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Featuring a decadent spread of savoury finger bites, warm scones with homemade jams and exquisite desserts, these are the best afternoon tea sets to indulge in this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is fast approaching—and who wouldn’t agree it’s the perfect time to gather our loved ones for a feast of scrumptious puddings, premium poon choi and festive delicacies that will bring us fortune and prosperity for the year ahead? 

To celebrate the arrival of the Year of The Ox, Hong Kong’s five-star hotels and restaurants are bringing new energy to the local dining scene with a wide selection of menus, including traditional Cantonese feasts, international brunches—and of course—afternoon tea sets for food lovers to indulge over the holidays. From CNY-inspired menus to exclusive collaborations, we've rounded up the best afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this season.

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1. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

What: Get a taste of five-star luxury, impeccable service and an array of delightful teatime treats at Mandarin Oriental’s Mandarin Grill + Bar. The hotel is offering a seasonal “Winter Afternoon Tea” with a host of grill signature dishes and sweets for your holiday enjoyment, such as steak tartare served with sourdough toasted bread and home-smoked Scottish salmon with condiments, finger sandwiches, artisanal pastries from The Mandarin Cake Shop, as well as homemade scones with Devonshire clotted cream and rose petal jam.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus are also available to cater to different dietary requirements.

Price: HK$398 per person

When: The set is available from now till February 12, which is served daily from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Where: Mandarin Grill + Bar, 1/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4004;

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2. The Cakery

What: For an afternoon tea with a healthy twist, The Cakery has you covered. Available for both dine-in and takeaway, the health-conscious bakery has launched a new tea set to celebrate Chinese New Year as a time of togetherness and prosperity, which offers an enticing range of sugar-free, vegan treats including abalone tart, vegetable dumpling and turnip cake. On the sweet side, there are dainty desserts such as red sugar sweet rice cake, mini cupcake, mango chia pudding, goji berry red date scone, and more. Healthy eaters, now you can enjoy festive delicacies without any guilt.

Price: HK$588 for two persons (dine-in); HK$688 for two persons (takeaway) 

Where: The Cakery, Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2816 1838;

See also: The Best Cafes And Bakeries For Vegan Desserts In Hong Kong

3. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

What: You can always count on The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong for fancy afternoon teas and its CNY edition is no exception. In celebration of the Year of the Ox and Valentine’s Day, the hotel is collaborating with fine jewellery brand Qeelin to launch a special “Red is for Romance” tea menu that will delight your eyes as much as your tastebuds.

Served in a gourd-shaped tea stand that pays homage to Qeelin’s signature Wulu Collection, or a deluxe lock-shaped inspired by its Yu Yi Collection, the set offers savouries including abalone and mushroom tartlet, braised pork rib and cheese crepe roll with plum gelée, as well as smoked duck breast mini tomato burger with mandarin gelée. Guests can also enjoy sweet treats such as orange and ginger choux, and chilli chocolate and red bean tart.

Guests ordering the tea set for two will receive a gift redemption card with an exclusive gift available to redeem at any Queelin boutiques in Hong Kong until April 30. 

Price: HK$418 per person and HK$698 for two; HK$428 for one and HK$728 for two (on February 12, 13 and 15); HK$438 for one and HK$808 for two (on February 14, 2021) 

When: The set is available from February 1 to March 31, which is served daily from 3:15 to 5:15 pm.  

Where: Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; 

4. W Hong Kong

What: Treat yourself and your loved ones to a decadent afternoon tea experience at Woobar this Chinese New Year. Known for its intimate vibes and stylish setting, the restaurant is offering a new menu filled with a wide range of holiday-themed tea treats crafted by executive chef Rafael Gil and executive pastry chef Baptiste Villefranque.  

Served in Insta-worthy dim sum baskets, the set includes savouries such as pickled pork with melon and dill oil, abalone tart, barbequed pork puff, lobster with smoked herring caviar and osmanthus, as well as tofu with prawn in XO sauce. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with desserts including sesame roll, bird’s nest raspberry cheesecake, and mango pomelo sago cream.

Price: HK$498 for two persons (weekdays); HK$648 for two persons (weekends and public holidays) 

When: The set is available throughout January and February, which is served on weekdays in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 6:00 pm; and on weekends and public holidays in three sittings from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 6:00 pm. 

Where: Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222; 

5. Lumi

What: Japanese-French restaurant Lumi’s new afternoon tea served on an elegant open-caged tier stand is almost too pretty to eat. In addition to a beautiful spread of savoury delights including golden sea urchin and wagyu with wasabi wagyu sauce on rosti, foie gras with fresh blueberry on crispy bread and mustard tamagoyaki sando, the set also features sweet treats such as wine jelly with seasonal Japanese fruits, brownies, cheesecakes, fruit custard tarts, as well as freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and raspberry rose jam. Guests can choose to pair their meal with coffee, tea or a glass of sparkling wine.

Price: HK$428 for two persons and HK$228 for one 

When: The set is available on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. 

