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Where is Melbourne's Best High Tea?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2011
If you're looking for a fancy way to spend an afternoon, then you really can't look past a High Tea. With so many places all over Melbourne offering this dainty meal, it can be hard to sort the good from the bad. We've got a few ideas of some great places to try, but we want your opinions on where we can enjoy the best High Tea in Melbourne.

The newly re-opened Myer Mural Hall has to be one of the most elegant High Tea locations. Dine on scones, macarons, sandwiches, and dainty cakes, while enjoying the luxurious surroundings and fine china. You'll start your high tea with a glass of sparkling, and end it feeling full but very refined. This high tea is at the pricier end of the list, but at $70 per person you can expect to be pampered. Perfect for special occasions like birthdays, baby showers, and bridal parties.

The Emerald Peacock put a twist on the classic high tea, renaming it the Girls Picnic. Enjoy their refreshing peach ice tea, as well as sandwiches, cupcakes, and macarons. This is a great way to escape for the afternoon, whilst remaining in the middle of the city.

Madame Brussels also favours the outdoors with their Garden Parties taking the place of High Tea on the menu. This delight will set you back $38 per head. You'll enjoy all those old fashioned sandwiches like pickles and ham, curried egg, and chicken and cucumber. To get the garden party started, of course you'll also have to enjoy a jug of PIMMS.

There are many more worthy places that we're sure some will mention. You might enjoy High Tea at one of Melbourne's fanciest hotels, or prefer smaller cafes to enjoy your dainty treats. High tea can range anywhere from $25 to $100, but each one provides a lovely experience. Have you tried one that just ticks all the boxes?

You could try High Tea at The Grand Hyatt, The Hyatt Park Hotel, Jaqueline's Tea Room, Mamor Chocolates, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Stamford Plaza, or the Tea Room at the National Gallery of Victoria. Do any of these places make the top of your list, or have you discovered somewhere else that really takes the cake.

Tell us about your most elegant high tea experience, and where you think we can find Melbourne's best high tea.
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Hopetown Tea Rooms in the block arcade... the best ever.
By Renatmat - reader
Wednesday, 7th of September @ 09:53 am
Some options definitely aren't on the cheap end of town! I think that between $29 and $35 is a great price range. Anything over that and they're reserved for very special occasions in my book.

I like the sound of the old hotel, I think the atmosphere of the venue itself can do a lot to make or break a high tea. :)
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 06:54 am
We love the sororal for high tea, really relaxed and lovely.

Also the langham is great, they chocolate dip their strawberries so they are wearing teeny little chocolate tuxedos - too cute.

