We’re Spilling The Tea On Where To Find Brisbane’s Best High Teas

Pinky up!


By Dinushka Gunasekara | 8th June 2022

From finger sandwiches to French macarons, nothing speaks luxury quite like a high tea. So gather your lace, frock up, and indulge in a little tea party.

Whether your order is an English Breakfast, Early Grey, Yorkshire, or chamomile, get set to sip on like the Queen – these are the best high teas in Brisbane. Pinky up!

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The Balfour Kitchen & Bar

New Farm

Once a month, you’ll find a delectable high tea served under blossoming frangipani trees on the wrap-around verandah of an elegant Queenslander, or inside a chic restaurant, designed to delight. A seat at The Balfour Kitchen & Bar’s high tea is highly sought after, and it’s easy to see why! Offering a large range of sweet and savoury treats alongside a selection of Champagne and specialty teas, pinkies will be up and tastebuds will be tantalised. From delicately crafted tarts to flavourful brioche rolls, and freshly baked scones, you certainly shouldn’t wait to snag your spot at the next seating – these high teas book out faster than you can pour a glass of bubbles!

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The Inchcolm by Ovolo

Spring Hill

High teas are the epitome of a charming afternoon, so it only makes sense to have yours at Brisbane’s most charming place! The Inchcolm by Ovolo is the city’s mysterious hideaway,  serving up a delightful three-tier high tea with all the trimmings. The carefully curated spread features savoury delights like Yarra Valley caviar crumpet and Fraser Island on house baked brioche, as well as sweet treats like lemonade scones and madeleines alongside bottomless barista crafted coffee and tea. Feeling a little extra bubbly? Upgrade your high tea for two hours of Taittinger champagne!

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W Brisbane

Brisbane City

Art lovers, this one’s for you! Kick off the weekend in style with the ultimate afternoon in art and indulgence at the W Brisbane’s Eat Your Art Out High Tea. Brush up on those painting skills and create your very own pièce de résistance with the W’s paint-your-own Panna Cotta, or sip on a selection of art-inspired cocktails – think Death Do Us Art and Oh My GOMA. Then tickle those tastebuds with delicious eats from scampi caviar to warm duck confit pie. Slip, slurp, and swirl!

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The Matriarch

Newstead

Dreaming of a romantic afternoon in the garden, sipping on gorgeous cocktails and nibbling on the most delicious delicacies? Look no further than The Matriarch’s Fancy High Tea. Reminiscent of an English garden party, get set to point those pinkies and enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Matriarch’s lush cocktail garden. From luxurious caviar tastings to flowing Veuve Clicquot, this’ll be an afternoon well spent. Taste their flaky butter croissants by the dozen, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, enjoy European cheese platters filled with French Brie and Swiss Gruyere. With sittings from 11am – 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, get on the phone to your besties and replete in the garden this weekend, glass of bubbles in hand.

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The Lab

Brisbane City

Immerse yourself in an elegant high tea experience set in the old-world elegance of the Treasury Hotel. Nothing says luxury quite like French Champagne, and alongside their decadent selection of bites, sip on your choice of La Maison Du Thé French or one of their hand-crafted teas. Feeling peckish? Try their epic selection of eats from mouth-watering macarons, finger sandwiches, and decadent desserts. Hosting Saturdays and Sundays, this is the perfect high tea to sip the weekend away.

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Lennon’s Restaurant and Bar

Brisbane City

Kick off the weekend with a bit of fizz at Lennon’s High Tea – complete with sneaky glass of sparkling on arrival! This spectacular spread has all the finest bites to nosh on for a fancy affair. Think chocolate petit fours, rose petal scones, and gourmet tea sandwiches. Serving at $48 per person, this is an afternoon experience that’ll have you coming back for more. Grab your besties and your mum, and make a day of it.

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Belle Époque

South Bank

In this cosy French café beneath the Emporium you’ll find a signature high tea renowned for all the right reasons. Serving a seasonal menu that never fails to delight, warm up with truffle chicken finger sandwiches, smoked salmon with savoury whipped cream, and their iconic, sublime Baba au Rum, with strawberry compote and whipped vanilla chantilly cream. Prices begin at $70 per person, with additional options such as a glass of sparkling and two hours of bottomless Champagne (put the party in ‘tea party’, amirite?). They even offer a children’s high tea at $40 per person, with a choice of juice or milkshake. Wholesome for all!

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Crema and Cream

Nundah

If you have a penchant for all things Italian, a beautiful food affair here involves handcrafted gourmet offerings in a charming and intimate café. At only $36 per person, it’s your choice between two European high tea styles: English and Italian. No pressure – either option comes with four savoury and four sweet treats plus a pot of tea or barista-made coffee that’s sure to hit the sweet spot. It’s the perfect setting for special occasions like birthdays, bridal, and baby showers. All dietary requirements are happily catered for, and you can even BYO favourite bubbles. PS – your mini’s are invited to join in the fun with a kid-friendly high tea experience – tiny pinky’s only!

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Patina at Customs House

Brisbane City

Get bubbly with a graceful touch of French elegance over spectacular views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge, at one of Brisbane’s iconic heritage destinations. The Champagne High Tea at Customs House will have you indulging with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne in one hand and an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, savoury canapés, fresh scones, and handcrafted petite desserts in the other. Hosted on Patina’s restaurant terrace or in the contemporary sophisticated dining room, its where culinary expertise meets that je ne sais quoi on Wednesday through to Sunday at $83 per person. With gluten free and vegetarian options available, it’s a party for everyone amidst art deco stands and a gorgeous atmosphere.

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Dandelion & Driftwood

Hendra

Pinkies up for the delightfully dainty treats you’ll be indulging in at a Dandelion & Driftwood high tea experience. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the delicious options on offer – from macarons to croissants, mini cupcakes, ribbon sandwiches, and their famous fluffy scones with raspberry jam and double cream, this high tea is full of glamour seven days a week, from 7:30am to 3pm. As for drinks, their specialty coffee and teas are truly unique! Whether you opt for the peony tea or a refreshing oolong, every sip will fill you with contentment. If you’re looking to put the ‘party’ in ‘tea party’, they also offer opulent cocktails and bubbles by the glass. With four high tea options, starting from $50 per person, any sitting is a special occasion.

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Room With Roses

Brisbane City

Wake up and smell the roses (or coffee!) and enjoy the delectable tastes of a Room With Roses high tea experience. Just as their name suggests, this budding menu is as sweet as they come. Take your pick from their three high tea options, including their ultimate chocolate fondue high tea, where you can dip berries, dried fruits, biscotti, and marshmallows in a fountain of warm melted chocolate – the perfect winter warmer! Take your experience to new heights and add a glass of bubbles for an additional cost. Bottoms up!

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