup of tea and some cheeky nibbles, but before you put the kettle on, why not consider taking it to a whole new level of luxury by booking afternoon tea at one of these glamorous spots? And the best part is – there’s no washing up! Pinkies up …
Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House
Enjoy your afternoon tea with stunning views of Victoria Harbour at Café Gray Deluxe. You’ll feel like royalty as you feast on a menu of savoury bites such as smoked salmon and avocado on rye with lime mayonnaise, egg salad sandwich with crispy bacon on white bread, and mouth-watering sweets such as chocolate financier with lime cream, cinnamon scented coeur de France and cassis mousse. Just leave enough room for the delicious blackcurrant scones with Devonshire clotted cream to go with your deluxe tea and coffee. Marvellous!
Where: Café Gray Deluxe, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, (+852) 3968 1106 How much: $395 for two people / $235 per person. Click here to book online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lobby at the Peninsula
There’s nothing more quintessentially Hong Kong than experiencing the acclaimed Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea while listening to the sweet music of a live string quartet. Served daily in The Lobby, this classic British set offers a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury pastries, homemade afternoon tea pastries, freshly-baked scones and Devonshire clotted cream, as well as your choice of teas from The Peninsula Tea Collection. Go one step further and add a Glass of Deutz Peninsula, Brut Champagne to your table for an extra $190. Tradition never tasted so good!
Where: The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2696 6772 How much: $658 for two people. Click here for more information.
Marimekko Afternoon Tea at WOOBAR
Enjoy the most stylish afternoon tea in town at W Hong Kong, as the playful hotel teams up with Finnish design brand Marimekko to invite us to fill our stomachs – and Instagram feeds – with a selection of sweet and savoury delights all served in striking tableware featuring the brand’s bold poppy print and signature logo. Among the favourites are the rich foie grass crème brûlée with crispy toast, the smoked salmon roll with basil cream cheese and caviar, and the slow-cooked duck confit puff. On the sweet side, the red velvet strip cake and Unikko print truffle chocolate completely steal the show, while the adorable floral milk chocolate latte cup provides the perfect sweet ending to this fashionable feast. And if you have any room left after all of that, then the fluffy scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam are delightful. Get in there quick though as this tea set is only available until January 7.
Where: WOOBAR, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, (+852) 3717 2889 How much: $418 for two guests Available on weekdays until January 7, 2018 from 2.30pm to 6pm. Click here for more information.
Lobby Lounge: Island Shangri-La
If you prefer a touch of nature with your cuppa, then this is the perfect spot for you. Kick back and relax in the elegant Lobby Lounge of the Island Shangri-La and enjoy the view of the hotel’s tropical gardens and ancient Banyan Tree. Listen to live classical music from the piano quartet and enjoy sipping your choice of Chinese or Western tea from charming chinaware while munching your way through three tiers of delights. With one layer of sandwiches including smoked salmon, roast beef, and egg with cucumber, and two layers of sweet desserts and pastries, including strawberry cheesecake, chocolate eclairs, and cupcakes, there’s plenty to satisfy your appetite. Just make sure you leave room for the basket of scones with clotted cream and jam. Bliss!
Where: Lobby Lounge, 6/F Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, (+852) 2877 3838 How much: $528 for two people. Click here for more information.
The Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
Why not trade a cup of tea for a glass of bubbles at The Clipper Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental? Tuck into a selection of savoury treats, including delicate finger sandwiches (egg salad and cucumber or roast beef with mustard), before indulging in a choice of sweet treats, such as the much-loved American cheesecake, strawberry tart and green tea and red bean mousse cake. Not forgetting those afternoon tea staples, a selection of warm raisin and classic scones are also on offer, accompanied by Mandarin Oriental’s famed rose petal jam and Devonshire clotted cream. Add a few naughty glasses of Ruinart Champagne to the mix for an extra treat (additional cost).
Where: The Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, (+852) 2825 4007 How much: $298 per people / $448 with champagne (Mon – Fri), $318 per person / $468 with champagne (weekends and public holidays). Click here for more information.
