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11 Best High Tea Places on the Gold Coast 2024

The Gold Coast isn't just a haven for sun-seekers and surfers. It's also a paradise for high tea – and afternoon tea – lovers! Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, the Gold Coast offers a delightful variety of high tea experiences, each promising an afternoon of indulgence and connection.

High tea is about a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity; it’s all about slowing down time, embracing the art of sipping premium tea, and indulging the simple joys that come with each exquisite cuppa.

The right high tea experience should be the one that becomes a moment of pure delight and a memory to keep and share with loved ones.

Join us as we explore the magical realm of high tea on the Gold Coast, where every tea room is a canvas of emotions and flavours waiting to be explored.

Before we set out on our journey of presenting the best high tea venues on the Gold Coast, let’s take a quick look at the history of high tea.

Cup of Tavalon Tea at High Tea Venues

Short History of High Tea

Long before the golden sun graced the shores of the Gold Coast, a beloved tradition emerged in the heart of Britain, giving birth to the iconic indulgence we now know as high tea.

Originating in the 19th century – about 150 years ago, high tea was a momentous affair, bridging the gap between afternoon and evening with delectable treats and steaming pots of tea. 

What started as a humble meal for the working class soon evolved into a symbol of elegance and sophistication, cherished by the aristocracy.

The notion of "high" in high tea referred to the dining table's height, signifying the formality of the occasion. Over the years, high tea shifted, blending with cultures and culinary artistry worldwide. 

And today, on the shores of the Gold Coast, high tea has become an integral cultural part.

Top 11 High Tea Places on the Gold Coast

From traditional tea houses to more modern venues, Gold Coasts has something to offer to local residents or visitors to this coastal paradise. Here's our curated list of the top 11 high tea places on the Gold Coast you cannot miss in 2024:

Tavalon Teas Offered at Famous High Tea Places

Please note that the following high tea places or afternoon tea venues are ordered randomly.

Also, the first 4 venues offer Tavalon Tea. So, if you wish to indulge in the Tavalon experience, make sure to make reservations on their websites and savour the unique flavours and aromas of Tavalon Tea.  

Palm Court at The Langham - Timeless Elegance by the Coast

Palm Court at The Langham | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

Embrace the legacy of The Langham, London, where over 150 years ago, traditional English afternoon tea was first served. Palm Court carries on this time-honoured tradition, inviting you to bask in the splendour of high tea as it was meant to be. 

Relish the views of the lagoon pool as the classical elegance of Palm Court envelopes you – creating an ambiance of opulence and refinement. Let your taste buds dance with delight and your spirit soar with joy as you savour the tantalising treats and premium Tavalon tea. 

At Palm Court, every cup of tea and every bite will transport you to a world of refined pleasures, creating cherished memories that will linger in your heart for years to come

  • Location: Palm Court, The Langham Gold Coast
  • Price: $109 on weekdays; $119 on weekends 
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

HOTA’s Palette Restaurant - A Culinary Wonderland

HOTA’S PALETTE RESTAURANT | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery on the Gold Coast, Palette offers a unique high tea experience that transcends the ordinary and transforms into a mesmerising symphony of flavours.

Each creation at Palette is a masterpiece, with art and food complementing each other at their best.

Every Sunday, the enchanting Palette Restaurant offers a spectacular high tea like no other. Indulge in a carefully curated menu, where each delicacy is a work of art in itself.

Delight your taste buds and senses with a perfect balance of savoury and sweet options, including pumpkin spice macarons, Davidson Plum Danish, and mulled wine fruit scones.

As you savour each divine bite, you'll find yourself immersed in an experience that elevates high tea to a sensory masterpiece.

Complementing the delectable treats, you have the choice of pairing your experience with Tavalon's finest teas or a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne, adding a touch of luxury to your Sunday indulgence.

  • Location: Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
  • Price: $65 on Sundays
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Rise Bakery - All about Love 

Rise Bakery | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

Journey into the heart of Rise Bakery, a modern French bakery and café, where warmth and nostalgia intertwine to create a cherished high tea experience on the Gold Coast.

Nestled in the prestigious Sanctuary Cove Marina, Rise Bakery invites you to bask in the embrace of love and indulgence.

As you step inside, the aroma of freshly baked goods envelops you, a testament to the high quality and freshness that defines Rise Bakery. Each product is meticulously prepared and baked in-house daily. So, every bite and sip is a delightful masterpiece. 

Discover a world of delights at the Salon de Thé & Champagne Bar. Here, high tea on the weekend becomes an occasion to savour and remember. Raise a glass of champagne, and let the effervescence of the moment transport you to a world of joy and celebration.

The Tea Room offers a selection of hot infused potions, crafted in partnership with Tavalon Tea. Each sip is a chance to slow down, relax, and appreciate the surroundings, as time seems to pause for a while.

Rise Bakery has also recently launched its first outpost in Brisbane. 

  • Location: Shop 4C The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island, QLD 4212
  • Price: N/A
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar: A Waterfront High Tea Haven

Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar | High Tea Place on the Gold Coast

Discover the hidden gem of Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar, a beautiful waterfront restaurant and bar nestled at The Marina Concourse in Benowa, Gold Coast. Step into a warm and inviting space with high ceilings adorned with rustic timber beams, complemented by lush greenery and a collection of rattan light shades.

