Top 3 Places For High Tea In Sydney

Looking to enjoy an afternoon of tea served with freshly baked scones and lashings of...

Top 3 Places For High Tea In Sydney

Whether you call it ‘high tea’, Devonshire tea, or simply ‘afternoon tea’, nothing beats tea served with freshly baked scones and lashings of thick cream and jam. Here’s our pick of some of Sydney best city spots for teatime treats. We recommend checking first and making a booking before you visit.


1. The Gunners Barracks
They don’t call it ‘high tea’ for nothing – at the historic Gunners Barracks, you get to enjoy your afternoon treats with staggering views over Sydney Harbour. There are a number of options on offer, from morning tea, through to ‘traditional high tea’, ‘sparkling high tea’, ‘Champagne high tea’ and even ‘cocktail high tea’ – all of which are self-explanatory! With all these, you’ll be served a delicious combination of house-baked scones, savoury and sweet pastries and cakes, finger sandwiches and tea or coffee.

2. Vaucluse House Tearooms
On the other side of the Harbour, historic Vaucluse House is the perfect spot to enjoy a more leafy, tranquil high tea experience. The menu might include chicken and tarragon finger sandwich, tomato tarte Tatin, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves, and mandarin profiteroles. Plus, you can wander around this beautiful property’s kitchen garden to see where some of the ingredients have been grown.

3. The Tea Room QVB
When you’re done with shopping (or just window-shopping) at the boutiques in Sydney’s beautifully restored Queen Victoria Building, head upstairs to the Tea Room for high tea in style. The menu comes with a delightful potted history of the high tea tradition, as well as featuring a stunning array of specialty teas. Expect superior scones with clotted cream and beautiful savoury and sweet pastries.

Honourable mentions: Park Hyatt, Sydney Harbour; Boronia House, Mosman; The Langham, Milsons Point

The Tea Room QVB

Image source: The Tea Room