The British tradition of High Tea began in the mid-18th century as a late afternoon opportunity to partake of a substantial meal before attending one’s evening social engagements.
It was the perfect ‘invention’ and indulgence for the ‘Leisure Classes’. A meal before the attendance at the theatre, card games or formal dances.
Nowadays, anyone can enjoy a High Tea experience, not just the privileged few.
And what’s not to love about feasting on glorious cakes, scones and petite sandwiches, whilst sipping tea and giggling over a Prosecco? The joy is pretending to be sophisticated, whilst clearly being nothing of the sort 😉
In celebration of this fine pastime, the following is our selection of High Tea experiences in and around Perth not to be missed.
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Location: State Buildings 1 Cathedral Ave, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 6168 7888
First on our list of the best High Tea experiences in Perth is the Cape Arid Rooms. Located at COMO the Treasury, there are three interconnected rooms which are used for their celebrated afternoon high tea.
The space is decorated with artworks by various renowned Australian artists local to the area and these can be purchased as prints during your visit.
The afternoon tea offers a variety of savoury and sweet goodies which can be paired with tea or coffee or even a glass of sparkling wine or champagne.
Items included on the menu include a pea and ricotta tartlet, Shark Bay crab with pickled kohlrabi and ice plant, and a selection of chocolatey delicacies.
The menu showcases the area where the ingredients are from and name the local producers to celebrate the fine local ingredients utilised.
What is also great about the Cape Arid Rooms is that they cater for gluten-free, pescatarian and vegetarian dietary requirements.
From the exquisite and picturesque interiors to the carefully sourced ingredients used for the menu, this high tea experience is a must-do in Perth.
Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday: 12 pm- 5 pm.
Monday- Tuesday: Closed
Location: 212 Lake Street, Northbridge, WA 6003 Ph: (08) 9328 6607
TARTS is a family owned business in the heart of Northbridge, with a passion for perfect coffee, beautiful food and excellent service.
Open 7 days a week, TARTS is a vibrant venue for breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas, providing healthy, wholesome food that is original, fresh and affordable.
However, where TARTS really excels is with its renowned and ever-popular High Teas. These marvellous meals are served with both gourmet savoury and sweet treats, and are highly recommended.
For Savoury, how about marscarpone profiteroles, chia seed arancini balls, caprese cups, goats cheese tart and polenta crostini?
For Sweet, salted caramel apple tartlet, scones, lime & mango cheescake, pomegranate pannacotta and choc hazelnut cannoli?
The High Teas are served all week, starting at only $50pp. Please note, cancellations within 24hrs incur a $35 fee to cover reduced costs.
TARTS caters for all, with a choice of gluten free High Tea and vegan High Tea always available.
TARTS regularly holds special events throughout the calendar with themed degustation dinners monthly, and all of the menus are available for external catering.
Opening Hours: Seven days
Editors note: We have been informed that TARTS cafe is now closed, unfortunately. Hopefully, this is only temporarily.
Location: 196 Whatley Cres, Maylands, WA 6051 Ph: 0452 295 196
Chapels on Whatley is located in a century-old building that was originally a haberdashery but over time has housed many types of businesses. The ornate facade of the building inspired the Eastern theme of the decor and delivers an ambience of the “old East”.
When you come for high tea at Chapels you are transported back to the days of British colonial life in Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s.
Starting with a glass of champagne, you can indulge in savoury menu items on offer such as traditional cucumber sandwiches and mini tarts followed by a seasonal selection of mini cakes such as chocolate eclairs, macarons, cupcakes and lemon meringue.
When visiting Chapels, booking is strongly recommended and there are booking times given on their website to ensure you get a space.
Opening hours: Sunday- Thursday: 8 am – 4 pm
Friday- Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
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Location: 480 Hay St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 6559 1888
Located in the heart of Pert at The Westin, this elegant lounge offers a selection of exciting seasonal and calendar-based High Teas.
Its menu, therefore, is constantly evolving and they are wild about experimenting and doing out of the box experiences and have previously done high beer, high coffee and even a truffle high tea.
You can even get your high tea to go which comes complete with a cardboard stand- perfect for a picnic or date night at home.
