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

Pinky up!


By Style Journo | 7th June 2023

Ahh, towers of finger sandwiches and French macarons – it’s truly the little things in life, isn’t it? While bottomless brunch is great fun and a degustation is perfect for the adventurous foodie, nothing speaks elegance quite like a high tea. With plenty of tasty high teas on offer in Brisbane, you’ll find a decadent spread suitable for everything from a special birthday, Mother’s Day or milestone celebration, to a more modern approach for a hen’s party, baby shower, or just because.

So gather your pals and don your most fabulous frocks – it’s time to indulge in a little tea party.

Whether your order is an English Breakfast, Early Grey, Yorkshire, or chamomile, get set to sip as we present the best high teas in Brisbane. Pinky up!

By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here!   

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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 in Brisbane, 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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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 Eat Your Art Out High Tea at W Brisbane. 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 in Brisbane 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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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 in the city’s heritage listed Brisbane Arcade. Just as their name suggests, this budding menu is as sweet as they come, and is one of the longest-running and renowned high teas in Brisbane. 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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Motion Dining

Brisbane City

Brisbane Marriott’s signature restaurant knows how to put on a spread, and it shows in their quintessential high tea offering. Nibble your way through an assortment of petit fours, handmade macaroons, freshly baked scones with strawberry jam, lemon curd and cream, and scrumptious sandwiches (egg and lettuce! smoked salmon and caper mayo! shaved ham and dijon mustard! smoked turkey and relish!). In your other hand, you’ll enjoy a glass of sparkling before sipping on freshly brewed coffee and tea. Or, if you’re feeling extra fancy, enhance your experience with a glass of French champagne. Don’t mind if we do!

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Hotel Indigo, Bar 1603

Brisbane City

Ready for the most spectacular high tea you’ve ever experienced in your life? Then head to Bar 1603 at Hotel Indigo for their Zen Garden High Tea. This high tea is a full-on experience allowing you to indulge in a shareboard featuring a selection of both sweet and savoury delights. We’re talking kingfish, salmon, tuna sashimi and tamago sando, with matcha mousse, macarons, mochi and an edible chocolate cherry blossom tree. This is a wildly decadent high tea that’ll leave you breathless.

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Customs House

Brisbane City

Smoked salmon blini? How about a glass of French Champagne? Sip the day away with a sophisticated and elegant high tea overlooking the Story Bridge and Brisbane River at Customs House courtesy of Patina Restaurant. From a perfectly brewed English breakfast to an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, scones, and petit fours, it’s a traditional high tea in the best location Brisbane has to offer.

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The Kitchen

Brisbane City

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for a classic, and what could be more classic than high tea in the heritage-listed birthplace of Australia’s favourite dessert, the lamington? The Kitchen at Old Government House is nestled into the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in the heart of the CBD and offers an authentic high tea experience tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. From finger sandwiches to miniature quiches, bite-sized cakes, French Champagne, and an array of freshly brewed teas, the gang’s all here! Hosted one Sunday each month, high tea at The Kitchen offers the chance to kick back, connect, and indulge in old-world charm you won’t find anywhere else.

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The Inchcolm by Ovolo

Spring Hill

For an elegant and refined high tea, there’s no better place to go than The Inchcolm. With the venue already alluring and reminiscent of the golden age of dining, where artists and writers like Hemingway and Picasso would enjoy a cocktail together, The Incholm’s high tea is an indulgent affair, serving exquisite food alongside glasses of the best sparkling wine. With a generous mix of savoury bites, finger sandwiches, and indulgent sweets, this is a high tea that caters to every taste in the most decadent way. So, go ahead and treat yourself by booking a spot today!

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