3 places to enjoy a lavish high tea in Sydney

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We let you in on the best places to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea and cuppa in Sydney.


Are you the sort of person who enjoys sipping a milky Earl Grey from a Royal Doulton teacup? Perhaps you simply enjoy nibbling on pastries and cupcakes?

Whether you occasionally indulge in a slice of cake or enjoy afternoon tea as a daily ritual, you’re in luck. Near The Macleay Hotel are several superb high tea venues serving up the tastiest treats and tantalising teas in luxurious environs. High tea is the perfect activity to enjoy with family or a group of girlfriends. Here are some of the best spots:

Vaucluse House Tea Rooms

Not far along the harbour to the east of Potts Point lies Vaucluse, one of Sydney’s most high-end suburbs. At the Vaucluse House Tea Rooms, you can enjoy and afternoon tea outdoors, surrounded by beautiful gardens that provide a peaceful retreat from the hectic city. Catch a ferry back into the CBD or – if you’re feeling active and the weather’s decent – get those legs moving with an 8 kilometre-walk back to Potts Point through Sydney’s most beautiful bays – Rose, Double and Rushcutters.

The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building (QVB) 

The Tea Room is only a short train ride away from The Macleay Hotel, right by Town Hall station in the CBD. Situated in the resplendent QVB, the location couldn’t be more luxurious – you’ll almost feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to 18th century London. High tea is served up both morning and afternoon every day of the week. After enjoying some sandwiches, pastries or scones, we suggest you have a bit of a window shop around QVB’s designer stores.

Portside, Sydney Opera House

You simply can’t beat an afternoon tea at one of Sydney’s most famous architectural icons: The Opera House. Its Portside restaurant offers high tea with an unbeatable view every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m, and you can even watch a show at the Opera House itself after you’re done. Walk to Portside from The Macleay Hotel in about half an hour, passing through the Royal Botanic Gardens on your way.

Get ready to sip, munch and practice your very best table manners. If you can’t finish everything off, bring some of the goodies back to your room at The Macleay Hotel – all our rooms have kitchenettes for that very reason!