Header photo: strawberry and Timur berry charlotte by Head Pastry Chef Matthieu Carlin, Jardin d’Hiver, Hôtel de Crillon
You might like the latest edition – Hong Kong afternoon teas in Summer 2023
French GourMay afternoon teas
The month of May is when Hong Kong’s love affair with France takes over the city. The French GourMay festival is dedicated to the world of French gastronomy, and the theme this year is “Bubble Up”, focusing on the French sparkling wines we can’t seem to get enough of. So we say à votre santé to this year’s French GourMay afternoon teas!
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong (Valrhona French GourMay Afternoon Tea by Tiffin)
Tiffin’s fitting French GourMay collab is with top French chocolatier Valrhona, and Hotel Executive Pastry Chef Smita Grosse has designed this themed afternoon tea experience to include the likes of Valrhona Opalys 33% namelaka (inverted ganache) with bergamot gel and Breton biscuit, Valrhona Bahibe 46% mousse with hazelnut crunch and cold orange custard and freshly baked scones flavoured with Valrhona milk chocolate. As always at Tiffin, savoury bites are included at teatime, as is the all-you-can-eat dessert counter with live stations offering crêpes Suzette and waffles and the ice-cream counter featuring 10 homemade flavours.
Where: M/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai
When: 1–31 May 2023 (daily, 3:15–5pm)
How much: HK$368 for 1 on weekdays; HK$398 for 1 on weekends and public holidays. A takeaway tea set is available daily from 12–5pm, priced at $458 for 2.
The Mira Hong Kong (Joie de Vivre Afternoon Tea by COCO)
The Mira has launched this afternoon tea with a French flair. It includes five creative pastries (examples: pistachio and raspberry financier, mini opera cake, mango millefeuille), five gourmet savoury bites (examples: truffle Brie on toasted brioche with onion marmalade, smoked salmon and caviar mille crêpe), as well as homemade daily baked butterfly cookies and their signature raisin and truffle scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and French raspberry and lemon jam handmade by the hotel’s culinary director, Chef Sheldon Fonseca.
Where: G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118–130 Nathan Road, TST
When: 1 May–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–6pm)
How much: HK$268 for 1 or HK$568 for 2; HK$848 for 2 to include a 375ml bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV
Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West (French GourMay Exclusive Afternoon Tea by Nina Patisserie)
Nina Patisserie’s latest afternoon tea set is inspired by French GourMay. The menu includes a mix of traditional French pastries like crème brûlée and lemon tart, savoury items such as crayfish-tail salad with pickled white asparagus and duck confit in beetroot jelly and additional sweet treats like pecan madeleine and raspberry eclair.
Where: G/F, Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
When: 1 May–30 June 2023 (daily, 2:30–5:30pm)
How much: HK$468 for 2. The price is HK$388 for 2 for a takeaway tea set.
For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 5330 5315
Other afternoon teas
ALVA HOTEL BY ROYAL (Belgian Chocolate & Blood Orange Afternoon Tea by PitStop)
A fan of fruit-flavoured chocolate? PitStop’s vibrant new afternoon tea features an array of sweets and savouries crafted using both Belgian Satongo 72% chocolate and blood orange, including a special soda drink flavoured with blood orange. The teatime bites run the gamut from smoked scallop with a salsa made of blood orange and chilli and tiger prawn salad cup with blood orange and avocado tart to blood orange with Belgian Satongo 72% chocolate cake and Belgian Satongo 72% chocolate crispy dome.
Where: 1/F, ALVA HOTEL BY ROYAL, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Shatin
When: 1 April–30 June 2023 (daily, 2:30–5:30pm)
How much: HK$688 for 2; +HK$88/glass of Moët & Chandon champagne
AMMO (Rewind Afternoon Tea x Esse)
A jewel box of a restaurant nestled within Asia Society, AMMO is partnering with South African organic, probiotic skincare brand Esse to present a tea set filled with the flavours of the Rainbow Nation. Peri-peri chicken, curry beef mini sandwich, malva pudding with vanilla coulis and rooibos apple tea and aloe jelly are amongst the sweet and savoury items diners can look forward to.
Where: Lower Level, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
When: 1 May–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–5pm)
How much: HK$438 for 2. Takeaway tea sets are also available and can be ordered online with one day advance notice. Over Mother’s Day weekend (13–14 May), the tea set is priced at HK$880 for 2 and includes participation in a floral workshop and two bespoke bouquets.
