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High Tea in Melbourne

Afternoon tea, cakes scones & pastries

The gracious old lady that is the city of Melbourne is renowned world-wide for its old world charm, salubrious architecture and it's high tea.

Traditional afternoon tea also called high tea served with freshly baked scones, jam and cream, pastries and finger sandwiches. Some include a glass of bubbly but all with freshly brewed tea and coffee brought to your table throughout the service.

See below for featured High Tea venues and etiquette with Michelle Milton.


Finally, Melbourne's Top 10 High Tea's review and guide.

Featured High Tea

View Event: Afternoon Tea at the Windsor
Afternoon Tea at the Windsor
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience, steeped in tradition. Our hotel has proudly served over two million guests since 1883. Our hotel serves its famous afternoon tea to your table on a three-tiered silve ..

View Event: Buckingham High Tea
Buckingham High Tea
∞ Sunday
Afternoon Tea near Brighton in Bayside Grab your friends and family and book a high tea event with us Royal High Tea $39.00 Per Person Kids High Tea $17.50 Per Child Minimum of 10 pax *Room hire applies for under 20 pax* Savouries ..

View Event: Devonshire Tea | Altona Homestead
Devonshire Tea | Altona Homestead
∞ 1st Sunday
The Altona Homestead was the first Homestead in this area. Enjoy themed displays held throughout the year and a delicious, traditional Devonshire Tea with homemade scones, jam and cream within the homestead courtyard and building on the first Sund ..

View Event: Flowerdale Estate High Tea
Flowerdale Estate High Tea
∞ Sunday
Flowerdale Estate is a beautiful and historic venue for your conference wedding weekend dinner bed and breakfast or high tea. Nestled between the Yarra Valley and Kilmore it's just over an hour's drive from Melbourne to Flowerdale Estate the perfect ..

View Event: High Tea - Hopetoun Tea Rooms
High Tea - Hopetoun Tea Rooms
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
High Tea is served in Victorian splendour 7 days a week. Nowhere else in Melbourne's City Business District can you find a more charming setting and atmosphere than the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Our High Tea is served on a 3-tiered stand & is prepared ..

View Event: High Tea at Homestead Cafe
High Tea at Homestead Cafe
∞ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
High Tea is a favourite for many, with fresh homemade scones, hot savouries, dainty tea sandwiches and delicious cakes. All offered at affordable prices for that special occasion. High Tea options are available to suit groups and consideration of ..

View Event: High Tea at Om Nom
High Tea at Om Nom
∞ Saturday, Sunday
JOIN US EVERY WEEKEND FOR OUR INDULGENT HIGH TEA 12 MIDDAY & 2:30PM SATURDAY (Reservation only) MINIMUM 2 GUESTS SOMETHING SAVOURY Croque monsieur fingers Prosciutto & mustard mayo bites Mushroom & herb choux profiteroles Goat cheese & ..

View Event: High Tea at Parliament House
High Tea at Parliament House
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
The Parliament of Victoria has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1924. Strangers Corridor is renowned for its freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches served on tiered stands. Enjoy a glass o ..

View Event: High Tea Live @ The Arts Centre
High Tea Live @ The Arts Centre
∞ 1st Sunday
Join us to celebrate Melbourne's two great loves - music and food at one of our very special High Tea Live experiences. Previously Jazz High Tea, High Tea Live sees the musical program expand beyond jazz, to include classical, cabaret, opera, Broa ..

View Event: High Tea Sundays | Left Bank Melbourne
High Tea Sundays | Left Bank Melbourne
∞ Sunday
Left Bank Melbourne is paying tribute to the traditional English afternoon tea, taking you back in time, where a quiet assembly at a tea room was once a commonplace to meet. It’s time to sit back and let the busy world outside, slip quietly by ..

View Event: High Tea | Hotel Lindrum
High Tea | Hotel Lindrum
∞ Saturday, Sunday
We invite you to experience High Tea Melbourne at felt restaurant. Whether it be a birthday or a family get together the warmth and charm of Hotel Lindrum will ensure your day is one to remember. Presented in a tiered stand, High Tea service at f ..

