Bring on the tea, scones and finger sandwiches, here’s where to enjoy 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 afternoon tea options, transforming this humble snack into a luxe indulgence – and we know just where to go for the ultimate experience. Ahead, here’s where to enjoy afternoon tea in Hong Kong.
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Featured Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
Afternoon tea on a terrace? Yes please! Take a break from Central’s hustle and bustle and indulge in sweet and savoury French favourites with Café Claudel’s Thé en Terrasse. We’re talking delicious bite-sized Croque Monsieurs, Jambon Beurre Sandwiches, Saucissons, Tartes au Citron, Madeleines and Macarons, along with Crab Brioche Buns, Homemade Scones and Jam, and Chocolate Tarts. Ooh la la! Wash it all down with a bottle of Chateau Berne’s Romance Rosé, which features fragrant notes of freshly-picked peaches, and strawberries and cream. A pairing made in Parisian heaven!
When: Starting from February, 2022; available daily, from 3pm
How Much: $498 for two people (includes choice of tea); $798 for two people (includes a bottle of Chateau Berne Rosé)
Seasonal Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
Looking for an afternoon tea with the wow factor? It doesn’t get more impressive than aqua luna’s offering, which takes you out to sea whilst you enjoy your scones and tea! Step aboard one of the city’s last remaining red sail junks and enjoy a cruise around the harbour while tucking into tempting yum cha favourites from Dim Sum Library and delicious cakes and sweets from aqua. Especially for Chinese New Year as well, guests will be treated to special holiday sweet and savoury bao and dumplings. In our opinion, aqua luna’s afternoon tea is an unmissable Hong Kong experience!
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5pm (until Sunday, 6 February)
How Much: $399 per person; add $100 per person for a glass of Champagne
aqua luna, aqualuna.com.hk
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Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, The Lounge
Elegance abounds at the Four Seasons, making it the destination of choice for a sophisticated afternoon tea occasion. This Chinese New Year, the festive menu features traditionally-inspired treats, with delicacies like Kumquat Crispy Puff and Da Hong Pao Red Bean Rolls, alongside afternoon tea classics, including scones. Stop by during the Lunar New Year holidays (Tuesday, 1 to Thursday, 3 February) to enjoy a live cooking station offering unlimited helpings of Chinese Brown Sugar Puddings, Turnip Pudding, Taro Pudding and Rice dumpling in Ginger soup.
Vegan set is available upon request.
When: Monday to Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6pm; Sunday and public holidays, 3pm to 4:30pm or 4:30pm to 6pm (until Tuesday, 8 February)
How Much: $658 for two people (weekdays); $698 for two people (weekends and public holidays); $498 per person (Tuesday, 1 to Thursday, 3 February)
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Hotel ICON, GREEN
Hotel ICON’s afternoon tea offering is a dream for chocoholics. Served on an insta-worthy vinyl turntable, the tea set features an array of beautifully designed Belgian treats and tantalising savouries, including Lemon Verbena with Framboise Macaron, Griottines Cherry with Dark Chocolate, Duck Liver Mousse Coated Chocolate Served with Caviar, and two-hour free-flow of freshly dipped GODIVA Chocolate Strawberry and GODIVA Chocolate Twist Soft Serve. You’ll also leave with a complimentary GODIVA Chocolate to take home.
When: Daily, 2:45pm to 4:45pm or 4:4pm to 6:45pm
How Much: $748 for two people or $408 per person (weekdays); $788 for two people or $438 per person (weekends, includes a complimentary glass of French Sparkling Wine per person)
Afternoon tea with a view awaits at modern Australian restaurant Hue. Sit back and admire the harbour views with your Soft Boiled Quail Egg Tart & Curry Mayonnaise, White Chocolate & Key Lime Pudding, Popcorn Crusted Chicken and more. Originally only available on weekends and public holidays, for the next few months the Aussie-inspired set will be on offer on selected Fridays at a special discounted price.
