The best places to have high tea in Brisbane City

You may not have been invited to the Royal wedding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like you’re a part of the Royal Family – experience the beloved British tradition of high tea right here in the Brisbane CBD. Indulge your taste buds in tradition or go for something more modern – either way you’ll leave feeling like the newest member of the Royals. 

Room With Roses

Traditional

Customs House

Built in 1886, Customs House provides a spectacular backdrop for high tea on the banks of the Brisbane River. With views of the Story Bridge, take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy turkey and cranberry finger sandwiches while sipping champagne on the terrace.

Room with Roses

In the heart of the CBD on the upper balcony of the historic Brisbane Arcade, Room with Roses is a quaint tea café beloved by generations. Regulars travel a long way for the raspberry cupcakes.

Keri Craig Emporium Fashion Café is also in Brisbane Arcade and acts as a regular gathering spot for those who love high tea. Presented with a glass of French bubbles, it’s a very posh way to enjoy your scones.

Shingle Inn

Housed within one of Brisbane's most recognised buildings, Shingle Inn City Hall is one of the Queensland capital's oldest and most treasured cafes. A selection of 15 loose-leaf teas and Shingle Inn’s unique coffee blend ensure there is an afternoon tea accompaniment to suit everyone’s taste. If you have a Prince or Princess check out Shingle Inn’s Kids High Tea, featuring a ribbon ham sandwich, mini donut, biscuits and kids shake or babychino.

Modern

Dello Mano may be well known for their brownies, but they also serve delicious high tea each Saturday and Sunday. Treat yourself and enjoy the decadent treats, select either the Arcadian or Chocolate Queen High Tea (hint: you can’t go wrong). The high tea might be out of the ordinary, but the historic Tattersall’s Arcade makes for a grand old backdrop. 

Hotels

Sofitel Brisbane City provides an innovative menu that balances perfect service and elegant high tea. High tea is created under the guidance of executive chef Patrice Falantin to make this a magnifique classic.

Stamford Plaza

At the prestigious Stamford Plaza, choose from a traditional morning tea, lobby high tea or chocolate high tea buffet. Whatever you fancy, elegance and sophistication are the hallmarks of the experience as you enjoy meticulously crafted treats, with stunning Brisbane River views a bonus. 

The Lab

On the weekends you can revel in an elegant high tea experience in the ambient surrounds of the Treasury Heritage Hotel. Your afternoon high tea will be served in the sunlit surrounds of The Lab Restaurant and Bar with your choice of bottomless La Maison Du Thé French handcrafted teas.

At Motion Bar and Grill in the Marriott Hotel lobby, a decadent high tea is served on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 1.45pm or 2pm to 3.45pm. A selection of Ronnefeldt loose-leaf tea served in bone china with assorted crafted biscuits and biscotti.

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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