Ooh la la! Calling all mini-fashionistas and stylish young – and young at heart -francophiles, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is hosting decadent high teas this winter, inspired by Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ acclaimed children’s book character, Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris.

Every Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm through October 13, Atelier restaurant on Level 3 of the French-inspired Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will be transformed into a wonderful world of tea cups, cupcakes, choux and macarons, filled to bursting with style, Parisian chic and plenty of roses in the prettiest pink – Claris’ favourite blooms.

Created by acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess, Claris is everyone’s favourite mouse, whose tales of compassion, courage and innate sense of style are brought to life in the beautifully designed and popular rhyming picture books of Claris: the Chicest Mouse in Paris and now the highly anticipated follow-up, Fashion Show Fiasco.

“I was inspired to write about Claris after one of my trips to Paris,” says Hess. “I was sitting on my hotel balcony and I thought I saw a little mouse on a neighbouring rooftop scurrying across the building. I remember thinking how wonderfully chic it would be to live in Paris, even if you were only a tiny little mouse! At that moment I realised that this needed to be the story for my first children’s book, which is something I had wanted to write for years following on from the joy I have had developing my fashion books.”

But nothing matches fashion quite like compassion, which is why Claris is inviting all her readers to share in her high tea and enjoy some of her favourite French pastries, including delicious macarons, marshmallows, and delicate choux, all served on her specially designed, limited-edition fine porcelain plates with matching cutlery. And luckily for grown-ups, the experience is not just for children but for all those who appreciate a delicious French-inspired gourmet experience, washed down by the finest tea or French bubbles. Bon appétit!

“Being able to bring to life the colourful world of Claris with an iconic French brand such as Sofitel, which epitomises elegance and free-spirited joie de vivre, was just the perfect match,” Hess adds.

The Claris the Mouse High Tea menu has been specially created by Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Head Pastry Chef, Puti Firmansyah, responsible for all the delicious dessert creations at the hotel. Greg Brady, General Manager, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, comments: “Sofitel is all about living the French way – indulging in and celebrating life’s little pleasures, and having an innate appreciation of beauty, elegance and style. This is why we are delighted to be partnering with Megan Hess. With her intimate understanding of Parisian chic and prestigious collaborations with Dior, Cartier and Ladurée under her – stylish – belt, Megan was the perfect creative partner to design this French-inspired culinary experience.”

The Claris the Mouse High Tea at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour costs $69 per person ($35 for children 11 and under) and includes free-flowing tea and coffee, pink lemonade for younger guests, a selection of savoury and sweet treats, and a chocolate fountain. Younger guests attending High Tea will leave with a Claris the Mouse gift bag. AccorPlus members enjoy a 15% discount.

Source: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour