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Hong Kong’s Best Afternoon Teas

Originally published on August 20, 2018. Updated on May 17, 2019 by Sarah Moran

Fancy a cuppa? There’s nothing quite like catching up with your friends over a lovely cup of tea and some cheeky nibbles, but before you put the kettle on, why not consider taking it to a whole new level of luxury by booking afternoon tea at one of these glamorous spots? And the best part is, there’s no washing up! Pinkies up…

Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel

The fabulous Kerry Hotel serves a selection of zesty tea-flavoured treats in the Lobby Lounge as part of its Afternoon Tea Set. Guests can kick back and relax in the peaceful sanctuary of the bright and airy lounge and delve into some fresh treats that will delight your taste buds. The set features sweet but refreshing desserts such as the white chocolate and green tea yuzu curd and tea smoked quail egg crisp brioche with caviar, as well as the fruity roasted oolong Tea Mousse with Baked Pear Oatmeal Crumble and Earl Grey and Komikan (a type of mandarin grown in Japan) Tart with Light Chestnut Cream. A selection of savoury items also accompany the set, including early grey tea cured ocean trout, tea smoked quail egg brioche with caviar, smoked duck, and marinated heirloom tomato goat cheese. Need we say more?

Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, (+852) 2252 5888
$538 for two people
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The Lobby at the Peninsula

There’s nothing more quintessentially Hong Kong than experiencing the acclaimed Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea while listening to the sweet music of a live string quartet. Served daily in The Lobby, this classic British set offers a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury pastries, homemade afternoon tea pastries, freshly-baked scones and Devonshire clotted cream, as well as your choice of teas from The Peninsula Tea Collection. Go one step further and add a Glass of Deutz Peninsula, Brut Champagne to your table for an extra $190 per person. Tradition never tasted so good!

The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2696 6772
$398 for one person, $718 for two people
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Garden Lounge at The Murray 

For contemporary high tea in a beautiful airy setting, the Garden Lounge at The Murray is a perfect spot. Surrounded by modern and glamour decor, guests can enjoy sweet and savoury light bites along with a curated offering of speciality teas by Jing. Savouries include smoked salmon, Japanese chicken breast wrap, leek and black truffle quiche, and organic eggs while the sweet tier features a lemon and cream cheese tartlet, berry trifle, and Carupano chocolate cake. The highlight though has to be the beautiful fresh, fluffy scones served with artisan jam, marmalade, and clotted cream. You can choose either tea or a glass of bubbly for an additional $100, too.

Garden Lounge, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, (+852) 3141 8888
$640 for two people
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Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

Enjoy your afternoon tea with stunning views of Victoria Harbour at Café Gray Deluxe. You’ll feel like royalty as you feast on a menu of savoury bites such as smoked salmon and avocado on rye with lime mayonnaise, egg salad sandwich with crispy bacon on white bread, and mouth-watering sweets such as chocolate financier with lime cream, cinnamon scented coeur de France and cassis mousse. Just leave enough room for the delicious blackcurrant scones with Cornish clotted cream to go with your deluxe tea and coffee. Marvellous!

Café Gray Deluxe, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, (+852) 3968 1106
$425 for two people / $250 per person (add a mini bottle of Lanson Champagne for $150)
Click here to book online or email info@cafegrayhk.com

Lobby Lounge: Island Shangri-La

If you prefer a touch of nature with your cuppa, then this is the perfect spot for you. Kick back and relax in the elegant Lobby Lounge of the Island Shangri-La and enjoy the view of the hotel’s tropical gardens and ancient Banyan Tree. Listen to live classical music from the piano quartet and enjoy sipping your choice of Chinese or Western tea from charming chinaware while munching your way through three tiers of delights. With one layer of sandwiches including smoked salmon, roast beef, and egg with cucumber, and two layers of sweet desserts and pastries, including strawberry cheesecake, chocolate eclairs, and cupcakes, there’s plenty to satisfy your appetite. Just make sure you leave room for the basket of scones with clotted cream and jam. Bliss!

