11 Of The Best Christmas Afternoon Teas To Try In Hong Kong 2020
It’s that time of the year again—everyone’s favourite holiday and the perfect excuse to indulge in endless shopping and feasting. To celebrate the arrival of Christmas, a dazzling array of Hong Kong luxury hotels and restaurants are pulling out all stops with diverse culinary offerings to delight your taste buds.
From traditional festive feasts with roast turkeys to indulgent dim sum spreads, there’s plenty of dining options for you to choose from; but if you’re looking to enjoy a truly elegant dining experience, a festive afternoon tea ticks all the boxes. Here are our picks for the best Christmas afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this season.
1/12 Rosewood Hong Kong
What: This Christmas, The Butterfly Room at Rosewood Hong Kong is giving their famous afternoon tea a festive makeover, with an option of adding sparkling wine or champagne to elevate your dining experience.
Served in a picture-perfect setting and an upscale, elegant atmosphere, the tea set features a wide range of savoury bites and sweets that’s almost too pretty to eat—including gourmet sandwiches, baked scones, mille feuilles and many more. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to see the decadent dessert trolley, which is filled with freshly made cakes and the finest chocolates crafted by the hotel’s talented pastry team. Tatler tip: A table at The Butterfly Room is one of the hardest to reserve for a beautiful afternoon tea experience in town, so we recommend you book early, or, secure your spot by booking a staycation at the hotel—Christmas sorted!
Price: HK$449 for one and HK$898 for two persons
When: The set is available throughout December, which is served on weekdays from 1:00 to 6:00 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: The Butterfly Room, 2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732; rosewoodhotels.com
2/12 The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
What: Fancy a luxury, sky-high festive dining experience? The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s new “Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea” served at The Lounge & Bar and Café 103 is sure to please.
Collaborating with the German plush toy manufacturer Steiff, this Christmas afternoon tea is dedicated to paying homage to the prestigious toy brand’s history, which showcases a beautiful spread of holiday-themed treats that will be a feast for your eyes and taste buds.
Served on a lovely teddy bear-shaped stand, the set offers tempting savoury items such as smoked salmon rillettes with pickled beetroot on pumpernickel, roasted chestnut and wild mushroom sandwich, and mini puff with sweet potato, ham and goat cheese. On the sweet side, you’ll find traditional Christmas fruit cake, German spiced cookie, pumpkin and cinnamon cheesecake, to name just a few. You can also add HK$95 for a festive cocktail to complement your afternoon tea.
Price: HK$458 for one and HK$788 for two persons; HK$548 for one and HK$988 for two persons (for bookings from December 24 to 26)
When: The set is available from December 1 to January 3, 2021 at both The Lounge & Bar and Café 103. The first seating and second seating of The Lounge & Bar is from 12:00 to 2:00 pm and 2:30 to 4:30 pm respectively, while Café 103 will be serving the tea from 3:15 to 5:15 pm.
Where: The Lounge & Bar, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com
Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com
3/12 The Murray, Hong Kong
What: Treat yourself and your loved ones to a decadent afternoon tea experience at The Murray this Christmas. Known for its beautiful, well-lit setting, the Garden Lounge is offering a new tea set filled with a spread of holiday-themed treats that can be enjoyed al fresco or on a pet-friendly terrace. Highlights of the menu include savouries such as foie gras on toasted brioche with mulled wine, choux puff with saffron lobster salad, smoked salmon with dill cream cheese and sturgeon caviar, as well as desserts such as chocolate and earl grey tea sandwich cookie, raspberry and white peach verrine and freshly baked scones.
For those who are looking to enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea in a stylish setting, opt for Popinjays' festive set. Looking both delicious and pretty, the set includes savouries such as duck foie gras torchon with red mulled wine gelee and pain d'épice, and smoked sturgeon and egg sandwich with caviar, as well as sweet pastries such as cranberries and five-spice fromage blanc tart and milk chocolate with candied orange.