Bonus: every tea set for two comes with two Esse skincare sets (valued at HK$710), while stocks last.
For reservations: phone 2537 9888 or book online
the Arca (Spring Blossom Jap-cha Arcanoon Tea by Arca Society)
This afternoon tea experience at the gorgeous Arca Society space is a bit different from the norm, featuring a Japanese tea pairing with three notes of flavours, from light to strong. The fragrant tea-infused bites paired with the cha include pan-seared Hokkaido scallop with Earl Grey tea oil on toast, hojicha chicken breast vol-au-vent, Uji matcha and red bean cake and hojicha cheesecake. The restaurant’s classic scones are served with clotted cream and homemade Earl Grey jam.
Where: 3/F, the Arca, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
When: 1 April–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–5pm)
How much: HK$438 for 2
For reservations: phone 3701 6030 or book online
Conrad Hong Kong (AbsoluTea™ Summer Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x AMORE PACIFIC)
It’s not officially summer until 21 June, but Conrad is easing in with this summery afternoon tea partnership with AMORE PACIFIC, a Korean pioneer in green-tea-based skincare. AbsoluTea™ is the brand’s hero ingredient; this antioxidant is harvested from the first sprouted green tea leaves, handpicked within the 15 days before the “grain rain” in early spring. Taking the brand as an inspiration, Executive Chef Manki Lee and his culinary team have devised an array of Korean-influenced delicacies. Highlights include a bonsai-like black sesame mousse, beef kimbap, cheesy kimchi rice cake, bone-marrow croquette with yuzu kosho and scones in two special flavours of green tea and soy flour. Two bevvies – AbsoluTea™ Yuzu Sparkler (Ujeon tea, yuzu and soda) and Green Goddess (grapefruit and green tea smoothie) – complete the experience.
Where: Lobby, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 15 May–14 June 2023 (weekdays, 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 3:30–6pm)
How much: HK$348 for 1 or HK$668 for 2 on weekdays; HK$358 for 1 or HK$688 for 2 on weekends and public holidays
Bonus: every guest will receive an Essential Ritual Experience gift set (valued at HK$350) that includes AMORE PACIFIC samples and a redemption card.
Cordis, Hong Kong (Zestastic Afternoon Tea by Alibi)
The focus of this new afternoon tea at Alibi at Cordis is the hotel’s signature brand colour – orange – complemented by bites in the same shade. This translates to savouries like hand-cut Polmard beef tartare with yuzu and smoked paprika and mushroom arancini with truffle sauce, while on the sweet side, tangy, refreshing treats include mandarin-yuzu tart and pudding flavoured with orange and almond milk. The signature scones are accompanied by orange marmalade (and clotted cream), and there’s a delightful-sounding Amber Sunset mocktail – made with yuzu, orange and passionfruit – included to boot. Limited to 15 sets per day.
Where: 5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
When: from 1 March 2023 (daily, 3–5:30pm)
How much: HK$498 for 2
The Dispensary x Paul Lafayet (Sketch Tea Box)
This unique pairing sees Tai Kwun cocktail lounge The Dispensary partnering with renowned French patisserie Paul Lafayet to present a Chinese-Italian afternoon tea set – HK meets France meets Italy! The Sketch Tea Box opens to reveal a range of innovative savoury bites courtesy of The Dispensary’s restaurant neighbours The Chinese Library and Cantina, ranging from crab-roe siu mai and matsutake mushroom bao to gnocco fritto with mortadella and stracchino and salmon and mascarpone sandwich. The limited-time sweets by Paul Lafayet include classic tiramisu, an Amalfi lemon dome, macarons in both black sesame and pistachio flavours and the bakery’s signature mini crème brûlée. The Sketch Tea Box will refresh with new items each month, but it always includes a Tea O’Clock cocktail made with Hennessy cognac, homemade croissant cordial and tea liqueur. Guests can personalise their box with their own sketches or handwritten notes on the mirror.