Dr. Fern’s Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea Party
Take a tumble down the rabbit hole and pull up a chair at the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea Party at quirky speakeasy, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour. Nestled in the basement of The Landmark, this is the perfect hideaway to indulge in a selection of playfully-named delights, all themed around the doctor’s favourite literature piece, Alice In Wonderland. The Tick Tock Roll (Boston lobster roll) and Tweedle-Dee’s Treat (smoked salmon, organic dill, and cream cheese on sourdough) are among our favourites on the savoury tier, while the Eat Me Tart (a rich chocolate and raspberry tart with chocolate Ganache, raspberry jam, and chocolate biscuit) completely steals the show on the sweet. Add a delicious Banana Latte into the mix (or a stiff G&T for an additional $50) and you’ve got yourself one sweet little G or tea party. We also can’t get enough of the quirky decor and whimsical feel of this amazing little bar decked out with mysterious medicine bottles and wacky lampshades – “curiouser and curiouser!”
Where: Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, (+852) 2111 9449 How much: $498 for two guests (served daily from 2pm – 5pm). Click here for more information.
Seasons French Restaurant
This chic space has carved out a well-earned reputation for excellence in the year that it’s been open. Seasons executes fine French dining without being overly pretentious, and the a la carte menu even accommodates some well-thought-out Asian influences. However, the bistro’s afternoon tea keeps things classically French and is really quite excellent – expect to be nibbling on Parisian croissants with ham and butter salmon “à la Parisienne”, foie gras stuffed Paris white mushroom, Alaska king crab and egg mimosa, pork rillettes on toasted baguettes, homemade scones, and five different pastries. Bon appétit!
Where: Shop 308, 3/F, Phase 2, Lee Garden, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2505 6228 How much: $468 for two people / $248 per person. Click here to book online or email email@example.com.
Palm Court at The Langham
Featuring natural stone flooring, painted timber columns, and a general ambience that invokes a sense of the Langham in London, the mothership of afternoon tea venues for 150 years, Palm Court, pays tribute in fitting fashion. The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is perhaps the most decadent you will find in the city, serving Wedgwood speciality teas in tailor-made Langham Rose Wedgwood tea ware and presenting three kinds of sandwiches with all sorts of fancy ingredients. But it’s really the sweets where all kicks off – beautiful macarons, éclairs, Sacher torte, and cakes promise to give you the ultimate sugar high/diabetes-inducing party in your mouth.
Where: 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2375 6611 How much: $598 for two people / $348 per person. Click here to book online or call above.
Nobu at InterContinental
Successfully mixing up the tried-and-tested afternoon tea mainstays, Nobu has gone full Japanese with its ‘T-set’ (although there are still nods to classic European afternoon tea favourites like foie gras and macarons), and it’s a refreshing take if you’re fed up with the same stuff. Their savoury selection includes a solid selection of Umami – lobster crispy rolls, foie gras ganache bao, shrimp chananmushi, unagi konbucha jelly, and taraba goni soba noodle salad. Their sweet selection is no slouch either with houjicha aruki bean rolls, strawberry sakura monaka, blueberry macarons, purple rich coconut tubes, and espresso waffles. Phew.
The Envoy at The Pottinger
The Pottinger Hotel lounge bar may be better known for its artisanal cocktails, but we think their afternoon tea is a bit of an unsung hero. The whole lounge has a colonial-era aesthetic that lends itself well to a good old-fashioned afternoon tea (that’s only available on weekends and public holidays, that’s how you know it’s special). Their Colonial Three-Tier set includes Chinese tea deviled eggs, avocado and prawn croissants, pandan kaya mascarpone Victoria sponge cake, masala chai tea panna cotta, and more, plus a collection of teas “for every mood, every occasion”.
The Parlour at Hullett House
An afternoon tea that properly evokes a tangible sense of Hong Kong with a selection of timeless favourites – baked mini abalone puff, sticky rice dumpling, osmanthus cake, corned beef and egg sandwich, Chinese pastries, peanut butter French toast, steamed rice cake (put chai ko), shrimp toast, butter egg rolls, soya bean and custard with ginger sauce, crispy cashew puff, vegetarian spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce. All this set among the elegantly old-fashion setting of Hullett House – doesn’t get much better.
Where: 3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road, Central How much: $398 per person. Click here to book online or call (+852) 3988 0101
Feast at EAST
Although this trendy Quarry Bay hotel has quickly established itself as a technological hot spot that’s become popular for business staycations, it strips things back to basics for its excellent afternoon tea offering. With a philosophy of “simple things, done well”, Feast (Food by EAST) is a semi-buffet afternoon tea set from the antipasti counter with open-faced sandwiches and rustic homemade cakes, crepes, and desserts from the pastry kitchen. It’s also fairly reasonable on your wallet, coming in at just $245 per person. Great for buffet lovers.
Where: 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 3968 3777 How much: $245 per person. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.