Care for a spot of high tea? From seasonal summer menus at Four Seasons Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton to classic tea sets at The Peninsula, 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. Bring on the tea, scones and finger sandwiches – ahead, here’s where to enjoy afternoon tea in Hong Kong.
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Seasonal Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
CRUST Italian – Summer Coral Afternoon Tea
A slice of Naples hidden within Wan Chai’s heritage Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, CRUST brings us afternoon tea with an Italian twist. The Summer “Coral” Afternoon Tea features a selection of sweets from CRUST’s renowned Napoli-style pasticceria, along with delectable savouries; highlights include Mini Alaskan Crab Hamburgers in Pink Sauce, Fried Amalfitan Baby Sardine & Lemon, Truffle Potato Croquet and more.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
How Much: $488 for two people, $258 per person; add $80 for 1.5 hours of free-flow wines
Eaton HK, The Astor – Summer Symphony Weekend Afternoon Tea
The Astor’s Summer Symphony Weekend Afternoon Tea buffet comes with a sprawling buffet of over 40 types of fruit-centric desserts for its generous take on high tea. We’re talking Yuzu Baked Alaska, Baked Lemon Cheese Tart, as well as 12 types of Mövenpick Ice Cream. A mouth-watering selection of savoury dishes is also available, including Grilled Prawn, Slow Cooked Beef Brisket, Braised Pork Belly Bao, Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad and more.
When: Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), 3:15pm to 5:15pm
How Much: $258 per person
Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, The Lounge – Japanese Melons And Grapes Afternoon Tea
Elegance abounds at the Four Seasons, making it the destination of choice for a sophisticated afternoon tea occasion. The seasonal menu features Japanese musk melons and muscat grapes in dishes like Stracchino Cheese, Shine Muscat Grape & Walnut in Tartlet, Japanese Musk Melon and Matcha Tart, and more, alongside signature Four Seasons scones served with homemade jam and Devonshire cream.
A 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 Friday, 30 September)
How Much: $778 for two people or $485 per person (weekdays); $808 for two people or $495 per person (weekends and public holidays)
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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Tiffin – Summer Afternoon Tea Set
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! This summer, you can try the creative ice cream flavours suggested by Tiffin’s social media fans, including Black Sugar with Ginger, Egg Tart Crème Brûlée; Peanut Butter with Crispy Bacon and more.
When: Daily, 3:15pm to 5pm
How much: $368 per person (weekdays); $398 per person (weekends and public holidays); add $140 per person for a glass of Champagne
Hotel ICON, GREEN – GUERLAIN x Hotel Icon Golden Bee Afternoon Tea
Sweet treats and beauty goodies collide with Hotel Icon’s limited-time afternoon tea collaboration with luxury French beauty brand GUERLAIN. Inspired by GUERLAIN’s Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Advanced Serum and its honey elements, highlights of the Golden Bee Afternoon Tea includes the Golden Bee Macaron, Crab Meat Salad and Caviar, and Melon Ball with Honey Pearl Caviar. As a bonus, the popular free-flow ice cream station returns with Homemade Honey Yogurt Soft Serve Ice Cream.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:45pm to 4:45pm; weekends and public holidays, 2:45pm to 4:45pm or 4:45pm to 6:45pm (until Monday, 31 October)
How Much: $728 for two people or $418 per person (weekdays); $758 for two people or $448 per person (weekends and public holidays)
Hue – Summer Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with a view awaits at modern Australian restaurant Hue. Sit back and admire the harbour views with your Jamon Croquette, Baguette of Mushroom, Chocolate Toffee Egg Tart, Tiramisu in Chocolate Shell and more this summer.
When: Weekends and public holidays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How Much: $680 for two people; add $100 per person for a glass of champagne
Island Shangri-La, Lobby Lounge – A Fruity Summer Sensation Afternoon Tea
“A Fruity Summer Sensation” Afternoon Tea awaits at Island Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge, specially designed by Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky and Executive Pastry Chef Julien Gourmelon. The seasonal menu delights with an array of light and refreshing bites, including Lemon Tea Cake, Apricot and Pistachio Roll, Fig and Prosciutto Mini Bagel and more.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm; weekends and public holidays, 2pm to 6pm (until Friday, 30 September)
How Much: $718 for two people
Takeaway set available Monday to Sunday, 3pm to 6pm, priced at $718 for two people.
Kerry Hotel, Lobby Lounge – A Breezy Staycation Afternoon Tea
Stop by Kerry’s spacious Lobby Lounge for “A Breezy Staycation” Afternoon Tea. Highlights include P&J, not peanut butter and jelly as you might suspect but potato and jalapeño with caviar, cheese, chives and creme fraiche, as well as desserts like Cherry & Pistachio Opera Cake, plus freshly baked signature scones. Partnering with PAUL & JOE, each tea set for two comes with a PAUL & JOE BEAUTE gift set and a redemption voucher for a lipstick.