Where: Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
When: Thursday–Sunday from 4 May 2023, 3–5pm
How much: HK$298 for 1; +HK$128/person for 1-hour free-flow Prosecco
For reservations: phone 2848 3000
Fortnum & Mason (Coronation Afternoon Tea by 181)
Fortnum & Mason’s elegant 181 restaurant is honouring the historic coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla with a specially curated afternoon tea menu inspired by the king’s philosophy of the importance of using seasonal, local ingredients and traditional farming methods. The Coronation Classic Afternoon Tea Top Plate showcases an array of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserves and lemon curd and dainty seasonal sweet bites like Earl Grey mousse with bergamot jelly, rose eclair and dark chocolate and raspberry cup – plus a slice of mixed berry cake with vanilla or honey, orange and camomile cream cake. The British-influenced delicacies are paired with the limited-edition Coronation Darjeeling Tea with its beautiful fragrance and rich flavour.
From 29 April, 181’s first all-savoury afternoon tea – the Coronation Savoury Top Plate – will be another teatime option, this time featuring takes on King Charles’ favourite savoury dishes, from coronation lobster with charcoal tuile, to Kettyle lamb Scotch egg with wild herb aioli, to Devonshire crab tartlet with pickled daikon.
Where: Shop 022, G/F, K11 ATELIER, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST
When: from 26 April 2023 (daily, 2–6pm)
How much: HK$588 for 2
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour (Betsu Bara Afternoon Tea by The Farmhouse x Luna Cake)
This Japanese-inspired afternoon tea at The Farmhouse is a collab with home-grown Japanese bakery Luna Cake, specialising in Hokkaido cheesecake. The live stations are always a highlight here, this time including made-to-order, all-you-can-eat dorayaki (Japanese pancakes filled with red bean and custard), taiyaki (fish-shaped Japanese pastries filled with custard) and Japanese soufflé pancakes, as well as a fantastic ice-cream bar. The generous sweets and savouries, presented bento style, include unagi (eel) taco, deep-fried lobster hand roll, mini versions of Luna’s famous Hokkaido double cheesecake in both original and Yamanashi white peach flavours, matcha opera cake and yuzu-passionfruit tart.
From 1 April to 1 May, there’s also a giveaway on to win a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa, inclusive of daily breakfast and dinner, plus an afternoon tea experience for two (valued at HK$12,000).
Where: 2/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point
When: 1 April– 25 June 2023 (daily, 3:30–5pm; Mother’s Day Eve and Mother’s Day – 2:45–4:30pm)
How much: HK$688 for 2
Bonus: the set comes with two Luna Cake cash and discount voucher sets, while supplies last.
I-O-N Café Bar (Blushing Sakura Afternoon Tea)
It’s all about Japanese cherry blossoms at the three branches of I-O-N Café Bar this spring. The number-one savoury item in the afternoon tea set is the caviar-topped devilled egg, complemented by a sweet highlight of sakura-raspberry cheesecake. The Central Market location is the most atmospheric of the trio, where diners are seated right in the middle of the action.
Where: branches in Central, Kwun Tong and Wong Chuk Hang; click here for locations and booking details
When: 6 March–30 April 2023 (Central Market – daily, 3–6pm; Kwun Tong and Wong Chuk Hang – weekends, 3–6pm)
How much: HK$498 for 2
Island Shangri-La (Art on the Plate Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge)
Island Shangri–La is getting into the Art Month action with an art-inspired afternoon tea that’s on for just 11 days. Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky and Executive Pastry Chef Julien Gourmelon have curated a medley of colourful, artistically executed bites to delight the eyes as well as the palate. There are three showstopping sweet treats – Black & White (sesame sponge cake with black sesame nougatine and sesame mousse), Sakura x Butterfly (strawberry confit with sakura mousse and vanilla sponge cake) and Purple Palette (vanilla mousse with blackcurrant jelly) – plus three indulgent savouries and classic scones served with clotted cream and jam.
Where: 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
When: 21–31 March 2023 (weekdays, 3–5pm; weekends and public holidays, 2–3:45pm, 4–5:30pm)
How much: HK$888 for 2
Kerry Hotel (Vivid Summer Hues Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x PAUL & JOE BEAUTE)
Kerry Hotel already has summer on the brain with this bright and colourful afternoon tea set, a partnership with Parisian makeup brand PAUL & JOE. Inspired by the brand’s new summer collection and hero products, Executive Chef Michael Clinton and Executive Pastry Chef Jérôme Husson have curated an array of artistic confections. P&J is a a savoury red prawn tartare and orange-blossom jelly concoction, while foie gras ice cream and caviar waffle are yet more creative savoury contenders. On the sweet side, we’re enticed by the likes of blueberry and fromage blanc tart, mint and chocolate cake and honey and lemon cake. To wet your whistle, there’s a complimentary lychee-pineapple soda drink included in the set.
