When it comes to high tea, we truly are spoilt for choice here in Hong Kong. What was once a legacy left behind by the Brits, has evolved into a wide array of afternoon tea styles, from traditional scones to dimsum and seasonal themed menus all on offer across numerous venues. Can’t decide where to go for your next scone session? Here are our favourite high teas in Hong Kong.

The Verandah

109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday), 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Sundays & Public holidays); closed Mondays and Tuesdays
HK$348.00 for one, HK$648.00 for two (weekdays), add HK$20.00 on the weekends. Add HK$308.00 for two glasses of Champagne
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The Verandah is one of the few places in HK where you could truly imagine what colonial life was like here, with the architecture of the building itself, as well as the pristinely manicured gardens that merge into the view of Repulse Bay beach. Add some high quality finger sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes and pastries to that mix and you’ve got yourself a rather lovely afternoon. While the setting hasn’t changed for decades, the menu is frequently refreshed and seasonal menus are often available to keep new and returning customers satisfied.

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The Lounge, JW Marriott

The Lounge, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Daily from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
HK$358.00 for one adult (Monday to Friday), HK$438.00 (on weekends and public holidays), HK$608.00 for tea set for two
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The JW Marriott has been religiously pouring tea for afternoon tea enthusiasts for years now and it’s not difficult to see why. Combining the best sweet and savoury delights from traditional British and Cantonese favourites in a cosy yet elegant setting, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Choose from either the afternoon tea set which includes a glass of Champagne or the unlimited afternoon tea buffet (recommended!) for a wider range of delectables.

Tiffin at the Grand Hyatt

Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
Daily from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
HK$368.00 per person (Monday to Friday), HK$398.00 per person (Weekends and public holidays), add HK$140.00 for a glass of Champagne
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Tiffin, a term which often refers to a light snack accompanied with tea, is the perfect name for this Grand Hyatt restaurant which hosts a tasteful and traditional afternoon tea, daily. Served on an elegant three-tiered stand, overflowing with sweet and savoury treats this afternoon tea goes the extra mile and also boasts live dessert stations (hello, unlimited waffles) and ice-cream counter.

The Aqualuna

Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 or Central Pier 9
Daily, 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1) or 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Pier 9)
HK$399.00 per person; add HK$100.00 per person for a glass of Champagne
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Boarding passengers for afternoon tea | Photo by iStock.com/estherpoon

Ever had high tea whilst cruising on the sea? Thanks to the team behind the Aqualuna, now you can. This completely unique experience will allow you to sip on your champagne and tea and munch on dim sum and cakes, all whilst taking in breathtaking harbour views on one of the last traditional junk boats remaining in HK.

The Peninsula

The Lobby, G/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2 p.m. to 6 p.m., daily
HK$468.00 for one, HK$828.00 for two, add HK$190.00 for a glass of Champagne
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A quintessential colonial hotel, it’s no surprise that the Peninsula puts on an exceptional afternoon tea. Set in the elegant lobby of the hotel, guests can enjoy sweet and savoury delights made from the highest quality ingredients while listening to the resident jazz band. The scones are flawless, the cakes are delightful and the finger sandwiches are taken to the next level with flavours such as egg salad with avruga caviar. It’s no surprise that this is one of the longest standing afternoon teas in HK. The lobby is walk-in only so be sure to be there on time to secure yourself a table.

The Butterfly Room

Rosewood Hong Kong Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Daily from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dining time is limited to 2 hours
HK$548.00 per person, HK$728.00 with a glass of Champagne
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A newer addition to the afternoon tea scene, the Butterfly Room at the Rosewood Hotel opened its doors in 2019 and has been delighting guests ever since. Offering up the classics such as scones and cake, award-winning pastry chefs regularly refresh the menu with modern sweet and savoury bites. The room itself is named after the butterfly-themed artwork which adorns the walls by renowned artist Damien Hirst, creating the perfect setting to sip away the afternoon. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance and free slots disappear quickly so we recommend booking in advance.

181 at Fortnum & Mason

181 Fortnum’s, Shop 022, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HK$588.00 per person; add HK$100.00 for a glass of Champagne
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Afternoon tea with a view at 181 Fortnum and Mason | Photo by Holly Booth

If you’re looking for the ultimate traditional British afternoon tea, 181 at Fortnum & Mason has got to be on your list. Expect fluffy scones, delicate finger sandwiches (with unlimited refills) and moreish pastries accompanied by a huge variety of rare teas. Situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, try to request a window side table so you can enjoy stunning views of Victoria Harbour as you sip away the afternoon.

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