There’s a (not entirely unfair) association between high tea and snobbery. It doesn’t help that you “take” high tea rather than “have” it. Or that most high tea imagery evokes a kind of pinkie-finger-out ladies-who-lunch set that’s largely irrelevant in contemporary Australia.

But look past that and the fun’s undeniable. High tea is a great excuse to dress up, and it’s a socially acceptable way of eating a meal that is basically cake after cake – with a few savoury interludes.

These venues have the best high tea in Sydney. Many of them cleverly deconstruct high tea and put their own creative spin on it. But the ones who stay classic do so well, and very extravagantly.

Altum

High tea on the Luna Park ferris wheel. Every Saturday between May and September.

1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

Tea Journal

Not a high tea spot, strictly speaking – but it's a teahouse with an excellent selection of cakes. So an informal DYI high tea is very possible.

Chatswood Interchange, Shop 44 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Zensation Tea House

It's the same story here. There's no high tea program, but you're welcome to order dumplings, tarts and other treats with your tea at this Shanghai-inspired teahouse.

656 Bourke Street, Redfern

Burnt Orange at The Club House

House-made scones and harbour views.

The Club House 1108/1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman

One Tea Lounge

Add some matcha to your high tea.

73 York Street, Sydney

Laduree

Macarons for days.

3 Cnr Market St & Pitt Street, Sydney

Alibi

A range of inventive vegan high teas, with a focus on wine.

Ground Floor, Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Street Wharfway, Woolloomooloo