The atmosphere is designed to offer a friendly and welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike, making it the perfect spot for catching up with friends and family, spending quality "me time" with a newspaper, or even hosting business meetings.

At Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar, every moment is a delightful surprise. The venue boasts massive bi-fold doors that bathe the interior in natural sunlight and lead to a spacious wooden deck, offering stunning water views.

Picture yourself on balmy summer afternoons, cocktail in hand, enjoying the gentle breeze and the scenic beauty that surrounds you.

As you settle in, indulge in the perfect fusion of tradition and modernity with their exceptional high tea experience. Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar proudly serves Tavalon premium tea, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your afternoon delights.

Treat yourself to a selection of delectable sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and a delightful assortment of sweet and savoury treats, all meticulously prepared to tantalize your taste buds.

Whether you're a local looking for a new favourite spot, a traveller seeking a unique experience, or even accompanied by your furry friend, Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar extends its warm embrace to all.

So, come and enjoy high tea on the Gold Coast with a view, and immerse yourself in the charm and hospitality of this enchanting venue.

  • Location: Shop 5/1 Marina Concourse Benowa QLD 4217
  • Price: $55 for standard high tea or coffee; $65 for gluten-free & vegetarian high tea (upon request)
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Le Jardin at Palazzo Versace - A Couture High Tea Experience on the Gold Coast

Le Jardin at Palazzo Versace | High Tea Place on the Gold Coast

Nestled within the luxurious embrace of the Imperial Hotel Gold Coast, Le Jardin offers a high tea experience that seamlessly fuses opulence and innovation, creating a true feast for the senses.

As you enter Le Jardin, you will be greeted – and enchanted – by the breathtaking surroundings. Marvel at the dazzling crystal chandelier, vaulted ceilings, and hand-crafted mosaics that create an ambiance of timeless elegance.

The bespoke Italian furnishings and the azure backdrop of the Australian sky reflected in the sparkling blue Lagoon Pool provide a captivating setting that's a true masterpiece in itself.

The Couture High Tea at Le Jardin takes the classic to new heights, infusing it with a fashion-forward touch. Here, sweet and savoury dishes delight the palate with unexpected combinations. Bright colours and bold textures adorn each creation, adding a sense of individuality to every bite. 

What's more, the Couture High Tea experience is perfectly complemented by your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee, served alongside a glass of bubbles.

Sip on perfection as you immerse yourself in the luxurious ambiance, gazing out at the deep blue Lagoon Pool, and relishing in the top-tier level of luxury that defines Palazzo Versace.

  • Location: 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217
  • Price: N/A
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Pearls Bar at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort & Spa - Winter High Tea Magic

Pearls Bar at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort | High Tea Place on the Gold Coast

Sink into sheer comfort and treat yourself and loved ones to traditional high tea at Pearls Bar, within the elegant Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast.

As the seasons change and winter graces the landscape, Pearls Bar unveils a captivating new High Tea menu that pays homage to the bounties of the season.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of sparkling lagoons and swaying tropical palms, Pearls Bar invites you to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates winter's abundance.

The graceful surroundings create the perfect ambiance for indulging in a selection of exquisite sweet and savoury delights.

Dive into a world of winter-inspired treats that tantalise the senses.

The menu boasts a symphony of gratifying flavours, ranging from the zesty and refreshing mandarin & yuzu cheesecake to the comforting and decadent sticky date pudding, served with a generous drizzle of sea salt caramel sauce.

Indulge in the velvety richness of 82% dark chocolate mousse, accompanied by frangelico & hazelnut crumble, or savour the exquisite house hot smoked salmon brioche rolls and roasted chicken & chardonnay pie, among a plethora of other delights that embody the essence of the season.

Pearls Bar's allure is further enhanced by its eclectic décor and warm mood lighting, creating an inviting atmosphere that beckons you to unwind and savuor every moment.

Here, exceptional service is a given, making your High Tea experience even more delightful.

  • Location: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217
  • Price: $69. Includes one glass of sparkling wine and unlimited tea and coffee.
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Chapter & Verse at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa 

Chapter & Verse at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

As you sink into the plush embrace of large comfy couches, relish the views of tropical gardens and the glistening pool beyond. Chapter & Verse invites you to lose yourself in the essence of tranquillity while indulging in the art of high tea. 

Embark on a delightful culinary journey at Chapter & Verse, where high tea is an exquisite tradition served amidst the serene surroundings of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa.

An exceptional high tea experience is awaiting, drawing inspiration from the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland and the sweet melodies of chirping birds.

Delight in the time-honoured elegance of Traditional High Tea, thoughtfully crafted with locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the region.

Immerse your taste buds in a medley of sweet and savoury delights, complemented by freshly baked scones served with double cream and homemade jams. Savour the indulgence of tiger prawn cos hearts, smoked salmon and caviar, and a delightful array of artisanal sandwiches, all meticulously prepared to perfection.

