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Hong Kong’s Best Afternoon Teas

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 …

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Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel

Calling all chocoholics! The fabulous Kerry Hotel is serving up a selection of indulgent treats in the Lobby Lounge as part of its new Kerry Chokolate Afternoon Tea set. Guests can kick back and relax in the peaceful sanctuary of the bright and airy lounge and delve into chocolatey treats designed by award-winning chef and chocolatier Mr. Christophe Renou. The set, which features Kerry’s own chocolate range, includes original creations such as the ‘Tout en Choc’, ‘Merveilleux Framboise’, and ‘Le Roulé Fraisier’ – a fruit dessert with strawberries and almonds encased in a thin pastry crust. To add even more decadence, guests can sip on a Shaved Kerry Hot Chokolate, featuring shavings of dark, milk, and white Kerry Chokolate which are loaded into the hot milk and topped with cream. A Kerry Mocha and Kerry Iced Chokolate are also available, priced at $78 per drink. A selection of savoury items accompany the set, including king crab, cucumber and caviar, poached organic chicken, cajun spice, avocado, semi dried tomato and foie gras terrine, brioche, figs and shaved hazelnut. Need we say more?

Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, (+852) 2252 5888
Available from July 4 to September 3, (2.30pm to 5.30pm; Monday to Sunday)
$538 for two people
Click here for more information

*Limited Edition*
Flavours of Hokkaidō at JW Marriott 

The Lounge at JW Marriott is whipping up a beautiful lightweight set just in time for the sweltering summer. Created in collaboration with master Japanese guest pastry chef Asada Shinpei, the set features three tiers of treats which celebrate the summertime specialties of Hokkaidō. Savouries include the Iberico Ham Crostini with Figs, King Crab Donut, and Abalone Tart, while the Hokkaidō Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Uji Kyoto Matcha Tiramisu feature on the sweet side. Perhaps the most impressive creation is the dainty white chocolate feather which gently rests atop the Hokkaidō Melon Shortcake (pictured above). The set is accompanied by a selection of blueberry and raisin scones served with homemade jams and clotted cream, which pair beautifully with a freshly brewed gourmet coffee of pot of fine tea – or a glass of Möet Champagne for an additional price. While this all seems like a hefty amount of food for an afternoon tea set, it’s certainly not too heavy on the stomach, thanks to the lightness of ingredients used. Hurry up though, as it’s only available for the month of July.  

The Lounge at JW Marriott, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, (+852) 2810 8366
Available until July 31 (3.30pm to 6pm)
Monday to Friday – $258 per person / $448 for two with welcome tea and coffee 
Weekends and public holidays – $288 per person / $488 for two with welcome tea and coffee 
Click here for more information 

*Limited Edition*
Party in Paradise with PANDORA at Palm Court

Ooh, we love a bit of bling with our afternoon tea, and The Langham is certainly adding a touch of sparkle with its brand new set, created in partnership with Danish jewellery brand PANDORA. Served in the Palm Court lobby lounge, the indulgent set features a variety of sweet and savoury treats which pay tribute to PANDORA’s playful designs and are inspired by a specific charm from the new Summer 2018 collection. Sweet items are served in an elegant white and pink leather box that resembles the brand’s distinctive jewellery boxes, while savoury items and scones arrive at the table in a traditional three-tier stand. Sweet tooth guests will love the Heart Love pistachio and white chocolate mousse, or the Delicious Popcorn with Ecuador milk chocolate cremeux and caramelised popcorn. Savoury bites include the Sustainable Salmon and Scallops Dome with caviar and homemade beetroot bread, and the Rainbow Coleslaw and Apple Salad with Pastrami that mirrors the latest Burger & Fries charm. There is a Deluxe version of the set which gets you a Colour Wheel, a whimsical creation made from French macaron and yuzu ganache, along with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Fabulous darling!

Palm Court, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2132 7898
Available until August 31 (weekdays 3pm to 5.30pm / weekends and public holidays 2.15pm to 4.15pm or 4.30pm to 6.30pm)

Classic tea set costs $348 for one person and $598 for two persons
Deluxe set costs $528 for one person and $888 for two persons
Click here for more information 

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
$688 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
Click here for more information

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
Click here for more information

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)
Click here for more information

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)
Click here for more information and reservations

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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