TEA-se Me with the Ultimate Springtime Indulgence: Hong Kong’s Best Afternoon Teas

Ladies, did you know that the origins of afternoon tea harkens back to Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford? Back in those days, the Duchess was only served two meals each day—once in the morning for breakfast, and once in the evening for dinner. Overcome by never-ending hunger pangs, Anna decided to schedule a time each afternoon for a quick repast. Thus the afternoon tea was born, which rose to popularity first in London’s top hotels and was gradually embraced by Britain’s outposts worldwide.

Now you can enjoy this popular British pastime at an eclectic array of Hong Kong’s restaurants, from the posh digs of Clipper Lounge to the Nordic-inspired afternoon tea at FINDS. Pinkies at the ready? Let’s go!

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1. Urban Park: Best for Laid Back Elegance

Urban Park’s Butterfly Blossom Afternoon Tea hands-down wins the prize for the afternoon tea with the best presentation. Priced at just HKD $239 per head, Urban Park’s set features sweet and savouries (think creamy Butterfly Cakes with Lemon Buttercream and Petite Prawn Cocktails). Presented in an adorable silver two-tiered birdcage garnishes with fresh flowers—nice touch eh?—Urban Park’s Butterfly Blossom Afternoon Tea Set is a sure flyaway winner. That British pomp and ceremony (tsk tsk The Peninsula), just isn’t present at Urban Park, but it’s still a glam spot where staff are polished and no ask is too tall. You know what’s the best thing? Refills come gratis.

Savvy Chope Tip: Check out Urban Park (TST)’s al fresco patio for some laid-back elegance

Urban Park (TST)
Monday through Friday
3:00pm – 5:30pm
HKD $239 for two

Find it at 4/F, 20-22 Granville Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Book a table at Urban Park (TST) and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

Urban Park (Central)
Monday through Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays
3:00pm – 5:30pm
HKD $299 for two

Find it at Shop 3-5, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Rd., Central
Book a table at Urban Park (Central) and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

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2. The Lounge & Bar: Best for Views

Three. Two. One. Yep, there has to be three reasons why The Ritz-Carlton’s The Lounge & Bar is a must-go in our book. Firstly, talk about the view! Indulge yourself with a lavish and bountiful feast 420 meters above sea level with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. You’ll see fab views of the Island, and on a clear day, Devil’s and Kowloon Peak. Second, the ambiance is unparalleled. A grand piano merrily plays Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; it’s a classy retreat for those looking for a little pomp and indulgence. Finally, the high tea itself packs a serious punch. Savoury items—Ham & Cheese Brioche, Cheese Tart—are a combination of rich and intense flavours. Located just below Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton’s The Lounge & Bar packs a serious punch when it comes to a cosy pot of tea and some finger sandwiches—an excellent place to ‘Lounge’ and relax.

Monday to Thursday
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
HKD $388 for one/HKD $638 for two

Friday
2:15 pm – 4:00 pm (1st seating)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (2nd seating)
HKD $408 for one/HKD $678 for two

Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays
12:01 pm – 2:00 pm (1st seating)
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm (2nd seating)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (3rd seating)
HKD $408 for one/HKD $678 for two

Find it at Level 102, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd. W., Kowloon
Book a table at The Lounge & Bar and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

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3. Clipper Lounge: Traditional Opulence

Mover or shaker? Clipper Lounge has historically been the rendezvous of choice for Hong Kong’s ‘it’ crowd. Here you’ll see the real jam: an eclectic mix of bankers hawking their pitchbooks, doting ‘ladies who lunch’, and the odd traveler or two. Expect legendary white-glove service and delicious British-inspired classics including Plain and Raisin Scones with clotted cream served with the Mandarin Oriental’s infamous rose petal jam on top. Be sure to smother that jam on literally every morsel, ‘cause it’s that good. Trust us. Post-indulgence, imbibe from their extensive tea menu, offering the highest quality of teas. If you’re a bit more of a health nut, then don’t miss out on their freshly pressed watermelon juice.

Mondays through Fridays
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
HKD $298 for one

Saturdays and Public Holidays
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
HKD $318 for one

Sundays
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
HKD $318 for one

Find it at M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central
Book a table at Clipper Lounge and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

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4. Above & Beyond: Asian Afternoon Tea

There’s more to the eye at Above & Beyond. Sure, the breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour 28 stories up are truly postcard-worthy. But what sets them ‘above & beyond’  amongst the inundation of afternoon tea choices in HK, has to be—cue the drumroll—dim sum. Yup! Sweet and savoury Cantonese plates are all present here: Sweetened Almond Cream with Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs, Pork Dumpling with Halibut and Black Mushroom, and Mushroom Dumpling with Pumpkin. Yum. So what’s better than dim sum? Desserts of course. Above & Beyond’s dessert selections are a bit of French-Asian fusion. Savour the Chilled Jelly with Lychee and Osmanthus (the lychee flavours are deliciously concentrated) as well as the Chestnut Crème Brûlée: a perfect dénouement, with its crunchy and custardy flavours melded to a buttery puff pastry base. Soar to new heights beyond our day-to-day afternoon tea haunts.

Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays
3:15 pm – 5:30 pm
HKD $438 for two

Find it at 28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East
Book a table at Above & Beyond and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

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5. The Lobby: Heritage Tea

The Lobby, located at the entrance of Hong Kong’s fabled hotel, The Peninsula, offers a wide litany of options to choose from all day, any day. But it’s the Afternoon Tea that’s a ‘must-do’ for any Honker. Long heralded as THE ‘it’ spot for locals and visitors to enjoy classic afternoon tea, The Lobby dishes out Hong Kong’s quintessentials varieties: Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Peninsula Afternoon, and Peninsula Breakfast are yours for the choosing. With a beautifully laid out table, and a live chamber orchestra playing everything from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony to Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, what’s not to love at The Lobby?

Daily
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (First-come, first-served basis)
HKD $368 for one/ HKD $658 for two

Find it at The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui

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6. FINDS: Tea with a Nordic Twist

FIND yourself Finnish delights at FINDS’ Finland Afternoon Tea Set. With selected savouries such as Smoked Trout Roe Treat—light and satisfying with their crunchy smoked roe—as well as Air Dried Beef on Malt Bread (lean and tender beef, while the aged malt bread is intense), you’ll feel like you’ve just been whisked back to Helsinki in no time. FINish the meal off with some decadent sweets on offer: Baked Lapland Cheese with Cloudberry Sauce, Lingonberry Tart, and Milk Chocolate Mousse & Sea Buckthorn Berry Cone are all winners in our book. But, the ‘must-eat’ or daresay, ‘must-drink’ has to be the 62% Dark Hot Chocolate. It’s rich and perfectly paired with FINDS’ in-house Tea Forte’s Organic Tea Selection. Find a winning Finnish combination at FINDS.

Daily
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
HKD $356 for two

Find it at 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Book a table at FINDS and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG

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