Delectable treats at High Tea in the House. (©Christine Knight)
The Sydney high tea scene has exploded with options. From teas that cater to dietary requirements to movie- and book-themed delights, diners who love their cake and finger sandwiches are officially spoiled for choice. Here’s six unique high teas to try while in Sydney.
Vegan High Tea at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Vegan High Tea at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is the perfect high tea for those who are dairy or egg intolerant, or are vegan for ethical reasons.
Diners can enjoy scones with jam and soy whipped cream, vegetable and avocado sandwiches, pastries with fillings such as lentils, sweet potato and cashew, and sweets including a chocolate cake with beetroot icing, salted caramel cheese slice, mango passionfruit cake and a chocolate and hazelnut slice with lychee and raspberry. The best bit? Being able to eat every single thing on the plate!
High Tea Buffet at Sheraton on the Park
Weekends at the Sheraton on the Park are a sumptuous high tea affair. Wear your loose pants so you can try one of everything at its High Tea Buffet.
The ever-changing menu features waffles, pancakes, scones, pastries, sandwiches, lollies and, of course, the most incredible-looking sweet treats such as cakes, cake pops, jellies and tarts. Keep an eye on the cooking station, where fresh crème brûlée is frequently fired up.
Mad Hatter Tea Party at The Westin Sydney
Jump down the rabbit hole into a whimsical Mad Hatter Tea Party high tea, based on the classic tale of “Alice in Wonderland,” at The Westin Sydney.
The two bottom tiers of the high tea are devoted to standard savouries and scones, with the top sweets tier a fitting tribute to Alice with treats such as the Mad Hatter’s hat (chocolate cake inside fondant), a raspberry heart (layers of strawberry buttercream, chocolate ganache and raspberry jelly on top), and a clock macaron (filled with blueberry cream).
Chocolate High Tea at Coco Chocolate
The most intimate high tea in Sydney is also the sweetest. Chocolate high tea at Coco Chocolate is served up on the balcony and grassed forecourt outside The Sydney Chocolate School. The harbour view is sensational, the atmosphere relaxing and the local magpies somewhat hungry (don’t let them steal your food!).
While the high tea offers traditional fare such as cucumber and salmon and dill sandwiches and cakes featuring ingredients other than just chocolate, the star is the cup on top containing a selection of Coco Chocolate’s speciality choccies in both milk and dark chocolate. You'll also get a shot of hot chocolate served with the high tea and a glimpse at chocolate being made inside the school.
"Beauty and the Beast" High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
"Beauty and the Beast" High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is inspired by a tale as old as time, released to coincide with the live-action movie. The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth frequently collaborates with brands such as Disney or the Australian Ballet by designing a dining experience to match a cultural one.
The “Beauty and the Beast” high tea (on until 30 June) features French delicacies such as a passion fruit cheesecake, white chocolate dome and strawberry rose tartlet, along with platters of savouries and scones.
High Tea in the House at Parliament House
The most exclusive high tea in Sydney is offered once a month for a single dining session at Australia’s first and oldest Parliament House. On the last Friday of every month, at precisely 3:15 pm, high tea aficionados have the chance to sit in the rarely seen Strangers’ Dining Room overlooking the Domain and enjoy a menu where every single ingredient has been sourced from NSW.
High Tea in the House features salmon scrolls, bocconcini tarts, cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, lemonade scones with strawberry gel and cream and a variety of sweet treats including macarons, opera cake and lemon meringue pie. Take note of the china you use while dining—it’s a special Wedgwood pattern designed specifically for Parliament House.