Best High Tea in Brisbane: The Top Tier Spots to Sip Away the Afternoon
Brisbane is home to a unique mix of traditional and quirky high tea experiences, so keep scrolling to discover Brisbane’s best high tea options.
If you fancy a spot of tea, you’re not alone. How about a side of champers? Now you're talking! There's no better way to while away an afternoon than high tea with friends, and it’s easy to do so at some of Brisbane’s most beautiful venues. Peruse our list of dainty dining experiences and lock in a date to spill the tea.
Dress up in your Bridgerton-core best and explore the best high tea Brisbane has to offer.
If you’re searching for the best high tea in Brisbane, it’s time to put The Charles’ on your list. Now, don't go thinking that the apostrophe on the end is a typo, as this bar is named for two of Brisbane’s iconic aviators, Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith. This jazz and cocktail bar usually serves up aviation-inspired cocktails and bites, but you can also book in for a high tea experience! Available to book from Thursday to Sunday, this high tea includes a glass of Moët & Chandon, savoury bites and carefully crafted desserts.
Ground Floor, 111 Mary Street, Brisbane
Feeling like indulging in an elevated affair? Pop down to Pearls Bar at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort for a high tea that will make your heart soar and your taste buds tingle. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to visit Pearls Bar for a meal, and you’ll adore the resort-style atmosphere and incredible views over the pool and lagoon that the Sheraton is so well known for. The service is second to none, and the crafty team behind the bar are exceptionally skilled at whipping up world-class cocktails.
Sitchu Tip: If you’re partial to a gin or two, Pearls Bar is the place to be. There’s an extensive range of local and international gins on offer, and plenty of perfect tonics to pair them with to bring out the best in their botanical flavour.
71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Lennons Restaurant & Bar
Where better to experience one of the best high teas in Brisbane than an inner-city, five-star hotel? Lennons Restaurant & Bar has launched an exciting new high tea experience that will take you back to your childhood in an instant from the very first bite. Savour sweet treats like finger buns, pavlova, lemon drizzle cake and ice cream sandwiched, perfectly balanced by vegemite scrolls, Moreton Bay bug rolls, egg mayo finger sandwiches and more! While you’re celebrating all of these classic Australian flavours, sip on a Tim Tam espresso martini, sparkling wine or a sparkling passionfruit mocktail. This high tea is available on the weekends, so grab your girlfriends and book in for a delicious date!
72 Queen Street, Brisbane City
It’s only fitting that Newstead’s prettiest cocktail garden also offers a high tea, with a modern twist. Settle into an intimate table or book for a group, starting with tea and slowly sipping your way onto the cocktails. Choose from a sparkling, gin or champagne ‘Fancy Tea’ and enjoy a blissful afternoon dining on house-made scones, pastries and sweet treats. The team are able to accommodate dietaries in most cases, so never fear if you have some gluten-free or plant-based pals in your party.
22 Masters Street, Newstead
The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Indulge in one of Brisbane’s best high teas in the heart of the CBD at The Walnut. Traditionally elegant in design, you’ll dine upon finger sandwiches, scones and petit desserts under sparking Egyptian crystal chandeliers, surrounded by polished walnut wood panelling. It’s an experience fit for royalty, so book yourself in after binging the latest Bridgerton series to feel like Queen Charlotte herself.
152 Alice Street, Brisbane
Patina at Customs House
If ribbon sandwiches and savoury canapes have your heart, Customs House is the place to be. The champagne high tea at this iconic heritage-listed Brisbane building is second to none, with handcrafted French teas and petite desserts starring on the menu. High tea is served on Patina’s restaurant terrace with views overlooking the Brisbane River, so it’s simply perfect for a Sunday afternoon! When it comes to good vibes and an incredible view, this has to be the best high tea in Brisbane.
399 Queen Street, Brisbane
The W Hotel does everything in style, and this high tea is no exception. Served in their iconic Living Room Bar, this experience takes everything you know about high tea and elevates it to a new culinary level. The Sunshine State High Tea pays homage to iconic elements of Queensland culture, from golden sands to tropical storms. Delight in the homegrown produce and native ingredients used to create your savoury and sweet treats and accompany it with an expertly mixed cocktail or a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
81 North Quay, Brisbane City
Room With Roses
Tucked upstairs in the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a classy and nostalgic nod to the true high tea experience. Awarded as one of the Top Five High Teas in Australia by Vogue Living, this experience is definitely one to add to your must-do in Brisbane list. We recommend the house-made ultimate chocolate fondue high tea, for an utterly decadent indulgence. This iconic experience is well regarded as one of the best high teas in Brisbane, so it’s a must-do if you’re yet to check this one off of your list.
Gallery Level, Brisbane Arcade
Entrance via 160 Queen Street or 111-117 Adelaide Street, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Ovolo At Inchcolm
Keeping to the rock n’ roll charm of the Inchcolm Hotel’s aesthetic, this high tea blends traditional favourites with modern Australian morsels. Hosted each Saturday and served on a three-tiered stand made from vinyl records, you can expect to sample morsels like Chicken Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and Pastrami Brioche with truffled honey and mustard. If you’re vegetarian, there’s another high tea set just for you! There are also multiple packages on offer ranging from tea and coffee only to bottomless bubbles.
73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Tea And Niceties
Set in the idyllic surroundings of Tamborine, tucked away down a path that leads you through beautiful gardens decorated with statues and a love swing, you will find Tea And Niceties. There are three high tea options, Traditional, Wellbeing (gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan) or Celebrations which are served in a 1940s-style tea room. If you’re feeling not so traditional, they also offer ‘Beer and Nasties” next door in the tap room, serving up a Tapas Tower as well as a Wellbeing Tower.
32 Eagle Heights Road, Eagle Heights
For an affordable and accessible high tea experience, the Devon Pixies High Tea Rooms offer sittings starting from $13.50 per person for a quaint and traditional Devonshire tea. Dainty sandwiches and beautifully decorated cupcakes are the show-stealers on this menu. Children are welcome to attend the high tea sittings and the Devon Pixies team also offers children’s parties as well as hens functions or weddings.
270 Jacaranda Avenue, Kingston
Looking for more picturesque places to dine in Brisbane? There’s nothing quite like a view of our gorgeous city skyline, so why not sip cocktails at one of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars? Or you could visit one of Brisbane’s most Instagrammable restaurants for an iconic and utterly feed-worthy dining experience. Instagram feed, that is.