Header photo: GREEN x GODIVA Elegance Trio at Hotel ICON

If you need an excuse to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea this holiday season (we don’t!), look no further than Foodie’s top list of venues pulling out all the stops come teatime. We recommend starting now and ticking off each one as you go. It’s never too early when it comes to Christmas feasting!

CAFÉ LANDMARK (Mrs Claus Bakery Afternoon Tea)

Soak in the festive atmosphere at CAFÉ LANDMARK with a Mrs Claus Bakery–themed afternoon tea set whilst enjoying some of the best views of LANDMARK’s famed Christmas decorations. Sumptuous savouries include abalone siu mai, shrimp cocktail and crabmeat spring rolls, while the sweets include Christmas penguin cookies, gingerbread and holiday macarons. In line with LANDMARK’s Christmas theme of “Love is in the Giving”, HK$20 will be donated to one of LANDMARK’s designated charity partners for every tea set sold.

Where: Shop 107–108, 1/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

When: until 2 January 2023 (2:30–6pm Monday–Saturday; 3–6pm Sunday)

How much: HK$588 for 2

Bonus: diners will receive an adorable character ornament souvenir with each set.

For reservations: phone 2526 4200 or book online

Cordis, Hong Kong (Fly to the Stars Champagne Afternoon Tea by Alibi x GUERLAIN)

With the festive season upon us, Cordis, Hong Kong has created a dazzling afternoon tea set at Alibi in collaboration with French beauty brand GUERLAIN, inspired by their limited-time Fly to the Stars holiday collection and, in particular, the brand’s emblematic figure – the bee – and flowers such as bergamot and rose. On the savoury side, for instance, there’s hand-dived scallop with bergamot gel and foie gras parfait with spiced orange-fig purée, while honey-yuzu-hazelnut dacquoise and lemon-vanilla-honeycomb trifle feature on the sweet side. Champagne is included.

Where: 5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok

When: 1 November–31 December 2022 (3–5:30pm daily)

How much: HK$598 for 2 (includes 2 glasses Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut NV)

Bonus: each guest will receive a redemption card for a complimentary GUERLAIN gift set (valued at HK$640), while supplies last.

For reservations: phone 3552 3232, WhatsApp 9717 4727 or book online

Eaton HK (Chocoholic Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet by The Astor)

Chocolate fondue takes centre stage at this weekend afternoon tea buffet at Eaton HK’s The Astor. In addition to classic dark chocolate fondue, white chocolate yuzu and dark chocolate Sichuan chilli and pepper are yours for the dipping. In terms of dippers, take your pick from double chocolate chilli brownies, pistachio financiers, madeleines, chipotle palmiers, green tea mochi and plenty of fresh fruits – more than 30 choices in all. Unlimited Mövenpick ice cream and sorbet in 12 flavours and an assortment of savoury bites – from slow-cooked pork ribs with cocoa powder and Korean BBQ squid to mac ‘n’ cheese hot dogs and Cajun polenta shrimp gratin – complete this great-value afternoon tea experience.

Where: B1/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan

When: 10 December 2022–19 February 2023 (3:15–5:15pm weekends and public holidays only)

How much: HK$298 for 1

For reservations: phone 2710 1901 or book online

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (Festive Afternoon Treat by Gallery)

The Four Seasons presents a very chic afternoon tea option for the holidays. At Gallery, bespoke Chinese tea from Yú Teahouse or coffee from Omotesando Koffee will be served alongside treats inspired by the hotel’s Michelin-starred eateries, to include baked mini BBQ goose bun, foie gras tart with fig, mulled berries and Madagascan vanilla choux and spicy chocolate yule log. On weekends, the afternoon tea set here also features a one-off Madagascan vanilla soufflé with Speculoos ice cream.

Where: Lobby, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central

When: 1 December 2022–2 January 2023 (3–6pm daily)

How much: HK$338 for 1 on weekdays; HK$528 for 1 on weekends + 26–27 December and 1–2 January

For reservations: phone 3196 8882 or book online

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong (Festive Afternoon Tea by Lighthouse Lounge)

New luxury hotel The Fullerton Ocean Park is getting in on the festive action with this afternoon tea set at their bright and airy Lighthouse Lounge. The selection is truly bountiful, offering savouries the likes of lobster and cured salmon open sandwiches, roast beef and raspberry baguette and foie gras terrine with calvados, with holiday yule log cake, blueberry-filled snowflake eclairs, Christmas cookies, mince pies and more on the sweet end of the spectrum. The set comes with a choice of tea by JING or coffee courtesy of local fave Elephant Grounds, along with scones (traditional and Chrismas mixed berry) and spreads – and soothing ocean views!

