Cover These are the newest afternoon tea sets to try in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year 2022 (Photo: Courtesy of Conrad Hong Kong)

With Chinese New Year around the corner, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a decadent tea experience?

Chinese New Year is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing—it’s time to decorate the house, hunt for auspicious gifts, and indulge in festive treats with friends and family. To celebrate new beginnings and the arrival of the Year of the Tiger, five-star hotels and upscale restaurants are pulling out all the stops with a new array of afternoon tea sets to tempt your tastebuds.

Read on to discover our top picks for the best, newest afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this season. Featuring delicious savoury bites, exquisite desserts and freshly baked scones, these menus are guaranteed to bring you a memorable holiday break.  

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1. Artisan Lounge

With its elegant furnishings and great ambience, afternoon tea at Artisan Lounge promises to be an enjoyable experience—and now there’s a holiday-themed menu to whet your appetite too.

The set features a selection of Chinese savouries including premium abalone and fish maw tart, cheese and lobster sabayon, as well as rice paper roll with drunken chicken. On the sweet side, there are homemade festive desserts such as palmiers, sesame cookies, sweet egg twists, egg roll and goji berry scones.

Price: HK$898 for two persons

When: The set is available all day from now till February 20.

Artisan Lounge, Shop G008-G008A, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2601 3428; artisanlounge.com

2. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

With five-star hospitality, elegant settings and spectacular harbour views, an afternoon tea session at The Ritz-Carlton's Café 103 is unbeatable. To celebrate the arrival of the new year, the luxury hotel has created a seasonal menu that’s certain to leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

In addition to savoury bites such as a mini bun with Chinese herbs tea egg salad, and chicken and sweet corn crepes mille-feuille with corn tassel tea gel, the set also features desserts including milk tea chocolate choux and pomelo Jin Xuan tea verrine to delight your sweet tooth.

Price: HK$438 per person and HK$718 for two persons

When: The menu is available from now till March 31, which is served on Monday to Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm; and on Friday, weekends and public holidays in two sittings, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:30 to 6pm.  

Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com

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3. Four Seasons Hong Kong

Afternoon tea aficionados who have enjoyed Four Seasons’ offerings shouldn’t miss the Chinese New Year menu this season. The set features a mouthwatering array of festive treats, where guests can indulge in Comté cheese French toast, kumquat crispy puff, Da Hong Pao red bean rolls and many more.

That’s not all, as guests dining on the first three days of the Lunar New Year (February 1-3) will also be treated to unlimited refills of Chinese brown sugar puddings, turnip puddings, taro puddings and rice dumplings in ginger soup. 

For those who want to enjoy a deluxe afternoon tea experience in the comfort of their own homes, the hotel has you covered as well. A deluxe takeaway set has been launched to celebrate the Year of the Tiger, which is filled with holiday-themed sweets and savoury items to bring you an unforgettable CNY celebration.

Price: HK$658 for two persons (Monday to Saturday) and HK$698 for two persons (Sundays and public holidays); HK$698 per set for two persons (takeaway set)

When: The set is available from now till February 28, which is served at The Lounge on Monday to Saturday in two sittings from 2:30 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:00 pm; and on Sundays and public holidays in two sittings from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

The takeaway set is available to order online and can be redeemed from now till February 12 at the hotel’s cake shop. 

The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8708; fourseasons.com

4. Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

Joining hands with luxury beauty brand Guerlain, Island Shangri-La presents a new afternoon tea menu in celebration of Chinese New Year. Almost too pretty to eat, the set, which is inspired by the brand’s CNY collection and hero products, offers a range of delicacies infused with refreshing honey, floral and fruit flavours. Highlights include beetroot rose, honey-cured gravlax salmon with brioche, honey roasted ham and cheese sandwich, and a cute lipstick-shaped foie gras treat—all infused with auspicious motifs and red hues to bring you good fortune for the year ahead.

Guests ordering the set will receive a complimentary beauty kit from Guerlain, which includes a collection of makeup product samples and a hand massage treatment voucher.

Price: HK$858 for two persons

When: The set is available from now till February 28, which is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Lobby Lounge, Level 6, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3838; shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila

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5. The Langham Hong Kong

In collaboration with luxury Italian footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti, The Langham Hong Kong is offering a new afternoon tea set that’s sure to delight food and fashion lovers. Taking inspiration from the brand’s flamboyant and colour designs as seen from its spring/summer collection, the menu showcases an Instagrammable spread of delights.

Aside from savouries including lobster brioche, black truffle and brie cheese sandwich and salmon ballotine, guests will also enjoy sweets such as raspberry and vanilla cream roll, green apple compote, as well as warm scones served with clotted cream, rose petal and sour cherry jams.

