Sip on tea and champagne in style while nibbling on scones and finger sandwiches at these popular afternoon tea spots in Hong Kong
When it comes to dining, even those with the most refined tastes would be spoilt for choice in our city. From Instagrammable cafes, to high-end Italian restaurants and local eateries serving up homegrown delights such as egg sandwiches, cart noodles and French toasts, Hong Kong’s diverse dining scene does give us food lovers something to be excited about at any time of year.
And now, as the temperatures continue to rise, our favourite hotels and restaurants are pulling out all the stops with a host of new afternoon tea menus that offer diners the chance to enjoy a fancy dining experience. After all, what better way to spend sunny afternoons indoors over some gourmet bites? Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this summer.
What: Sitting pretty on the 49th floor of The Upper House, Salisterra is the hotel’s latest culinary concept that offers a casual fine dining experience with warm hospitality and top-notch Mediterranean fare. This summer, the restaurant is presenting a new menu to please diners with delectable teatime treats inspired by the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean.
In addition to savoury bites including duck confit pastilla, smoked salmon rillettes and salted beef cheek, guests will also enjoy sweets such as passionfruit cheesecake, lemon meringue chouquette, strawberries and cream tartlets, as well as scones with clotted cream and house preserves.
Price: HK$290 for one and HK$560 for two persons
Where: Salisterra, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106; salisterra.thehousecollective.com
2. The Langham, Hong Kong
What: For a truly Instagrammable afternoon spread, head to Palm Court at The Langham. As part of the hotel’s 156th anniversary, the restaurant has launched a special tea menu featuring an assortment of British treats inspired by the classic children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Guests can feast on savouries such as Scottish smoked salmon and poached salmon sandwich roll, Irish crab prawn cocktail with crab finger sandwich and foie gras terrine with fig compote on brioche, alongside an enticing range of sweet treats including the “Eat Me” macaron filled with strawberry rose flavoured jam, and the traditional British toffee pudding served with a small pipette of Macallan whisky shot and vanilla custard. There’s also the “Paint Me & Pick Me” sugar daisy that comes with a brush for guests to paint an edible daisy in a chocolate plant pot.
For drinks, choose among a premium selection of loose leaf teas from Jing Tea, or elevate your meal with a glass of Taittinger champagne.
Price: HK$398 per person and HK$688 for two with tea; HK$588 per person and HK$888 for two with champagne
When: The tea set is available from now till July 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; langhamhotels.com
3. Artisan Lounge
What: Known for its stellar all-day afternoon tea offerings and stylish setting, Artisan Lounge is collaborating with luxury fashion house Burberry to launch a new menu that celebrates gourmet Italian flavours and the brand’s heritage.
Burberry’s latest fall 2021 collection “The World of Olympia” is the inspiration behind the tea set. It showcases a selection of picture-perfect teatime treats that will be a feast for your eyes and tastebuds, including avocado gondola topped with emerald greens and organic tomatoes on black charcoal tart; and “church ruins”, a savoury item that features that mozzarella and tomato, which is inspired by the Renaissance revival architecture style. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with bite-sized desserts such as blueberry mascarpone tart and mango pudding made with fresh, seasonal Indian Alphonso mangoes.
Price: HK$798 for two persons
When: The tea set is available from June 14 till July 2, which is served daily from 11:00am to 10:00 pm.
Where: Artisan Lounge, Shop G008 & G008A, G/F, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2601 3428; artisanlounge.com
4. 181 At Fortnum & Mason
What: For a luxury elegant tea experience, head to 181 at Fortnum & Mason, where you can take in stunning harbour views while sampling a selection of sweet and savoury treats presented on an elegant stand. Highlights on the menu include crustless finger sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber with nut brown butter cream cheese; hen’s eggs with Fortnum’s truffle mayonnaise; and smoked salmon with orange caper butter. The set also features a variety of cakes as well as freshly baked scones.
If you’re a vegetarian, or simply looking to enjoy an afternoon tea with healthy twists, the restaurant also offers an all-plant version of the menu, which comes with finger sandwiches packed with delicious vegan ingredients, cakes, scones as well.
Price: HK$588 per person and HK$288 per child (regular menu); HK$588 per person (vegetarian menu)
When: Both sets are available daily from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Where: 181 At Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F K11 Atelier Victoria Dockside 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 3916 8181; 181fornums.com.hk
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
What: Treat yourself to a luxurious, sky-high dining experience at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. The hotel is launching a new tea set at The Lounge & Bar this summer, which is packed with a refreshing, flavourful selection of treats that’ll transport you to the sun-kissed islands of the tropics in a heartbeat.
Standouts from the menu include river shrimp and pineapple compote éclair, classic duck rillette with pomegranate gel, purple dragon fruit and ube tart with bacon and brie cheese. To complement the savouries, the set also features mini confections including guava pineapple verrine, exotic mousse cake, strawberry yoghurt brownie, mango passionfruit tart, as well as classic and pineapple scones.
Price: HK$428 per person and HK$718 for two persons
When: The set is available from June 14 till September 5, which is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm; and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Where: The Lounge & Bar, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com/hongkong
6. The Peninsula Boutique
What: It’s no secret that the Peninsula afternoon tea has long been a Hong Kong tradition since the hotel opened its doors in 1928. And now, the brand is adding an innovative twist to its heritage with the launch of a new café and boutique space, The Peninsula Boutique, offering diners a unique version of the tea tradition.
Decked out in sleek bar-like interiors and imbued with intimate vibes, the new place welcomes guests to select and enjoy teatime treats according to their own preferences. There’s a whole range of options to indulge in from their extensive menu—from desserts such as mille-feuille and blueberry cheesecake, to savouries such as kimchi tuna sandwich, Parma ham and asparagus tartlet, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. For drinks, guests can opt from a fine selection of coffees and teas. A must-visit spot for those yearning for a five-star afternoon tea experience in a luxurious setting.
When: The Peninsula Boutique serves afternoon tea from 10:00 to 12:00 pm daily.
Where: The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6969; peninsula.com/the-peninsula-boutique-and-café
7. Four Seasons Hong Kong
What: In collaboration with luxury skincare brand Chantecaille, Four Seasons Hong Kong is offering a new afternoon tea set to nourish your skin and delight your tastebuds this summer. Inspired by the brand’s signature Bio-Lifting Collection, the menu features a wide selection of treats prepared with power food ingredients. Highlights on the menu include hazelnut cake, raspberry chocolate éclair and dill smoked salmon with seaweed butter on focaccia.
Guests ordering the tea set will receive a complimentary skincare set and a gift certificate from Chantecaille.
Price: HK658 for two persons on weekdays and HK$698 on weekends and public holidays
When: The set is available from July 1 to August 31, in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. It's available for takeaway as well.
8. Mira Hong Kong
What: Coco at The Mira Hong Kong is offering a new menu filled with refreshing delights that are perfect for the warm weather. The culinary team has interpreted the two popular ingredients for teatime treats: Uji green tea and strawberry, where guests will enjoy dainty sweet such as matcha green tea parfait and konjac jelly, and strawberry bird’s nest cupcake. The assortment is balanced out savoury items including matcha green blinis with dill and smoked salmon roe, matcha bbq eel maki roll as well as Japanese steamed egg custard with matcha salt. Yuzu scones and matcha chocolate chip scones will be also served for your enjoyment.
Price: HK$258 for one and HK$ $468 for two persons with including a selection of TWG teas or Illy coffee. Guests can also add HK$280 for a bottle of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne.
When: The tea set is available from June 1 till July 31, which is served daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Coco, G/F Lobby, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2315 5566; themirahotel.com/dining/coco
9. Mandarin Oriental
What: Whether you’re a food or beauty lover, you’ll be pleased to see Mandarin Oriental’s exclusive collaboration with luxury skincare brand XOVĒ. Inspired by the antioxidant properties of white truffles that featured in the brand’s hero products, the new tea set showcases an elegant spread of delicacies carefully curated by executive chef Christophe Sapy. Aside from savoury sandwiches featuring delicious fillings such as cheddar cheese, smoked salmon and roasted beef, guests will also enjoy desserts including the signature 1963 Mandarin cheesecake, yuzu vanilla tart and dark chocolate entremets. The set is complete with freshly baked plain and raisin scones, accompanied by clotted cream and rose petal jam.
Price: HK$736 for two persons
When: The set is available from now till July 31, which is served on weekdays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm and; on Saturdays and public holidays in two sittings, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:15 to 6:00 pm; and on Sundays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. The set will be also available at Café Causette from 3:00 to 6:00 pm daily.
10. The Pottinger Hong Kong
What: Another photogenic afternoon tea that deserves a spot on your food radar this summer. The Pottinger Hong Kong has partnered with La Broderie, a rising homegrown brand, to present a butterfly-themed tea set that celebrates the cultural heritage of embroidery art.
Looking both pretty and delicious, the set, which is served on a birdcage stand, includes a selection of colourful items inspired by the brand’s glamourous butterfly brooches from its “The Dream” jewellery collection. It begins with savoury bites including foie gras mousse in mini cone, Parma ham with truffle honey and duck rillettes sandwich, followed by sweet morsels such as Moscato jelly with mixed berries foam, fruit tart, and lemon meringue tart.
Each guest will also receive a voucher for the redemption of a 100% wool scarf valued at HK$1,150 with any purchase of “The dream” collection at La Broderie during the promotional period.
Price: HK$298 per person and HK$528 for two persons
When: The set is available from now till July 16, which is served daily from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. It’s also available for takeaway.
Where: Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano, Lobby Level, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2308 3088; sino-hotels.com/the-pottinger-hong-kong
11. W Hong Kong
What: Collaborating with popular ice cream brand Mövenpick, Woobar at W Hong Kong launches a tea set featuring an array of splendid colours and tropical flavours to whet your appetite this season. Presented on an Insta-worthy summer-themed stand, the set offers savoury treats including lobster and pomelo tart, lemon marinated scallop with apple wasabi punch, and butterfly pea flower and ginger pickled egg with smoked herring caviar. On the sweet side, you’ll find coconut mousse with poached vanilla pineapple, pistachio and peach tart, mango mochi, to name just a few. That’s not all, guests who order the set will also enjoy free-flow Mövenpick ice cream.
