About Us

Our History

Nowhere else in Melbourne’s Central Business District, you can find a more charming setting and atmosphere than the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Whilst sipping on your tea, the Victorian splendour of the tea rooms will take your mind back to the late 19th Century when the tea rooms’ history began. Opening in 1892, the tea rooms were first run by Victorian Ladies Work Association and named after their founder Lady Hopetoun, wife of Australia’s first Governor-General. It was a fashionable spot for ladies, out for a day’s shopping, to take lunch or afternoon tea. The association disbanded in 1907, but the tea rooms continued to operate. Today, the tea rooms are run in the same way you would expect Lady Hopetoun envisioned them back in the late 1800s, with a cosy, refined atmosphere, beautiful teaware, great service and an impressive array of food. With elements of green, gold and white, the decor is a pure old-world charm in the contemporary setting. To complete the look, there’s also a crystal bowl on the table full of brown and white sugar cubes, and a silver tea strainer. The tradition of quality at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms continues, combining delight of fine foods and beverages, with the tranquil beauty of refined elegance.

We Are Your Favourite Store.

We are a Melbourne family business with a passion for creating memorable moments on your special occasions. Our mission is to provide our patrons the most authentic English Tea Rooms experience. We are proud of our legacy and constantly endeavour to get the finest teas, innovative assortments and most talented chefs for creating the ideal ambience for the best high tea experience in Australia,

We have a global supply chain – from Victorian farmers who supply the ingredients for our Tea Rooms like dairy and fresh vegetables, to the estates and small holdings in the tropical Darjeeling, Assam and Ceylon as well as Africa that provide the speciality single source teas and coffee beans for our blends. We treat our suppliers as our most important partners and we’re committed to mutually caring, ethical relationships with them based on fair trade.

Our New Location - Hopetoun House

Hopetoun Tea Rooms had to close its operations for the first time in its history of 128 years on 19th March 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic. The doors to this iconic institution remain shut to this day due to unfortunate end of our 128 years leasehold at The Block Arcade.

We have taken this opportunity to renovate, transform and relocate this Melbourne icon into a much bigger premises to accommodate our ever-expanding set of patrons. The new home of Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the iconic 161-year freehold heritage building at 421 Bourke Street Melbourne. It was here that one of the largest banking institutions in Australia, Westpac bank operated its first Victorian branch in the 1880s when it was known as Commercial Bank of Australia. Subsequently, it was home to Melbourne’s prestigious Kozminsky Jewellers from 1975 onward until 2018.

The three-storey building is situated right across Melbourne’s popular restaurant laneway, Hardware Lane, and in close vicinity to the famous Bourke Street Mall. We have carefully selected a highly regarded Australian design team to design this new home of Hopetoun Tea Rooms. The new home of this iconic institution will be called Hopetoun House.