Indulgence knows no bounds when it comes to Chapter & Verse’s Artful Sweets. Treat yourself to the hinterland wild mixed berry tart, mango passion cheesecake, and chocolate macadamia brownie, accompanied by JW macaroons and signature choux buns.

The exquisite chocolate bonbon and strawberry-vanilla cream add a touch of magic to this extraordinary affair.

For younger guests, Chapter & Verse presents the Teeny Tiny Tea, a charming rendition tailored to the palates of kids. Delightful mini mango and coconut passionfruit slices, whimsical children character choux, and irresistible chocolate candy lollipops await.

Revel in the sweetness of pate de fruit and candy favourites, accompanied by freshly baked scones and a selection of delightful finger sandwiches, ensuring the little guests feel truly special.

  • Location: JW Marriott Gold Coast, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Price: $64 for traditional high tea; $39 for teeny tiny tea
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Ms Margot’s Bar & Eats at Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel - Signature High Tea

Ms Margot’s Bar & Eats at Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

At Ms Margot’s Bar & Eats, located within the elegant Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel, an exquisite and exhilirating experience awaits – a symphony of relaxation, indulgence, and connection, all beautifully intertwined in the Signature High Tea.

At Ms Margot’s, every element of high tea is carefully crafted to delight your senses and elevate your moments. Inspired by the cherished favourites from their all-day dining menu, the Signature High Tea is a culinary journey that beckons you to explore an array of flavours and textures.

For those with an appetite for savoury creations, their high tea showcases the artistry of soft-shell crab bao, pumpkin arancini, and halloumi with pickled fig – each bite a testament to commitment to culinary excellence.

The journey continues with a symphony of sweetness that will leave your taste buds singing. Indulge in the luxurious allure of macarons, the tantalising embrace of chocolate salted caramel cups, and the heartwarming delight of freshly baked petite cakes and scones.

  • Location: 6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Price: $42 for Signature High Tea; $67 for Par-Tea High Tea
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

Videre Restaurant at RACV Royal Pines Resort - Panoramic, Sky-High High Tea

Videre Restaurant at RACV Royal Pines Resort | High Tea Place on the Gold Coast

Prepare for a high tea experience that defies convention and elevates your senses to new heights at Videre Restaurant, on the 21st floor of the illustrious RACV Royal Pines Resort.

With sweeping panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline as your backdrop, indulge in a sensory high tea feast that delights both your eyes and taste buds.

It's not just the views that will captivate you – it's the exceptional creations of the Chef de Patisserie that will truly steal the show. Brace yourself for an ensemble of exquisite delights, where each morsel is a masterpiece in its own right.

From freshly baked scones to savoury quiches and sandwiches, each bite is a surprising revelation of flavours and textures.

As you relish these culinary treasures, savour them with a choice of tea, meticulously steeped to reveal its full character, or the rich embrace of French press coffee.

For those who seek an extra touch of grandeur, delight in the sparkling options and champagne, each sip a toast to opulence.

  • Location: Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, 21 Floor, Benowa QLD 4217
  • Price: N/A
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort - High Tea Immersion

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

Here at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, the timeless tradition of High Tea meets an immersive journey of taste and elegance. The new realm of flavours are meticulously crafted by Resort Executive Chef Hamish Watt and his culinary artisans. 

Embark on a sensory adventure with the High Tea Immersion experience, a carefully curated three-tiered delight that unveils an array of sweet and savoury masterpieces.

Each creation harmoniously dances with the contemporary artisanal brews, elevating your high tea experience to new heights.

From the moment you arrive, the opulence begins. Sip on a palate-cleansing iced tea piccolo, setting the stage for the flavours that follow.

For those seeking an extra touch of refinement, embrace the choice of bottomless Rosé or the signature 'Pear-tea-ni' Cocktail. Crafted by a skilled mixologist, these libations are artfully infused with White Ginger Pear blend, adding an exquisite layer of sophistication to your experience.

  • Location: Sanctuary Cove, Manor Cir, Hope Island QLD 4212
  • Price: $57
  • For more information and reservation, click here.

QT Gold Coast - A Stylish Delight

QT Gold Coast | Tavalon Tea Australia & New Zealand

Step into the world of QT Gold Coast and embrace a high tea experience like no other. Leave your fine china behind as you’ll be enjoying a three-tiered stand of mouth-watering treats, infused with our signature QT quirk and oozing with elegance.

Indulge in a symphony of flavours carefully crafted by Executive Chef Greg Benney and his team. Prepare to be delighted by savoury delights such as Bacon Mozzarella Donuts, Pistachio, Lemon & Saffron Arancini, and Vodka & Beetroot Cured Salmon Blini’s.

And when it comes to sweets, leave room for Raspberry Towers and the exquisite Gold Leaf Almond Rochers.

Gather your crew and prepare for an extraordinary high tea adventure at QT Gold Coast. This is no regular high tea – it's a stylish affair that's meant to be shared and celebrated.

Served alongside your choice of tea, sparkling, or a refreshing Spritz jug to share, let the bubbly vibes lift your spirits to new heights.

  • Available seven days a week from 10am-2pm.
  • Location: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Price: From $64 
  • For more information and reservation, click here.
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