Price: HK$698 for two persons
When: From November 30 to January 5, 2021
Where: Garden Lounge, G/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com
See also: The Best Hong Kong Staycations To Book For Christmas 2020
4/12 The Langham, Hong Kong
What: Christmas trees, Santa and gingerbread men are all part of the game at The Langham Hong Kong’s new seasonal afternoon tea. Served in the elegant dining space, Palm Court, the special menu features an enticing range of holiday-themed teatime treats such as Scottish salmon dome with crab meat and tomato glaze, Parma ham and asparagus finger sandwich with figs jam, as well as pigs-in-a-blanket with ginger and cranberry compote.
On the sweet side, there are dainty desserts such as raspberry tart with frangipane and raspberry mousse, gingerbread men sandwich with caramel and mascarpone filling, mini red velvet yule log, as well as warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam homemade rose preserve.
Guests can also opt for a two-hour free-flow champagne package at an additional HK$298 per person. Reservations for December 12, 27-30 and January 2-3, made before November 25 will enjoy an early-bird discount of 25 per cent.
Price: HK$698 for two persons; HK$958 for two persons including two glasses of champagne
When: From December 1 to January 3, 2021
Where: Palm Court, Lobby Level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898; langhamhotels.com
See also: The Art Of The Christmas Yule Log Cake, According To Hong Kong’s Best Pastry Chefs
What: Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a lavish afternoon tea at Statement. Joining forces with Ruinart Champagne, the contemporary British restaurant is offering a beautiful tea set with a selection of traditional teatime delicacies presented on a metal spiral art piece created by world-acclaimed designer and architect Ron Arad.
Guests can sample savoury items including roast beef and pickle sandwich, cheese puffs and egg sandwiches with salmon roe. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with desserts such as vanilla honey cream choux, cinnamon carrot cake, raspberry and lemon tart, as well as homemade scones and jams. Besides a selection of fine British teas, you can also pair your meal with a glass of luxury Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne for a truly indulgent dining experience.
Price: HK$388 per person (minimum of two guests required)
When: From December 15 to January 7, 2021
Where: Statement, Police Headquarters, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2848 3000; statement.com.hk
6/12 Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hong Kong is celebrating Christmas with a sumptuous afternoon tea set featuring all kinds of festive delicacies to impress even the most discerning diner this season. Available for both dine-in and takeaway, the set showcases a premium selection of treats delicately crafted by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Ringo Chan, including savouries such as truffle brie cheese and walnut puff, mini pesto slider with Iberico ham and Manchego cheese; and sweets such as petit chocolate and mandarin yule log, gingerbread man, mulled berries snowman macaron and many more.
Price: HK$488 per person; HK$628 for two persons (dine-in); HK$628 per set (takeaway)
When: The set is available on December 24, 25, 26 and 31 as well as January 1, 2021. The takeaway set is available from now till December 31.
Where: The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8708; fourseasons.com
7/12 St. Regis Hong Kong
What: For a truly elegant afternoon tea experience in a luxurious setting, The Drawing Room at The St. Regis Hong Kong is the ideal place to be. To celebrate the festive season, the five-star hotel will be launching a Christmas afternoon tea with an assortment of treats masterfully crafted by the hotel’s chefs Vincent Leroux and Chad Yamagata.
Served from a dim sum-inspired trolley where guests can choose their own preferred treats, you’ll find a tantalising lineup of savoury bites such as golden foie gras on a gingerbread, sea urchin bavarois with smoked salmon roe, and tartlet with cepes and quail eggs in onion powder, to name just a few. Festive sweet treats including an Instagrammable vanilla mousse on a pain de gene with orange marmalade, strawberry yule log and dried fruit cake—a traditional take of walnut, lemon and orange peel cake—will be offered as well. The afternoon tea is complete with a choice of tea or coffee, and you can also toast your decadence with a glass of The Caroline 400 champagne at an addition HK$138.
