Bring on the scones and finger sandwiches, here’s where to enjoy the best afternoon tea in Hong Kong.
From har gau to char siu and egg tarts, we’re spoilt for choice with homegrown culinary delights here in Hong Kong. Yet there are times when we feel like straying from our local faves for something quintessentially British (if just for an afternoon!). Enter afternoon tea – the age-old tradition of tea, scones and pastries. As to be expected, our city delights with many seasonal and classic options, transforming this humble mid-afternoon snack into a luxe indulgence – and we know just where to go for the ultimate experience. Ahead, here’s where to enjoy the best afternoon tea in Hong Kong.
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Seasonal Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
With spring officially in the air, Artisan Lounge looks to invoke the freshness of the season for its latest afternoon tea selection. Head here for a contemporary twist on tea, complete with premium Mini Bagels from Bageliciouz and a handful of reimagined local Hong Kong dishes created specially by upscale Chinese restaurant Fan Guan. Highlights include the Swan Puff with BBQ Pork, Homemade Marshmallow Sunny Side-up and the picturesque Glutinous Rice Cake with Pumpkin.
When: Daily, 10am to 10pm; until Friday, 30 April
How much: $768 for two people; add $108 for a glass of wine or $148 for a glass of Champagne
With LINDT as its partner in crime, Hotel ICON’s high tea offering is a dream for chocoholics. Think unlimited helpings of LINDT soft serve ice cream, alongside scones and savouries such as Chestnut Chocolate Bruschetta with Bacon Bits, Chocolate Foie Gras and Crispy Chocolate Potato Chips. The set comes with a glass of refreshing homemade lemonade.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm or 5pm to 7pm; until Sunday, 16 May
How much: $688 for two people or $388 for one; add $98 per person for free-flow French sparkling wine
It’s an Italian affair at The Ritz Carlton, which joins hands with luxury fine jeweller Pomellato to bring us the Art of Italian Afternoon Tea. Spotlighting Pomellato’s Italian roots, expect delights like the Smoked Salmon “Cannoli” with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Mousse, Olives and Rosemary Bread with Aged Capocollo and Pesto Mayonnaise the Calamansi Cornmeal Cookie, all served atop a beautiful swing-shaped stand. Guests who opt for the set for two people will be gifted an invitation for a unique Italian jewellery experience at Pomellato Elements Boutique.
When: Daily, 3:15pm to 5:15pm; until Monday, 31 May
How much: $698 for two people or $418 for one
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Feeling stressed? Hue’s limited edition ‘Destress, Relax and Revive’ afternoon tea offering, created in partnership with Aromatherapy Associates, will have you sorted in no time. True to its Australian roots, the set incorporates iconic Aussie flavours and pastries, alongside essential scents and ingredients from the Aromatherapy Associates line. Tuck into moreish savouries like rosemary and warm Gruyere cheese puffs, grapefruit cured and smoked ocean trout served on the seaweed crisp and topped with whipped cod roe, and oregano chicken quiche with juniper berry. As for the sweets, your tastebuds are in for a treat with the likes of ginger-spiced pumpkin scones, black pepper rhubarb and sage cream pavlova, chocolate and barley malt cream Lamingtons and more. If that wasn’t enough, all guests will also leave with a complimentary set of exclusive Aromatherapy Associates’ bath & shower oils worth $420!
When: Weekends and public holidays, 3:30pm to 5pm; from Saturday, 24 April to Sunday, 9 May
How much: $680 for two people (includes choice of tea and coffee); add $90 per person for a special cocktail
Whether you choose to sit out on the Verandah or in the iconic Pink Room, Madame Fù is the place to go for one of the most insta-worthy afternoon teas in Hong Kong. Its most recent set, launched in collaboration with K-beauty brand Sulwhasoo, features a medley of Korean-inspired delicacies like Kimchi Cheese Cracker, Busan Squid Ink Seafood Vol Au Vent and Hazelnut Gianduja Macaron, as well as a selection of scones with clotted cream and rose petal jam.
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 4:30pm (last order at 4:45pm); until Friday, 30 April
How much: $550 for two people or $338 for one; add $75 for a special mocktail or $120 for a glass of Champagne
Decadence prevails at the W Hong Kong, courtesy of its Eats Well Truffled Afternoon Tea. Launched in collaboration with truffles and caviar experts Plantin Kaviari, this offering takes inspiration from Provence, and comes complete with five sweet and five savoury treats. From the fresh Kaviari Scallop rillettes and Beef-root tartar with truffle snow, to the triple-layered Truffle Honey Panna cotta and “Drunk Cherry” Black Forest Tart, trust us, this set is as indulgent as they come. Sign us up!
