Best Spots to Enjoy High Tea in Hong Kong
January 12, 2023
Multi-tiered plates decked with scones, finger sandwiches, and aromatic teas are all part of the quintessential high tea experience. With your pinky finger stuck out and camera in hand, bring your best gal pals, inner circle, or family to join you in a fancy shared memory of an oh-so English affair.
The Beat Asia has rounded up our personal favourite all-year-round high tea offerings for a memorable afternoon immortalised on your Instagram feed.
The Lobby at The Penninsula
The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea is served daily in the iconic lobby of the hotel, recognised by many as one of the most sophisticated meeting venues in Hong Kong. The Lobby Strings accompanies the acclaimed high-tea experience, playing a live medley of traditional string classics to provide a backdrop for convivial chatter.
As for the menu, the peninsula’s class-A culinary team has prepared authentic Continental and Southeast Asian delights for tea pairings. Notable menu items include Coronation Chicken Puff Pastry, Green Asparagus and Cheddar Quiche, Citrus Jelly, and Vanilla Cheesecake. Other offerings can also be ordered, such as the famed Lobby Page Boy Hat – Banana Split.
Price: For one person HK$488, for two persons HK$868
Location: The Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Contact details: +852 2920 2888 / [email protected]
The Pottinger’s British colonial themed restaurant The Envoy is among Hong Kong’s most well-known destinations for a fool-proof afternoon tea experience. Located inside the boutique hotel on the historic Pottinger Street, The Envoy aims to bring a modern twist to Britain’s influences on South Asia’s culinary experiences.
Guests can choose between indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy the delicious fusion offerings. Along with the complimentary scones served with jam and cream, you will be asked to choose seven items from their a la carte afternoon tea menu, with dishes such as the Wagyu Cheeseburger, Spicy Sambal Popcorn Shrimp, Peking Duck Roll, Spiced Sesame Tuna Wonton with Seaweed Caviar, Malaysian Coconut Macaron, and Pandan Chiffon Roll.
Price: For one person HK$215
Location: The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2169 3311 / [email protected]
Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt’s comforting continental resting place, Tiffin, serves curated lunch and dinner buffets, along with seasonal Afternoon Tea sets all year round. Choosing only the highest quality, organic, and locally sourced ingredients where possible – the Tiffin changes their afternoon tea set to match the season’s harvests.
Expect new delights during this auspicious season, and later in Spring, Summer, and Christmas. With every menu as charming as the last, the Tiffin is always there to surprise and amuse.
Price: For one person HK$368 Mon – Fri, HK$398 Sat – Sun
Location: Tiffin, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Harbour Road, Hong Kong
Contact details: +852 2594 7772
Kerry Hotel, Lobby Lounge
Kerry Hotel’s Lobby Lounge also delivers seasonal tea sets throughout the year that transform along with the times. With a focus on Hong Kong-style comfort food, the Lobby Lounge offers reinterpretations of nostalgic local dishes, and unique local specialties. Cake medleys and patisseries crafted by Pastry Chef Jerome Husson are also available throughout the day.
This Chinese New Year, the Lounge is celebrating with their ‘Joyous & Prosperous’ Afternoon Tea, featuring premium truffle and caviar delights by Plantin Kaviari.
Price: For one person HK$668 Mon – Fri, HK$698 Sat – Sun
Location: The Lounge, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon
Contact details: +852 2252 5237
The Upper House
Enjoy the sweeping view from The Upper House’s Salisterra, while sipping on some tea and taking in the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean. From the Latin words ‘salis’ meaning salt, and ‘terra’ for earth, Salisterra transforms the warmth and familiarity of a neighbourhood bistro with the richness of Mediterranean cuisine and fresh ingredients in their peak form. From Jan. 1 to Mar. 19, Salisterra is collaborating with Hole Food to present a beautifully curated Afternoon Tea set.
Notable bites include Oyster Pi’boy, Typhoon Shelter crab on toast, Peanut Opera, Mandarin bavarois and almond sponge, and the Strawberry doughnut.
Price: For one person HK$380 Mon – Thur, HK$ 418 Fri – Sun / For two persons HK$680 Mon – Thur, HK$718 Fri – Sun
Location: Salisterra, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Contact details: + 852 3968 1106
Palm Court, The Langham Hotel
The Palm Court’s fresh and elegant space pays tribute to its heritage, which comes from London's own Langham, by serving a bespoke carefully curated menu of handcrafted confections and savoury pastries. Experience authentic Southeast Asian cuisine and traditional western tea fare in the luxurious lobby lounge.
The a la carte menu features dishes such as the Buddha Bowl, Foie gras terrine, fig compote, toasted brioche, and the Boston lobster fried rice. Sweet treats such as the Italian tiramisu and the Baked New York cheesecake are also longstanding favourites. While the Palm Court’s a la carte menu is enough for a satisfying afternoon tea, themed afternoon teas such as “Van Gogh Starry Night” will be available for a limited time in the beginning of 2023.
Price: Prices vary
Location: Palm Court, Lobby Level, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Contact details: [email protected] / +852 2375 1133
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