Price: HK$398 per person and HK$698 for two persons

When: The menu is available from now till 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 6:00 pm. 

Palm Court, Lobby Level, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898; langhamhotels.com

6. Soil to Soul

Looking to enjoy afternoon tea with health twists? Soil to Soul is the place to be. Presented in an exquisite wooden box, the new menu is the result of the Korean vegetarian restaurant’s collaboration with American vegan haircare brand Aveda, which offers a wide selection of treats prepared with premium seasonal plant-based ingredients.

Highlights include homemade ginger madeleine, fresh mango tart, assorted Korean mochi sticky rice cakes, Korean rice rolls with savoury fillings... plus plant-based cocktails to complement the set. Guests ordering the menu will also receive a complimentary hair care kit from the brand.

Price: HK$498 for two persons

When: The menu is available from now till February 28, which is available daily from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Reservations are highly recommended as only 10 sets will be served daily.  

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

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7. The Murray, Hong Kong

Usher in a new year of fortune and prosperity with an elegant dining experience at The Murray. To mark the Year of the Tiger, the hotel has launched a new afternoon tea menu filled with festive treats, where guests can look forward to moreish savouries including baby abalone with coriander tart, barbecue pork puff, Chinese roasted duck roll, and mushroom quiche.

On the sweet side, there are moreish bites like mandarin and chestnut cake, chocolate truffle cake, sesame cookie, and raspberry yuzu choux—all come in auspicious colours and rich flavours that will delight your eyes as much as your tastebuds. 

Price: HK$728 for two persons

When: The menu is available from now till February 9, and is served daily in two sittings from 2:45 to 4:15 pm, and 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  

Garden Lounge, UG Level, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com

8. The Cakery

\Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply looking for a light afternoon tea option, The Cakery’s Chinese New Year-themed menu is sure to please. Start with savoury bites including vegan abalone tarts, vegetable dumplings and turnip cake, before digging into dainty pastries such as red sugar rice cake, earl grey mini cupcake, mandarin coconut pannacotta and yuzu tart. The set also comes with goji berry scones with red date jam to round off your meal.

Price: HK$568 per set for two persons

When: The set is available for takeaway and dine-in at The Cakery’s Lee Garden shop. Find out more here. 

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

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9. W Hong Kong

If you’ve got a penchant for Cantonese fare, you’ll love this new tea menu from W Hong Kong. Celebrating gourmet Chinese flavours with a modern western touch, the set is presented on an Insta-worthy bamboo steamer, which showcases a nicely balanced mix of savouries and sweets including lobster with orange caviar tart, braised abalone, raspberry cheesecake with bird’s nest, and sesame roll, to name just a few.

Price: HK$618 for two persons; HK$798 for two persons with two glasses of sparkling wine

When: The menu is available from now till February 28, which is served daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. 

Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222; marriott.com/w-hong-kong

10. Conrad Hong Kong

A picture-perfect afternoon tea experience awaits food lovers at Conrad Hong Kong. Themed around the festive season, the special menu comes in the shape of a beautifully designed candy box, which is brimming with auspicious bites including turnip cake with X.O sauce, golden abalone puff pastry, marinated smoked salmon, and homemade duck liver mousse.

If you’re craving something sweet, the set is also accompanied by an assortment of desserts such as milk chocolate and black sesame mousse, toasted coconut cheesecake with red date, as well as mandarin dome with white chocolate.

For drinks, guests can choose between the two speciality festive drinks, or add HK$120 for a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne for some extra fizz.

Price: HK$588 for two persons (Monday to Friday); HK$608 for two persons (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

When: The set is available from now till February 11. It's served on weekdays from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong; +852 2822 8891; conradhongkong.com 

11. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hyatt Regency in Tsim Sha Tsui has launched a special afternoon tea menu featuring seasonal delights that’s perfect for the winter season. Served on beautifully handcrafted porcelain from Yuet Tung China Works, guests can indulge in Hong Kong-style nibbles such as braised abalone tart, traditional shrimp toast with sesame, freshly baked barbecued pork puff with honey, and crispy fried lobster spring roll with sweet and sour sauce.

To satiate your sweet tooth, desserts such as mixed nut tart, pu’er tea and five-spiced cookies, vanilla madeleines with condensed milk custard, and red apple scones will be served. Also worth noting is the milk chocolate fondue, which comes with fresh cherries and strawberries for dipping, offering you a truly indulgent experience.

Price: HK$518 for two persons

When: The set is available from now till February 28, which is served daily (Monday to Friday except public holidays) from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

Cafe, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3721 7700; hyatt.com/hyatt-regency-hong-kong-tsim-sha-tsui


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