Best Brisbane High Tea Places

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There is something about putting on a very lady-like frock, slipping on some heels and heading out during the day for the promise of something fancy. Add to that a glass or two of bubbly, some insanely tiny sandwiches, a few delightfully mouth-watering treats and an atmosphere of decadence and you’ve swayed even the most dubious of people.

What exactly can you expect from a Brisbane high tea?

Originally enjoyed in the evening at the “high” or kitchen table, hence its name, the well-loved high tea has been around since the 1700s and after a recent resurgence is still going strong.  As is the desire to put aside coffee-stained mugs and fast-paced lifestyles for two hours so we can delight in this quiet and refined ritual. Perhaps it is the aroma of said teas drifting from delicate china cups in the decadent surroundings that bring forth in us a primitive desire to eat only crust-free squares of cucumber bites and clasp each delicately decorated sugar cube between the teeth of miniature tongs.  Whatever it is, the high tea experience is lovely and a great way to spend any time out you may have with your friends.

If you haven’t experienced the delight of a high tea party yet, then please, let us entice you and invite you to do so.  There are many fantastic places locally that specialise in or cater for the high tea experience, and all welcome kids along too (just replace the bubbly with some pink lemonade).  Prices range from about $30 – $55, depending on the menu, and bookings are always essential.

From the hundreds of high tea places to choose from, here are some that come highly recommended:

Belle Epoque, Emporium Hotel, Southpoint

Suburb: Southport

The Belle Epoque patisserie at Emporium Hotel is the setting for this stunning high tea. Priced from $55 per person for the Alice in Wonderland High Tea, high teas at Emporium are served on a three-tier stand and can include champagne and cocktails (additional cost may be involved). Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-free and Gluten-free menu options are also available.

Cream Patisserie Boulangerie

Suburb: Coorparoo

Served daily in the Coorparoo store, Cream’s high tea includes three tiers of decadence plus juice and tea or coffee. Bookings are required, with a minimum of 24 hours notice given. This is a licensed venue.

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Customs House High Tea 

Suburb: Brisbane CBD

If you are wanting a special occassion high tea then Customs House High Tea is an easy choice. Offering a champagne high tea with gluten free, vegetarian and pregnancy options available, this is the perfect place to settle in for an afternoon tea by the Brisbane River. Bookings are essential.

Forget Me Not Café

Suburb: Graceville

This friendly family run café offers a delicious high tea of delicate pastries, tea sandwiches and scones in a relaxed setting. Gluten-free options are available. Bookings are encouraged.

French & Mor – High Tea and Desserts

Suburb: Albany Creek

With a modern French twist on the traditional high tea, French & Mor can deliver your choice of tea with a selection of 20 T2 teas, tea sandwiches, pastries and gateaux at their sittings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. A reduced price specially tailored children’s high tea can also be arranged. Bookings are essential.

Full Cream Cafe 

Suburb: Thornlands

Set in a unique country setting and specialising in functions, the Full Cream Cafe offers three levels of high tea, including Queen Victoria, Royal Ascot and Royal Windsor. High Tea at Full Cream Cafe is served on fine china with lovely crisp linens and is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

Keri Craig Emporium

Suburb: Brisbane City

Located in the basement of the Brisbane Arcade, Keri Craig Emporium features a coffee lounge and store selling ladies fashion, gifts and homewares. They feature traditional High Tea to include French champagne or juice. The Children’s Fantasy offering is petite-sized for kids and includes kid’s sandwiches, ice cream and a drink.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Suburb: Brisbane City

Enjoy a traditional high tea as you leisurely cruise the Brisbane River. Take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a selection of delicate sweet and savoury treats, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and live music. Cruises run on Saturdays from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm. Bookings are essential.

Passiontree Velvet, Carindale

Suburb: Carindale

Passiontree Velvet in Carindale is dedicated to supplying a quality High Tea product at an affordable price and sees itself as a blend between an English tea house, a Parisian patisserie and a Belgian chocolatier. Behind their colourful counter lies their secret weapon – full-time French-trained, internationally experienced Chocolatier, Jay Shin and his skills, once you start tasting, become immediately apparent. See our full Passiontree Velvet review, or visit their website at

Redlands RSL

Suburb: Redlands

Offering high tea sittings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at either 9am – 10:30 am or 2:30 pm – 4pm, the Redlands RSL presents great value for money.

