Brisbane High Tea

by Jodi Panayotov

In the midst of this fast-paced caffeine-fuelled era, high tea in Brisbane is having a bit of a renaissance. And understandably, for the art of high tea is not just about indulgence and tea-drinking but about taking forced time out for a couple of hours and reliving the simple pleasures of a past when leisure time was leisurely and rituals and niceties mattered. While the majority of city hotels do a decent high tea, here are nine other Brisbane (and beyond) venues where you can indulge in the old-fashioned art:

Customs House High Tea

Take the royal box seat for high tea on the terrace of heritage-listed Customs House gazing across the river at Brisbane's best vista of the Story Bridge....more

Dawn Tea Rooms

On the site of the old Dawn theatre are these quaint tea rooms with shades of yesteryear, serving fanciful high teas in charming surrounds and the perfect place for a cuppa with the girls...more 

Devon Pixies

Tucked away in serene bushland just a half hour from Brisbane is this romantic country style tea house that offers a range of delectable great value high teas in its charming English style rooms...more

Olley’s in the Rainforest

On the edge of the pristine Mt Glorious rainforest is this tea room hideaway serving a luscious Asian-inspired high tea on the deck amongst the lorikeets or inside amongst artworks by Margaret Olley...more

Bessie's of Ormiston

This charming bayside tearoom is the setting for an old-fashioned high tea with all the trimmings: pink chandeliers, roses, candles and fine bone china...more 

Tea and Niceties

 Head to the hills of the hinterland for a splendid high tea experience with all the romance of a past era in a scenic bushland setting....more

French & Mor

The only Brisbane cafe to put on a French high tea, French and Mor can be found in a tiny shopping centre overlooking a patch of forest in Brisbane's northern suburbs...more

Shingle Inn

For a high tea combined with a cherished piece of Brisbane history, The Shingle Inn at the Brisbane City Hall is the place. Take a traditional wooden booth seat...more

Parliament House

The grand first lady of Brisbane's high tea venues is the ballroom sized Stranger's Dining Room at Parliament House, where 125 years of dignitaries and VIPs have sipped and supped...more

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