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Corner 18's Durian Fiesta afternoon tea
Photograph: Courtesy Nina Hotel Causeway Bay

The best afternoon teas in Hong Kong right now

Afternoon tea that goes beyond a nice cuppa tea

Fontaine Cheng
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Fontaine Cheng

Hong Kong's history with Britain has left us with a fair few traditions including our collective love for afternoon tea. Be it a tray of fanciful sweets, neatly cut square sandwiches, creative bites, collaboration menus and even take-home sets, this is how we enjoy afternoon tea in Hong Kong today. So, if you’ve got a hankering for some scones or just want a new way to spend the afternoon, here are the top afternoon tea sets to try right now.

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  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Head to the hotel’s Sky Lounge for their first Champagne afternoon tea collaboration with French beauty brand Melvita. The Mellow with Melvita Champagne afternoon tea experience also includes afternoon delights that feature nature-inspired bites infused with rose, lavender and honey as well as a complimentary Melvita care kit. The afternoon tea itself offers bites including ​​foie gras crème brûlée, crab croissant with avocado, lavender vanilla cream puff with blood orange confit, raspberry rose mousse with lychee jelly, and much more. You can also upgrade your coffee or tea to a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Bottega Petalo Il Vino dell'Amore Manzoni Moscato Rosé or Bottega Prosecco Gold Brut for free too!

Price: $338 per person
When: Now until September 30; Monday to Sunday 2pm-6pm

  • Kids
  • Lantau Island

Located on Main Street, U.S.A. of Hong Kong Disneyland, the Plaza Inn is offering something that kids, and probably many adults, of all ages will love: Disney-inspired all-day Cantonese cuisine. Set in a chinoiserie inspired interior tucked inside a stately Victorian-style building, Plaza Inn has an easy-going afternoon tea set that includes a dim sum platter and fruit juice. The Cha Cha Room also offers a Queen Elsa Royal Set which has dim sum classics such as shrimp dumplings, deep-fried taro dumplings, and barbecued pork and poached chicken, complete with a hot chocolate or magic smoothie. For all Frozen enthusiasts, the set also comes with an exclusive Frozen-themed mask cover and Queen Elsa colouring paper.

Price: Afternoon tea set $108 per person; Queen Elsa Royal Set $398 per person (minimum two people) available from now until 16 September 2021
When: Monday to Sunday 10am-7pm

  • Hotels
  • Tin Hau

Not for the faint-hearted, Corner 18 in Nina Hotel Causeway Bay is using premium durian, including the top grade of Musang King or D197, in a Durian Fiesta afternoon tea you can take home. The set includes highlights such as 24-month Iberico ham with D197 durian, D24 durian pancake, durian bamboo charcoal roll, scones with cream and D197 durian paste and many more delights. The set comes with two sachets of Or Tea and orders must be placed at least one day in advance prior to self pick-up date. 

Price: $528 for two
When: Self pick-up is ready Monday to Sunday 12pm-8pm

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui East
  • price 4 of 4

In collaboration with Korean skincare brand Su:m37˚, Kowloon Shangri-La is offering a new afternoon tea that is available in the Lobby Lounge. The afternoon tea, with eight savouries and sweets, reflects the Korean brand’s philosophy and uses fermentation and natural ingredients as its inspiration. Think buckwheat blini with coriander pesto and salmon roe; scallop with sesame oil, guacamole and sourdough; vegan chocolate mousse with passion fruit confit and bitter chocolate streusel; and crème fraiche yoghurt cake with blood orange jelly, milk chocolate feuilletine and mandarin, among other things. The tea set comes plated in a floral golden birdcage, and also includes scones, a seasonal fruit platter and Shangri-La’s signature blend tea or coffee. Or, you can add a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut NV for $88. Each guest will also get a complimentary Su:m37˚ LosecSumma Elixir deluxe set which includes a range of Su:m37˚ skincare samples.

Price: $608 for two
When: September 1 to October 31; Monday to Sunday 3pm-6pm

  • Bars and pubs
  • West Kowloon
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Inspired by the Five Elements-themed cocktail menu made in conjunction with Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits that include water, metal, earth, fire and wood drinks, Ozone has also come up with a Five Elements afternoon tea. The menu features savoury includes five bite-sized treats including the mini mushroom Wagyu beef burger and one pastry, along with one Five Elements cocktail too.

Price: $298 per person
When: Thursday to Sunday 3pm-6pm

  • Hotels
  • Central
  • price 4 of 4

Partnering with Japanese beauty brand Shiseido, the Mandarin Oriental has created an afternoon tea to go with their Legendary Enmei collection of skincare which uses Enmei – a rare herb found only in Japan at the foothills of Mount Koya. The afternoon tea, which is available in Clipper Lounge and Café Causette, also incorporates this rare herb and uses it to flavour an entremet infused in 70 percent chocolate. First up, you can choose any two desserts, including the famed 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake, black sesame and yuzu tart; and matcha, pistachio and lime madeleines. Other highlights include a green tea cappuccino pudding and a red bean mochi with fresh shiso leaf, which comes with a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and scones accompanied by Mandarin Oriental’s rose petal jam and clotted cream. Each person that orders the afternoon tea will receive a Future Solution Ultimate Longevity trial kit along with a complimentary voucher to a Future Solution Ultimate Longevity skincare set which can be redeemed at designated Shiseido shops and counters. 

Price: $736 for two; +$180 for glass of Moët and Chandon Brut Impérial or Impérial Rosé Champagne NV
When: The month of September; Clipper Lounge from Monday to Friday at 2.30-6pm, Saturday and public holidays at 2-4pm and 4.15-6pm, and Sundays at 330-6pm; Café Causette from Monday to Sunday at 3-6pm

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