Afternoon Tea in Hong Kong is a tradition adopted during the time of British colonial rule. Taking place in early afternoon from around 15:00, plush dining rooms and hotel lobbies become filled a genteel selection of fancy cakes, finger sandwiches and tea. It is tradition to use the finest china and silverware, although these days the best afternoon teas in Hong Kong are fighting to outdo each other with more and more sophisticated and impressive versions.
Along with the English classics, it is now common to find macaroons, premium sushi and perhaps even a little champagne on the menu. This is a good example of how all cultures find their way to Hong Kong and are assimilated and reused. It’s pretty much a rite of passage to enjoy afternoon tea when in Hong Kong and we have collected five of the best below – just be sure to book ahead (particularly on weekends and national holidays).
The grand old dame of afternoon tea in Hong Kong. Dress in your finest and take a seat in the opulent lobby for a feeling akin to sitting in a period drama. At HK$628 for two it’s on the pricey side but the Tiffany china cups, Sheffield silverware, live string quartet and genuine Devon clotted cream make it worth the cost. All the classics are here: smoked salmon, cucumber sandwiches, scones and fancy cakes. Smart casual dress code applies.
- Address: 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +856 2896 6772
- Price Range: $338 for one, $628 for two
Café 103 at Ritz Carlton
This Chocolate Afternoon Buffet offers the highest of all the high teas – half a kilometre into the sky – at the 103rd floor café in Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. Visiting chocolatiers from around the world are offered at this afternoon tea and the kitchen team present incredible versions of cakes and tarts and biscuits imbued with masses of chocolatey goodness. Hot chocolate is available too, along with a wide selection of teas. Located in Kowloon and directly connected to Elements Shopping Mall so you can combine a stop at Café 103 afternoon tea with shopping.
- Opening Hours: 15:30 - 17:30
- Address: 103rd floor, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Rd. West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +856 2263 2270
- Price Range: HK$328 for one, HK$548 for two
W Hong Kong
For a modern interpretation of the afternoon tea experience in Hong Kong, there is nowhere better than Woobar Afternoon Tea-se Me T Buffet at W Hong Kong. The focus here is on sweet treats in all shapes and sizes, and the bubbly goodness of champagne. If you would rather ditch the tradition and go with something modern, W Hong Kong’s afternoon tea will not disappoint. There are two separate seating times – 14:00 - 16:00 and 16:30 - 18:30 – which offers more flexibility than anywhere else in town.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 16:00 and 16:30 - 18:30
- Address: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 37172889
- Price Range: HK$248 per person
Café Post at Hotel Indigo Hong Kong
For a Hong Kong afternoon tea that is kind on the wallet but tempting to the taste buds, we always plump for Hotel Indigo’s at Cafe Post. At well under HK$250 for two this afternoon tea set is half of some others in Hong Kong, yet the same indulgent cakes and savouries are presented on triple-tiered silver platters. The interior of pale wood is rather plain by comparison to some of the more esteemed competition, but is tasteful and inviting. Located in Wan Chai, close to the MTR and Toy Street Market.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 - 18:00
- Address: Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, 246 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 3926 3880
- Price Range: HK$238 for Two People (not each)
The Langham Hong Kong
The Langham in London is widely considered as the original commercial afternoon tea experience so tradition is the main ingredient in this afternoon tea set. Chinaware from Wedgewood is exclusively used at The Langham, and is served along with dainty cakes and eclairs, miniature Shepard’s pie, and Ronnefeldt tea. More recent additions to the fancy platter are macarons from the world famous patisserie La Duree in Paris. Harbour views from the lobby lounge presents a beautiful backdrop in which to treat yourself.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays: 15:00 – 17:30, Weekends: 14:15 - 16:15 or 16:30 - 18:30
- Address: 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Price Range: HK$ 348 for one, HK$598 for two