Where: Lumi, Shop 301, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2918 1313; 

6. Four Seasons Hong Kong

What: Four Seasons Hong Kong has launched a refreshing afternoon tea menu that takes guests on a gastronomic journey exploring the flavours of premium fragrant Tama Tama kumquats from Miyazaki, Japan.  

Curated by executive pastry chef Ringo Chan, the tea set features a variety of sweet and savoury treats, including hojicha kumquat Swiss roll, foie gras and kumquat-yuzu jelly mille-feuille, truffle brie cheese, kumquat-honey jam and walnut puff, as well as Balik salmon tartare with kumquat zest. Make sure you save room for the hotel’s signature scones and try the warm mocktail created by head bartender Imelda Ng of Four Seasons, which perfectly combines kumquat and non-alcoholic spirit with a hint of thyme, lime and elderflower.

From now until the end of February, guests can choose to enjoy the afternoon tea offer at Executive Club with free-flow Prosecco at Hk$888 for two persons.

Price: HK$325 for one person and HK$618 for two (weekdays); HK$425 and HK$658 for two (weekends and public holidays)

When: The set is available from now till February 28, which is served on weekdays in two sittings from 2:30 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm; and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm. 

Where: The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8708; 

7. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

What: Tiffin at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is giving their famous afternoon tea a festive makeover, which features a medley of sweet and savoury delights to excite the most discerning palates this Chinese New Year.

Available for both dine-in and takeaway, guests anticipate delicacies including roast beef and cucumber sandwich, egg mayonnaise and bacon soft roll, smoked salmon crepe roll, as well as ham and gouda cheese croissant. Other notable creations such as palmier, peach jelly and jasmine tea almond cake, chocolate truffle and goji berries scones are not to be missed.  

Price: HK$438 for two persons  

When: The set is available from February 11 to 13. Orders must be placed one day in advance before 12 noon.  

Where: Tiffin, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2584 7722;

8. Conrad Hong Kong

What: This season, Conrad Hong Kong is partnering with local artisan teahouse MingCha to present an auspicious menu of traditional Chinese tea-inspired delicacies that will satisfy any cravings for holiday treats. 

Guests will enjoy savouries including Alaskan king crab salad with salmon roe sandwich, egg tart with bird nest, barbeque pork puff pastry and abalone tartlet before diving into dessert highlights such as osmanthus cheesecake, green oolong milk chocolate mousse, homemade walnut cookies as well as plain and goji berries scones. The set comes with a choice of freshly brewed coffee or fine tea by MingCha or TWG Tea. 

Price: HK$338 for one person and HK$558 for two (available for both dine-in and takeaway) 

When: The set is available from now till February 28, which is served daily from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  

Where: Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong; +852 2822 8891; 

See also: The Best Places For Tea In Hong Kong

9. Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

What: Whether you’re a food or beauty enthusiast, you’ll be delighted to see Kowloon Shangri-La's new collaboration with personal care brand Crabtree & Evelyn. Inspired by the ingredients featured in the brand’s signature collections, such as roses, apple and bergamot, the afternoon tea set is filled with fruity and floral delights to whet your appetite. 

On the savoury side, guests will enjoy coconut with lemongrass and chicken roll, foie gras with ginger and goji berry chutney, as well as spicy scallop tartar with ginger and bergamot sauce. To delight your sweet tooth, there are desserts including mango mousse with lemongrass panna cotta orange tea jelly and vanilla rose macaron with raspberries and rose petals.  

Price: HK$638 for two persons 

When: The set is available from February 1 to March 31, which is served daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Where: Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, 64 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2733 8988;

10. Soil To Soul

What: Another unique afternoon tea that deserves a spot on your vegan food radar. Known for its contemporary approach to healthy dining and excellent vegetarian fare prepared with fresh and organic ingredients, Korean restaurant Soil To Soul is offering a tea menu with a premium selection of finger bites crafted by executive chef Gu Jin Kwang. 

Looking both pretty and delicious, the set, which is served on an Insta-worthy wooden box tray, includes savouries such as Korean seaweed rice roll, chilli paste pancake roll with fresh salad, and rice ball with assorted Jangajji—speciality homemade pickles that masterfully fermented in soy sauce for ten years at a Korean temple by the chef. Guests can also indulge in sweet treats such as Korean traditional doughnut, soybean paste madeleine, walnut and dried persimmon roll, and many more. For drinks, guests can opt for herbal tea or add HK$48 for a glass of plant-based mocktail.

Price: HK498 for two persons; HK$598 for two persons (on February 12-14) 

When: The set is available daily from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.  

Where: Soil To Soul, Shop 704, 7/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2389 9588; 

See also: Tatler's Ultimate Guide To Vegetarian And Vegan Dining In Hong Kong

11. Hue

What: Fancy a luxurious afternoon tea experience completes with beautiful views of the harbour and skyline? Hue is the ideal place to be. The modern Australian restaurant has launched a new menu with a wide array of delicious nibbles that will start your year off with a bang.  