View Event: High Tea | Mary Eats Cake - Brunswick
High Tea | Mary Eats Cake - Brunswick
∞ Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
CELEBRATE WITH HIGH TEA IN BRUNSWICK Mary's Brunswick Tea House is a gritty glam sanctuary amongst the hustle and bustle of Sydney Road. Opening Hours: Monday 11am - 4pm Tuesday CLOSED Wednesday CLOSED Thursday CLOSED Friday 11am ..

View Event: High Tea | Stamford Plaza Melbourne
High Tea | Stamford Plaza Melbourne
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
High Tea served in Harry's Restaurant | Stamford Plaza Melbourne Relax and enjoy our High Tea in the heart of Melbourne, indulging an assortment of meticulously crafted savoury bites, fluffy homemade scones and traditional finger sandwiches served ..

View Event: High Tea | The Hatter & the Hare
High Tea | The Hatter & the Hare
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
THE HATTER & THE HARE HIGH TEA MENU It’s not a surprise our High Tea service has a huge following. Presented uniquely to better showcase our savoury and sweet selections, you start feasting with your eyes the moment you are sat at the table. ..

View Event: Mamor High Tea
Mamor High Tea
∞ Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Melbourne's most decadent High Tea experience. Mámor Szalón in Collingwood transports you to an Old Europe Tea House with Melbourne’s most Exclusive Chocolates and Extensive Tea List. We specialise in unique high tea events and can offer a ..

View Event: Spoil Me High Tea
Spoil Me High Tea
∞ Sunday
Join us for this splendid event presented by M3 combining divine pampering treatments with delicious afternoon tea treats in the stunning surrounds of the bustling Cafe and Tea rooms in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Admission includes: - High Tea ..

View Event: The Gables High Tea
The Gables High Tea
∞ Wednesday, Sunday
High Tea at The Gables every Sunday and Wednesday. There are two sittings for a two-hour duration - one commencing at 11am, with the second sitting at 2pm. The cost is $65 for a Sunday and $55 for a Wednesday including boutique teas and a flut ..

View Event: The Langham Afternoon Tea
The Langham Afternoon Tea
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Langham, Melbourne is renowned for bespoke Afternoon Teas. Celebrate this timeless ritual of beautiful cakes, delicate ribbon sandwiches & petite fluffy scones. Relax in the ambience of Aria Lounge, sipping on our unique blend of Langham ..

View Event: Three Plates High - High Tea at Melbourne Marriott
Three Plates High - High Tea at Melbourne Marriott
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Treat yourself to an unforgettable high tea experience at Three Plates High at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel. The high tea menu features high tea favourites such as petit scones, macaroons, mini sandwiches as well as selection of sweet treats! T ..

View Event: Traditional High Tea @ Westin
Traditional High Tea @ Westin
∞ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Westin's Modern Twist on the Traditional High Tea It's refreshing to attend a high tea service that focuses on the contemporary in terms of style and the foods and beverages on offer. Situated in the refined Lobby Lounge of the Westin Hotel Melbou ..

High Tea

I do love a high tea, although Josephine prefers to call it, Afternoon Tea.
Some call it Sunday High Tea even when it's served on Monday.
Words = Afternoon tea, high tea, high coffee, daggy tea, crafty tea.
How about Mother's Day Tea?

Also see Tea House | Tea Room | Tea Garden | Mother's Day


High Tea Etiquette

Minding your manners with Melbourne's resident high tea expert Michelle Milton.


The host should wait for guests to begin before starting.
Making sure everyone at your table has what they need and is comfortable is just good manners. Guests won’t be shy to ask before you start, but after you’ve filled your teacup and plate, they may be reluctant.

Avoid picking items from the tower with your fingers
Use your fork if servers are not provided. Do not remove a plate from the tower – you want to be sure all the guest can reach the tiny delicacies on offer.

The napkin should be folded along the diagonal and placed on your lap
When finished, fold the napkin and place to the side of your plate to signal to the host that you are finished.

Never start eating until everyone has been served
It’s a communal experience, designed to share and enjoy together. Make sure to chew your food with your mouth closed. You’ll have plenty of time for chatting between bites.

Scones should be broken into manageable pieces with your hands
Do not cut with a knife or fork. Use serving spoons to add jam and cream to your working plate – this will help to prevent raspberry jam on your high-tea best!


For further preparation, visit the High Tea Society for history, etiquette and perfecting your cuppa. 

So, if you are asking where is the BEST High Tea, or BEST Afternoon tea, here is the list of Melbourne's Top 10 High Tea's.