Menu items include a twist on traditional, Australian lamingtons, pavlovas, banoffee pies and unique tartlets sandwiches featuring seasonal ingredients.
Whatever items you choose to include in your High Tea experience, you won’t be disappointed by Chef Paul Gaspa’s creations. Reservations are required.
Opening hours: Friday- Sunday: 11 am- 1.30 pm, 2 pm- 4.30 pm
Monday- Thursday: Closed
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Location: 8560 W Swan Rd, Henley Brook, WA 6055 Ph: (08) 9296 6886
Enjoy the “Best scones in the Valley” at the Cottage Tea Rooms during their High Tea in their quaint cottage Monday-Saturday. This picturesque setting that looks like somewhere Beatrix Potter would live, offers two options for High Tea.
The Cottage Tea Rooms offer a Traditional High Tea package which lasts for two hours.
Each person receives four sweets such as strawberry cheesecakes and blondies, four savouries such as quiches and pies as well as three sandwiches including the traditional cucumber and cream cheese and two scones with jam and cream, accompanied by bottomless tea and coffee.
The second option is designed to be enjoyed by children. They receive items from the high tea menu including chocolate brownies and sausage rolls.
The sitting lasts 1.5 hours and has a guided workshop on creating a magical fairy garden. It is highly recommended to book ahead. If you want to see more, check out the virtual tour of their cottage here. This is definitely one of the best High Tea experiences in Perth.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am- 4 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 5 pm
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Location: 6 Cranleigh St, West Swan, WA 6055 Ph: (08) 9250 1513
Also located just outside of Perth in the western part of the Swan Valley, Lavender Bistro does High Tea French-style. Created by its French owners, this bistro has a family atmosphere and is completely dog friendly.
Their high tea offering features a three-tired selection of hot savoury, finger sandwiches and handmade mini cakes and scones which can be paired either with tea and coffee or sparkling rosé.
Because of the bistro’s location, you can laze around sipping tea, munching on their famous lavender scones on the patio overlooking paddocks and fields complete with horses. Sounds idyllic, right? It is imperative to make a booking to avoid disappointment.
Opening hours: Monday- Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: 29 Scarborough Beach Rd, North Perth, WA 6006 Ph: (08) 9444 7939
A slice of Bali in Perth, Chinta offers a tropical themed High Tea- think palm trees and exotic flowers paired with white linen. The High Tea is a 2 hour sitting and bookings are needed at least 24 hours in advance if you want to sit in for the experience.
Chinta also offers “High Tea at Home” where you can order a takeaway high tea box but with the beautiful decor and island feel, it’s probably best to go there for the full experience.
Opening hours: Monday- Friday: 7 am- 3 pm
Saturday- Sunday: 7 am- 4 pm
Location: 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: 0458 036 552
Set in a garden setting, High Tea at Bar Uma, the “home of the free-flowing high tea” is the perfect location for a special celebration or an afternoon with friends and family.
There are three high tea options that include free-flowing tea, coffee, Australian sparkling wine or champagne:
- Non-alcoholic High Tea
- Australian Sparkling Wine High Tea
- French Champange High Tea.
The eats included in the high tea are spring-inspired petit fours. Expect to see a French-inspired selection of scones, babas, sliders and vol-au-vents.
There is also an option to do the high tea at home. Even better, they are more than happy to tailor the experience to your needs. In fact, you can even have a hen do there!
Opening hours: Saturday- Sunday: 2 pm- 4.30 pm
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Location: 531 Wellington St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9322 1023
Less high tea, more “Afternoon Bloom”, it is an indulgent experience with a fresh take on traditional high tea menu items. WHen you arrive, you are greeted with a glass of Prosseco and the savouries include dishes like oysters, kimchi aranchi and toasted corn cakes.
The sweet offerings include botanic-infused granitas, pistachio cake with caramelised white chocolate ganache as well as a whole range of petit fours all with unique flavours.
There is an option to include caviar into your experience (which really makes one feel regal) and of course, is all offered with tea and coffee as well. There are two sittings available on saturdays only so be sure to book in advance.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 5.30 pm- 9.30 pp
Saturday: 12 pm- 5 pm
Sunday- Tuesday: Closed
Location: 147 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn, WA 6016 Ph: (08) 9444 7712
With their core philosophies of bringing customers unique products from quality ingredients and friendly service, it is a no-brainer why Bites by D made the list.
