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Melbourne's Most Unusual High Teas

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published December 29th 2015
A far cry from your traditional tiffin
Decadent high teas are abundant in Victoria's capital city. Not surprising, considering Melbourne is arguably the foodie's capital of the country.

High Teas at the NGV
High Teas at the NGV


Whether you seek a treat for your own special occasion, or would like to book an indulgent afternoon for someone you care for, you won't need to look far to find a suitable high tea venue in Melbourne.

From the atmospheric charm of Hopetoun Tea Rooms in Melbourne's elegant Block Arcade, to the high end luxury of Park Hyatt Melbourne located within the 'Paris End' of the city, Melbourne high teas cater for all.

If you are not so familiar with the city's most unusual High Teas, which invite you and your loved ones to enjoy treats served in an atypical way, feast your eyes over Melbourne's most unusual high teas:

Art Themed High Teas at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Melbourne's iconic art gallery arrange themed high teas that align with the NGV's current exhibits. For example, right now you can book onto the Tale of Two Cities High Tea; a morning or afternoon treat with savouries and sweets inspired by the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition.

Tale of Two Cities High Tea: 10am - 2:30pm. 11 December 2015 – 24 April 2016
Cost: $83 Adult, includes entry into exhibition. Members price $72.30.
Book: HERE

High Teas in the Rainforest Room at Melbourne Zoo

Every Sunday, Melbourne Zoo hosts afternoon high tea buffets in the Rainforest Room. Join your fellow animal lovers at 2pm, where you will feast on a selection of sweet and savouries. Because you will be spending the afternoon in a special part of the zoo, you will have access to a private animal exhibit, home to the tiny squirrel-sized tamarin monkeys.

High Tea buffet at Melbourne Zoo
High Tea buffet at Melbourne Zoo


Children are very welcome, and prices include entry into the zoo to enjoy the other exhibits up to 1 hour prior.

When: every Sunday, 2pm.
Cost: from $68 per adult, $33 per child. Zoo members discounted.
Book: HERE

Vegan and Gluten Free High Teas at Impala & Peacock

Traditional tiffins are usually laden with wheat and diary, and therefore suitable for vegans or coeliacs. If your diet is restricted to vegan and or gluten free, you'll be pleased to hear there is a high tea just for you in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Impala & Peacock treat you to tiered high tea platter, serving delights such as quinoa filled mushrooms, savoury scones, fresh coconut cream scones with jam, rose vanilla tea cakes, and more.

Vegan and GF High Teas at Impala & Peacock
Vegan and GF High Teas at Impala & Peacock


When: 11am and 2:30pm on Sunday and 2:30pm Monday-Friday.
Cost: $38 per head ( 4 for Gluten Free/Vegan requirements)
Book: HERE

Children's Themed High Teas at The Langham

Melbourne's iconic Southbank hotel The Langham offer fun themed children's themed high teas within the Melba Restaurant. Previous events have seen families enjoy a feast filled with Minions themed treats, Barbie styled sweets and savouries, Disney's Frozen high teas, Smurf, Wiggles and more.

Children's Themed High Teas at The Langham
Children's Themed High Teas at The Langham


This summer sees Sesame Street delicacies fill your kid's tummies. A sample of what's on the menu; Elmo macarons, Cookie Monster cupcakes, Big Bird popcorn cups, Bert banana heads and more.

Children's high teas at The Langham are made for little people, so you can leave the Ernie ducky shaped vegetable pizzas for your kids. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult, but you can indulge in a Wedgwood or Chocolate Indulgence High Tea, which including a glass of sparkling wine, espresso coffee and leaf tea.

Sesame Street High Tea: Weekdays from 28 December 2015 - 29 January 2016. 10am or midday.
Cost: $35 per child or $49 with a take home toy / book. $55 per adult.
Book: Call 1800 641 107 or go HERE

Other interesting high teas in Melbourne include glamorous indulgences at Mámor Chocolates, elegant high teas in the heritage listed Myer Mural Hall and nostalgic party food high teas at Crafternoon Cafe in Brunswick.
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Your Comment
lv to book high tea in april or mothers day in may thanks
by Geraldine (score: 1|89) 1385 days ago
I had no idea they did high teas at the NGV and the zoo. The zoo spread looks incredibly tempting.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 1388 days ago
Wow! Many I didn't know about; love the idea of high tea at the zoo! And gluten free high tea would be lovely too (though it would be hard to beat the GF option at The Hotel Windsor).
by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1485) 1390 days ago
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