Your favourite cafe may be closed right now, but you can still enjoy a classic high tea with all the trimmings. Go online to order a high tea hamper. Or follow our suggestions to put together your own afternoon tea time.
Home-delivered high tea
Cheese, tea, wine, sandwiches and pastries – these city spots have it all wrapped in a convenient bundle. Just click and collect or order to your door.
High cheese at home
The Westin Hotel is offering a choice of two high teas, delivered Wednesday to Sunday. If you’re a cheese lover you won’t be able to pass up the High Cheese at Home high tea. In cahoots with Maker & Monger, they’ve paired Gouda scones and caramelised apricot butter. Plus baked camembert, truffled brie and other speciality cheeses. To finish, there’s cheesecake, madeleines and mulled wine. And you get a Maker & Monger tote bag to keep.
The Westin’s trad high tea is equally decadent, presented in a three-tier cake stand. There are chicken brioche and smoked salmon finger sandwiches to start. And to finish, an assortment of chocolate, peach, passionfruit and raspberry delights.
The Atlantic’s high tea hamper
The Atlantic’s high tea hamper can be ordered for a Saturday delivery. Delectable savouries include refined mini sandwiches, luxe sausage rolls, and crispy filo parcels. Petit desserts also have plenty of wow factor. Who can resist those red velvet lamingtons with lemon cheesecake frosting? Upgrade to include one (or two) bottles of Mumm rosé champagne.
Rustica is renowned for delicious pastries and out-of-this-world sourdough. If you can’t decide between a cranberry and walnut loaf, an olive and basil vienna or the brioche donuts, check out the Lockdown Breakfast Box. You’ll get a selection of breads and sweet treats, plus a bag of coffee. Swap the beans for a bottle of prosecco with the boozy box.
Collins Coffee House high tea in a box
The high tea in a box for two from Collins Coffee House can be delivered seven days a week. The sumptuous selection includes savoury tarts and sandwiches, pastries and scones with jam. Plus four types of cake. Flourless orange, spiced carrot, raspberry-coconut and almond biscotti. There’s even a gluten-free option available. To go the extra mile, you can hire traditional crockery from which to sip your French Earl Grey.
Build your own high tea
Mix and match from Melbourne’s best sources for all things afternoon tea.
McIver’s Australian brews
You’ve got your cakes and sweet treats sorted. What’s next? How about some indigenous Australian teas from McIver’s at Queen Vic Market? Go for Waltzing Myrtle, with various myrtles, mountain pepper and rosella. Or if you can’t choose, order the Australian Favourites Tea Pack of five flavours. Along with Waltzing Myrtle, you’ll find Australian sencha and teas from the Daintree and Dampier Peninsula. If you’re after a more traditional style of tealeaf, opt for good old Prince of Wales.
Bring the sweet life home and order from Sweetie & Moustache on Uber Eats. We can’t go past the delicate crepe cakes. Paper thin crepes are layered with oreo crumble, espresso mascarpone, peanut butter and durian mousse. Can’t decide? Order a six-piece crepecake box to taste-test them all. Or try salted caramel popcorn cakes from Mille & B, delivering out of Carlton. The perfect touch of French style and Japanese flavour for your afternoon treat.
La Belle Miette macarons
Marie Antoinette would agree. No high tea is complete without macarons. And La Belle Miette has Melbourne’s best range. Choose a box or two of Pinks and Lilacs in seasonal flavours. Being French, La Belle Miette also has gourmet teas by Mariage Frères, direct from Paris. And the classic art deco teapot to brew your tea in, wrapped in polished steel.
Melbourne mixed tea blends from Gewürzhaus
Fruit and herbal teas are the speciality at Gewürzhaus. Choose Apple Pie Tea to pair with your afternoon treats. The aromatic brew has hints of vanilla, conjuring the flavours of apple pie with custard. Or try Velvety Vanilla Chai Tea, for an orange pekoe-spiced blend. And for a Christmas in winter taste sensation, order in some organic Gingerbread Tea. The festive scents of cinnamon and clove will have you thinking Christmastime is only around the corner.
Chinese tea from KUURA
North Melbourne locals have all the bases covered. Whether it’s green or black tea you fancy, you can source all kinds of teas from KUURA. Unsure of what to get? Pick a couple of 25g sample packs and try something new.
Cakes and sandwich supplies from M & G Caiafa
To fill your multi-tiered cake stand, order home-delivered essentials from M & G Caiafa. They’re based at Queen Vic Market. Remove the crusts from slices of Irrewarra sandwich loaf to make asparagus rolls. Buy some Noisette ciabatta rolls to craft savoury bites. Add Five and Dime Bagels or tortillas for more far-flung flavours. And don’t forget ricotta-cream canoli and Portuguese tarts. Ladies and gentlemen, afternoon tea is served.
Mörk’s chocolate and pastries
And if you’d like more chocolate to go with your chocolate éclairs, head to Mörk. The hot chocolate pack includes cocoa powder, marshmellows and florentines. But why stop there? You can also add biscuits, chocolate cake and cinnamon buns to your home delivery.
Iced tea and yum cha from Oriental Tea House
Put a different spin on high tea by ordering cook-at-home yum cha from Oriental Tea House. Select from Wagyu beef, pork, prawn and veggie dumplings. All packs come with instructions, and the dumplings can be fried, boiled or steamed. While you’re online, throw in a bottle of prosecco, pinot or rosé. Or choose from their range of teas, including white, green, oolong and fruit. You can’t go wrong with Happy Tea. It’s a rich, earthy blend with hints of orange and dates that’s sure to put a spring in your step.
Catering for GF friends or family? The Hotel Windsor’s gluten-free kitchen has you covered. Choose from a variety of canelés, try a babka or or go all out with the chocolate, wattleseed and whiskey cake. And don’t worry, this Melbourne icon has been serving high tea since 1883, so know what’s needed to make every detail just right.
Italian treats from King and Godfree
Afternoon tea doesn’t need to be English. The Italians’ take on the British tradition is Napolitea. Order the Dolci Box from Italian experts King and Godfree and you’ll see what we mean. It comes with drinking chocolate, nougat, handmade biscuits, Baci kisses and more. K&G’s online shop has stacks of other high tea delights. Put in your order for the Quattro Formaggi box of cheeses with fruit roulade, grissini and olives. Don’t forget that carton of Pidapipo gelato and chocolate-dipped biscotti to use as a spoon. And to drink? It’s a choice between bubbles and something sweet, maybe a sparkling rosé or a sticky moscato.
Baked sweets from Elizabeth Andrews
West Melbourne’s Elizabeth Andrews is an experienced hand at corporate catering. Now she’s delivering restaurant-quality, home-cooked food to your home. And look at the desserts you can order for your afternoon tea party. How do chocolate raspberry pudding and apple-rhubarb crumble sound for a start?
If you’re after some extra sweetness, be sure to check out Reverie café. Usually found in the ELLA precinct, their speciality cakes are now available for home delivery. Try the petit fours sampler, featuring nine generous single serves of the chef’s favourites. Deliveries are available to the CBD, Prahran and Doncaster areas.
Looking for a showstopper dessert? Look no further than iCake, who make some of the most Instagrammable cakes we’ve ever seen. Peruse their socials to see a quirky range of themed cakes beside refined French-style roulades. There’s truly something for everyone here.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 5kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Observe the curfew from 8pm to 5am, and other restrictions. Please, be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.