The team creates all of the pastries serve on-site daily and pay homage to the art that is patisserie. The café offers three two-hour-long High Tea sessions (morning, afternoon and twilight).
The delicious treats prepared by their experienced chefs include beetroot and cream cheese tarts with dukkha, petit croissants with pesto and savoury chive scones.
Their sweet offerings may include items such as dulce de leche brownies and berry financiers with toasted meringue.
There are dietary-restricted options available at request and you are welcome to do a takeaway option if you prefer which can be ordered online.
Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8.30 am- 4 pm
Location: Unit 23/155 Canning Hwy, East Fremantle, WA 6158 Ph: (08) 6161 0371
Known for their thoughtful dining with a focus on seasonal foods using the best and freshest local produce in Western Australia, their Artisan High Tea experience is a definite must to try out.
All of their items included on the menu are made in-house and are paired with tea infusions to compliment the flavours. You can expect to see traditional items such as hot-smoked salmon blinis and not so traditional items like Korean fried chicken sliders.
Their sweet items include macarons made with seasonal ingredients and coconut cakes. The High Tea is offered daily and does also require bookings.
Opening hours: Monday- Friday: 6.30 am- 2.30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7.30 am- 2.30 pm
Location: Level 33/44 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9220 8333
Residing on the 33rd floor of St Martins Tower, it is the only revolving restaurant in Western Australia. A full 360 degrees rotation takes a stately 90 minutes.
The spectacular panoramic views, along with the delectable food served at the C Restaurant, is the perfect combination for an extraordinary High Tea experience.
There are several High Tea options to choose from depending on what you are after, from a Classic High Tea, Childrens High Tea to a Premium Bottomless Moët & Chandon High Tea.
All of which are served with a wide range of sweet petit fours and scones as well as bite-sized savouries.
High Tea is served 7 days a week and bookings are essential but can only be made at certain times. Please see their website for more details.
Opening hours: Monday- Sunday: 12 pm- 11 pm
Location: 1 Barrack St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 6559 6822
In the heart of Perth CBD you will find Hearth, a restaurant showcasing all Western Australia has to offer in terms of local produce. Their High Tea is accompanied by a picturesque view of the riverside of Elizabeth Quay and is a must try.
This Signature Afternoon Tea occurs on Saturdays and Sundays and can include items such as Shark Bay prawn brioche rolles, lemon madelines and pistachio and raspberry mousse.
They also have a Chrismas-inspired menu running from early December. Because the experience is only served on Saturdays and Sundays, it is essential to book.
Opening hours: Saturday- Sunday: 12 pm- 2 pm
Monday- Friday: Closed
Flora & Fauna
Location: 4/70 Aberdeen St, Northbridge, WA 6003
This quaint and quirky vegan café in Northbridge serves up a vegan-grazing-style-high tea that is out of this world. It is beautifully presented with use of bright edible flowers and includes creative takes on the traditional classics.
Some menu options include plant-based sausage rolls, wraps, scones, tacos, flatbreads and salads. In addition, there’s a whole range of mini cakes and fancies.
Although only offered on specific dates on the month, bookings fill-up quickly and are text only at the moment.
Opening hours: Monday- Sunday: 8 am- 2 pm
Although they don’t have a website the menu can be found here.
Location: 64 Angelo St, South Perth, WA 6151 Ph: (08) 9367 5597
Lastly, we are off to the delightfully named Secret Garden Cafe for the final of our best high tea experiences in Perth.
This family owned restaurant opened in 2008 and feels like going home as the hospitality is second to none. Here, they hold a more casual High Tea in their relaxing, hidden away secret garden.
Complementary bubbles are served with the array of finger sandwiches, mini quiches, scones and assortment of slices and petit fours.
There is an option to customise the High Tea package (with an extra expense) but the Garden Tea Package is nothing to turn your nose up to.
Opening hours: Monday- Friday: 7.30 am- 4.30 pm
Saturday- Sunday: 7.30 am – 5 pm