Sydney

The Best High Tea in Sydney For Your Next Regal Function

Let the champagne flow.

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Tiny crustless cucumber sandwiches, hot tea, and petit fours—all the elements you would expect to find at high tea. There’s no better place to properly tuck into a high tea than Sydney.

From three-tiered stands adorned with cakes and tiny sandwiches, to the company we keep, there’s always time to indulge in high tea.

For the best high tea, Sydney has to offer, check out these fanciful feasts.

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The Langham

The Rocks
High tea is a British tradition, so what better place to indulge in petit fours than The Langham, famed as the birthplace of the traditional Afternoon Tea, direct from the London flagship hotel. Enjoy champagne, sandwiches, sweet treats, all while being surrounded by the opulence of The Langham. It doesn’t get fancier than that. Prices range from $98 per person including a glass of sparkling, and $49 per child (12 years and under).

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QT Sydney

CBD
The QT Sydney is known for its quirky nature, so it should come as no surprise, their high tea offering is unlike your nan’s. Much like everything Zumbo touches, and as QT breathes, the launch of QTea is suitably extravagant, with a generous dash of quirk. The menu is a suitably extravagant affair featuring a mix of sweet and savoury dishes,
including a nostalgic roster of Zumbo’s most famous sensations paired with a line-up of never-before-tasted delicacies such as Sconez, an unexpected twist on the expected scone and Just Love Me, chocolate, raspberry and pistachio piece of perfection and a delectable white glazed yuzu
vanilla cake. It cost $95 per guest and is worth every delicious calorie.

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The Gunners Barracks High Tea Room

North Shore
The Gunners is one of the most spectacular places to have high tea in Sydney, in part due to its view. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, you can wine, dine, and drink tea nestled among lush greenery. They offer morning tea, or a traditional high tea from 10 am daily. Expect a set selection of pastries, finger sandwiches, scones, and an extensive array of tea. You can even opt-in for a cocktail high tea or piccolo champagne evening. Price varies from $65 to $90 per person. Given the views and quality experience, it’s not a bad price.

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The Tea Room QVB Sydney

CBD
Another classic high tea experience in Sydney is the QVB, which offers one of the most regal affairs. Whether you have a hens party or a mother-daughter outing, there’s always a reason to sink into this tea room, for small bites and fine china. You can tuck into the simple pleasures of Devonshire tea and a plate of sandwiches, or indulge in a champagne high tea complete with petit fours, French champagne, finger sandwiches, pastries, and more. The prices here range from $25 to $90 per person.

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Estate Vaucluse House

Vaucluse
This enchanting spot is everything you would expect from Vaucluse—sophisticated, elegant, and beautiful. Surrounded by gardens, enjoy high tea outside or inside, depending on the weather. The sweet desserts here have that something extra special, while the savoury pastries are full of flavour, and some of the best you will find in the city. Sip on a glass of sparkling, or pour a cup of tea, the choice is yours.

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Alibi

Woolloomooloo
Alibi, the restaurant and bar inside the stunning Ovolo Woolloomooloo hotel offers a vegan high tea for $55 per person. The best part, you can upgrade to free flow sparkling rose for $79 per person or free flow NV Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut for $140 per person. You can get a wide selection of teas, and small savoury and sweet bites—all vegan.

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Loftus Lane Cafe

Circular Quay
Sitting on the corner of Loftus Street and Bridge Street is Loftus Lane Cafe, decked out with glam furnishings and French crockery. You have the choice of two high tea experiences. The first is the Ferris Wheel High Tea, second is Sweet Box High Tea. Regardless of which one you choose, you’re guaranteed elegant French style tableware, decorations, and a mouthwatering menu with all plates designed to share. The decorations have been known to be pocketed over time by diners, so if you do fancy a shiny object, there is a fee if you accidentally slip a spoon in your bag. Each high tea is $65, more if you ad options including an unlimited beverage package, which is $119 per person for 90 minutes.

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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

There's plenty on.

It’s officially cold, but that doesn’t mean we should hibernate. Throw on a warm coat and hit the streets as Sydney comes alive with Bridgerton Balls, lobster rolls, ramen clubs and much more.