Where: 1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon
When: 3 April–31 May 2023 (weekdays, 2:30–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 1:30–4pm, 4:15–6pm)
How much: HK$638 for 2 on weekdays; HK$668 for 2 on weekends and public holidays; +HK$188/2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut NV. A takeaway tea set for 2 is available for HK$588, minus the gift sets.
Bonus: every tea set comes with two PAUL & JOE BEAUTE gift sets (valued at HK$140), while supplies last.
Kowloon Shangri-La (Aura Radiance Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x su:m37°)
Clean Korean beauty brand su:m37, well known for its naturally fermented cosmetics, is the latest afternoon tea partner at Kowloon Shangri-La, with the hotel’s signature floral birdcage this time containing refined, orange-hued sweets and savouries inspired by the brand’s LosecSumma Elixir product series. Highlights of the savoury bites include seared Hokkaido scallop with white truffle and smoked salmon emulsion and heirloom tomatoes with black truffle dip, while the sweet bites have a decidedly fruity slant in the form of the likes of mango and lemongrass Bavarian, peach and bergamot sphere and chocolate, apricot and banana quenelle. A seasonal fruit platter is also part of the elegant deal.
Where: Lobby, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, TST East
When: 1 May–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–6pm, including Mother’s Day weekend with exclusive sweet and savoury items + a complimentary rose-infused latte, tea or lemonade)
How much: HK$368 for 1 or HK$688 for 2. This tea set is also available for takeaway (excluding the fruit platter and beverages). On Mother’s Day weekend, it’s priced at HK$468 for 1 or HK$888 for 2.
Bonus: for every afternoon tea set for two, two su:m37° LosecSumma Elixir deluxe gift sets (valued at HK$528) are included, while supplies last.
LAB EAT Restaurant & Bar (Royal Tea Set)
This popular rooftop restaurant in Mongkok serving up global cuisine has introduced a highly anticipated afternoon tea set that places a spotlight on its signature dishes. The Signature Platter features savoury bites including sea urchin crostini, black truffle and foie gras terrine, grilled baby squid, smoked quail leg and more. Also included are five assorted sweets, petits fours and seasonal fresh fruits. For a lighter version, you can instead opt for the Exquisite Platter, which includes simpler (but just as tasty) items like Parma ham crostini, sweet potato fries and smoked salmon sandwich. To wet your whistle, we recommend choosing LAB EAT’s signature fruit tea.
Where: 5/F, T.O.P., 700 Nathan Road, Mongkok
When: ongoing (daily, 3–5:30pm)
How much: Exquisite Platter – HK$98 for 1 (2-person minimum); Signature Platter – HK$198 for 1 (2-person minimum)
The Langham (Stay Fabulous Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x Elizabeth Arden)
In honour of the launch of Elizabeth Arden’s new Ceramide skincare collection, The Langham has created a gorgeous new afternoon tea set at elegant tearoom Palm Court. The pretty-as-a-picture sweets include white chocolate mousse with pink guava, honey-almond shortcake, raspberry macaron and mixed berry crumble tart, while smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwich, honey-roasted chicken-wing lollipop, bacon, egg and cheese tartlet and sausage roll delight on the savoury side.
Where: Lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, TST
When: 1 March–30 April 2023 (weekdays, 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2:15–4:15pm, 4:30–6:30pm)
How much: HK$398 for 1 or HK$698 for 2. The deluxe menu, which includes unlimited Saicho sparkling tea, is priced at HK$898 for 2. To add on a glass of Taittinger champagne per diner, it’s also HK$898 for 2.
Bonus: as part of this collaboration, an Elizabeth Arden seven-piece skincare trial kit, plus an invitation card to redeem a special skincare advisory session and five-piece travel set (valued at HK$1,300), will be gifted, while supplies last.
Le Méridien (Chic Bubbles Afternoon Tea by Southside Bistro x Chandon Garden Spritz & Plantin Kaviari)
Le Méridien’s fourth-floor bistro plays host to an afternoon tea in collaboration with two renowned French brands – Chandon Garden Spritz sparkling wine and caviar specialist Plantin Kaviari. The menu features four seafood-focused savouries that are accented with caviar – from snow crab with Oscietre caviar, cucumber and apple compote to scallop tartare with salmon caviar and cauliflower purée – and six East-meets West sweet treats. Notably, the eatery has a pet-friendly terrace, so you can enjoy teatime with your pup!
