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!
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.
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/person
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
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)
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.
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
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.
Kowloon Shangri-La (Signature Christmas Delight Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x GLYCEL)
Over at Kowloon 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
For reservations: book online