Sip Up! Here’s Where To Find Brisbane’s Best High Teas

Sip Up! Here’s Where To Find Brisbane’s Best High Teas

Pinkies at the ready!

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 15th April 2021

Start flexing your littlest finger and gathering your lace! It’s time to indulge in the finer things in life because we’re spilling the tea. While a cucumber sandwich just hits, these pretty venues take it up a notch with tea parties worthy of the Queen. Some frills, no fuss, these are the best high teas in Brisbane (and beyond).

Belle Époque | South Bank

In this cosy French cafe 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, munch on spiced chicken ciabatta, smoked salmon finger sandwiches with cream cheese, coconut panna cotta, and more, including their iconic and absolutely sublime tea-soaked sultana scones. Prices start from from $60 per person between 11.30am to 3pm with additional extras available, 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 $30 per person, with a juice or milkshake! Book here.

Covent Garden | West End

There’s no doubt Covent Garden knows their gin, so it should come at no surprise that they used their ima-gin-ation and found the perfect twist on an elegant soiree – a gin and tea cocktail that has the crowds coming back for more and more. The G + High Tea will easily be a highlight of your week, spent over a luxurious spread of sweet and savoury treats in the tranquil surrounds of the beautiful garden. Simply put, a pot of their signature gin tea cocktail + fresh canapés = a match made in heaven. Plus, as one of Brisbane’s very few coeliac safe restaurants, their high tea is made fully gluten free by default! At $45 per person, bookings are essential and in high demand. Book here.

Crema and Cream | Stafford

If you have a penchant for all things Italian, a beautiful food affair here involves handcrafted gourmet offerings in a charming and intimate cafe. At only $36 per person, it’s your choice between three high tea styles: traditional English, Italian, or a mix of both. No pressure – either option comes with four savoury and four sweet treats with a pot of tea or a barista-made coffee that’s sure to delight. It’s the perfect setting for special occasions like birthdays or bridal showers, as well as on a whim with bookings available every day with at least one day’s notice (it’s also available at other times beside the proposed sessions).  All dietary requirements are happily catered for and you can even BYO bubbles. P.S. if your little ones aren’t interested in holding their pinkies up just yet, Crema and Cream also offers a children’s high tea! Book here.

 

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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 the contemporary and sophisticated dining room, it’s where culinary expertise meets that je ne sais quoi on Wednesday through to Sunday at $80pp. With gluten free, vegetarian, and even pregnancy-friendly options available, it’s a party for everyone amidst art deco stands and a gorgeous atmosphere. Book here.

Dandelion & Driftwood | Hendra

Pinkies up for the delightfully dainty treats you’ll be indulging in at Dandelion & Driftwood – you’ll be spoilt for choice with the delicious options on offer at this high tea. From macarons to frittatas, 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 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. Book here.

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 until your teeth fall out! Take your experience to new heights and add a glass of bubbles for an additional cost. Book here.

 

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Stamford Plaza | Brisbane City

Iconic river views always pair well with a tea party! High tea here is a truly unforgettable experience, filled with meticulously crafted sweet treats and delicate finger sandwiches, made by brilliant pastry chefs. The Riverside Brisbane Morning Tea is $39 per person and is perfect for a catch up over a drink and dainty delights, while the Chocolate High Tea Buffet at $59 per person is a sweet tooth’s paradise. Or, if you really want to ramp up the elegance, opt for The Spirit Of Queensland Lobby High Tea, which starts from $64 per person and includes a dish presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her most recent visit. Don’t mind if we do! Book here.

After an indulgence and an adventure? Head on down to the Gold Coast and check out these high teas…

Cafe Mirage | Main Beach

For a truly exquisite high tea dusted with a light sprinkling of sea salt air, Cafe Mirage always delivers. Choose from delicious savoury options such as avocado and grilled chicken sandwiches, quiche Lorraine, salmon and cream cheese frittatas, or Greek salad. Then, satiate your sweet tooth with mini eclairs, carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, banoffee pie, or classic scones. At $55 per person with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival plus freshly brewed tea and coffee, you can also upgrade your experience (and turn up the romance) with chocolate dipped strawberries and pretzels. Soak in the picturesque surrounds of the cafe or choose your own vibe, as the high tea is even available as a takeaway boxed picnic! Book here.

 

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QT Hotels | Surfers Paradise

A lil’ bit quirky and a whole lotta yum, ditch the fine china and dig into the mouth-watering treats boasted on these three-tiered stands. From smoked salmon and avocado macaroons to tomato and wild mushroom éclairs, plus plenty of sweet delicacies to go around, wash it down with tea and coffee for $49 per person or opt for additional extras (including the opportunity to go bottomless!). It’s not just for the lovely ladies! Blokes are encouraged to get in on the exquisite action with a delicious Man Tea, which offers chicken parmy and mini double cheeseburgers alongside craft beers and whiskey, as well as the pièce de résistance – a chocolate cigar. Running daily at Fixx Cafe or Mezcal, book the High Tea here and the Man Tea here.

 

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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.

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