Highlights from the menu include savouries such as Gruyère custard puff, deviled quails eggs on toast as well as desserts such as lemon curd tartlet, matcha lamington and raspberry friand. Guests who book the afternoon tea for January and February will also be able to enjoy Chinese New Year-inspired treats such as savoury radish cake with chorizo and a red velvet cake with dates and cream cheese. 

Price: HK$680 for two persons  

When: The set is available on weekends and public holidays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  

Where: Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3500 5888;

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12. Ying Jee Club

What: For those with a penchant for Chinese fare, the two Michelin-starred restaurant Ying Jee Club’s new afternoon tea is a must-try. Apart from offering an appetiser platter featuring honey-glazed barbeque pork, marinated pork terrine with caviar, marinated jellyfish with sesame and crispy shrimp paste with Shanghai cabbage, the set also includes three kinds of steamed and fried dim sum and a choice of main dish (Inaniwa noodle with shrimp wonton, fried rice with shrimp and roasted duck or conpoy congee with scallop). Exquisite desserts including crispy sesame ball with banana and lotus seed paste and chilled red bean pudding with coconut milk are offered as well. 

Price: HK$328 per person  

When: The set is available daily from 2:45 to 4:30 pm, with last orders at 4:00 pm.

Where: Ying Jee Club, Shop G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6882; 

13. Kerry Hotel

What: Kerry Hotel is celebrating the Year of the Ox with a new festive afternoon tea set featuring all kinds of scrumptious delights. Crafted with premium ingredients that symbolise good health and fortune for the new year, guests can anticipate a unique East-meets-West approach to the variety of tea treats on offer, which includes BBQ duck and lychee rice paper roll, wagyu ox cheek and truffle dumpling, and crispy turnip cake with lomo Iberico and XO sauce. The tea is complete with freshly baked classic and pu’er tea scones, accompanied by clotted cream, orange marmalade and strawberry jam.

Don’t forget to post a photo of your set on Instagram to enjoy a complimentary genmaicha (brown rice green tea) mocktail.

Price: HK$688 for two persons  

When: The set is available from now till February 28.  

Where: Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2252 5237; 

14. The Langham Hong Kong

What: The Langham is joining hands with the prestigious brand Bulgari to present a limited-edition afternoon tea set at its beautiful dining space, Palm Court. Translating the timeless elegance of Bulgari and its Rose Goldea fragrance into edible form, the hotel’s executive pastry chef Jean-Marc Gaucher has created a menu that is as tempting as it is indulgent. 

Aside from sweets that features the fragrance’s rose notes, including the raspberry and white chocolate and pink guava cheesecake mouse, the tea set includes savouries such as chicken and asparagus sandwich with truffle, Scottish smoked salmon roulade with trout caviar and foie gras mousse with pink champagne jelly. For drinks, you can opt from a fine selection of premium loose leaf teas from JING Tea, or add HK120 for a glass of floral cocktail. You will also receive a complimentary Bulgari Rose Goldea EDP miniature from each serving for two.  

Price: HK$398 for one person and HK$688 for two 

When: The set is available from February 1 to March 31, which is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 5:30 pm and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings from 2:15 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  

Where: Palm Court, Lobby Level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898; 

15. The Tiffany Blue Box Café

What: Enjoy an elegant dining experience in the comfort of your own home with The Tiffany Blue Box Café’s new afternoon tea menu this festive season. Available for a limited time only, the takeaway set is housed in an Insta-worthy three-tier white stand, which features a fantastic array of teatime delights to whet your appetite. Aside from savouries such as crab roll wrapped in zucchini, lobster roll with mayonnaise and honey dressing, and shrimp dorayaki with caviar and Hokkaido sea urchin, guests will also enjoy desserts including the mini blue box made with lychee mousse and strawberry cake, yuzu honey tart, New York cheesecake, and more. 
Price: HK$688 for two 

When: The set is available for self pick-up (from 12:00 to 6:00 pm) only. Guests are required to call the café at least 48 hours in advance to place an order.  

Where: Tiffany Blue Box Café, 2/F, Shop No. 7-8 One Peking, No.1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2362 9828; 

16. 10 Shanghai

What: If you prefer savoury over sweet for afternoon tea, look no further than 10 Shanghai’s new Huaiyang-inspired menu. Presented in two large bamboo steamers, the set features a tantalising selection of bite-sized treats, including Jiangsu style pig trotter, sweet and sour baby back ribs, smoked soft-boiled egg with black truffle, as well as steamed delicacies including xiao long bao, scallop and shrimp dumplings, and steamed charcoal buns with molten custard.

That’s not all, guests will be also treated to a bowl of stewed Shanghainese noodles with chicken or Shanghainese noodles with pickled cabbage, sliced bamboo shoots and shredded Pork in superior broth. For drinks, choose among a selection of nourishing beverages, such as mango pomelo sago, yuzu honey with chrysanthemum and peach, and longan and goji berry tea. 

Price: HK$338 for two persons

When: The set is available daily from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, with last orders at 5:30 pm.

Where: 10 Shanghai, Shop 101, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2338 5500; 

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