Where: 1/F, The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong, 3 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen

When: 1–31 December 2022 (3–5:30pm daily)

How much: HK$728 for 2; HK$888 for 2 to include 2 glasses of Ponte sparkling rosé

For reservations: phone 2166 7477 or book online

Hjem (Festive Afternoon Tea)

Norwegian café Hjem is pulling out all the hygge stops with this afternoon tea set, where its three tiers of classic smørrebrød are accompanied by various sweet treats and cakes of the day such as red velvet cupcakes, gingerbread cookies, bread pudding and gingerbread truffles. Each set comes with a Nordic tea of your choice as well as a gingerbread latte.

Where: 161 Hollywood Road, Central

When: 1–31 December 2022 (3–6pm daily)

How much: HK$528 for 2 for Festive Afternoon Tea; HK$588 for 2 for Bubbly Festive Afternoon Tea (to include 2 glasses of Moscato)

To contact: phone 2362 9193

Hotel ICON (Elegance Trio by GREEN x GODIVA)

The supremely festive Elegance Trio high tea at GREEN at Hotel ICON comes with so many delicious treats, you won’t even know where to begin! A partnership with beloved Belgian chocolatier GODIVA, the highlight has got to be the unlimited GODIVA soft serve, but there’s so much more in store. This three-course tea set crafted expertly by Executive Chef Danny Ho and team is more like dinner than traditional afternoon tea, arriving in three indulgent courses: oyster chowder with deep-fried oyster to start, a choice of main (our pick goes to the grass-fed beef tenderloin with truffle mash and French beans), ending with a stunning rotating three-tier vinyl turntable stacked with all sorts of decadent GODIVA chocolate goodies.

Where: Lobby, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East

When: from 1 November 2022 (3–6pm daily) UPDATE: extended throughout January 2023 by popular demand!

How much: HK$418 for 1 or HK$728 for 2 on weekdays; HK$448 for 1 or HK$758 for 2 on weekends and public holidays (inclusive of 1 glass of French sparkling wine per guest). This three-course high tea is also available for takeaway, priced at $688 for 2 (instead of the unlimited soft serve, it comes with 2 GODIVA ice-cream vouchers); the takeaway tea set can be purchased at the hotel’s E-Shop with at least 3 days’ advance notice.

For reservations: phone 3400 1000 or book online (1-day advance booking required)

HUE (Festive Afternoon Tea)

Inspired by Oz’s iconic flavours and pastries, HUE’s special holiday-themed afternoon tea is on the calendar this December. The Aussie-inspired goodies are deliciously varied, from Gruyère custard profiterole, truffled mushroom croquette and skewered furikake Wagyu to mini pavlova with lemon balm and verbena, cherry truffled lamington and hazelnut, rum and raisin chocolate tart. House-made scones with orange-thyme marmalade, rhubarb jam and cream are served alongside.

Where: 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, TST

When: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 December 2022 (3:30–5:30pm)

How much: HK$680 for 2

For reservations: phone 3500 5888 or book online

Island Shangri-La (Chopard Festive Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge)

Island Shangri-La has partnered with Chopard to transform the hotel’s lobby into a Swiss-style winter wonderland complete with cosy wooden chalets decked out with both Chopard and Christmas decor to the max. The luxurious afternoon tea set curated by Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky includes several heart-shaped sweet and savoury elements, inspired by the luxury Swiss jewellery company’s iconic heart motif. Very special indeed!

Where: 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

When: until 20 January 2023 (2:30–5:30pm daily)

How much: HK$888 for 2 at Lobby Lounge; HK$950 for 2 inside a Swiss Chalet (4-person minimum)

Bonus: guests who enjoy afternoon tea inside a Swiss Chalet will receive an exclusive heart-shaped pouch or holiday candle by Chopard (one per set), and these special gifts will also be extended to diners who order the Chopard tea set at Lobby Lounge on 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January.

For reservations: phone 2877 3838 or book online

JAJA (Merry Pink-Mas Festive Afternoon Tea x Benefit Cosmetics)

Funky vegetarian eatery JAJA has come up with a fun afternoon tea collab with Benefit Cosmetics, themed around the US brand’s signature pink colour. The plant-based sweets and savouries include bite-sized veggie quiches, tomato bruschetta, mini gingerbread houses and chocolate tarts fashioned to look like Christmas trees. A pink-hued mocktail – Pink Purse – is part of this decidedly feminine afternoon tea set.

Where: 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai

When: 1–31 December 2022 (3–5:30pm Monday–Thursday; 2:30–4pm, 4:30–6pm Friday–Sunday and public holidays)

How much: HK$388 for 2

Bonus: each guest will be gifted with a Benefit Cosmetics brow and tint mini kit, which includes Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Chachatint Cheek & Lip Stain and a special offer coupon, while supplies last.

For reservations: phone 2877 3999 or book online

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong (Truffle & Caviar Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x Plantin Kaviari)

This holiday season, Kerry Hotel is joining forces with premium caviar and truffle distributor Plantin Kaviari to present two editions of its luxurious Truffle & Caviar Afternoon Tea. In the winter version in November, savoury highlights include amber saffron trout roe with blue mussel jelly and Kaviari lobster rillettes, deep-fried frog’s leg with Plantin truffle-herb cream and Kristal caviar egg Benedict with Comté, while in December, the Plantin Kaviari journey is elevated, showcasing revamped treats with a festive flair such as Plantin wild truffle-mushroom soup and wild mushroom mousse and Balik smoked salmon and Transmontanus caviar with salted egg yolk and capers. For the ultimate indulgence, diners can add on a caviar tasting platter, highlighting the Kristal, Oscietre and Transmontanus varieties.

Where: 1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay

When: 1 November 2022–1 January 2023 (2:30–5:30pm on weekdays; 1:30–4pm and 4:15–6pm on weekends and public holidays)

How much: November – HK$638 for 2 on weekdays and HK$688 for 2 on weekends and public holidays; December – HK$738 for 2 on 1–23, 28–30 December and 1 January, HK$788 for 2 on 24–25 and 31 December and HK$688 for 2 on 26–27 December; +HK$168 for the Kaviari caviar tasting platter. Takeaway tea (HK$588 for 2) is available and can be purchased online at the Shangri-La Boutique.

For reservations: phone 2252 5237 or book online

Kowloon Shangri-La (Signature Christmas Delight Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x GLYCEL)

Over at Kowloon Shangri-La, the festive collab is with Swiss skincare brand GLYCEL. Inspired by GLYCEL’s Enhance product series, the culinary team have come up with eight creative sweets and savouries, presented beautifully, as always, in Kowloon Shangri-La’s signature golden birdcage. These include the likes of duck foie gras terrine with pistachio, poached lobster with guacamole and caviar, Black Forest yule log, mulled wine panna cotta, chestnut-orange mille-feuille, chocolate tiramisu puff and more. Freshly baked scones and a deluxe seasonal fruit platter are also yours for the eating.

Where: Lobby, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, TST East

When: 1 November 2022–1 January 2023 (3–6pm daily)

How much: HK$688 for 2. This tea set is also available for takeaway (excluding the fruit platter and beverages) and can be purchased online at the Shangri-La Boutique.

Bonus: for every afternoon tea set for two, two GLYCEL gift sets (valued at an incredible HK$2,466!) will be awarded, while supplies last.

For reservations: phone 2733 8740 or book online

The Peninsula Boutique & Café (Afternoon Indulgence Festive Afternoon Tea)

This gorgeous afternoon tea at The Peninsula Boutique & Café features bites that are festive to the max – think raspberry pastries fashioned like Santa hats, snowflake-dotted praline balls and wreath-shaped matcha macarons. Scones, savoury finger sandwiches and Hokkaido soft serve complete this lavish teatime experience. The 12-piece tea set is also available for takeaway – this time dubbed Afternoon Rendezvous – presented in The Peninsula’s iconic page hatbox. For every afternoon tea set sold during the festive season, US$5 will be donated to The Zubin Foundation, an NGO that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities.

Where: The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, TST

When: from 14 November 2022 (1:30–6:30pm daily)

How much: HK$728 for 2; +HK$418 for each additional diner. Takeaway tea sets are available for the same price.

For reservations: phone 2696 6969 or book online

The Peninsula Hong Kong (Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea)

Timelessly elegant The Lobby at The Peninsula honours the season of giving with its Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea, featuring a special menu of sweet items by Executive Pastry Chef Florian Couteau that includes blackcurrant-cinnamon macarons, a ginger-honey candle cake, Christmas cookies and chocolate bonbons. Highlights of the savoury bites, crafted by Chef de Cuisine Anton Ho, include salmon rillettes and foie gras with smoked eel and beetroot chips. A donation of US$5 will be made to local charity ImpactHK, which supports the homeless and underprivileged here in Hong Kong, with every tea set sold.

Where: Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST

When: 25 November–16 December, 27–30 December 2022 (2–6pm daily)

How much: HK$488 for 1 or HK$888 for 2

For reservations: phone 2696 6772 or book online

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers (Sparks of Royal Beauty Afternoon Tea by Sky Lounge x The History of Whoo)

Partnering with Korean holistic skincare brand The History of Whoo, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers brings an exclusive afternoon tea experience to its rooftop venue, Sky Lounge, inspired by the company’s Gongjinhyang Mi collection. The 11 delightful delicacies showcased in the set are made with premium Korean ingredients; highlights include crispy beef stew with red date sauce, foie gras with ginseng and yuzu powder, Inkigayo sandwich (layers of potato-egg salad, cabbage-crab salad and strawberry jam – it’s much better than it sounds!), champagne jelly with mixed berries and milk foam, purple sweet potato choux filled with strawberry confit and a chocolate cream cake flavoured with Earl Grey and yuzu.

Where: 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, TST

When: 1 December 2022–31 January 2023 (2:30–6pm daily)

How much: HK$338 for 1 or HK$676 for 2

Bonus: to further the pampering, each guest will receive a four-piece Cheonyuldan Ultimate Regenerative gift set (valued at HK$1,310) plus redemption card to take home, while supplies last.

For reservations: phone 2369 1111 or book online

The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe (Festive Afternoon Tea)

Get into the holiday spirit with The Tiffany Blue Box Café’s elegant afternoon tea set in robin-egg blue. Savouries in the classic three-tiered presentation include caviar-lobster tart, snow crab box, sakura shrimp royale and foie gras mousse cup, while NY cheesecake, mandarin and hazelnut tart, strawberry and pistachio dacquoise and the iconic Tiffany Bird’s Nest and Mini Blue Box delight on the sweet side. Seasonal cocktails of Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2015 and a Winter Chocolate Wishes hot drink are included in the festive feels.

Where: Lobby, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST

When: until 1 January 2023 (2–6:30pm daily)

How much: HK$828 for 2; +HK$438 for each additional diner (includes 1 glass of wine for each guest)

For reservations: phone 3462 7148 or book online

The Upper House (Salisterra x Baking Maniac)

Salisterra, the modern Med restaurant atop The Upper House, is getting in on the holiday tea action with this collab with local mother-and-son cake shop Baking Maniac. The fab duo have crafted s’mores and candy-cane cake pops to complement Salisterra’s scrumptious finger sandwiches, chestnut Mont Blanc and Christmas tree filled with vanilla cream and red fruits, rounded out with cinnamon-vanilla eggnog and mulled wine for all the warm feels. In addition, Baking Maniac will be stationed on Level 6 of The Upper House in a festive pop-up featuring a range of the brand’s Christmas collection – we’re big fans of BM’s gingerbread-house-decorating kits and hot chocolate bombs.

Where: 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

When: 23 November–31 December 2022 (3–5pm daily); pop-up 11am–5pm Tuesday–Sunday

How much: HK$650 for 2 Monday–Thursday; HK$688 for 2 Friday–Sunday and public holidays

For reservations: phone 3968 1106 or book online

W Hong Kong (Holly Jolly Afternoon Tea by WOOBAR)

WOOBAR’s Holly Jolly Afternoon Tea is on for only four short days at W Hong Kong, but it includes all the glam watering hole’s Christmas-themed cocktails to add a little fa-la-la-la-la to your holiday dining experience. On the food front, you’ll find the likes of pickled beet devilled egg with truffle and serrano ham crisps, smoked salmon tartare and goat cheese balls dusted with cranberry, pistachio and pecan on the savoury side, while mini mince pies, mango Christmas bells and cherry cheese log cake await on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Where: 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

When: 24–26 December 2022 and 1 January 2023 (2–5pm)

How much: HK$968 for 2 (includes festive cocktails)

For reservations: book online

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