Check out these events if you’re looking for more fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

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Indulge in lobster rolls and truffle fries at the Lobster&Co pop up

August 16- September 25
The Rocks
Following a hugely successful Melbourne pop-up, Lobster&Co is coming to Sydney. Bringing with it their iconic lobster rolls, truffle fries and champagne—served from an airstream. The lobster rolls are stuffed with wild-caught whole confit lobster, fennel slaw, and a touch of citrus. Lobster&Co will also be popping up during Taste in the City, taking place in Entertainment Quarter from September 3-4.
Cost: Starting from $50

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Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday August 20 to Sunday, August 28
Auburn
One of Australia’s most photographed cultural events is returning to Auburn Botanic Gardens this August. The Cherry Blossom Festival pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture, and food, with the incredible backdrop bursting with cherry blossoms. For those who want to attend, you must buy tickets and pre-book a session in advance. Each ticket includes an all-day entry into the festival grounds and a 45-minute session of your choice on the Cherry Trail, which is where you can get the best photos. Although, be sure to check out the other attractions, including a Hello Kitty Garden Party, 9-hole Putt Putt Course, and the Japanese Food Village for Japanese Hanami staples.
Cost: $11.75

things to do sydney this weekend

Party all night in this Rave Igloo

Ends September 25
Greenwood Hotel
A three-month igloo rave has arrived at Greenwood Hotel brought to you by S*A*S*H Sydney and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Enjoy tonnes of snow, a fireball bar, and fire pits to keep you cosy all night. Local S.A.S.H. residents Kerry Wallace, Gabby and Jake Hough will provide the background music, along with international DJs every week.
Cost: Varies.

things to do sydney this weekend

Get a Negroni at Apollonia’s Negroni Series

Starts July 26, 2022
CBD
Negronis from five of The World’s 50 Best Bars will take centre stage at Apollonia for six months with Volume One featuring negronis from Atlas (Singapore), PDT (New York City), Sweet Liberty (Miami), COA (Hong Kong) and Above Board (Melbourne). In six months, these five negronis will rotate out and be replaced with five more from a new selection of bars.
Cost: Varies.

Catch a never before seen in Australia Sidney Nolan exhibit

July 21 – October 23
Darlinghurst
The Sydney Jewish Museum is exhibiting 50 of Sydney Nolan’s Auschwitz paintings, which have never been seen before in Australia. Until recently, the paintings mainly remained hidden, their stories untold for over half a century. The public can tour the exhibit to see Nolan’s intense paintings, created after a tour of Auschwitz in 1961. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this interpretation of history from an Australian perspective.
Cost: $20.08 for adults, $15.86 for senior concession, and $12.69 for students. Free for children under 10.

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Go glamping in the city with friends

Surry Hills
The Winery has been transformed into a cosy, bohemian glamping spot, perfect for rugging up and indulging in comfort food with friends. Nestled in the laneway’s garden, each glamping tent is set up with floor cushions, soft rugs, blankets and low table tops for grazing. The experience is complete with a four-course menu featuring grilled olive bread and burrata, salt and pepper calamari, truffled steak frites, and more.
Cost: Starts from $69 per person.

things to do sydney this weekend

Indulge in Raclette, S’mores, and spiced rum cocktails at Opera Bar

July 21-28
Circular Quay
This winter, Opera Bar is launching roving carts serving raclette, s’mores, and warming Bacardi Spiced Rum cocktails to your table. Keep warm by hailing the cocktail cart for hot buttered rums, raclette melted over crispy potatoes, or get your sweet fix with s’mores—toasted at the table. Live music is on every night and there are plenty of heaters to keep you warm while you take in that stellar harbour backdrop. The roving carts are available from Thursdays to Sundays.
Cost: $11 -50.

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Follow the Truffle Trail down in Darling Square

Ongoing
Darling Square
Over the next few weeks, dive into all things truffle with a selection of Sydney restaurants offering exciting dishes showcasing the unique depth and the umami and sweet flavours of the hyper-seasonal truffle. To take things to the next level, a pop-up cart will be open each Sunday offering exclusive, luxury truffle products for avid truffle seekers. Expect duck truffle soup from Auvers Cafe, wild mushroom truffle ragu from Hello Auntie, and even Truffalo buffalo wings from Wingboy.
Cost: Varies

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Attend a 10-day art, NFT, and negroni pop-up for charity

July 21-31
The Rocks and Darling Quarter
Sydneysiders can discover an epic line-up of homegrown artists, from NFT creator Bianca Beers to graffiti artist Scott Marsh, with 100% of profits from ONE’s ticket donations, art sales and auctions going to local charities, including; Asylum Seekers Centre, HalfCut and Save the Children. Across the 10 days, there will also be live auctions featuring luxury items from local businesses, exclusive pieces from Sydney artists and designers, themed life-drawing, and comedy tickets to the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. 
Cost: Varies from $10- $200 (dependant on auction pricing)
Buy tickets here.

