Top Afternoon Teas in Hong Kong: Summer 2019 Edition

Top Afternoon Teas in Hong Kong: Summer 2019 Edition

Who knew you could do so much with the humble afternoon tea? Our picks for the best afternoon delights in town this summer

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 19 Jul '19


Header: Mango Fiesta Summer Afternoon Tea at Mirage Bar & Restaurant

Is it afternoon tea or high tea?

The terms are often used interchangeably now, but they have different British origins.

Afternoon tea was served mid-afternoon to fill the long wait between lunch and dinner and was traditionally served with scones with jam and cream, cakes and pastries.

High tea was originally served to royal gatherings on posh high-backed chairs, but it became a working-class replacement for dinner during the Industrial Revolution. It is more likely to be a variety of dishes such as cold meats, fish and salads as well as baked goods. High tea is served later in the day, more like a traditional evening meal.

In Hong Kong, afternoon tea is much more likely to be in the mid-afternoon, but the dishes served can be as adventurous as you are. Read more here.


Afternoon tea collaborations

Given its history, it’s no surprise that afternoon tea and tea parties as we know them have leaned towards a feminine audience. However, with nouveau twists to this traditional social ritual, establishments are attracting clientele across a spectrum of ages, genders and professions.

Afternoon tea was originally hosted in the grounds of Queen Victoria’s stately manors and castles – venues of luxurious grandeur in comparison to most of modern-day Hong Kong’s living spaces, which are customarily unadorned and very much lived in. Perhaps this is the reason that afternoon tea has become a service offered by luxury hotels worldwide. For afternoon tea to now be taken in bright and shining deluxe hotels seems the natural progression, from 19th-century manor houses to the equivalent modern-day socialising event.

After all, people love an excuse to put on their glad rags and meet up with friends, but the element of luxury is what makes afternoon tea that little bit more special – there are plenty of cafés for an average catch-up! What we have today is a very different creature, with a wide availability and variety of delicious afternoon teas that attract people looking for special experiences. It is, perhaps, the exclusivity of afternoon tea that makes it so attractive.

In the past decade, it has been increasingly popular to combine the typically high-class practice of afternoon tea with the glamour of designer brands. What do we mean by this? Many luxury hotels around Hong Kong (and, indeed, worldwide) have collaborated with multi-billion-dollar beauty, jewellery and fashion brands as well as pop-culture franchises to inspire their afternoon tea themes. With these collaborations, clientele can expect to live a lifestyle of luxury in both the social and material aspects – just like the creator of afternoon tea herself, the Duchess of Bedford!


MATCHESFASHION.COM x Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

MATCHESFASHION.COM x Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House Hong Kong

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, The Upper House’s always chic Café Gray Deluxe has a stunning afternoon tea set this summer offered in collaboration with premier shopping website MATCHESFASHION.COM. We were lucky enough to attend a media preview and can attest to the beautiful presentation and taste of each item in the set. On the savoury front, the adorable stacked truffle and egg sandwich topped with a sunny-side-up quail egg was the winner, while we adored the bright, refreshing flavours of the mango passion fruit tartlet (of which the buttery pastry shell was textbook perfect). But it was the light and airy scones (some of the best we’ve had in HK) that truly stole our heart. If you use the promo code “TUHMF” when booking this tea, you’ll receive a pretty scented candle from MATCHESFASHION.COM while supplies last. And you can’t beat the views at Café Gray!

Price: $325/1 or $560/2

When: daily, 3:30–5:30pm, 22 July–31 August 2019

49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106, book online


Popinjays at The Murray, Hong Kong

Afternoon tea at Popinjays Hong Kong

The Murray’s rooftop eatery Popinjays gives afternoon tea a tropical makeover. Whilst enjoying the stunning views of Central, guests can nosh on savoury delectables the likes of organic egg and Kristal caviar blinis and blue lobster and apple remoulade as well as a selection of savoury muffins. For the sweet tooth, there are strawberry lamingtons, Thai basil cream macarons, coconut and pineapple eclairs and warm scones served with homemade papaya and mango jam. There’s even an option (for an extra $90) for the signature cherry jubilee and blood orange scones to be flambéed tableside. If you’re not in the mood for a hot pot of tea, take your pick of speciality drinks such as Fruit Dove, a blend of rosebud, hibiscus and blackcurrant tea with soda, to liven up the palate.