Lobby Lounge, 6/F Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, (+852) 2877 3838
$308 for one person and $528 for two
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The Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental

Why not trade a cup of tea for a glass of bubbles at The Clipper Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental. Tuck into a selection of savoury treats, including delicate finger sandwiches (egg salad and cucumber or roast beef with mustard), before indulging in a choice of sweet treats, such as the much-loved American cheesecake, strawberry tart and green tea and red bean mousse cake. Not forgetting those afternoon tea staples, a selection of warm raisin and classic scones are also on offer, accompanied by Mandarin Oriental’s famed rose petal jam and Cornish clotted cream. Add a few naughty glasses of Ruinart Champagne to the mix for an extra treat (additional cost).

The Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, (+852) 2825 4007
Monday to Friday: $298 per person / $478 with champagne; weekends and public holidays: $318 per person / $498 with champagne
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Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

Head to quirky speakeasy Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, in the basement of The Landmark, and enjoy an afternoon at The English Tea Room. Serving up tasty savouries such as Italian ham and ogleshield cheese toasties, duck confit, and bruschetta, alongside delectable sweets like homemade poppy seed scones, Earl Grey tart, and jasmine tea crème brûlée, this quintessentially British set is as whimsical as the venue itself, which is decked out with mysterious medicine bottles, wacky lampshades, and waiters dressed in white lab coats. If you fancy something a little stronger than tea or coffee to go with your nibbles, you can always upgrade to a delicious gin & tonic for $80 — just what the doctor ordered!

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, (+852) 2111 9449
$498 for two guests (served daily from 2pm to 5pm)
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The Envoy at The Pottinger Hotel

The Pottinger Hotel lounge bar may be better known for its artisanal cocktails, but we think their afternoon tea is a bit of an unsung hero. The whole lounge has a colonial-era aesthetic that lends itself well to a good old-fashioned afternoon tea that’s available every day. The Colonial Two-Tier set includes treats like herbal tea deviled eggs, elderflower vegetable rolls, traditional English scones, and the delicious Envoy seasonal mousse, all served with a selection of nine fragrant teas including rose and French vanilla, and blueberry and pomegranate.

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road, Central, (+852) 2169 3311
$228 for two people (Monday to Sunday: 3pm to 5.30pm)
Click here for more information and email info@theenvoy.hk for reservations

Nobu at InterContinental

Successfully mixing up the tried-and-tested afternoon tea mainstays, Nobu has gone full Japanese with its ‘T-Set’ (although there’s still nods to classic European afternoon tea favourites like foie gras and macarons), and it’s a refreshing take if you’re fed up with the same stuff. Their savoury selection includes a solid selection of Umami —snow crab mushroom cup, lobster nori crisp, unagi senbei, and kaisen taco. Their sweet selection is no slouch either, featuring a mini chestnut tart, apple mousse, purple potato macaron, and houjicha waffles. If you fancy something a little stronger than green tea, coffee, or matcha drinks, you can always opt for the ‘Fizzy’ T-Set which includes a glass of Perrier Joüet Grand Brut — delicious!

Nobu, Intercontinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2721 1211
$328 for one person or $528 for two (Simple T-Set) or $508 for one person or $868 for two (Fizzy T-Set)
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Heritage Parlour at Hullett House

Enjoy a classic three-layered afternoon tea in a tranquil and exquisite atmosphere that evokes a tangible sense of Hong Kong with a selection of timeless favourites. Among the selection in the Parlour Deluxe Afternoon Tea Set for Two are sticky rice dumplings, bacon tarts, vegetarian spring rolls, mango pudding, and Chinese pastries. All this served with a hot pot of tea or coffee, within the elegantly old-fashion setting of Hullett House, doesn’t get much better.

Heritage Parlour at Hullett House, 2a Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 3988 0101
$438 for two people
Click here to book online or call the number above

Feast at EAST

Although this trendy Quarry Bay hotel has quickly established itself as a technological hot spot that’s become popular for business staycations, it strips things back to basics for its excellent afternoon tea offering. With a philosophy of “simple things, done well”, Feast (Food by EAST) offers an afternoon tea set that includes all the staples — open-faced sandwiches, rustic homemade cakes, crepes, and delicious desserts from the pastry kitchen. It’s also fairly reasonable on your wallet, coming in at just $268 per person.

Feast (Food by EAST), 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 3968 3777
$268 per person
Click here for more information and call to make your reservation

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