Where: 4/F, Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport
When: 1 March–31 May 2023 (daily, 3–5pm)
How much: HK$580 for 2; +HK$90 for 2 glasses of Chandon Garden Spritz. Takeaway afternoon tea is available for the same price.
Bonus: diners will be gifted with a 10% discount card for use on the Plantin Kaviari website.
For reservations: phone 2980 7417 or book online
The Luxe Manor (Nordic Blossom Tea Moment by FINDS x Tea Château)
Inspired by Tea Château’s new sakura green tea, the culinary team at Nordic restaurant FINDS have launched an afternoon tea set featuring a variety of tea-flavoured delicacies, from foie gras terrine with rose jelly and smoked salmon tartare tart with osmanthus-oolong foam to butterfly pea galaxy milk pudding and rose and strawberry sweet cream Swiss roll (vegetarian options are available upon request). In addition to selected coffee, this tea set includes your choice of three speciality teas – Free Your Soul (wellness green tea), Sun Moon black tea from Taiwan and hojicha from Mie Prefecture in Japan. For an extra-special experience, book in with your besties for a private teatime experience in the restaurant’s Eden private room, which has been transformed with a lush green carpet, colourful flowers and Tea Château’s new pink-hued tea machines on display.
Where: 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 38 Kimberley Road, TST
When: 28 March–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–5:30pm)
How much: HK$328 for 1 or HK$568 for 2 on weekdays; HK$358 for 1 or HK$628 for 2 on weekends and public holidays; Tea Moment in Eden private room – HK$488 for 1 (4-person minimum; glass of rosé per person included). A takeaway version of the tea set is available for the same price.
Bonus: afternoon tea guests will each receive a gift voucher to redeem an exclusive Tea Château x Peep card holder at any Tea Château retail shop.
Mandarin Oriental (World of Spring Afternoon Tea by Café Causette x Van Cleef & Arpels)
Mandarin Oriental’s springtime afternoon tea partnership at Café Causette is with French luxury jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels in honour of the brand’s latest collection for spring. Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Texter has recreated the hotel’s signature 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake using Van Cleef & Arpels’ brand colour of deep green with light and dark banding (topped with edible white-chocolate-dusted diamonds), while the Japanese cherry blossom mousse with cherry-gel centre on vanilla shortbread is also inspired by the new collection. For Art Month, the rest of the stunning sweets are inspired by well-known art pieces around the world including Rene Magritte’s The Son of Man. Also included in the set are Chef Texter’s refined finger sandwiches and a selection of scones with rose-petal jam and clotted cream. Limited to 40 sets each day.
Where: M/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central
When: 20–31 March 2022 (weekdays, 2:30–5pm; Saturdays and public holidays, 2–5pm; Sundays, 3:30–5pm)
How much: HK$828 for 2; +HK$180/person for glass of Moët & Chandon vintage champagne; +HK$220/person for glass of Moët & Chandon vintage rosé champagne
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel (Chestnut Afternoon Tea Buffet by Cafe Marco)
The buffet restaurant at Marco Polo HongKong Hotel is now offering a weekend afternoon tea buffet themed around chestnut delicacies. Vanilla-chestnut meringue tart, chestnut crème brûlée, chestnut-blackberry mousse cake and chestnut eclair are just a few of the chestnut-flavoured sweet treats crafted by Pastry Chef Patrick See that are up for grabs. The buffet is accompanied by free-flow fresh juices, coffee and tea.
Where: 1/F, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST
When: 6 May–25 June 2023 (weekends and public holidays, 3:15–5:15pm)
How much: HK$348/adult; HK$248/child; HK$298/senior citizen
The Murray (Rhythm of Pink Cassia Afternoon Tea by Garden Lounge)
Celebrating the annual blossoming season of The Murray’s iconic Old and Valuable Tree, Garden Lounge’s lush indoor-outdoor space is playing host to this themed afternoon tea centred on spring fruits and pink-hued ingredients. Feta, beetroot and thyme quiche, spicy lobster and shrimp cassia bun and crab and lemongrass tart compete on the savoury side, while on the sweet front, there’s white peach compote and raspberry crème tart, ruby chocolate truffle dome, sakura-strawberry-marmalade shortcake roll with sakura crunch and scones in flavours of cranberry and orange blossom to delight diners.
