Scones and finger sandwiches at the ready, 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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Going all out to offer the very best when it comes to afternoon tea, The Murray has a couple of different offerings for guests to choose from, including one at Garden Lounge overlooking St. John’s Cathedral, and another at Popinjays, complete with sweeping views of the city. Although both options have their own unique touches, each tea set features a range of creative sweet and savoury delights, along with the obligatory homemade scones. Popinjays’ set offers tempting dishes such as Cured Salmon and Caviar, Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake and Coconut-Mango Scones. Meanwhile, Garden Lounge sticks to tradition with the likes of Smoked Salmon with Lemon, Caperberry and Butter, Cucumber Slice with Greek Yoghurt, Dill and Salmon Roe, and a Strawberry and Mandarin Tart.
When: Monday to Sunday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How much: $670 for two people.
When: Daily, 3pm to 4:30pm and 4:45pm to 6:30pm
How much: $678 for two people; add $148 per person for a glass of Ruinart Champagne.
The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, www.niccolohotels.com
The Best Seasonal Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
If you’re looking for an excuse to treat yourself, head straight for The Langham’s “In The Pink” afternoon tea offering, newly-launched in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). The rose-hued set features savoury sandwiches and canapés, along with sweets and freshly-baked scones; think Pomegranate Balik Salmon Sandwiches, a Pinky Strawberry Roll Cake, Macaron Lollipops and other pretty in pink delights. Even better, a portion of the proceeds from every tea set sold will go towards the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.
When: Weekdays, 3pm to 5:30pm; Weekends, 2:15pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Until Monday, 30 November.
How much: $688 for two people (includes tea).
Welcome in the coming autumn with The Ritz Carlton’s Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea. Spotlighting seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, cinnamon and chestnut, it’s just the thing to get you into the fall spirit, even if it remains 30 degrees outside! Highlights include a Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake, along with the Honey Roasted Purple Sweet Potato Éclair and Royal Smoked Salmon and Truffle Mini Croissants.
When: Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 6pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 2:15pm to 4:15pm or 4:30pm to 6:30pm
How much: $698 for two people; add $95 for an autumn-inspired cocktail.
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The Upper House looks to Teakha for its third exclusive afternoon tea pairing of the year. Head over to Café Gray Deluxe to indulge in a selection of delectable tea-infused savoury and sweet creations, all set against the backdrop of the restaurant’s insta-worthy millennial pink sofas and sky high views of the city. Highlights of the menu include a moreish Fig and Goats Cheese Rice Cracker topped with a Red Oolong Gelee, and the Apple Blossom Verbena Cured Salmon served with Guinness Bread. Make sure to save enough room for Café Gray’s signature scone, which has been given a Teakha twist with the addition of candied ginger.
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Until Monday, 30 November
How much: $480 for two people.
Indulge in Pink Grapefruit & Smoked Salmon Tartare, Choco Berry Opera Rolls, Mandarin Earl Grey Mousse and more in Kerry Hotel’s “Fruitful Imagination” afternoon tea set, created in collaboration with French brand Alain Milliat. Of note here has to be the selection of freshly-baked Kerry Scones, coming in mouthwatering flavours like Lemon & Yuzu, Chocolate & Candied Orange and Poppy Seed Flower, and topped with gourmet Alain Milliat jams. Don’t forget to post a ‘gram of your experience to enjoy a complimentary mocktail!
When: Weekdays, 2:30pm to 5:30pm; Weekends and Public Holidays, 2pm to 6pm. Until Sunday, 29 November
How much: $628 for two people (includes unlimited refill of tea and coffee on weekdays, and two-hours refill of tea and coffee on weekends).
Chocoholics are in for a treat with Le Méridien’s Valrhona afternoon tea set. Expect a range of chocolate-inspired sweets and savouries, including Roasted Duck Breast, Raspberry and Valrhona Milk Chocolate Bites, Strawberry Brownie and a Passion Fruit Chocolate Boat. As a special treat, guests will be gifted a box of six gourmet Grands Crus Valrhona chocolates to take home. Yes please!
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $458 for two people (includes choice of illy coffee or selected tea); add $100 for two glasses of Valrhona chocolate cocktails or wine.
For an afternoon tea with a healthy twist, W Hong Kong has you covered. The Color Splash Afternoon Tea Set is as wholesome as it is colourful, with a menu featuring superfood ingredients. It’s possibly the only afternoon tea in Hong Kong which will give you a good detox! The sweet and savoury selections come in array of colours as specified by the popular Five Elements and Five Colours theory, and include the likes of the Crushed Avocado and Yuzu Shrimp Tortilla, Poached Quail Egg on Spinach Bread, Coconut and Mango Chia Seed Pudding, Raspberry Rose Lychee Tart and more.
