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Hong Kong’s best summer afternoon teas to try right now

By Localiiz 4 March 2021 | Last Updated 29 July 2022

Header images courtesy of Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung

Originally published by Catharina Cheung. Last updated by Jianne Soriano.

While finger foods and delectable pastries can be enjoyed any time of the day, there is something incredibly compelling about slowing down from the rush of a busy day to indulge in a proper afternoon tea. Laze away an afternoon with delectable food served in bite sizes, a pot of tea or coffee, and a cheeky tipple or several—here are the best afternoon tea menus to try in Hong Kong this season, for a limited time only.

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Photo: The Langham

Palm Court at The Langham

Add a spritz of elegance to your afternoon with The Langham’s classic English afternoon tea (starting from $698 for two). Paying tribute to the heritage of its namesake, the tea set echoes The Langham in London where English afternoon was served since 1865.

Graze your way through the handcrafted confections and savoury pastries, including foie gras bonbon with fig compote, tea sandwich of Scottish smoked salmon, and Boston lobster. Indulge your tastebuds in the sweet delights such as the custard cream berries cake, chocolate orange choux pastry with crème patisserie, and more. The tea set also comes with a warm selection of plain and raisin scones from the Palm Court bakery served with a signature rose petal jam and European sour cherry jam.

Palm Court, Lobby, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 7898

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton

Complementing summer’s azure sky and glorious weather, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong joins hands with luxury jeweller Qeelin to present the Bo Bo Gastronomy Journey afternoon tea (starting from $748 for two). The multi-tiered stand resembles a cheerful panda bear, welcoming guests with one paw raised in the air. Inspired by Queelin’s oriental influences, chef de cuisine Jacky Lo blended Bo Bo’s iconic figure with a wide variety of ingredients from Chinese cuisine into the design of the savoury items.

The menu begins with the smoked duck breast with plum gel and charcoal mini-bun which mimics the taste of Peking duck, followed by the pickled ginger and smoked salmon tartare éclair. Don’t miss the debut creation from the new Egyptian chef de cuisine, chef Mustafa: the crispy sesame balls with barbecue pork, a homage to traditional Hong Kong dim sum. Other items on the menu include the red bean coconut tart and the white chocolate berries violette mousse cake. Available until 18 September.

Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: The Murray

Popinjays at The Murray

An iconic space in Hong Kong’s most central location, relish the spirited rooftop views and alfresco atmosphere at Popinjays with an indulgent buffet-style afternoon tea ($428 per person) in collaboration with Christian Louboutin Beauty. The menu comprises crafted cakes and sweet treats, mostly in hues of red to echo the brand’s signature colour palette.

Feasts for your eyes and palate include the classic red velvet cake, strawberry vanilla cream roll, and ruby chocolate cake. In addition to the sweet delights, there are savoury bites to enjoy, such as the watermelon tartare with yuzu ponzu, smoked salmon croissant with herring caviar and lemon ricotta, and Ibérico ham baguette with tomato jam. The menu is complemented by homemade raisin and chocolate scones served with vanilla-clotted cream and blackberry jam. Available until 25 September.

Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888

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Green at Hotel Icon

Summer is here, which also means the season of fruits. Green at Hotel Icon is offering a new afternoon tea menu using seasonal fruits from around the world. The Fruitealicious three-course high tea (starting from $698 for two) reinterprets summer fruits in dining, using ingredients such as Thai mango, French coconut, green apple, lemon, and dragonfruit. Sink your teeth into the refreshing lobster mango salad with French dressing, followed by the lobster bisque. To further stimulate your appetite, choose between the mains: roasted Argentinian grass-fed tenderloin or the truffle mashed potato with red wine gravy.

You’ll love the three-tiered dessert stand, comprising fruit-shaped desserts. The cream cheese mousse with green apple and mint, coconut pudding, and fruit macaron are all made with French ingredients and pastry techniques. Guests can enjoy Saint Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut N.V. or G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut N.V. champagne at an additional $108 and $298 per person. Mocktails and cocktails are also available at $68 per glass.

Green, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3400 1343

Photo: I-O-N Café Bar

I-O-N Café Bar at Central Market

To celebrate the season, Nina Pâtisserie is collaborating with I-O-N Café Bar to launch the Fluorescent Summery afternoon tea set (starting from $498 for two). It features savoury bites with a touch of fruity summer. Start with the foie gras macaron with fig jam and make your way through the prosciutto ham toast with pineapple salsa, chicken croissant with cranberry sauce, and seared scallop with honey yuzu syrup.