Where: UG/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
When: 13 April–31 May 2023 (daily, 2:45–4:15pm, 4:30–6pm)
How much: HK$788 for 2; +HK$388 for each additional diner; +HK$50 for 2 scoops of Venchi gelato (until 11 May only)
New World Millennium Hotel (Afternoon Tea by The Lounge)
At New World Millennium, the newly unveiled afternoon tea experience looks to be a sumptuous delight. On the sweet side, fruity highlights include strawberry-chocolate tart, raspberry-lemon-pistachio cake and a mousse of fig and passion fruit, while abalone tartlet, Alaskan crabmeat and avocado bavarois with smoked herring roe and golden foie gras nougat with hazelnut and onion jam are just a few of the tempting savoury contenders. At the weekend, additional premium items are included to really gild the lily – think Wagyu beef and kimchi roll, Japanese-style seafood burger and baked conch and abalone with Portuguese sauce.
Where: 15/F, New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, TST East
When: ongoing (daily, 2:30–5:30pm)
How much: HK$318 for 1 or HK$618 for 2 on weekdays; HK$468 for 1 or HK$748 for 2 on weekends and public holidays. A complimentary glass of Prosecco per diner is included until 31 March 2023.
The Peninsula (Afternoon Tea on the Harbour)
Celebrating its incredible 95th anniversary this year, The Peninsula is joining forces with another HK icon – the Star Ferry, this year celebrating 125 years of service – to offer a special limited-time afternoon tea service aboard the lavishly outfitted Star Ferry dubbed World Star. The array of sweet and savoury teatime bites includes tuna niçoise on focaccia, asparagus and Cheddar quiche, pastrami with gherkin, citrus jelly and vanilla cheesecake, apple, cinnamon and caramel tartlet and Mont-Blanc chocolate cream on sesame biscuit. There’s live music to boot.
Where: Star Ferry Pier, TST
When: 1 April–2 July 2023 (weekends and public holidays, 2:30–4pm)
How much: HK$650/person
For reservations: book online
Regent Hong Kong (Afternoon Tea by The Lobby Lounge)
Newly opened Regent Hong Kong has entered the afternoon tea scene with a bang with its scrumptious teatime offerings at The Lobby Lounge – not to mention those breathtaking views… Executive Pastry Chef Andy Yeung has designed a classic, seasonally updated afternoon tea set that features a three-tiered selection of homemade finger sandwiches, mini versions of his glorious cakes, scones and madeleines, accompanied by clotted cream and a very unique rosemary-quince jam. We highly recommend adding on glasses of the lightly effervescent bottled Bellini cocktail by Sei Bellissimi, a delightful combo of Moscatel and peach pulp.
Where: Lobby, Regent Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST
When: ongoing (daily, 12–6pm, with seatings at 12–12:30pm and 3–3:30pm)
How much: HK$888 for 2; HK$1,028 for 2 to include 2 glasses of Sei Bellissimi Bellini (zero ABV available); HK$1,428 for 2 to include 2 glasses of Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne Grand Cru Brut NV
The Ritz-Carlton (Manuka Honey Afternoon Tea by The Lounge & Bar)
With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views, The Ritz-Carlton’s lounge presents an afternoon tea experience centred on luscious manuka honey from New Zealand, which is well known for its unique health benefits. The team of chefs creatively incorporate UMF 7 and 10+ manuka honey into bites including lightly smoked salmon with lemon-honey curd, red prawn croquette with manuka honey chutney, honey financier with lemon cream and honey-black-tea mousse and yuzu cream cake.
Where: 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
When: 3 April–2 July 2023 (Monday–Thursday, 3–6pm; Friday–Sunday and public holidays, 2–4pm, 4:30–6:30pm)
How much: HK$488 for 1 or HK$788 for 2 on weekdays; HK$518 for 1 or HK$838 for 2 on weekends and public holidays; HK$538 for 1 or HK$868 for 2 from 7–10 April
room 3 (Tanoshi Afternoon Tea Voyage)
Chic new Japanese gastrobar room 3 has introduced this tempting afternoon tea experience that includes a choice of drink from a range of house wine, beer, juice, soft drink or sakura tea, matched with nine moreish Japanese snacks – eight savoury bites and a mizu shingen mochi, or raindrop cake, sweet treat. Chicken soft-bone yakitori, garlic chicken wing and snow crab tobiko paired with mentaiko udon are just a few of the highlights. You can also up the ante by ordering one of room 3’s two new sakura-themed cocktails for almost half-price.
