Where to indulge in the best high tea in Canberra

Where to indulge in the best high tea in Canberra

Imagine indulging on tiered plates of delicious cakes and tarts, sipping on award-winning tea in heritage-listed venues, or enjoying a glass or two of champagne in plush surroundings – Canberra knows how to do high tea.   

Whether you’re planning a fancy afternoon with the leading ladies in your life, celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to treat yourself, here is our list of the best high teas in Canberra.

  1. QT Sky High Tea

    Looking for the traditional yet elegant high tea experience fit for a queen? The QT Sky Lounge offers just that. Enjoy mouth-watering treats in the exclusive lounge, sweeping you away with stunning views of Canberra. Stylishly devour high tea classics such as crème fraiche blinis, parmesan panna cotta, gateau opera with hazelnuts, and tiramisu cannoli.

    white table cloth and tiered cake stand at QT Canberra
    Look out across the city as you feast on QT's Sky High Tea.

  2. Tea Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel

    Nestled in the heritage-listed Hyatt Hotel is the Tea Lounge. Dig into high tea crowd favourites such as freshly baked scones, an array of finger sandwiches and a selection of tempting cakes and slices. Why not go for a relaxing stroll after at the nearby Lennox Gardens where you can take in spectacular views of the lake, Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges, and city centre?

    A light filled room full of wooden high tea tables at Hyatt Hotel.
    Indulge on an exclusive high tea menu in a beautiful heritage-listed building: the Hyatt Hotel. Photographer: Robert Coppa

  3. High Tea at Buvette

    Sunday morning high tea in Canberra is not complete without a mouth-watering selection of French pastries, cakes, and tarts. The high tea menu at Buvette High Tea showcases just that and more with provencale quiches, buttery croissants, macarons, gateaux and tartes.

    A tier of high tea delicacies and champagne at Buvette.
    High tea at Buvette hosts some of Canberra’s most delicious French delicacies.

  4. Beef and Barley’s Burger High Tea

    Enjoy a foodie weekend away in Canberra with a pit stop at Beef and Barley’s burger high tea. Feast on all your favourites such as pork and beef sliders, haloumi bites, popcorn chicken and an assortment of sweet treats. Wash it all down with a glass of bubbly before exploring the iconic Kingston Foreshore.

    A woman smiling as she eats a burger high tea complete with champagne or coffee.
    @maryanneirhia fell in love with burger high tea.

  5. White Rabbit Cocktail Lounge’s Alice in Wonderland Tea

    Join Alice down the rabbit hole and enter a wonderland right here in Canberra at White Rabbit for Tipsy Tea, a high tea with a twist. Treat yourself to one of White Rabbit’s signature cocktails or the finest French sparkling, perfectly accompanied by delicious sweet and savoury treats.

    Hipster, colourful high tea tiered plates filled with savoury delights.
    Feast upon the decadent whimsy and marvellous creations that White Rabbit’s Tipsy Tea has to offer. Photo by Collections from Him.

  6. Queen's Terrace weekend high tea

    Looking for a quintessential and uniquely Canberra experience? Australian Parliament House welcomes you to enjoy weekend high tea at Queen’s Terrace Café. After exploring Parliament House and taking in Australia’s history, relish in savoury and sweet goodies crafted by the in-house pastry team using the best regional produce of the season.

    Delicate small cakes in four rows.
    Enjoy a delicious feed in one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Photo by Auspic.

  7. Adore Tea’s Teahouse in Gungahlin

    It’s time to recharge after a day of sightseeing in Canberra with a relaxing meal at Adore Tea’s Teahouse in Gungahlin. From spicy chai to aromatic herbal blends, Adore Tea offers a selection of over 200 extraordinary teas, including 30 blends exclusively created by Adore Tea. This tea-rrific experience will leave you feeling warm and satisfied inside and out after every sip.

    Bright, light high tea with floral tones.
    Adore Tea serves up the finest high tea - fit for royalty. Photo by Adore Tea Teahouse.