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Hong Kong's best afternoon teas

By Sophie Pettit 19 October 2019
Originally published on August 20, 2018. Updated on October 19, 2019 by Ching Yuen
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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The Butterfly Room at Rosewood Hong Kong

New kid in town Rosewood rocked the hotel scene in Hong Kong when they opened in March 2019, with 43 floors of luxury lifestyle. Their afternoon tea ($720 for two) is served in the Butterfly Room adjacent to Butterfly Patisserie, and when you walk past the stacks of macarons and decadent cakes, you know you're in for a treat. The afternoon tea is comprised of five courses, two savouries, madeleines and scones, and two dessert trolleys. Make sure you arrive on an empty stomach because there's a lot to eat! The mille-feuille was one of the best we've ever tasted, and the tarts were out of this world with the crunchiest base that we absolutely love. There's also another trolley dedicated to chocolate desserts, and we're sure everyone has another stomach for chocolate! The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hong Kong Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732

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The Drawing Room at St Regis

André Fu's newest hotel creation St Regis serves a decadent afternoon tea at The Drawing Room at $688 for two, with a buffet option for $988 per person. With the ceiling at almost three stories high, The Drawing Room is grand and luxe, with chandeliers hanging in the middle of the area; everything is almost exactly symmetrical, from the number of chairs to the position of tables. This sense of aesthetics also applies to the food, served on a savoury trolley and a sweet trolley. These are elegantly gilded, containing a selection of eight savoury and eight sweet treats that changes regularly. Scones are served with four different jams from St Regis' own label, but our loyalties will always lie with the clotted cream. A highlight of afternoon tea is the champagne sabering which takes place at 5:30pm so be sure to look out for that! The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6800

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Old Bailey

Old Bailey is known for their rendition of Jiangnan traditional cuisine, but they've recently launched a new afternoon tea experience that is available every day. The Savoury and Sweet Afternoon Tea ($468 for two) is comprised of bite-sized portions of Old Bailey's signature dishes, such as the Yangzhou Crystal Pork Terrine and the Mala Xiaolongbao. Sweet dishes include the Rolling Donkey made with glutinous rice roll and the Chocolate Snowy Glutinous Riceballs. To complement the cuisine, Old Bailey has partnered up with Teakha to offer a selection of seven single-origin plantation teas from small tea estates in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It's definitely worth a visit for the fine cuisine as well as the view of Tai Kwun. Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central | (+852) 2877 8711

Read more! Try these milk tea-flavoured desserts in Hong Kong.

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Ding's Club

Housed in H Queen's, Ding's Club offers sky-high Cantonese dining by celebrity chef Steve Lee Ka Ding. In celebration of their first anniversary, they have now launched an afternoon tea brunch set ($768 for two). It highlights the restaurant's signature dishes such as the Barbecued Pluma Pork and the creamy Foie Gras Marinated with Fermented Rice which is prepared for three hours with a secret wine sauce. There are two sections to the tea set, served in a Chinese-style double-tiered stand to mimic traditional English afternoon teas with an Asian twist. A double-boiled soup is served at the end of the meal to make sure that you leave the restaurant feeling warm and content! Ding's Club, 23/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central | (+852) 2327 1398

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 ($538 for two). 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, 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 any more? Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay | (+852) 2252 5888

The Lobby at The Peninsula

There's nothing more quintessentially Hong Kong than enjoying the acclaimed Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea while a live string quartet accompanies the experience. Served daily in The Lobby, this classic British set ($718 for two) offers a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury pastries, homemade afternoon tea pastries, freshly baked scones with 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 has never tasted so good! The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6772

Read more! Here are our favourite matcha-flavoured desserts.

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 glamourous decor, guests can enjoy sweet and savoury light bites along with a curated offering of speciality teas by Jing. At $640 for two, the 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 got to be the beautiful fluffy scones served with artisan jam, marmalade, and clotted cream. You can choose to add either tea or a glass of bubbly for an additional $100, too. Garden Lounge, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888

Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

Enjoy your afternoon tea with stunning views of Victoria Harbour at Café Gray Deluxe ($425 for two). 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

Lobby Lounge at the 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, all at $528 for two. Don't neglect the basket of scones with clotted cream and jam! Lobby Lounge, 6/F Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2877 3838

Read more! Check out our dummy's guide to Hong Kong milk teas.

The Clipper Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

Why not trade a cup of tea for a glass of bubbly 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. The classic afternoon tea staples of warm raisin and classic scones are also on offer, accompanied by the 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.

The Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2825 4007

Nobu at the InterContinental

Successfully mixing up the tried-and-tested afternoon tea mainstays, Nobu has gone full Japanese with its T-Set ($528 for two), though still with nods to classic European afternoon tea favourites like foie gras and macarons—it's a refreshing take if you're fed up with the same stuff. Their savoury selection includes a solid selection of umami flavours, with snow crab mushroom cup, lobster nori crisp, unagi senbei, and kaisen tacos. The sweet selection is no slouch either, featuring a mini chestnut tart, apple mousse, purple potato macaron, and hojicha 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. Nobu, Intercontinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2721 1211
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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.