Where: Shop UG01–03, UG/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST
When: ongoing from 15 March 2023 (daily, 4–7pm)
How much: HK$388 for 2; HK$88/sakura cocktail (originally HK$150)
For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 6361 8505 or book online
Rosewood Hong Kong (Hôtel de Crillon Head Pastry Chef Matthieu Carlin guests at The Butterfly Room)
As part of Rosewood Hong Kong’s fourth-anniversary series of culinary collaborations with renowned chefs from the luxury hotel brand’s portfolio of hotels around world comes this very special three-day pop-up at The Butterfly Room showcasing the afternoon tea wonders of Matthieu Carlin (right), the head pastry chef of Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, in partnership with recently appointed Rosewood Hong Kong Executive Pastry Chef Jonathan Soukdeo (left). A one-of-a-kind afternoon tea experience!
Where: 2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST
When: 21–23 March 2023 (from 2pm)
How much: HK$1,080 for 2
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers (The Scent of Greece Afternoon Tea by Sky Lounge x APIVITA)
The Sheraton’s lounge-with-a-view is offering a Greek-inspired afternoon tea in partnership with holistic Greek beauty brand APIVITA, in tribute to the company’s signature Bee Radiant skincare collection, a blend of patented propolis extract and white peony. The sweets and savouries on the teatime menu incorporate Greek ingredients like feta cheese, honey, olive oil and yoghurt in the form of bites including spinach and feta quiche, pitta bread with octopus, Brie with walnut and honey and Bee My Honey cake – a pecan sponge sphere topped with honey cream, citrus coulis and a bee-patterned chocolate disc.
Where: 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, TST
When: 1 April–31 May 2023 (Wednesday–Sunday until 10 April and Tuesday–Sunday from 11 April, 2:30–6pm)
How much: HK$338 for 1 or HK$676 for 2 (a complimentary upgrade to Perrier-Jouët champagne is included)
Bonus: each guest will receive an APIVITA gift set (valued at HK$405) and an invitation card for a complimentary skin test at designated shops.
The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe (Spring/Summer Afternoon Tea)
The Blue Box Cafe’s latest afternoon tea set features an assortment of fruity and floral flavours, from the lychee and rose tart, to the strawberry and pistachio dacquoise, to the revamped Mini Blue Box of honeydew melon cake with jasmine mousse and vanilla cookie base. On the savoury side, the decadent delicacies include snow crab cube, caviar-lobster tart and puff pastry filled with foie gras mousse. The set is rounded off with a selection of garlic and fleur de sel scones and classic French financiers.
Where: Lobby, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST
When: ongoing from 9 May 2023 (daily, 2–6:30pm)
How much: HK$688 for 2; +HK$358 for each additional diner
Bonus: those dining at Blue Box Cafe for Mother’s Day (11–14 May) will be gifted with a limited-edition Tiffany tote bag, while supplies last.
The Upper House (Salisterra x Butter Cookies Afternoon Tea)
With Butter Cookies stationed at The Upper House for the next three months, this afternoon tea set at Salisterra is a natural extension of that pop-up. Chef Karys Plaxe’s exclusive mini Chocolate Chunk and mini Lemon Crinkle cookies complement The Upper House Executive Chef Cary Docherty’s takes on Americana-inspired sweets like carrot cake and pecan pie. The East-meets-West savoury bites include a Reuben comprised of char siu rather than pastrami, a lobster roll accented with Sichuan peppercorn and a club sarnie made with BBQ duck.
Where: 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 27 March–30 June 2023 (daily, 3–5pm)
How much: HK$680 for 2 Monday–Thursday; HK$718 for 2 Friday–Sunday and public holidays
W Hong Kong (Wabi-Sabi Afternoon Tea by WOOBAR)
Japanese-inspired flavours are the name of the game with WOOBAR’s latest afternoon tea offering. The supremely Instagrammable three-tiered bronze tea stand is packed with bites including abalone with kombu jelly, chilled chawanmushi with crabmeat and ginkgo biloba, aburaage shrimp and sea urchin paste salad roll, hojicha praline dome, sweet potato cheesecake, scones flavoured with sakura and white peach and more.
Where: 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
When: 3 March–2 June 2023 (daily, 3–5pm – except 5, 7–10 April)
How much: HK$728 for 2