Price: $688/2; +$300/person, to include a glass of Deutz Blanc de Blancs or Charles Heidsieck Rosé

When: Tuesday–Sunday, 2:30–4:30pm

Rooftop, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888, book online

*The Murray’s special pet-friendly Paws for Tea afternoon tea*

The Murray’s inaugural pet-friendly afternoon tea is launched this August at The Arches, the hotel’s semi-outdoor event space on the first floor. The adorable themed teatime treats for humans include Dashchund (bite-sized hot dog of house-made lobster sausage on mini brioche) and Fifi’s French Delight (Norwegian smoked salmon blinis with caviar), while pups will be bow-wowing over the ox-liver, moose and salmon ice cream by Swedish dog deli Hugo & Celine and dog biscuits courtesy of Cookie DPT. Mr Organic will be there with his products for dogs, as will Raw Rawr’s freeze-dried raw dog food. A great bonding experience with our fine furry friends.

Price: from $898 for 2 humans + 1 dog (under 10kg) if booked before 12 August 2019 ($998 thereafter)

When: Saturday, 24 August 2019, 2–4pm

To book: phone 3141 8888 or email rbevents.themurray@niccolohotels.com


Giuseppe Zanotti x Café 103 In Love with Dazzling Beauty Afternoon Tea
 at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Giuseppe Zanotti  x The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong afternoon tea

The highest venue for afternoon tea in Hong Kong, Café 103 on the 103rd floor of The Ritz-Carlton has teamed up with iconic Italian luxury shoe brand Giuseppe Zanotti to create the In Love with Dazzling Beauty afternoon tea inspired by the brand’s autumn-winter 2019 Urban Beauty collection. Giuseppe Zanotti’s signature design elements such as animal prints, butterflies and flowers feature in both the delicate desserts, like the mascarpone raspberry tart, apricot basil cake and pistachio moscato tart, and the stunning rotating flower-bed tea stand (with crystal-encrusted butterflies!). Highlights of the savoury items include foie gras and fig mousse macaron with Prunier caviar and BBQ pulled pork squid ink mini burger. Fashionistas, at the ready!

Price: $418/person; +$270 for glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut

When: daily, 3:30–5:30pm, 15 July–15 September 2019

103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270, book online


The Verandah

Afternoon tea at The Verandah, Hong Kong

Al-fresco dining overlooking picturesque Repulse Bay, The Verandah gives traditional afternoon tea a modern transformation. In homage to the classic egg sandwich, The Verandah chefs have created a decadent truffle scrambled egg tartlet. Bayonne ham dust, cucumber, tomato, red onion and mixed cereal bread roll replace the traditional ham sandwich. There are also caramel chocolate pillows, coconut marshmallow twists and hazelnut praline domes alongside cold-brewed blueberry hibiscus black tea for some five-star munching. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s two unique tea blends, Alphonso mango tea and cinnamon and almond black tea.

Price: $308/person or $588/2 on weekdays; $328/person or $604/2 on weekends and public holidays

When: daily, 3–5:30pm

109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292 2822, book online


Harry Winston x The Peninsula Hong Kong

 Harry Winston x The Peninsula Hong Kong

In collaboration with jeweller to the stars Harry Winston, the grande dame of Hong Kong hotels The Peninsula has created the glittering Winston Garden Afternoon Tea. Taking a cue from the brand’s beloved floral-inspired jewellery collections, expect scrumptious goodies such as mango rolls with mango cream, blue shortbread with vanilla cream and raspberry macarons. Of course, the sweet and savoury delicacies will be accompanied by The Peninsula’s signature buttery scones with clotted cream and organic strawberry jam. Guests who enjoy the afternoon tea will also be entitled to receive a pair of Harry Winston teaspoons from the Harry Winston salon at The Peninsula Arcade.

Price: $398/person or $718/2

When: daily, 2–6pm, 1 June–31 July 2019

Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST, 2696 6772, diningphk@peninsula.com


Hello Kitty x The Peninsula Hong Kong

Hello Kitty x The Peninsula Hong Kong afternoon tea

As part of the legendary hotel’s partnership with Sanrio, the Japanese dream factory that has created iconic characters the likes of Hello Kitty, Keroppi and Pochacco, a special Hello Kitty Culinary Adventure Afternoon Tea will be served from August until the end of September, with tiers of scrumptious goodies inspired by Hello Kitty’s signature bow and profile. Be ready to be tickled pink with adorably decorated treats ranging from English trifle cake, to chocolate rose tea sandwich cookies, to caramel apple tart. The kitty herself, alongside The Peninsula’s pageboy bear, may also make an appearance while you dine. Meow!

Price: $438/person or $798/2

When: daily, 2–6pm,, 1 August–30 September2019

Lobby, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST, 2696 6772, diningphk@peninsula.com


Mövenpick x GREEN Sweet Paradise Afternoon Tea at Hotel ICON

Mövenpick x GREEN at Hotel ICON

With air-con weather on full blast, GREEN at Hotel ICON has you covered with the coolest afternoon tea in town. On top of scrumptious goodies like chorizo mozzarella on toast, roasted potato ball stuffed with caviar, mushroom Wellington square, Bloody Mary with shrimp skewer, Parmesan pesto toast with smoked salmon and a selection of chocolate-coated ice-cream treats shaped like summer fruits is an UNLIMITED supply of Mövenpick ice cream. In celebration of the ice-cream brand’s new summer flavours – lemon pie, Black Forest cake and cookies and caramel – the afternoon tea sweetens the deal with a beautifully arranged cookies and caramel potted-plant dessert, just in case you still haven’t had your fill. Now, talk about the sweet life!

Price: $308/person or $568/2

When: daily, 3–5pm or 5–7pm, 6 June–31 August 2019

G/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1300, book online


Lillet x Conrad Hong Kong

 Lillet x Conrad Hong Kong

Lovers of French aperitif Lillet can get their fix this summer at Conrad Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge, where it’s been incorporated into a special cocktail – the pink-hued Lillet Marie with grapefruit and soda water – for the afternoon tea set. The food items sing of France and the Med in the summertime. On the savoury side, bites include Pays de la Loire cod in Lillet beurre blanc, tomato and olive pastry and smoked salmon mousse in profiterole, while the summery sweet highlights are orange and honey cheesecake, Grand Marnier baba with Chantilly cream and berries and Valrhona 40% Jivara chocolate and cherry pound cake.

Price: $538/2 (includes L’Oréal matte lipstick to take home); +$90/person for glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 6 May–31 July 2019 (with the exception of 7–9 and 31 May)

Lobby, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2822 8891, book online


su:m37° x Alibi Picnic on the Beach Afternoon Tea at Cordis, Hong Kong

su:m37° x Alibi Picnic on the Beach Afternoon Tea at Cordis, Hong Kong

Another beauty-inspired afternoon tea, this one sees a crossover between Korean natural fermented skincare line su:m37° and the refreshing, summery treats crafted by Alibi’s chef de cuisine, James Oakley, from mango and passion fruit choux to a pina colada delight (the scones even have a tropical twist with the addition of guava jam). On the savoury front, expect sustainable seafood delights such as salmon tartare with coriander espuma and hamachi with sea urchin sabayon. Diners will each receive a travel-size Water-Full Radiant skincare set plus a voucher for a surprise gift from the su:m37° beauty counter.

Price: $498/2, to include 2 glasses of Golden Pineapple cocktail

When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 24 June–30 September 2019

5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, 3552 3028, book online


COBO HOUSE

Afternoon tea at COBO HOUSE Hong Kong

Afternoon tea is given a local Hong Kong spin at COBO HOUSE with Chef Davin Kim’s Cha Chaan tea set, featuring four savoury snacks and eight desserts. Indulge in a pineapple bun filled with homemade butter blended with fresh uni, endive topped with galbi beef and homemade flatbread topped with ruby chocolate shavings, curiously named “cheese dirty roll”. The “burger and egg” is made of chocolate mousse with egg-shaped marshmallows, while the “sweet hot dog” is a sausage-shaped macaron drizzled with mango sauce. Also on the menu are the restaurant’s own branded artisanal chocolate bonbons and homemade plain and Earl Grey scones. Limited to just 10 sets per day, guests are offered a selection of environmentally friendly Løv tea and Costadoro coffee.

Those enjoying afternoon tea between 25 June and 18 August 2019 will be treated to a Summer Wonderland Cha Chaan experience in collaboration with popular Taiwanese graphic artist Mr. H.H. (and his lovable sidekick, Mei Mei). In addition to some of the twisted delicacies mentioned above, this special set includes Taiwanese-inspired bites including braised pork on rice cracker, roasted garlicky sausage and Mei’s popcorn chicken.

Price: $588/2

When: weekends and public holidays, 3–5:30pm

G/F and 1/F, 8–12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2656 3088, book online


SHÈ

Afternoon tea at SHÈ, Hong Kong

Newcomer SHÈ inside ifc mall’s Lane Crawford welcomes guests with an afternoon tea set full of Chinese flavours. Classic Chinese treats including har gow (shrimp dumplings) have been luxuriously redesigned, using beetroot-infused pink dumpling skin and prawns laced with champagne. Traditional steamed meatballs are given a decadent veneer with real truffle and three types of mushrooms mixed with Ibérico pork and bacon. On the sweet front, there’s a yin-yang-style sponge cake and buttery egg tart bites, just to name a few.

Price: $288/2 on weekdays; $328/2 on weekends and public holidays

When: daily, 3–5pm

Portion A of Shop 3025–3026 and 3031–3066, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2110 0153


BY TERRY x Palm Court Glow-in-the Rose Afternoon Tea at The Langham, Hong Kong

Glow-in-Rose Afternoon Tea with BY TERRY at The Langham’s Palm Court Hong Kong

Timeless Palm Court at The Langham’s annual summer afternoon tea offering is always eagerly awaited for the fun collaborations that are showcased. This year, the tea set is inspired by French luxury beauty brand BY TERRY’s Glow-in-the-Rose floral-focused summer collection. A great example of one of the many sweet elements is the seashell-shaped blueberry buttercream macaron with white chocolate silver pearl, which pays tribute to one of BY TERRY’s star ingredients, the Tahitian black pearl. Indulgent savouries and scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and rose preserves are included in the set.

Price: $368/1 or $628/2; to upgrade to a set with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV, $548/1 or $918/2 (to include a voucher to redeem a BY TERRY limited-edition pouch with Baume de Rose travel-size lip gloss)

When: daily (weekdays, 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2:15–4:15pm or 4:30–6:30pm), 1 June–31 July 2019

Lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, TST, 2132 7898, book online


POLA x InterContinental Hong Kong The Promise Afternoon Tea


POLA x InterContinental Hong Kong: The Promise Afternoon Tea


Japanese skincare brand POLA takes the cake at InterContinental’s Lobby Lounge this summer, where the teatime treats are inspired by POLA’s newest whitening products. The striking custom-made White Shot tea stand features savouries such as Dungeness crabmeat and pineapple with yuzu dressing and king prawn and coconut foam with crispy rice, sweets like raspberry and matcha sphere and vanilla and lychee cream with crunchy pearls and scones with clotted cream, Earl Grey jelly and strawberry and rose jam. Each guest will be gifted with a POLA White Shot Energy Brightening Experience set, including the new White Shot Energy Brightening Lotion + Milk trial package, travel-size White Shot RXS, a hand massage voucher and special POLA shopping offers.

Price: $688/2; +$60/person for Promise for Myself ginger-beer drink with raspberry syrup, green apple syrup and lemon juice

When: daily (Monday–Friday, 2:30–6pm; weekends and public holidays, 1:30–6pm), 25 June–31 July 2019

Lobby, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2721 1211


Caudalie x InterContinental Hong Kong Grape Antioxidant Tea

Caudalie x InterContinental Hong Kong Grape Antioxidant Tea

Moving from Japan to France, InterContinental’s Lobby Lounge has a second summertime afternoon tea offering inspired by French skincare brand Caudalie’s “fruit of the vine“, a key element of its products. This includes a bespoke tea stand, as well as savouries like duck foie gras and red grape jam mini brioche and blue crab and Kaluga caviar with grape leaf and red wine reduction and, on the sweet side, red grape savarin with vanilla whipped cream. Because Bordeaux is the most famous wine region of France, Bordeaux-born canelé pastries will also make an appearance. Each set includes two Caudalie Resveratrol[Lift] trial kits, which include shopping and spa discounts, while supplies last.

Price: $688/2

When: daily (Monday–Friday, 2:30–6pm; weekends and public holidays, 1:30–6pm), 1 August–30 September 2019

Lobby, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2721 1211


Hidden Forest Afternoon Tea at AMMO

Hidden Forest Afternoon Tea at AMMO Hong Kong

To coincide with Asia Society’s Hidden Forests summer arts and culture project, AMMO – the glittering restaurant surrounded by lush foliage housed within Asia Society – has launched an equally gorgeous summertime afternoon tea set that pays homage to our city’s green spaces. From the crispy seaweed with dried scallop to the matcha tiramisu, AMMO’s Hidden Forest tea set has got us dreaming of picnics in the park.

Price: $428/2 or $528/2 to include 2 glasses of bubbly

When: daily, 3–5pm, 6 July–5 September 2019

Lower Level, Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2537 9888, book online


SOFINA x Club @28 Summer Beauty Afternoon Tea at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay

Club @28 x SOFINA Summer Beauty Afternoon Tea at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay

Antioxidant ingredients with detoxifying effects are the focus of this afternoon tea at rooftop bar and lounge Club @28, where sweets such as chamomile panna cotta with bird’s nest, mango pomelo sago with aloe vera and almond soup with egg white take centre stage. Each guest will walk away with a voucher that can be redeemed for three skincare products by Japanese brand SOFINA (guests can also enjoy a 15% discount on the tea set with a presentation of a SOFINA sales receipt issued from July to September).

Price: $448/2 (weekdays) or $478/2 (weekends and public holidays)

When: daily, 2:30–5pm, 6 July–30 September 2019


28/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 3980 3300


Mango Fiesta Summer Afternoon Tea at Mirage Bar & Restaurant, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Mango Fiesta Summer Afternoon Tea at Mirage Bar & Restaurant, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Oooh, it’s all about the oh-so-sweet and succulent mango with this summertime afternoon tea offering at Mirage, with the seasonal fruit making an appearance on both the sweet and savoury sides. This means you’ll be digging into the likes of macadamia nut and mango tart, mango pudding and mango-flavoured scones, as well as mango gazpacho, grilled prawns with green mango salad and curry puff with mango chutney. Mango-nificent!

Price: $198/person (weekdays) or $218/person (weekends and public holidays)

When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 6 June–30 September 2019

1/F, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2802 8888, book online


Annoushka x Gradini A Dream Paradise Afternoon Tea at The Pottinger Hong Kong

Annoushka x Gradini A Dream Paradise Afternoon Tea at The Pottinger Hong Kong

This may be the swishest afternoon tea yet. Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano has taken inspiration from UK luxury jewellery brand Annoushka’s 18-carat gold, diamond and mother-of-pearl Dream Catcher collection to fashion this dreamily decadent afternoon tea set. The best bit? Guests will be eligible to receive an Annoushka voucher valued at HK$2,000 for a shopping spree post-tea. We love the sound of the sweets and savouries too, whether it be the gold moscato jelly, chestnut pink pearl and pink chocolate-dipped strawberry or the foie gras mousse mini cone, Milanese saffron risotto and smoked duck breast.

Price: $238/person

When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 1 June–31 July 2019

Lobby, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 72 Queen’s Road Central (entrance at 21 Stanley Street), Central, 2308 3088, gradini@thepottinger.com


Ingrid Millet x Le Soleil at The Royal Garden Hotel Hong Kong

 Ingrid Millet x Le Soleil at The Royal Garden Hotel Hong Kong afternoon tea

Vietnamese restaurant Le Soleil at The Royal Garden has partnered with French aesthetic medical brand Ingrid Millet for this set. You might be thinking that’s a pretty big leap, but given that Vietnam was once a French colony, the two cuisines are actually intrinsically linked. As for health and beauty, if the food doesn’t already tempt you, guests will also receive a free Ingrid Millet goodie bag when enjoying this afternoon tea. Expect Vietnamese-French fusion delights like marinated Boston lobster with fruit salsa and romaine heart and lotus root and crabmeat salad. Vietnamese-inspired drink choices such as Vietnamese coffee and honey pomelo tea are included. And just take a gander at that Eiffel Tower tea stand!

Price: $438/2

When: daily, 3–5:30pm, while supplies last

3/F, The Royal Garden Hotel Hong Kong, 69 Mody Road, TST East, 2733 2033, book online


Les Néréides x Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

 Les Néréides x Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong Garden Tea

Making jewellery inspired by nature , Les Néréides is an exemplary brand on which to model this luxurious Garden Tea. Executive Pastry Chef Julien Gourmelon and Executive Chef Matthew Woolford at Kerry Hotel’s Lobby Lounge have worked closely with the brand to design just that, based on Les Néréides’ spring/summer 2019 collections Luxurious Canopy and Hanging Garden. The Toucan (featuring a roasted coconut and milk chocolate mousse beak), scones served with homemade pomegranate preserves and passion fruit butter and a flower crabmeat cone with passion fruit, mint and sesame are just some of the tropical treats inspired by the floral and feminine jewellery designs. Guest can also walk away with a Kerry x Les Néréides branded bracelet and shopping vouchers while stocks last.

Price: $638/2

When: daily (weekdays, 2:30–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2–6pm), 17 May–16 August 2019

1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Hung Hom, 2252 5237, book online


Studio Ghibli x Café Parlour at House 1881

Studio Ghibli x Café Parlour at House 1881 afternoon teaIt’s not all about beauty and fashion collaborations, baby! With a love for one of the world’s most recognised and beloved animation studios, Café Parlour has collaborated with Japan’s Studio Ghibli to create an afternoon tea based on one of the company’s most popular animated films, My Neighbour Totoro. Of the 12 treats featured, highlights include raspberry chocolate lollipops resembling the Soot Sprites and mushroom-like vanilla white chocolate mousse cake to capture the movie’s forest setting.

Price: $650/2

When: daily, 2:30–5:30pm, 27 June–31 August 2019

Main Building, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, TST, 3988 0088, fnb@house1881.com


Barbie x Vive Cake Boutique

Barbie x Vive Cake Boutique Live Laugh Love Afternoon Tea

With nothing less than an all-pink theme, fans can celebrate Barbie’s 60th birthday at Vive Cake Boutique in Central with the Live Laugh Love Afternoon Tea. Strawberry panna cotta, raspberry pavlova and red velvet cupcakes are some of the pink-hued sweet treats, while the mini Wagyu burger is a savoury high. Instead of tea, why not a cup of coffee with Barbie foam?

Price: $218/1 or $398/2

When: Thursday–Sunday and public holidays, 2:30–6:30pm , 4 June–31 July 2019

Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 9602 2869

Chill Out, Fruit In Afternoon Tea at WOOBAR, W Hong Kong

 Chill Out, Fruit In Afternoon Tea at WOOBAR, W Hong Kong

Get fruity with WOOBAR’s summertime afternoon tea set, where the sweet offerings are tropical to the max. Pineapple mousse cake in chocolate dome, yuzu marshmallow tart and mango mousse cake, anyone? The savouries may not be fruit based, but they sure are tempting – especially the Wagyu tataki with sake onion, served on an edible spoon!

Price: $488/2 (weekdays) or $638/2 (weekends and public holidays, to include 2 glasses of sparkling wine)

When: daily (Monday–Friday, 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2–5:30pm), while stocks last

6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, TST, 3717 2889, woobar.hk@whotels.com


Hellenic High Tea at Estiatorio KEIA

 Hellenic High Tea at Estiatorio KEIA Hong Kong


Luxe Greek restaurant Estiatoria KEIA has introduced a Greek-inspired afternoon tea that’s quite unique in the 852. The three-tiered set includes savouries like vol-au-vent spanakopita style (spinach, feta and dill, for those not well versed in all things Greek) and open salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, six sweets (we’re jonesing for the mini mojito eclair and Sicilian lemon mini cake) and scones with all the classic accoutrements. The bevvy choices are equally as enticing – from Greek mountain tea to Mastika coffee (+$28), for a real afternoon pick-me-up.

Price: $288/1 or $488/2

When: daily, 3–6pm

2/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Roade Central, Central, 2677 7737, book online


High Chai at VEDA

High Chai at VEDA Hong Kong

This vegetarian (and mostly gluten-free) afternoon tea at veggie restaurant extraordinaire VEDA is a real keeper; we hope more restaurants in HK follow suit with greener teatime offerings. It’s heavy on the savoury items – which we are particularly happy about – and includes delicious bites like mini avocado toast, shiitake mushroom tart and Brazilian cheese bread (pão de quiejo). The Pukka teas and coffee selection make for fine accompaniments to these lighter, healthier delights. Watch our video.

Price: $220/1 or $408/2

When: daily, 3–5:30pm

Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 3755 3067, book online


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