I often write about escaping in your own city, which can involve experiencing new places, new experiences and feeling like you’ve been transported to another era in time. I can safely say that  High Tea at Intercontinental Sydney’s delivers all of the above.

I decided to spend my Mother’s Day afternoon at The Cortile as a guest of Intercontinental and it absolutely didn’t disappoint. Any mother will tell you that Mother’s Day really means so much, and to be made to feel so special really does mean the world.


Surrounded by loved ones, my son and guests were treated to a display of the most amazing treats, stunning music from a pianist and bubbles by the glass (for the adults only!).


For this interested in treating guests to the city, loved ones, or themselves The Cortile offers all-day light dining and an extensive repertoire of beverages to take you from day to night, The Cortile’s historic lounge really is the ultimate all-inclusive venue.  It’s so hard to keep yourself from going back again and again.

We were treated to macaroons, pastries, fruit and cheese platters, egg and cucumber sandwiches and everything in between.

Transformative in essence, as the venue transforms from day to night, you can all but bask in the magnificent ambience of this 1851 heritage-listed gem as you transport yourself away from ‘adulting’ for a few hours at least!

It’s hard to believe that the hotel has been standing for over 70 years, when the InterContinental legacy opened the gateway to luxury travel, transforming the globe into a playground of allure and grandeur. To this day, it is undeniably as one of the city’s most iconic luxury hotels.

The Cortile is open everyday though weekdays and weekends and each day there is a variation on the offering. 

If you’re wanting a little more sizzle and shake in your Sydney staycation, you can also start your special Sydney evening with Cocktail Hour in The Cortile. Sunday – Thursday from 5pm – 7pm.

Another unique offering from the stunning Intercontinental Sydney is its Cafe Opera, which has just reopened and is delighting guests with ‘Land to Sea. Buffet’.

Cafe Opera infuses sheer indulgence with harbourside sophistication, providing unparalleled culinary options. Patrons can savour in a host of memorable dining experiences, from a full breakfast, to leisurely business lunch or a luxurious dinner and drinks, enjoyed with family and friends.

The star offering of the famed dining precinct will be the newly enhanced premium Land to Sea Buffet, now available Wednesday to Sunday each week for both lunch and dinner sittings. Graze on a feast of fresh oysters, prawns, mussels, and sushi, before sampling succulent premium roasts sourced from the Southern Highlands, mouth-watering hot dishes, salads, artisanal antipasto, international and Asian cuisines, and a curated selection just for children. Cafe Opera’s show-stopping dessert bar is also not to be missed, comprising tiers of cakes, tarts, ice creams, and a luxurious chocolate fountain.

During weekend sittings, from Friday evening to Sunday evening, guests will delight in a Deluxe menu, featuring all the indulgences of the Land to Sea Buffet, plus additional seafood luxuries of Balmain bugs, blue swimmer crab, spanner crab, salmon sashimi, and grilled whole salmon. Weekend lunches also include free-flowing sparkling wine and soft drinks, adding an extra layer of delight for patrons wishing to celebrate special occasions.


 Bookings are available for Cafe Opera breakfast, lunch and dinner sittings now. To reserve your table, peruse the menu and access special promotions, visit: https://www.icsydney.com.au/Cafe-Opera .

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