The 5 Afternoon Teas To Try This Summer

Treat yourself to an afternoon of elegance with these new afternoon teas

Afternoon tea has been an honoured tradition in England for almost two centuries. Legend has it the practice was first invented by a very hungry duchess, in 1840. Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would get peckish in the late afternoon and needed a light snack to keep her going. She invited her friends and had bread, butter, cakes and tea sent to her room in the late afternoon, and soon it caught on. Just 40 years later, the practice of pausing for an afternoon tea break became a fashionable – and formal – affair. Ladies would actually change into gowns for the occasion!

Today afternoon tea is much more relaxed, and you don’t need to be a duchess to enjoy it. You can leave your ball gown at home for these new afternoon teas, just bring friends and a light appetite!

Café Gray Deluxe

Do you love tea? Do you adore fashion? Do you crave a stunning view? Then have we got the afternoon tea for you. Café Gray Deluxe has paired up with to create a limited-edition Summer Afternoon Tea. The two luxury super stars have created a refreshing tea set with yuzu, guava and orange blossom flavours. Start off with the savoury bites, like Mentaiko lobster roll and truffle and egg sandwiches. Then dive into the sweet treats, like Bahibe chocolate mousse with yuzu curd. Topping it all off is the stunning view, and if you book with the special promo code ‘TUHMF’, you’ll go home with a special Night Time candle from too.

The Café Gray Deluxe x Summer Afternoon Tea is available until 31 August, 2019, between 3:30pm – 5:30pm. It’s priced at HK$325 per person or HK$560 for two.

Café Gray Deluxe
49/F The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; +852 3968 1106

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Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Another option for the fashionistas – the Lobby Lounge at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Phase Eight with an almost too-cute-to-eat “British Wardrobe Afternoon Tea”. The premium womenswear brand is all about feminine style that’s luxurious, warm and inviting. Now, their ethos is reflected in this adorable tea set. The hotel’s talented culinary team have built a wardrobe of nine sweet items and four savoury treats. Take a minute to appreciate the craftsmanship and detail on each piece, from the red ‘8’ that towers over the caramel macaron, to the fascinator-topped Earl Grey chocolate basket. Enjoy a HK$100 coupon for Phase Eight when you book your tea, and shoppers who spend more than HK$8,000 at Phase Eight will receive a voucher for two to enjoy this beautiful tea.

The “British Wardrobe Afternoon Tea” is available until 31 August, 2019, between 3:00pm – 5:30pm daily. It’s priced at HK$368 per person or HK$488 for two.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Harbour City, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2113 0088


If you’ve had your fill of traditional afternoon teas, why not try something different, like this vegetarian option, right in Central.  Get ‘High Chai’ at VEDA, Hong Kong’s first vegetarian hotel restaurant. Opened just this year inside the Ovolo Hotel, it’s feel-good plant-based food from Australian chef and author Hetty McKinnon. Feast on a variety of animal-free bites like the sun-dried tomato pickle toast or the baked Shiitake mushroom tart. For sweets, you need to try the orange, olive oil and rosemary cake. And of course, the afternoon wouldn’t be complete without tea! They have a range of Pukka teas available, and two fresh-pressed juices (+HK$68) to help you feel your best.

VEDA’s ‘High Chai’ afternoon tea is available daily from 3:00pm – 5:30pm. It’s priced at HK$220 per person or HK$408 for two.

Ovolo Hotel, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central; +852 3755 3067

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel knows there’s nothing more refreshing than mango on a hot summer’s day. That’s why they’ve launched a “Mango Fiesta Afternoon Tea” at the Mirage Bar & Restaurant. Started in June, it’s already become a crowd favourite because if its sumptuous and creative desserts you don’t want to miss. It’s available through September, but don’t wait too long to try it! Book your afternoon tea today and enjoy the coolest flavour of summer.

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel’s “Mango Fiesta Afternoon Tea” is available daily from 3:00pm, – 5:30pm. It’s priced at HK$198 per person Monday – Friday and HK$218 per person on the weekends and public holidays. It’s available through 30 September, 2019.

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; +852 2802 8888

Cordis Hotel

When it’s too hot for the beach, you can pretend at the Cordis Hotel. Their chic bistro, Alibi, has teamed up with Korean cosmetic brand Su:m37 to launch a picture-perfect ‘Picnic on the Beach’ afternoon tea. Beautifully presented on a personal picnic blanket and hamper, it includes stunning bites like hamachi with sea urchin sabayon, salmon tartare with coriander espuma and seasonal fruit desserts bursting with fresh flavours like yuzu and mango. Guests who book this beautiful lunch can enjoy a Sum:37 Water-full Radiant Skincare Kit (a HK$490 value!). Langham Supper Club members can also enjoy a 15% discount through 30 September, 2019.

Cordis Hotel’s “Picnic on the Beach” is priced at HK$498 for two people and is served with two “Golden Pineapple” cocktails.

Cordis Hotel Hong Kong
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok; +852 3552 3388

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