See & do
Quaint Gold Coast Teahouses and High Tea
Kobi Facto | April 23, 2021
On the contrary to popular belief, the Gold Coast is not all coastal bars and cocktails.
Venture off the beaten track to discover quaint teahouses, vintage high tea parlours, provincial gardens and a good dollop of old-world charm.
268 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley
Inspired by the romance and traditions of provincial France, Teavine House offers a whimsical sojourn into High Tea society. Whet your appetite with a wander through the idyllic gardens before arriving at your quaint table set with a lace tablecloth, fine china and silverware. Indulge in a tantalising selection of exquisite sweet treats, petite savoury delights, and dainty ribbon sandwiches, all freshly made in-house and served on beautiful vintage tiered trays. Raise your pinkies – Teavine House is very oh là là.
7 Johns Road, Mudgeeraba
Bon AppéTea can be found within a colonial homestead in the lush surrounds of the Gold Coast’s lower hinterland region of Mudgeeraba. Owned by siblings and long-time Gold Coast residents, Bianca and Adam, Bon appéTea (formerly known as Tea Topia Tea Salon) is the perfect day escape. The quaint café and tea house is eclectic in style with many cosy nooks to enjoy high tea or a quiet cuppa. Bianca is also the chef at Bon appéTea and brings with her over 10 years of experience and a passion for food and service. The Traditional French Inspired High Tea menu is a must. There are also options for a Breakfast High Tea, Gluten Free and Vegan High Tea and Kidlets High Tea.
PICKERS & CO
388 Tamborine Oxenford Road, Upper Coomera
If you’re looking for a high tea with a side of old-school charm, then you might like to try Pickers & Co. Located in an early 1900s Cobb & Co. homestead, Picker’s & Co is the perfect place to kick-start your day before venturing further into the Gold Coast’s hinterland. The rustic venue melds corrugated iron and timber floors with an eclectic mix of provincial décor and sparkling chandeliers. Book ahead to secure your high tea of classic scones, mini cakes, sausage rolls and finger sandwiches. You can even bring your fury friend to this pooch friendly parlour.
Greendays Restaurant & Bar
GREENDAYS RESTAURANT & BAR
8/6 Ashmore Road, Bundall
Tucked away on a busy intersection of Bundall and Ashmore Road, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the quiet resort-style setting of Greendays Restaurant & Bar. Lush tropical gardens, rafter ceilings and large Balinese fans create the perfect oasis for a classic high tea experience. Indulge in mini scones, citrus pannacotta, raspberry cheesecake, poached chicken sandwiches, pumpkin arancini, pork and fennel sausages rolls and more. Or experience Greendays new Vegan High Tea or High Cheese menus for a clever take on a classic.
19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise
Set on the peaceful western waterways of Budds Beach, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Surfers Paradise, is Bumbles Café. A longstanding hidden gem, Bumbles Café is an unexpected delight. Pull-up an alfresco seat overlooking the adjacent park and Broadwater or find a table within the coastal-chic café. In addition to their popular all-day dining menu, Bumbles also offer Devonshire tea, Afternoon Tea and High Tea experiences. All cakes and sweet treats are made onsite by their expert pastry chefs – so best to leave your self-control at home.
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