When: Weekdays, 2pm to 4pm or 4pm to 6pm; weekends and public holidays, 12pm to 2pm, 2pm to 4pm or 4pm to 6pm; until Monday, 31 May
How much: $538 for two people (weekdays); 688 for two people (weekends and public holidays, includes two glasses of sparkling wine)
Cameras at the ready! The Langham has partnered with iconic luxury camera brand Leica for its latest afternoon tea offering. The creative set features Leica-inspired delights like the ‘M’ Grand Cru chocolate ganache cake, the legend profiterole with red berries and a Leica museum Wetzlar black forest trifle (an homage to the birthplace of the German brand), along with the obligatory freshly baked scones. Savoury highlights include the likes of crab quiche, homemade foie gras with figs and a roasted beef roulade. Looking to elevate your Insta game? Along with tea, guests will also have the opportunity to join a Leica photography class for just $300 per person – spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so hurry!
When: Weekdays, 3pm to 5:30pm; weekends, 2:15pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6:30pm; until Monday, 31 May.
How much: $688 for two people or $398 for one (includes tea)
Mirage brings in Häagen-Dazs™ for a match made in afternoon tea heaven this Spring. Inspired by the classic ice cream brand’s new cocktail flavours, Lime Mojito Sorbet and Piña Colada, the offering is a bona fide tropical fiesta. Of note here has to be the sweets, which include a Lychee Martini Mousse Cake, Kiwifruit Macaron and Banoffee Tart, while the savouries encompass crowd favourites like Shrimp Tacos, Smoked Salmon Croissant and more. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a cheeky ice cream-infused cocktail (from an additional $88). Cheers!
When: Daily, 3pm to 5:30pm; until Wednesday, 30 June
How much: $488 for two people
Ongoing Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
For one of the oldest afternoon tea experiences in Hong Kong, head to 181. The iconic British brand has been serving up high tea since the 19th century, so you can be sure they know what they’re doing! Here, guests can choose from two delightful sets, including Afternoon Tea, complete with finger sandwiches, or High Tea, which features more substantial savouries like the Classic Scotch Egg with Piccalilli and Welsh Rarebit. Both come with a selection of scones and cakes, along with a pot of Fortnum’s tea.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free sets are available.
When: Daily, 2pm to 6pm (last seating at 4pm)
How much: Both menus are $588 per person; add $100 for a glass of Champagne
Looking for the ultimate afternoon tea splurge? Located in the heart of Kowloon, The Butterfly Room is where culinary extravaganza meets modern innovation. Head here for a glamorous high tea experience, complete with refined savoury bites, warm scones, artful pastries and more.
Sassy Tip: Reservations open on the first day of the month at 9am for the next two months ahead.
When: Weekdays, seatings at 1pm, 3:15pm and 5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, seatings at 12pm, 2:15pm, 4:30pm and 6:45pm
How much: $798 for two people or $399 for one; add $78 per person for a glass of Prosecco
Elegance abounds at the Four Seasons, making it the destination of choice for a sophisticated afternoon tea occasion. The menu features elevated twists on the classics, with delicacies like Foie Gras and Citrus Meringue Tart, Kyoto Matcha and Lemon Choux and more. There’s also an a la carte offering for those just looking to indulge in a small bite.
When: Weekdays, 2:30pm to 4:15pm or 4:40pm to 6:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2pm to 4pm or 4:15pm to 6:15pm
How much: $618 for two people or $325 for one (weekdays); $658 for two people or $345 for one (weekends and public holidays)
With one of the prettiest locations for afternoon tea in Hong Kong, Dear Lilly’s offering is a decadently romantic affair. Think flowers and vintage tableware, complete with a stunning harbour view atop the ifc. As for the menu, indulge in a selection of tea sandwiches, scones and sweet tooth delicacies.
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $318 for two people (includes choice of tea or coffee); add $70 per person for a glass of Champagne or Mademoiselle Lilly cocktail
With finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and homemade pastries all on the menu, The Drawing Room’s afternoon tea set looks like a classic option at first glance. But with flavour combinations like the Flavours of Japan Blini, featuring poached scallop and yuzu pearl, and blueberry-heavy Mom’s Cheesecake, prepare for a culinary surprise. For a uniquely Hong Kong twist, sweets and savouries are served from a dim sum-inspired trolley!
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $768 for two people or $468 for one; add $148 per person for a Champagne Cocktail, or $230 per person for a glass of Ruinart Champagne or Ruinart Rosé
For a dim sum twist on afternoon tea, look no further than Holt’s Café. Tuck into Hong Kong favourites like the Baked Char Siu Bao, Fried Prawn Toast and the restaurant’s decadent take on the traditional Har Gow, complete with premium Kaluga caviar. For the ultimate experience, opt to sit on the restaurant’s breezy terrace overlooking Salisbury Road, or within the elegant Tea Conservatory.