When: Weekends and public holidays, plus every Friday from 28, January to 18, February; 3:30pm to 5pm
How Much: $680 for two people (weekends and public holidays); $580 for two people (Fridays); add $100 per person for a glass of champagne
Island Shangri-La, Lobby Lounge
Sweet treats and beauty treats collide this Chinese New Year with Island Shangri-La’s limited-time afternoon tea collaboration with luxury French beauty brand GUERLAIN. Inspired by GUERLAIN’s new festive collection, highlights of the “Bee a Tiger” afternoon tea set includes the Yuzu Strawberry Beehives, which pay tribute to GUERLAIN’s iconic Aqua Allegoria perfume, as well as the Crunch Raspberry Ganache “Lipstick” and Beetroot Rose, which has been marinated for three to four days prior for maximum flavour. The set comes with one complimentary GUERLAIN Signature Beauty Kit per person (worth $750, while stocks last).
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm; weekends and public holidays, 2pm to 6pm (until Monday, 28 February)
How Much: $858 for two people
Kerry Hotel, Lobby Lounge
Stop by Kerry’s spacious Lobby Lounge for an afternoon tea that plays on “harmony savouries” and “sweet prosperity delights”. Highlights include the Crispy Noodles and Prawns Roll, Braised Iberian Pork Shank Dumplings and Crispy Chicken Wings, as well as desserts like Raspberry Cake and Caramel Delight, plus freshly-baked Pu’er Tea Scones.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:30pm to 5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 1:30pm to 4pm or 4:15pm to 6pm
How Much: $638 for two people (weekdays); $668 for two people (weekends and public holidays, includes two-hours free-flow of coffee or tea)
Takeaway set available Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm, priced at $588 for two people.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Clipper Lounge
If you’re going to do afternoon tea, you may as well go all out. And you’ll certainly do that at Clipper Lounge. A true Hong Kong institution, soak up the history while tucking into a seasonal menu that encompasses sandwiches, desserts and scones (three of our most favourite food groups). We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the Coronation Chicken Sandwich, Wagyu Beef & Chorizo Puff, Lemon Drizzle Cake and more.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:30pm to 6pm; Saturdays and public holidays, 2pm to 4pm or 4:15pm to 6pm; Sundays, 3:30pm to 6pm (until Monday, 28 February)
How Much: $676 for two people or $338 per person (weekdays); $716 for two people or $358 per person (weekends and public holidays); add $180 per person for a glass of Champagne
The Murray, Hong Kong, Garden Lounge
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. As for the tea itself, traditionalists will love the special Chinese New Year menu, which spotlights abalone, duck, Chinese mushroom and more festive delicacies, in addition to the obligatory scones and cakes. 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: $728 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
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, The Lounge & Bar
An afternoon tea filled with auspicious blessings, the “East Feast” afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton shines a spotlight on an array of traditional Chinese cuisine-inspired bites. Highlights include Marinated Abalone & Asparagus Mousse Tartlet, Longan Lychee Mousse Tart and a Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake.
When: Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 6pm; Friday to Sunday and public holidays, 2pm to 4pm or 4:30pm to 6pm (until Thursday, 31 March)
How Much: $718 for two people or $428 per person
W Hong Kong, KITCHEN
“Fur-roar-cious bites” abound at W Hong Kong, which is offering up a Chinese New Year afternoon tea set inspired by the theme of “East Meets West”. Expect Instagram-worthy treats like the classic W BBQ Puff, Black and White Traditional Sesame Roll, Mango Pomelo Sago, and a richly-flavoured Raspberry cheesecake, all served in delicate bamboo steamers.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:15pm to 4:25pm or 4:30pm to 6pm; weekends and public holidays, 12pm to 2pm, 2:15pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6pm
How much: $618 for two people (weekdays); $798 for two people (weekends, includes two glasses of sparkling wine)
Ongoing Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
181 at Fortnum & Mason
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 Lobster Omelette Victoria & Truffle, and Welsh Rarebit. Both afternoon tea options 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 upon request.
