Out of all the cafes, dessert parlours, and cake stores, Hopetoun Tea Room is one of the most famous and highly rated in Melbourne.
Look at this line! I’ve had my eye on the place since before I flew to Melbourne, so I checked on their line several times throughout each day (it was centrally located anyway) and it was almost ALWAYS this busy after maybe 9am!
The front display cabinet is so spectacular and warm and cheery, no wonder people loved it!
The place is pretty packed, with mostly 2 seater tables and a few bigger tables of 5+. The shop is so small that even though they crammed so many tables in, it would still be a super long wait to flip all the tables.
The main disappointment was the servers’ attentiveness. They should really hire another front of house hand, because it took 5 minutes after sitting down to get a menu, and by the time our tea came, we had already finished our tart/mousse. There didn’t seem to be a good system of who looks after what table, so when we were waved to our designated table it took ages to be told how we were supposed to order (at the counter. After checking out the cakes through the cabinet, and the tea on the menu).
Though the tea and service were a bit of a downer, but the cakes were absolutely delicious and I am certainly going to drop by for some more cakes the next time I’m in Melbourne.
Visit early (8am on weekdays preferably) for a no-wait seat!