Attend The Bridgerton Ball

Saturday, September 3
Town Hall
The town’s most informed Lady is inviting the cream of the town to the social gathering of the season at the exquisite Sydney Town Hall. Dress in elegance and come prepared to dance to classics known to many by our fabulous string quartet. Favourable food and enticing premium drinks fit for Lady’s and Lord’s, along with an array of activities such as life drawing and games of chance await you as you try not to be caught up in the gossip to earn the Queen’s attention. 
Cost: $209.

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Try Maybe Sammy’s new cocktail menu

From April 6
The Rocks
Rat Pack is out. Artistic doyennes are in. The new menu has been inspired by 12 women who have shaped us artistically from the fields of music, art, cinema and fashion. Each of the 12 cocktails is a tribute to these leading ladies and their contribution to the arts. Maybe Sammy has collaborated with a talented female Australian artist, Clementine Roslund (who goes by @klemekleme_), who has created bespoke artworks to accompany each cocktail. The artwork sits alongside each cocktail in the new menu booklet, entitled ‘Stardust’, which is the name of this new collection. Each cocktail will have a bespoke custom social media filter made from the artwork, so you can pop yourself or your chum into it and extend the experience. The filters will be accessed by a QR code that can be found next to each of the cocktails in the Stardust menu.

things to do sydney this weekend

Conquer Sydney’s tallest paint and sip experience

Ongoing
CBD
Champainting has launched Sydney’s highest paint and sip event at over 300 metres above the CBD in the Sydney Tower Eye. The exclusive event allows guests to paint the ‘City by Night’ masterpiece. Sip on a two-hour drinks package and enjoy a gourmet grazing box while you unleash your inner Monet.
Cost: $145 per person.

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Race your friends at Hyper Karting

Ongoing
Entertainment Quarter
Located in Sydney’s The Entertainment Quarter, Hyper Karting is not your average go-karting—it’s karting reimagined. Think, electric karts, faster speeds, environmentally friendly, all-weather track and safe and inclusive karting. Each race is 15 minutes, and you can enter as many races as you want. It’s only $19 per race and there are two tracks, one for the kids (3-7 years old). When you start the race, your kart is at 50% power, although with every lap you finish, your speed increases dependent on your lap times. So the faster you complete a lap. the faster you can go the next time around. They have expert and standard races. If you’ve never been karting before, stick with the standard. You can race as a family, and the best part, they take your dine and discover vouchers. So what are you waiting for?
Cost: $19-$59.

things to do sydney this weekend

Bridge Climb X Hendrick’s Gin Bar

Ongoing
CBD
Throughout the month of January 2022, all climbers that scale the iconic arches on Day and Twilight Climbs departing after 1 pm will be treated to a complimentary post-Climb celebratory drink in an on-site celebration bar, which closes at 10 pm. The post-Climb drink offered will be a Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree Tonic with a cucumber garnish. Alcohol will be served to guests aged 18 years and over only. Those not of legal age to drink will be offered a non-alcoholic version.
Cost: From $198 for adults, and from $99 for kids.

things to do sydney this weekend

Butter X Impossible Pop Up at The Rocks

Ongoing
The Rocks
Butter, Sydney’s favourite burger and chicken joint, have launched an Impossible Pop-Up in The Rocks in Sydney. The menu is made exclusively with Impossible Beef, so you can pop down and try the full menu. Expect dishes such as an Impossible Chilli Cheeseburger, Impossible Katsu and American Impossible Chilli Cheese Fries. There will also be live music, DJs every week, and a bar stocked with fun cocktails. Butter hour is from 5 pm to 6 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottomless brunches will also be on, as well as secret menu items, Australia Day festivities and New Years’ events.
Cost: Varies.

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