The sweet treats are brought to you by Nina Pâtisserie and include strawberry Napoleon, yuzu mousse cake, and classic and raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. To elevate your blissful afternoon tea experience, you can also spend an extra $88 to enjoy Moët & Chandon champagne by the glass or $160 for the mini-bottle.

Coffee lovers can join the resident barista for a special coffee tasting. For an additional $298 per person, you can enjoy a 45-minute speciality experience to learn how to prepare different coffees using beans from regions around the world. Available until 31 August.

I-O-N Café Bar, Shop 124 & 125, 1/F, Central Market, 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Photo: Madame Fù

Madame Fù

Madame Fù is joining hands with MZ Skin to offer The Luminosity afternoon tea (starting from $550 for two). Inspired by the effects of MZ Skin on our skin, the Madame Fù team crafted a collection of delicious bites that incorporates the ideas of taste and inner beauty.

The menu consists of smoked salmon blini, crab salad tartlet with pink peppercorn, and feta and black olive stuffed cucumber. Finish off with a fruity bite of sea buckhorn berries tart with pink meringue and strawberry mousse with gold sparkling jelly. Guests will receive an exclusive gift set that includes a brightening eye complex, a night serum, and a glow boost ampoule. Available until 31 August.

Madame Fù, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118

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Pitstop at Alva Hotel by Royal

Pitstop at Alva Hotel will be jumping on the train of afternoon tea sets with its Summer Bloom Mango Delights afternoon tea ($688 for two), where diners can experience the wonderful and fresh flavours of Taiwan Irwin mango.

Begin your culinary journey with the mango lobster tomato jelly with cocktail sauce. You can’t resist the soft shell crab roll with mango and cheese as well as the deep-fried duck liver with mango sauce. A palate-pleasing end to the savoury bits is the homemade smoked salmon roll with mango and avocado.

On the sweet side, the mango lychee pudding is a sure winner while the mango Hokkaido cream roll is a feast for the eyes and your tastebuds. Don’t miss the mango mochi cheese tart and the mango lava with chocolate shell and coconut. Pair your afternoon tea with Moët & Chandon champagne for just $88 per glass. Available until 31 September.

Pitstop, 1/F, Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin | (+852) 3653 1319

Photo: Kerry Hotel

Lobby Lounge at Kerry Hotel

Usher in summer with the Kerry Hotel’s Breezy Vacation afternoon tea (starting from $638 for two) at the Lobby Lounge. Collaborating with Parisian make-up brand Paul & Joe Beaute, the afternoon tea set is inspired by the Les Vacances collection and its feature products, infused with quintessential summer elements such as the ocean and beach.

The menu starts with the snow crab meat and chrysanthemum jelly with asparagus and fennel salad followed by the Kaviari Bottarga and passionfruit aioli. Next, indulge in the crispy potato and jalapeño with caviar and crème fraîche on a mini-spade. Other bites include the rougié foie gras brioche with blueberry jam and Ibérico ham and fig toast.

The sweet items start with the peach melba choux puff and the cherry and pistachio opera cake. Don’t forget the chrysanthemum and apricot scones. For an additional $188, you can enjoy two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut N.V. Each afternoon tea set comes with two sets of Paul & Joe Beaute gifts valued at $416. Available until 31 August.

Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5237

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Salisterra

Salisterra is teaming up with Matchali for its first-ever crossover into afternoon tea. Mediterranean flavours become intertwined with matcha-centric delicacies for a one-of-a-kind afternoon tea set ($598 for two). Giving a whole new twist to matcha, you will encounter fantastic items like the gooey matcha mandarin mini bombolini, the matcha-infused burnt Basque cheesecake, and matcha canelé. Available until 31 August.

Salisterra, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

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Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social at Cordis

Alibi and Chloé join forces for a perfume-inspired afternoon tea ($598 for two). The customised afternoon tea stand is delicately designed with nature and fragrant elements while presented in ochre tone and gold-tone metal for a touch of elegance.

