Jazz afternoon tea at the Famous Spiegeltent

It’s always lovely to see the Famous Spiegeltent set up outside the Arts Centre in Melbourne.  The beautiful old tent was built in the 1930’s and the timber and mirror interior just oozes character.  I’ve been along in previous years for cabaret and circus acts at night time so was intrigued to visit the Spiegeltent during the day for jazz afternoon tea.

The Famous Spiegeltent from the outside 

I was invited to go along with Meat-and-Three-Veg who is the scone connisseur in our household.  He is incredibly fussy about his scones and no scones that I have ever made have met his exacting standards!

Sparkling wine to start at the Famous Spiegeltent 

Upon entry we were given a glass of sparkling wine and given a little table to sit at.  It felt like we had stepped into another era and it was certainly a very civilized way to listen to jazz.  There’s a few different performers who you can catch at the jazz afternoon teas and we were lucky enough to listen to Fiona Thorn who sang a mix of jazz classics with more obscure French jazz songs.  The highlight was  Mack the Knife which she sang in German.

Fiona Thorn performs at the jazz afternoon tea at the Famous Speigeltent 

While we listened to the jazz afternoon tea was served with a three tiered cake stand of savouries, scones and chocolates.  The savoury tier was disappointing as the chicken and vegetarian sandwiches had all been pre-made too far in advance so the bread was stale and the mushroom tarts were watery.

The cake tier at the Famous SpiegelTent

The scones were more successful as they were fluffy and crumbly and tasted freshly baked.  The tier was topped off with two chocolate truffles to give that chocolate hit.  The Famous Spiegeltent offered a choice of tea or coffee with only two choices of tea, Earl Grey or English Breakfast from TeaDrop.

The savoury tier of the cake stand at the Famous Spiegeltent

Jazz afternoon tea at the Famous Spiegeltent is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.   While there are much better afternoon teas to be found at other places in town you can’t really beat the soundtrack or the setting for this afternoon tea.

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Gourmet Chick was invited to review jazz afternoon tea. 

Details: The Famous Spiegeltent, The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.  Season runs until 21 April 2013.
Damage: Pricey. $80 a ticket, including one glass of sparkling tea and afternoon tea. On this occasion I did not pay.


  1. I saw Meow Meow in the Spiegeltent and it was the perfect venue! It really suits afternoon tea too.

  2. We did this last year! Doesn’t look like tthey have improved the standard of the high tea component though. Pity, it could and should be so much more.

  3. Andi – Yes it has such a wonderful sense of history – always a treat when it visits town.

    Lorraine – Sounds fabulous

    MoMo and Coco – Yes I think it is more about the whole experience and the entertainment than the food

  4. Beautiful setting, but shame the food is a bit hit and miss. Jazz with afternoon tea does indeed sound lovely though!

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