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 6pm
How much: $580 for two people or $300 for one
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Complete with lush green lawns and a picturesque view overlooking St. John’s Cathedral, the elegant Garden Lounge makes for a welcome refuge from the city – just what we want for a relaxing afternoon tea experience. This offering has been curated by New York-based food stylist Mariana Velasquez, so you know it’s going to be as beautiful as it is delicious. Highlights include spring-infused treats like White Nectarine and Peach Tart, Rose and Lychee Opera Cake and the Mango and Shrimp Pistachio Bun. The best part? This pick is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring along your furry friends!
When: Daily, 2:45pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6pm
How much: $698 for two people; add $148 for a glass of Champagne
Garden Lounge, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, www.niccolohotels.com
East meets west in JW Marriott’s afternoon tea offering, which brings together an array of traditional English and Cantonese sweets and savouries, complete with over 30 varieties of tea! Guests can opt for the Afternoon Tea Set, which comes with a glass of Champagne, or the unlimited Afternoon Tea Buffet.
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 6pm
How much: $308 per person (weekdays) or $388 per person (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Buffet; $738 for two people or $398 (weekdays) or $758 for two people or $438 for one (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Set (includes glass of Champagne)
If you weren’t sold on SEVVA’s gorgeous harbour view location and stunning high ceiling laced with florals, we’re sure its afternoon tea set will win you over. Guests can look forward to staples like Smoked Salmon on Toasted Crumpets, as well as more unexpected choices such as a Foie Gras Mousse with Onion Marmalade. What’s more, the vegetarian options sound just as decadent, with wild mushroom ragout and SEVVA’s speciality vegetable spring rolls. Go on, treat yourself.
When: Weekdays, 2:30pm to 5pm; Saturdays, 3pm to 5:30pm
How much: $720 for two people
Calling all tea lovers! With 800 different single-estate, exceptional harvests and exclusive tea blends from all over the world, Tea WG is here to offer you a quali-tea dining experience. Opt for the JEWEL afternoon tea set for the full experience (available at the ifc location), which comes with a selection of sweet and savoury delights, including Duck Foie Gras Mousse with Caramelised Red Onion Toast, an Impossible™ Patty Mini Burger and Matcha Red Bean Opera Cake. Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to check out the (very aesthetic) tea tasting sets!
When: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
How much: $488 for two people (includes two hot or iced teas)
From an Open Egg Sandwich with Salmon Roe, to Celeriac Tartelettes, Statement’s afternoon tea menu will definitely not disappoint. While you’re enjoying the palatable Cinnamon and Carrot Shortbread Cake and sipping on Ruinart Champagne, don’t forget to take in the unique ambience of this space. Located in the old Police Headquarters Building in Tai Kwun, expect plenty of historic heritage, along with a selection of traditional and contemporary art.
When: Thursday to Sunday, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $288 per person (minimum of two persons required); add $100 per person to include a Glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Housed in the elegant surrounds of The Lobby, the acclaimed Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea is hands down the most iconic afternoon tea in Hong Kong. The bucket list-worthy experience takes place against the backdrop of a live string quartet, and features a selection of finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, freshly-baked raisin scones and your choice of tea from The Peninsula Tea Collection. Add on a glass of bubbles for an extra special afternoon tea to remember!
Sassy Tip: We recommend going as early as 1:30pm to secure your table. The afternoon tea is walk-in only and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
When: Daily, 2pm to 6pm
How much: $748 for two people or $418 for one; add $180 for a bottle of Saicho Sparkling Darjeeling Tea or Jasmine Tea, or a glass of Deutz Peninsula Brut Champagne
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Afternoon tea by the sea, anyone? Sophisticated and refined, The Verandah at Repulse Bay exudes relaxed, old world charm – the perfect setting for high tea! The Classic Repulse Bay Afternoon Tea Set has it all, including homemade scones with clotted cream and jams, French pastries, finger sandwiches and more, served alongside your choice of The Peninsula tea or coffee. This one is our pick for when you’re in need of an escape from the city.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, 3pm to 6pm; Sunday and public holidays, 3:30pm to 5:50pm (last order at 5:30pm)
How much: $628 for two people or $338 for one (Wednesday to Saturday); $648 for two people or $358 for one (Sunday and public holidays); add $158 for a glass of Champagne
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September, 2014 by Megan Hills, and was most recently updated in April, 2021 by Jessica Ng. With thanks to Lydia Ching for her contribution.
Featured image courtesy of The Murray, Hong Kong via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Artisan Lounge, image 2 courtesy of Hue, image 3 courtesy of Palm Court, The Langham, image 4 courtesy of 181 at Fortnum & Mason via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Dear Lilly via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of The Murray, Hong Kong, image 7 courtesy of Tea WG, image 8 courtesy of The Peninsula, Hong Kong via Instagram.