When: Daily, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
How Much: Both afternoon tea menus are $588 per person; add $100 for a glass of Champagne
A slice of Naples hidden within Wan Chai’s heritage Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, CRUST brings us afternoon tea with an Italian twist. The Capri Afternoon Tea features a selection of sweets from CRUST’s renowned Napoli-style pasticceria, along with delectable savouries; highlights include the highly Instagrammable Amalfi Lemon mousse, Caprese Chocolate cake, Salmon Tart and more. For those who want to go all out, the Anacapri Afternoon Tea comes with elevated extras, like Fruttini (a selection of handmade ice cream and sorbets), Scallops, Tartare and Caviar, plus a glass of Moet et Chandon brut.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5:30pm
How Much: $588 for two people, $298 per person (Capri Afternoon Tea); $788 for two people, $398 per person (Anacapri Afternoon Tea)
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 afternoon 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
Eaton HK, The Astor
One of the heartiest (and most affordable!) afternoon teas in town, The Astor’s “Cherry On Top” menu comes with a wholesome meaty main in addition to a sprawling buffet of cherry-centric dishes, for its generous take on high tea. We’re talking Cherry Cheesecake, Cherry Meringue Tartlet, Cherry Panna Cotta, as well as eight types of Mövenpick Ice Cream, along with made-to-order Cherry-filled Crepe or classic Egg Waffles.
When: Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), 3:15pm to 5:15pm
How Much: $158 per person
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Tiffin
One of the city’s classic afternoon tea options featuring three indulgent tiers of savoury and sweet delicacies with a distinctly French flavour. Don’t miss the live dessert stations and ice cream counter!
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $368 per person (weekdays); $398 per person (weekends and public holidays)
JW Marriott, The Lounge
JW Marriott’s afternoon tea offering 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: $328 per person (weekdays) or $408 per person (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Buffet; $578 for two people or $308 per person (weekdays), or $608 for two people or $348 per person (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Set
St. Regis Hong Kong, The Drawing Room
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 Into The Wild, featuring caviar, wild hamachi and wasabi, and the calamansi-infused Calamansi Tart, prepare for a culinary surprise. For a uniquely Hong Kong twist, afternoon tea here is served from a dim sum-inspired trolley!
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $478 per person, $798 for two people for afternoon tea set, or $1,088 per person for unlimited afternoon tea helpings
From a Beef Tenderloin Cutlet and Chicken Teriyaki Mantou to Black Sesame Tofu Cheesecake, Statement’s “Lady Isadora Caine” afternoon tea menu offers a nostalgic take on tradition that nods to old Hong Kong flavours. Located in the old Police Headquarters Building in Tai Kwun, expect plenty of historic heritage, along with a selection of traditional and contemporary art.
Vegetarian set available upon request.
When: Thursday to Sunday, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $298 per person (minimum of two persons required); add $100 per person to include a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne
The Peninsula Hong Kong
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 4:30pm
How much: $778 for two people or $438 per person
The Upper House, Salisterra
Escape to the Mediterranean with afternoon tea at The Upper House’s signature dining destination, Salisterra. The menu balances comfort and sophistication, with bites like Nduja Financier, Truffle and Jerusalem Artichoke Pithivier, Brillat-Savarin Passionfruit Cheesecake and a Lemon Meringue Chouquette.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How Much: $588 for two people or $310 per person
Salisterra, 49/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, salisterra.thehousecollective.com
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 afternoon tea is ideal 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 6pm
How much: $648 for two people or $348 per person (weekdays); $688 for two people or $368 per person (weekends and public holidays); add $208 for two glasses of Charles de Cazenove Brut N.V..
Editor’s Note: “Your Guide To Afternoon Tea In Hong Kong” was originally published in September, 2014 by Megan Hills, and was most recently updated in January, 2022 by Jessica Ng. With thanks to Lydia Ching for her contribution.
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Hero image courtesy of Kerry Hotel, image 1 courtesy of Café Claudel, image 2 courtesy of aqua luna via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Hotel Icon, image 3 courtesy of Island Shangri-La, image 4 courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of 181 at Fortnum & Mason via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Eaton HK, image 7 courtesy of St. Regis Hong Kong, image 8 courtesy of The Peninsula, Hong Kong via Instagram.