I’ve been trying to find the best high tea in Sydney so I could have a cream tea without having to pay top dollar for it. Although I’ve tried and tested the QVB high tea which is excellent, I’ve wanted to find a kitsch tearooms where you don’t have to dress up like you’re off to an event.

It wasn’t until I briefly saw something online about The Tea Cosy based in The Rocks and then I cycled past it during the same week that today, again I was randomly in the area that I decided to check it out. I didn’t actually expect it to be as good as it was though.

Best high tea in Sydney at The Tea Cosy

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Watch my 30 second video of what it’s like at The Tea Cosy below!

The Rocks isn’t somewhere I’d generally go to usually unless I’m running or cycling passed it. It’s a place that’s swarmed by tourists for it’s famous markets and proximity to Circular Quay but somewhere I haven’t explored for a long time. It’s also somewhere I always imagine would charge a lot for food and drinks as a tourist destination.


When we turned up to The Tea Cosy, we managed to get a table out in the beautiful Winter sun. Initially I thought it was going to be expensive when I saw the beautiful three tier cake stands on every table.


The menu was actually really well priced at $45 for the tea cosy tasting menu for two which included; finger sandwiches, four scones, whipped cream (not clotted unfortunately!), two choices of jams and two pots of tea. I’ve seen other places charge at least $50 per person. The tea cosy is a fantastic cheap high tea in Sydney to consider as well as the best value high tea in Sydney.


When I went inside to pay, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. It felt like walking into grandma’s home with lots of photos on the walls to knitting bowls on every table to keep you busy whilst you waited for your tea.


There was even a piano inside and it surprised me how big this place was – with seating out the back and even upstairs and on the balcony.

best-afternoon-tea-in-sydney-tea-cosy-3I saw a separate room that looked perfect for a party – it was calling out hen parties to me, so if you are looking where to hold a hen party in Sydney, look no further!best-afternoon-tea-in-sydney-tea-cosy-4

When our food arrived, our tea pots had tea cosys on them and the scones were incredible! This Irish-Australian, family owned cafe, know how to make a good scone! And how could I forget, there’s nothing like The Royal Family crockery to enjoy as well!


As a vegan, sometimes I’ll eat vegetarian on a rare occasion like this but I saw they will be holding a vegan weekend between 12-14 July.  They’ll also do a vegan afternoon tea every third Saturday of the month! I’ll definitely be going along to this! I can’t believe The Tea Cosy has been open since 2005 and I’ve only just heard of it!

Here’s a little video I made of my time at The Tea Cosy!

Do you know of any other great afternoon tea places in Sydney? Let me know in the comments below.

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