Alibi’s chef de cuisine, James Oakley, has curated a menu that stimulates your palate with hand-dived scallop ceviche, truffle and Comté cheese croquette and the Impossible plant-based meat with macadamia. The desserts, inspired by Chloé perfumes, are made of natural ingredients and include the ruby chocolate raspberry choux and the jasmine tea guava trifle. Included in the menu is a glass of the jasmine-inspired Sunset Elegance mocktail. Available until 30 September.

Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, Level 5, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok

Photo: Kerry Hotel

Big Bay Café at Kerry Hotel

For the first time ever, Big Bay Café is offering an afternoon tea menu ($300 per person) for the weekend. In line with its Southeast Asian and durian theme, the menu features specialities such as durian pizza, deep-fried durian balls, Malaysian oyster omelette, Korean stone pot noodles, Thai pandan chicken, and more.

When it comes to desserts, Kerry Hotel’s executive pastry chef, Jerome Husson, spoils diners with eight house-made durian creations including gâteau basque, mochi dorayaki, mango sticky rice, mille-feuille, all with durian paste added for an extra punch. You can also enjoy a free flow of coconut water, limeade, coffee, and tea. Available until 28 August.

Big Bay Café, Level 3, Kerry Hotel, 38 Lung Luen Road, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5246

Photo: Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung

Lobby Lounge at Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung

Head over to the Lobby Lounge at Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung for a jam-inspired afternoon tea ($328 for two). Dig into the hand-picked crab, passionfruit pickled ginger salad, and home-smoked salmon horseradish on brioche. The mouth-watering sweets include mini doughnuts with rose jam, homemade Jaffa cakes with citrus marmalade, and a citrus posset. Each afternoon tea set comes with a classic scone with mixed berry jam and English clotted cream. Available until 31 August.

Lobby Lounge, Sherton Hong Kong Tung Chung, 91 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung

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Club 28 at Crowne Plaza

Le Méridien Hong Kong collaborates with French beauty brand Melvita to launch a rose-themed Season of Bloom afternoon tea set (starting from $478 for two). The menu includes red and pink rose chocolates, macaroons in rose caramel and strawberry flavour, and homemade creamy vanilla panna cotta. Completing the sweet menu is the English carrot cake with cheese topping and Belgium chocolate banana cake.

The savoury items consist of luscious sandwiches such as beef pastrami and pickle cornichons filling, smoked salmon with sour cream on wheat bread, and asparagus mascarpone wrap. The rose lychee mojito is the perfect complement to the afternoon tea. If you prefer something warm, go for the French honey rose tea. Available until 31 August.

Club 28, 28/F, Crowne Plaza, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3980 3300

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Gallery at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

The afternoon tea ($368 per person) at Gallery is inspired by the Four Seasons’ Michelin-starred establishments, focusing on beautifully presented East and West tea time treats. Not-to-be missed items are the osmanthus scone with homemade kaffir lime mango jam and Devonshire cream, crafted by Ringo Chan, the executive pastry chef.

Other highlights include the green pea and ham mini tart, Japanese shiso leaf and pineapple, and wok-fried minced duck breast with Chinese plum sauce. Complete the dining experience with single-origin coffee offered in partnership with Tokyo Omotesando Koffee. Bespoke Chines tea blends from Yu Tea House are also available. Available on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 3196 888

Kitchen at W Hong Kong

Get “fizzical” with the new glamorous afternoon tea set (starting from $618 for two) at W Hong Kong’s Kitchen. Partnering with British beverage brand The London Essence Co., the afternoon tea menu offers a burst of peachy aroma and flavours. The refreshing drinks and cocktail are courtesy of London Essence’s white peach and jasmine.

Created by executive chef, Jeffrey Siew, the lip-smacking savoury nibbles include lobster salad brioche bun, Scottish smoked salmon, and the Coronation chicken sandwich. Dig into the dainty sweets starting with a three-layered peanut chocolate bar, peach and early grey jelly, and white peach chocolate lollipop. Leave some room for the freshly-baked scones in rosy cranberry and chocolate, elevated with homemade orange guava marmalade and clotted cream. Available until 31 August.

Kitchen, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon | (+852) 3717 2299

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Photo: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Tiffin at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Tiffin is bringing back its popular afternoon tea (starting from $368 per person) in time for summer. The three-layered set is filled with savoury and sweet delicacies with a distinctly French flavour, complemented by live dessert stations and an ice cream counter. Take a bite of the hedgerow wild berry pudding with vanilla and honeycomb and custard cream double cheesecake.