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); add $188 for two glasses of Champagne
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Clipper Lounge – Summer Afternoon Tea
If you’re going for 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 favourite food groups). We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the Truffle Croque Monsieur, 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake and more.
When: Monday to Friday, 2:30pm to 5:30pm; Saturdays and public holidays, 2pm to 3:45pm or 4pm to 5:30pm; Sundays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
How Much: $828 for two people or $428 per person; add $180 per person for a glass of Rosé
The Murray, Hong Kong, Garden Lounge – Summer Tropical Afternoon Tea
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. The Summer Tropical Afternoon Tea will fill you up with delectable sweet and savoury treats, in addition to the obligatory scones. The best part? This pick is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring along your furry friends!
When: Daily, 2:45pm to 6pm
How Much: $728 for two people, add $148 for a glass of Champagne
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Café 103 – “Bo Bo Gastronomy Journey” Afternoon Tea
Partnering with luxury jeweller Qeelin, the “Bo Bo Gastronomy Journey” Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton shines a spotlight on an array of traditional Chinese cuisine-inspired bites. Highlights include the Smoked Duck Breast with Plum Gel and Crispy Sesame Balls with Barbecue Pork, alongside a variety of mini confections (think Red Bean Coconut Tart, Lemon Black Tea Chocolate Verrine and more).
When: Daily, 3:15pm to 5:15pm
How Much: $748 for two people or $448 per person (weekdays); $798 for two people or $478 per person (weekends and public holidays); add $198 per person for a glass of Champagne
The Upper House, Salisterra – Salisterra x Matchali Afternoon Tea
The Upper House’s signature dining destination Salisterra teams up with homegrown tea shop Matchali once again, this time to bring matcha lovers the afternoon tea of their dreams. Enjoy a sweet selection of tea-centric delights, such as the Matcha Burnt Basque Cheesecake, Hojicha Tart, Matcha Canelé and more, alongside Mediterranean-inspired savoury bites. To keep in theme, Salisterra’s signature Golden Raisin Scones are served with a rich matcha clotted cream and mango-yuzu jam.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm (until Wednesday, 31 August)
How Much: $595 for two people or $320 per person (includes a choice of tea, coffee or Matchali latte)
The Verandah – The Flavours of Summer Afternoon Tea
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 Flavours of Summer Afternoon Tea has it all, including homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, French pastries, finger sandwiches and more, served alongside your choice of The Peninsula tea or coffee and a special Summer Citrus Delight.
When: Until Sunday, 28 August, 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 $148 for two glasses of Chandon Garden Spritz or $308for two glasses of Perrier Jouët Blason Rosé N.V.
Ongoing Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong
aqua luna – Afternoon Tea Cruise
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.
When: Daily, 3:30pm to 5pm (until Sunday, 6 February)
How Much: $399 per person; add $100 per person for a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne
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181 at Fortnum & Mason – Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
For one of the oldest afternoon tea experiences in Hong Kong, head to 181. The 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, 2pm to 6pm
How Much: Both afternoon tea menus are $588 per person; add $100 for a glass of Champagne
JW Marriott, The Lounge – Afternoon Tea Set and Buffet
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 5:30pm
How much: $348 per person (weekdays) or $418 per person (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Buffet; $598 for two people or $318 per person (weekdays), or $648 for two people or $358 per person (weekends and public holidays) for Afternoon Tea Set
The Peninsula Hong Kong – Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea
Housed in the elegant surrounds of The Lobby, the acclaimed The Peninsula Afternoon Tea is hands down the most iconic afternoon tea in Hong Kong. The bucket list-worthy experience 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: $828 for two people or $468 per person
St. Regis Hong Kong, The Drawing Room – Afternoon Tea
With finger sandwiches, fruit tarts and French 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 Green Asparagus with whisky sour mayonnaise and passion fruit, and the Tomato Macaron made with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, 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 or $1,088 per person for unlimited afternoon tea helpings
Editor’s Note: “Afternoon Tea In Hong Kong: Where To Go For High Tea” was originally published in September, 2014 by Megan Hills, and was most recently updated in August, 2022 by Nicole Moraleda. With thanks to Jessica Ng and Lydia Ching for their contribution.
Main image courtesy of 181 Fortnum & Mason via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of CRUST Italian via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Four Season Hotel via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Hotel ICON, image 4 courtesy of Island Shangri-La, image 5 courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Salisterra, image 6 courtesy of aqua luna via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of The Peninsula via Instagram.