Price: HK$748 for two persons
When: The set is available from November 30 to January 3, 2021, which is served daily from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
Where: The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chan, Hong Kong; +852 2138 6800; marriott.com
8/12 Hotel Icon
What: Chocolate lovers will be delighted to see Hotel Icon’s new Christmas afternoon tea menu. Partnering with legendary Belgian chocolatier Godiva, this heavenly set features a wide array of savoury and sweet treats that will satisfy any chocolate craving, including foie gras chocolate parfait, beef ragout vol-au-vent in savoury chocolate sauce, candied orange and hazelnut waffle with dark chocolate cream, cherry black forest, and more. Diners will also be able to enjoy unlimited signature Godiva soft serve ice cream.
Besides an extensive selection of coffees and teas from TWG Tea, guests can also choose to pair their meal with free-flow champagne or French sparkling at an additional HK$298 and HK$98 respectively.
Price: HK$368 for one and HK$658 for two persons
When: The set is available from now till December 31. The first seating is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and the second one is from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Where: Green, G/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1300; hotel-icon.com
9/12 W Hong Kong
What: Woobar at W Hong Kong is launching a fancy afternoon tea to delight beauty lovers this Christmas. Taking inspiration from the beauty brand M.A.C’s Frosted Firework Holiday Collection, the new tea set offers a medley of delectable finger bites crafted by Rafa Gil, the hotel’s executive chef; and Baptiste Villefranque, the executive pastry chef.
In addition to savouries such as apple ravioli with pumpkin seeds, a seafood trio featuring crab meat with mango; smoked salmon roulade with melon; and lobster with crab roe and oyster leaf, guests will also enjoy dainty sweets including champagne mousse with strawberry jelly, lavender frosting cake, and Valrhona Caraibe 66 per cent dark chocolate mousse with praline and vanilla whipped cream. That’s not all, guests ordering the tea set will receive a series of exclusive offers: a 30-minute make-up and touch-up service at the M.A.C. Elements store; a complimentary gift wrapping service for holiday kits; and complimentary hero product samples.
Price: HK$498 for two (weekdays) and HK$648 for two, including two glasses of sparkling wine (weekends and public holidays)
When: The set is available from now till December 31, which is served on weekdays in two seatings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 6:00 pm; and on weekends and public holidays in three seatings from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222; marriott.com
10/12 Eaton HK
What: Chocoholics rejoice—The Astor at Eaton HK has launched an indulgent whisky and chocolate-themed afternoon tea buffet to satisfy your sweet tooth this festive season. Apart from offering a wide range of sweet treats including dark chocolate whisky mousse, coffee cream with whisky foam and chocolate choux cream buff, the buffet also features a delicious spread of savouries such as roasted pineapple honey and glazed pork belly, grilled wings in whisky sauce and Japanese fried chicken with whisky mayonnaise, to name just a few. Free-flow cocktails will be also served every weekend.
Price: HK$228 (from now till January 31, 2021); HK$328 (from 25-26 December); HK$288 (on December 27)
When: The afternoon tea buffet is available from now till January 31, 2021.
Where: The Astor, Level B2, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1901; eatonhk.com
11/12 The Cakery
What: Who says vegetarians have to skip all the delicious teatime treats to be in line with their health goals? The Cakery, which is known as a local health bakery concept that offers vegan-friendly pastries made from natural sugars, good fats and proteins, is introducing a delicious vegan afternoon tea to whet your appetite this Christmas.
Guests can enjoy savoury bites such as Impossible meatball with bell pepper puree, and vegan chickpea sandwich with homemade mayonnaise, as well as a range of vegan desserts such as Snowman and Santa chocolates, passion fruit tart, mini vegan cupcakes and scones that made with golden flaxseed meal and organic cane sugar.
Price: HK$598 per set (available for both dine-in and takeaway)
When: From now till December 31
Where: The Cakery, Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2816 1838; thecakery.com
See also: Tatler's Ultimate Guide To Vegetarian And Vegan Dining In Hong Kong