Besides the classic ice cream flavours, diners can also try creative flavours proposed by social media fans. Highlights include the black sugar with ginger (pronounced the same as fans of Mirror’s Keung To), egg tart crème brûlée, and peanut butter with crispy bacon. For an additional $150, you can enjoy free-flow packages. Available until 12 September.

Tiffin, M/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722

Photo: Amorepacific

Odea

Odea and Korean luxury brand Amorepacific are teaming up to present the Camellia Recovery afternoon tea set ($698 for two), inspired by the Korean camellia flower.

Using camellia flower, yuzu, and other seasonal ingredients, the menu consists of a special Amorepacific chocolate foie gras toast, caviar and Hokkaido scallop, and gravlax salmon and camellia tart. Treat yourself to a sweet bite of pear compote vanilla cake, Korean yujacha (유자차) marshmallow cookies, and raspberry panna cotta with mango. After enjoying the afternoon tea, you can also visit the Camellia Room and see a stunning presentation of floral art. Available until 30 August.

Odea, FWD House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3988 0088

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Tea WG

Indulge in a lavish afternoon tea set ($598 for two) served with specially designed canapés, pastries, and drinks at Tea WG. In partnership with Korean luxury brand Sulwhasoo, the set embodies ingredients and signature dishes found in South Korea including kimchi, Korean beef, and more, paired with the Green of Korea Tea from Tea WG.

The canapés include mozzarella and kimchi risotto ball, Korean beef tartare, and salmon roe topped with crab meat. Meanwhile, the pastries feature madeleines infused with Follow Me tea and black sugar, almond jocund and honey tea mousse with Korean pear, and more. Each set comes with freshly baked scones or muffins served with Tea WG jelly and whipped cream. The first 1,000 guests will receive a complementary Sulwhasoo skin care kit valued at $280. Available until 31 August.

Tea WG
, various locations around Kowloon and Central

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Photo: The Dispensary

The Dispensary

Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea (starting from $298 per person) at The Dispensary, where you can relax on the spacious verandah overlooking Tai Kwun’s Parade Ground. The British-style afternoon tea is served with a Hong Kong twist, paired with the renowned Ruinart champagne, and the deliciously crafted delights are inspired by traditional Cantonese favourites including the beef tenderloin cutlet and chicken teriyaki mantou (馒头).

Over at the desserts, enjoy the yuenyeung (鴛鴦) mousse with coffee crumble, black sesame tofu cheesecake, and the peanut butter and salted caramel muffin. Don’t forget the classic scones served with clotted cream and homemade jam. For an additional $100 per person, you can enjoy a glass of Ruinart champagne or a one-hour free-flow for $298. Available every Thursday to Sunday.

The Dispensary, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2848 3000

Photo: The Arca

Arca Society at The Arca

Soak up the summer vibes and try the Melonolem Arcanoon tea set ($428 for two) at the Arca Society where two types of Japanese melons are offered. The Hokkaido Raiden melon from Kyowa is listed as one of the highest quality melons in Hokkaido, while the Shizuoka crown melon is considered “prestigious” as it is usually gifted to the Japanese royal family.

Some of the seasonal delights to enjoy include pan-seared foie gras with grilled melon and Mexico bun, crab meat, avocado, green apple, and melon sandwich, and egg tart with melon jam. Don’t miss the refreshing summer melon cocktail to complete your dining experience of these seasonal ingredients. Available until 30 September.

Arca Society, 3/F, The Arca, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang

Photo: The St Regis Hong Kong

The Drawing Room at The St Regis Hong Kong

The St Regis Hong Kong transforms The Drawing Room’s afternoon tea (starting from $478 per person) with a collection of sumptuous delights this summer. Inspired by a wide range of seasonal fruits from Hong Kong and worldwide, the signatures include a caramelised lemongrass apple mille-feuille, gluten-free cardamon blancmange coconut mango, and baked apricot cheesecake wrapped with Hokkaido cream cheese mousse.

On the savoury side, we recommend the tuna tataki with spicy guacamole and crispy shallot, foie gras terrine with cherry gel and confit cherry, and Wagyu beef cooked with beetroot jelly. Aromatic blends of the Craft Collection by Plantation accompany the tea set, and guests can also enjoy a glass of Bellini with or without alcohol, sparkling cocktails, and more. Available until 22 September.

The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai

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