Prepare to pour and pick up those delicate cups and indulge in the refined custom of afternoon tea service.
While the terms “afternoon tea” and “high tea” have become muddled, and casually interchangeable, thanks to Vancouver’s many tea rooms you can enjoy a variety of interpretations of the tradition.
Whether you are treating a loved one to a fancy day out, celebrating with friends, or just craving a tower of triangle sandwiches and cream-smothered scones, raise your china cup of Earl Grey to being in one of the nation’s finest cities for tea and tea-time treats.
Here’s where you’ll find the best afternoon (or high) tea service in Vancouver.
Variety and indulgence are the key words for the tea services offered at The Urban Tea Merchant. From a sumptuous Signature three-tier tea that includes “Atlantic lobster torchon infused with Lemon Bush Tea and White Secret Tea,” to an even more luxurious champagne and caviar service, tea lovers are sure to find a selection to fit their fancy (and their budget; a more restrained “Petite” tea service is available for a lighter experience).
Address: 1070 West Georgia Street
Afternoon tea for two is priced at $45, and includes all the trimmings (cookies, petit-fours, pastries, clotted cream, honey, and jam, with the choice of sandwich) and the incomparable view of VanDusen’s Livingstone Lake and Woodland Garden.
Address: 5251 Oak Street
Soirette’s Signature High Tea Menu is served every Saturday and Sunday. Paying great attention to detail the seasonally-inspired set includes a variety of savoury tarts and sandwiches, sweet scones, and premium loose leaf tea. A vegetarian option is available upon request with 48 hours notice.
Address: 1433 West Pender Street
Phone: 604-558 3308
Afternoon Tea Parties at Shangri-La are available for groups of 10 or more, for $49 per person. Included in the ever-refined afternoon tea is a choice of loose leaf tea, served in the hotel’s signature custom Blue Willow China. Each tea tower features savoury items, such as Smoked Sockeye Salmon Bagels and Pacific Shrimp Salad Éclair. Sweets include Earl Grey and Milk Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Meringue Tart, as well as afternoon tea classics like butter and raisin infused scones, with house-made clotted cream and a selection of preserves.
Address: 1128 West Georgia Street
This quaint tea shop offers a traditional and Instagram worthy afternoon tea service. Tip back your tea cups, while savouring miniature sweets, finger sandwiches, miniature scones with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream, mini loaves, and tea biscuits.
Address: 55 Kingsway
Faubourg has recently revamped its Afternoon Tea menu with a range of unique tea-infused sweet treats. Available from May 7, the new afternoon tea menu will be served on a sophisticated two tier stand, in the cozy and atmospheric dining room of Faubourg Kerrisdale. Enjoy sweet indulgences (Lychee Oolong Mousse Tart, Earl Grey Infused Madeleine, and Caramel Rooibos Torte), savoury bites, and an exquisite selection of Mariage Frères Teas.
Address: 2156 West 41st Avenue
Popular among the bride-and mama-to-be set, this Yaletown bakery and tea shop blends elegant afternoon tea with a pinch of classical sensibility and a smidge of Asian influence. (Take note of the servers’ outfits, and the Hello Kitty pink vibe!) Located inside a restored Queen Anne Victorian heritage home, Patisserie Für Elise definitely packs the girly charm into their afternoon tea.
Address: 847 Hamilton Street
In addition to their wildly popular macarons, the recently opened Ladurée Boutique and Tea Salon on Robson offers an afternoon tea menu, which is available all day and features madeleines, financiers, macarons, yoghurt, salade de fruits, plus Ladurée tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. The charming tea room boasts a cozy, refined atmosphere, and is the ideal place to enjoy a pot of tea.
Address: 1141 Robson Street
Once you’ve decided to experience high tea at the Secret Garden, your next big choice is going to have to be which of the many teas on their extensive list you’re going to sip on. The Kerrisdale tea house’s signature tea service includes all sorts of sweet and savoury items; don’t fear if you can’t finish them all, they will pack them up to go for you to enjoy later at home.
Address: 5559 West Boulevard
Quirky and charming, the Neverland Tea Salon in Kitsilano offers visitors a whimsical space to enjoy a quick indulgence, as well as a more drawn out high tea extravaganza. The Victorian-esque tea house offers an ever-evolving tower of decadence, which boasts an array of finger sandwiches and pastries, and is paired with perfectly brewed cups of tea.
Address: 3066 West Broadway
Those who book high tea at L’Opera Patisserie will find an exquisite range of seasonally-inspired sweet and savoury treats. Kick off the meal with tea, as well as quiche and fritters. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Mango cream puffs, tartlets, macarons, and other moreish delicacies will leave you lingering for more.
Address: 5951 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
In addition to a variety of wild teas and refreshing small-batch botanical sodas, The Capilano Tea House offers a West Coast Wild Tea Service, which can be thought of as a reconstruction of the ever-popular traditional high tea. Guests wishing to enjoy this tiered-plated service, featuring Indigenous offerings from Turtle Island Catering Co., will need to place an order in advance.
Address: 221 Abbott Street
One of Vancouver’s most delectable bakeries serves afternoon tea in traditional, light, and children’s options on Sundays. Sip on pours from a pot of their custom blended tea, and nibble on mini scones, quiche tarts, macarons, squares, shortbread cookies, and more.
Address: 4907 MacKenzie Street
Afternoon tea at Adonia Teahouse is served in a cozy and delightfully decorated English-styled room. Clink china mugs while indulging on an assortment of homemade sweets and savouries, including finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and more.
Address: 2057 West 41st Avenue, Kerrisdale