Eat & Drink

The best high tea spots in Adelaide


Posted on 04 Apr 2019

Once reserved for royals and aristocrats, high tea is now a staple in the little black book of treating yourself. What’s there not to like about delicious miniature treats, a cuppa, and a healthy dose of champagne? 

In true Adelaide fashion, restaurants and hotels around the city are showing off their foodie flair with the best of local produce. Indulge in handcrafted scones, macarons and an array of baked treasures. Be surprised and delighted with French-Vietnamese inspired high tea, while you sip on Hendrick’s Gin tea. Coffee aficionados need not worry because we have also discovered a High Coffee option – espresso martini on arrival anyone?

Soak in breathtaking views of the River Torrens or if you prefer to be amid the action, you can even have high tea while you cruise down the River itself!

Discover the best high tea experiences in Adelaide below.

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InterContinental Adelaide

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

The InterContinental Adelaide’s High Tea offers a range of packages including a selection of gourmet sandwiches, delectable pastries, freshly baked scones and a premium selection of loose-leaf tea. If you are a coffee aficionado - keep an eye out for the InterContinental'sHigh Coffee which pairs sweet and savoury options with a unique coffee creation by the talented baristas. Available every Saturday and Sunday in Riverside Restaurant from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Madame Hanoi

Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Gin tea, soft shell crab and confit duck...high tea with a Vietnamese twist! Who doesn't love gin with their tea? As well as a pot of Hendrick’s Gin tea, guests are served a tiered platter of some of Madame Hanoi's signature shared dishes, including soft shell crab brioche, crispy pork belly banh mi, confit duck cold rolls and macarons. Bookings are available for two or more and between 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on weekends.

Stamford Plaza Adelaide

150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of indulgence as you savour the bespoke selection of sweet and savoury treats and fresh out of the oven scones with clotted cream. High Tea isn't just for grown-ups Kids can also enjoy high tea with their favourite treats, a mocktail on arrival and hot chocolate. Available every daily between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm in the Cascades Lounge.

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar

45 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Located at the Mayfair Hotel, this sumptuous High Tea adds a hint of nostalgia to your afternoon. Book in and you'll be treated to a glass of Sparkling Wine or a Mocktail on arrival followed by treats, the finest Wedgewood tea and freshly brewed Espresso coffee. Champagne optional, but highly encouraged! Available every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Coal Cellar + Grill

Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

High Tea, the most important meal between lunch and dinner! A contemporary take on a classic, Coal Cellar + Grill high tea includes bubbles and sweet and savoury treats. Feast on macaroons, chocolate eclairs, brioche bites and plenty more.Available Saturday and Sunday. Bookings recommended.