Price: HK$568 for two persons (weekdays); HK$718 for two persons (weekends and public holidays)
When: The set is available from now till August 31, which is served on weekdays in two sittings from 2:15 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 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: Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222; marriott.com
12. Hotel Icon
What: Fill your feed with picture-perfect treats offered in Hotel Icon’s new Hong Kong-themed afternoon tea set. As part of the celebrations of the hotel’s 10th anniversary, the menu is dedicated to paying tribute to what resonates with us the most since childhood, which showcases a unique spread of local eats that will be a feast for your eyes and taste buds.
Served on a cha chaan teng style stand, the set includes savoury bites such as baby abalone tart with caviar, siu mai with crispy garlic and chilli, roasted duck roulade with foie gras, baked truffle chicken pie and Chinese BBQ pork skewer, Hong Kong-style Mexican bun with beef satay, to name just a few. There’s also a variety of dessert including deep-fried peanut ball, mango cheese choux that inspired by the classic pineapple bun, coconut milk pudding with red bean, as well as Hokkaido egg white milk tart with bird nest, allowing diners to enjoy a taste of nostalgia.
Wash it all down with the Hong Kong-style hot milk tea, or special drinks such as red bean ice and black cow—a classic local beverage that features coke and chocolate ice cream.
Price: HK$388 per person and HK$688 for two persons (dine-in); HK$568 for two persons (takeaway)
When: The set is available daily in two sittings from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Where: Green, G/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1300; hotel-icon.com
13. InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
What: InterContinental Grand Stanford pairs champagne and scrumptious nibbles to offer hungry diners a lavish afternoon tea experience this season. The menu includes an extensive array of teatime treats prepared with fresh and premium ingredients, such as savouries including smoked salmon blinis with salmon roe and dill crème Fraiche, blackened shrimp avocado cucumber bites, and caviar deviled eggs. A selection of sweets, such as raspberry mousse with Moët & Chandon jelly, cupcake with rose-scented buttercream and champagne flavoured macaron is also on offer. Elevate your meal with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne for some extra fizz.
Price: HK$538 for two persons (dine-in); HK$488 per set for two persons (takeaway)
When: The set is served daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Lobby Lounge, Lobby, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 5161; hongkong.intercontinental.com
14. The Verandah
What: A glass of champagne, scrumptious treats and sunny breezes are what makes a perfect dining experience, and that’s exactly the inspiration behind The Verandah’s new tea set. Come get a taste of luxury and indulge in delicacies infused with fresh rose scent—all set against the restaurant’s elegant furnishings and large windows showcasing beautiful views.
In addition to savouries such as duck foie gras terrine with morello cherry and gold crust, crab meat roll with tobiko caviar, smoked salmon with keta caviar and black truffled scrambled egg tartlet, guests will also be able to enjoy sweets such as rose and mixed berries trifle in glass, rose Turkish delight marshmallow twist, strawberry and blackberry tart, and more. Of course, there will be scones, served with clotted cream and rose jam, as well as a selection of teas to complement your meal. Don’t forget to save room for the special sandwich treat, which features a generous scoop of homemade rose-scented ice cream and hand-picked seasonal berries for maximum indulgence.
Price: HK$348 per person and HK$648 for two persons (Wednesday to Friday); HK$368 per person, HK$688 for two persons (weekends and public holidays)
When: The set is available from now till August 1.
Where: The Verandah, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, +852 2292 2822; therepulsebay.com/dining/verandah
15. Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
What: The Farmhouse at Hyatt Centric Victoria Habour Hong Kong has unveiled a new menu that features an extensive range of savoury and sweet treats to excite the most discerning afternoon tea lovers this summer. Highlights of the menu include Boston lobster rolls, serrano Iberico bruschetta, ice cream burger paired with a mini milkshake, white chocolate sphere, and of course, freshly-baked raisin scones. Each set is complemented with a gift set from French beauty brand Lancôme.
Price: HK$488 for two persons
When: The set is available from June 21 to August 31, which is served daily from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
Where: The Farmhouse, 2/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 3896 9896; hyatt.com/hyatt-centric-victoria-harbour-hong-kong
16. Nina Hotel
What: Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Nina Hotel is partnering with renowned chocolate maker Valrhona to present a decadent tea set that will satisfy any chocolate cravings. Tuck into moreish savouries such as braised chocolate beef cheeks burger, chocolate foie gras terrine with red wine jelly and pan-fried sesame tuna sushi, before enjoying delicate sweet bites featuring Valrhona’s premium chocolate, including 70% Guanaja chocolate mousse cake and mango 46% Bahibe chocolate mousse cake.
Price: HK$468 for two persons
When: The set is available from now till July 31, which is served daily from 3:00 to 5:30 pm.
Where: Corner 18, 1/F, 18 King's Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3553 2667; ninahotelgroup.com