Reids Place

Suburb: Redcliffe

If you are looking for a vintage themed high tea party look no further than Reids Place. The venue is set in award-winning gardens and there are several locations within the venue to choose from for your party. This is a booking only high tea venue with a minimum of a 10 person booking.

Room With Roses

Suburb: Brisbane CBD

Located at the top of the Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a long-standing member of the Brisbane high tea scene. Their Deluxe High Tea is made fresh on premises and includes ten delicate high tea treats per person. With notice, gluten-free and vegetarian diets can be catered for. Group bookings welcome.

Shingle Inn 

Suburb: Various locations

Served daily with no need to book (Brisbane City Hall location is the exception to this), the Shingle Inn has been serving up high tea in Brisbane for almost 80 years. Priced from $27.50 per person (minimum two people) the Shingle Inn High Tea includes ribbon sandwiches, sweets and a Shingle Inn Lime Mint Julep or champagne (at licensed venues), as well as a selection of teas and coffee. The awesome Kids High Tea is great value and perfect for birthday parties at only $10.50 per person and includes a ribbon ham sandwich, a famous kids’ patty cake, a clown biscuit and a kid’s shake or babyccino.

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High Tea at Shingle Inn


Suburb: Brisbane City

A long-standing tradition at Sofitel, the Magnifique High Tea is served daily from 1-3pm in the hotel’s exclusive Club Sofitel on the 30th floor or 2 -4pm in Cuvee Lounge Bar. Priced from $50, this decadent high tea includes high tea classics along with contemporary addition created in the hotel’s own French patisserie twist. Bookings are essential.

Stamford Plaza

The Stamford Plaza, offering both a Traditional High Tea during the week and a Chocolate High Tea Buffet on the weekends, serves more than 400 high teas a week.  Each school holiday they offer a surreal twist on their traditional high tea by introducing the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to the lobby.  They also have a takeaway high tea option. Bookings are essential so to make sure you don’t miss out check out all the details here:–bar/brisbane-high-tea.

Tea and Niceties

Suburb: Eagle Heights 

Nestled in a one-acre rainforest setting, this traditional-style tea house boasts the elegance of a fine, European tea room.  Perfect for special occasions they offer two 2 hour sittings a day including a gluten-free offering.  There’s also a Children’s High Tea option. A definite favourite. Open Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

The Chef’s Manor

Suburb: Anstead

The Chef’s Manor is a favourite amongst Brisbane high tea aficionados. They are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for three high tea sittings per day. The cost is $35.00 per person for a two-hour sitting, with gluten-free options available.

Whisky Business

Suburb: Capalaba

Whisky Business serves up a tasty high tea that includes a selection of savoury delights like ribbon sandwiches and savoury tarts as well as macarons and other sweet treats. The high tea is available all day Wednesday and from 2.00 pm on Saturday. Bookings are essential.

White Horse Ranch

Suburb: Albany Creek

White Horse Ranch at Albany Creek is a lovely corner cafe serving excellent coffee and meals and now a high tea menu you can organise at booking (available every day) with no minimum in terms of numbers. They also have a kids play area in their cafe which makes this the perfect high tea destination for a group of parents.

So, if you are looking for some wind-down time with the girls or a new dining experience with the family, treat yourself to the high tea experience for something a little different and special. 

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One response to “Best Brisbane High Tea Places”

  1. Melissa says:

    I used to think high-tea’s were way to expensive to be realistic… then my family organised a high tea at the Redlands RSL in Cleveland for my bridal shower. Amazing value at $19 for non-members and the food was fantastic value!

    I later went to a high tea out at a hotel in Redcliffe which i think was at least double the price and had about a third of the food! To be honest, while the venue was very lovely… i just didn’t think the food (or service) compared!

    Just thought it might be worthwhile sharing one on the cheaper end of the scale for Brisbane families who may have ruled this idea out for the price.

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