Death by chocolate at the Windsor on Sunday's and if you are venturing beyond Australia - the best high tea in the world is at raffles hotel in singapore.
You MUST try it if you are there.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 07:25 am
Where a girl goes in Collingwood, yummy!!
By krap5 - reader
Wednesday, 7th of September @ 05:55 am
The most exquisite high tea I have ever had is at Mamor Chocolate Salon in Johnston Street, Collingwood. It is decadent, elegant, extravagant and incredibly delicious - everything is baked fresh on the day on site and the chocolates at the end are to die for and all handmade on the premises.
By Julie Mundy - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 3rd of July @ 04:29 am
The Windsor Hotel's offering looks fantastic - dainty cakes, lovely pastries, silver stands. And it's a lovely old world hotel. But at $59 it's definitely not a cheap option!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 06:37 am
Westin Hotel Melbourne city
By david168 - reader
Sunday, 16th of October @ 11:41 am
I just have to mention a bad experience with High Tea this afternoon. We went to the Rendezvous Hotel in Flinders St. No ambience; we faced a dark servery and the table top had chisel marks in it. The 8 sandwiches were colorless and unimaginative, the 2 scones were accompanied by insuffucient jam and cream and the rest was all macaroons, cup cakes and a lamington cut in half. We had almost finished and were still waiting for tea or coffee. We eventually had to go in search of staff and ask for it. Cutlery consisted of a very large knife and fork.
By Anonymous
Friday, 29th of March @ 05:25 am
Darn auto correct, that should have read sofitel
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 6th of September @ 07:27 am
Windsor Hotel for tea is best, but it is the most expensive. The quality and service of the Windsor is spectacular. Tea at the NGV we have done three times, and I have not been able to fault anything there. The Langham has the most marvellous chicken sandwiches in their high tea.
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 14th of September @ 04:04 am
The best high tea I have had so far is at the Windsor Hotel. I went on a weekend so there was a full dessert buffet which was just amazing. The quality of food and service was fantastic. It is best to be seated in the restaurant than one of the ballrooms, which they convert into seating space when it is busy. Compared to the Windsor, the Langham Hotel high tea was disappointing. There was much less variety and the ambience and service was nowhere as good. Although I do agree that their chicken sandwiches were pretty good.
By Steph Chew - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 14th of September @ 07:43 am
the windsor is the best high tea
By Anonymous
Sunday, 22nd of April @ 07:51 am
Langham hotel
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 13th of June @ 12:42 am
Yes, another vote for Mamor. Handmade chocolates. Yum!
By Nadine Cresswell-Myatt - senior reviewer
Sunday, 12th of August @ 09:26 am
The best high tea I have ever had is hands down the Westin Hotel. I have been twice, once with my Mum and once with a group and both times was WOW. I will definetely return
By Anonymous
Thursday, 20th of September @ 10:20 pm
The Grand Hyatt is delicious as well!
By Anonymous
Sunday, 16th of December @ 05:41 am
I really loved the High Tea on offer at the Jump Inn in Wonga Park,went with my friends and and the food and service were fantastic in a beautiful part of the country,will definetely go back again,nice to leave Mr behind and enjoy our afternoon
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 16th of January @ 12:18 am
Where A Girl Goes, the flagship store of Cristina Re in Collingwood, Melbourne.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 7th of February @ 02:51 am
I'm trying high tea in a new wool shop in Fitzroy tomorrow. So excited!
By Anonymous
Saturday, 23rd of February @ 03:12 am
we have been to Langham- Sofitel - waiting room in casino[which was the worst one ] andyesterday Grand Hyatt, [which had bad reviews ] but we ffound the service was great, overall The Langham was the best for making you feel welcome , next Sofitel for luxury then windsor , Hyatt came 4th on list -- next one to try is Strangers Corridor in parliament house,
By Millicent - reader
Sunday, 11th of May @ 03:33 am
The best I've had is at the Sofitel in the CBD. It was one of the first I tried and nothing's quite lived up to it yet.
Another good one for a really special occasion is the Langham's Burch & Purchese high tea. Anything B&P is automatically a level up from anything else!
By H. Clare Callow - senior reviewer
Friday, 29th of August @ 01:05 am
New reader comment. Waiting for approval.
By amcne - reader
Friday, 26th of September @ 11:54 am
November 16 at the Frankston Bowling Club
Free CHAMPS to start. $30.Bookings essential. 97832877, 97837358.
By amcne - reader
Friday, 26th of September @ 11:56 am
The Olinda Tea house, on Monbulk Rd opposite CloudHill. When originally open as a Restaurant they made the most delicious scones. They now run high tea sessions which can be booked. Although pricey they have a reputation for outstanding quality and service. Definitely worth a spot on any Best High Tea list
By Felicity - senior reviewer
Thursday, 12th of July @ 01:43 am
Country Women's Association in Lansell Rd Toorak put on High Tea. In this exceptional setting of a period mansion in a treed lined location; the setting in the dining room to enjoy a truly unforgettable High Tea is worth your visit. You are looked after by the most wonderful people and wait; the table settings then the selection of food. A true hidden gem.
By laird - reader
Monday, 4th of March @ 02:23 am

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