When: Monday to Friday, 2pm to 4pm or 4pm to 6pm; Weekends and Public Holidays, 12pm to 2pm, 2pm to 4pm or 4pm to 6pm. Until Saturday, 31 October
How much: $488 for two people (Weekdays) or $638 for two people (Weekends and Public Holidays, includes two glasses of sparkling wine).
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Hotel ICON’s high tea offering brings together Häagen-Dazs™ ice cream and Louis Roederer Champagne for the ultimate daytime indulgence – a match made in afternoon tea heaven! Think unlimited helpings of ice cream, alongside scones and savouries such as Duck Pate with Champagne Jelly, Rosé Bloody Mary with Cajun Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Champagne Aspic. The set comes with one glass of signature Louis Roederer Champagne per person.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm or 5pm to 7pm. Until Sunday, 1 November
How much: $348 for two people (includes unlimited Signature Häagen-Dazs™ Ice Cream Cup, one glass of Louis Roederer Champagne per person and your choice of illy coffee or Tea WG tea).
The Best Ongoing Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
For one of the oldest afternoon tea experiences in Hong Kong, head to 181 Fortnum’s. 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.
When: Daily, 2pm to 5:30pm
How much: $588 per person; add $100 for a glass of 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; add $180 for a bottle of Saicho Sparkling Darjeeling Tea or Jasmine Tea, or $340 for two glasses of Deutz Peninsula Brut Champagne.
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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 month ahead.
When: Weekdays, 1pm to 6pm; Weekends and Public Holidays, 12pm to 6pm
How much: $758 for two people; add $130 per person for a glass of Champagne Delamotte.
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 5:30pm; Sunday and Public Holidays, 3:30pm to 5:50pm
How much: $608 for two people (Weekdays); $628 for two people (Sunday and Public Holidays); add $158 for two glasses of Champagne.
With one of the prettiest locations for afternoon tea in Hong Kong, Dear Lilly’s high tea 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.
From an Open Egg Sandwich with Salmon Roe, to Celeriac Tartelettes, Statement’s afternoon tea menu will definitely not disappoint. The best part? It includes unlimited sandwich refills! While you’re enjoying the palatable Cinnamon Carrot 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.
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: $728 for two people; add $190 per person for a glass of Dhondt-Grellet Champagne, or $230 per person for a glass of Ruinart Champagne or Ruinart Rosé.
With panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Hue boasts one of the most aesthetic afternoon teas in Hong Kong. True to its Australian roots, the set includes a Rhubarb Jam Lamington, along with a White Chocolate and Passionfruit Pavlova and Nutella Hazelnut Tart. As for the savouries, expect delights such as Beef Skewer with Furikake, Whipped Cod Roe and Salmon Caviar, and a cheesy Gruyere Custard Puff.
When: Weekends and Public Holidays, 3:30pm to 5pm
How much: $680 for two people (includes choice of tea and coffee); add $90 per person for a glass of Tattinger Champagne.
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. The high tea set here features delicacies like Sour Cherry Mousse, Ruby Chocolate Tartlet and Red Velvet Cake, as well as a selection of scones and savouries. Cameras at the ready!
When: Daily, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
How much: $530 for two people; add $100 for a Royal Tea Cocktail or $120 for a glass of Champagne.
For a dim sum twist on afternoon tea, look no further than Holt’s Café. Tuck into Hong Kong favourites like the creamy Egg Tart topped with bird’s nest, Braised Abalone Siu Mai 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.
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Curated by chef Ferran Tadeo, La Rambla’s afternoon tea set puts a Spanish spin on tradition, complete with tapas bites and Elephant Grounds coffee. Highlights include the Truffle Bikini, Jamón Croquetas and, of course, churros!
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How much: $480 for two people (includes choice of tea or Elephant Grounds coffee).
Enjoy your afternoon tea from the comfort of home with Tea Saloon’s high tea delivery option. The set includes the full works, including finger sandwiches, Victorian Dropped Scones with homemade French Rose & Strawberry Jam, savoury pastries and more. There’s even the option to include a silver plated cake stand for those wanting the full experience!
When: Delivery available daily via Deliveroo
How much: $498 for two people, or $1,288 to include three-tier cake stand.
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: $288 per person (Weekdays) or $368 per person (Weekends and Public Holidays) for Afternoon Tea Buffet; $688 for two people for Afternoon Tea Set (includes glass of Champagne).
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).
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.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September, 2014 by Megan Hills, and was most recently updated in September, 2020. With thanks to Lydia Ching for her contribution.
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Featured image courtesy of Dear Lilly via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of The Murray, image 2 courtesy of The Langham, image 3 courtesy of The Upper House, image 4 courtesy of W Hong Kong, image 5 courtesy of 181 Fortnum’s, image 6 courtesy of The Verandah, image 7 courtesy of Hue, image 8 courtesy of La Rambla via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Tea WG.