Afternoon Tea--tea with a light repast of sandwiches, pastries, scones and sweets--has been enjoying a renaissance in Vancouver over the last several years. Modeled on the classic European afternoon teas, the Top Spots for Afternoon Tea in Vancouver add their own unique, regional flavour to this age-old tradition, making the experience elegant and hip at the same time.
The best spots for Afternoon Tea in Vancouver vary in setting and price, but they all share one thing in common: delicious tea and gourmet goodies for two or more people. Share Afternoon Tea with friends and family, or make it part of your special occasion celebrations; it's a great choice for birthdays, special events and Mother's Day!
Arguably the most elegant Afternoon Tea in Vancouver, Afternoon Tea at the Castle is a tradition at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and a real treat for traditional "high tea" aficionados and Anglophiles. The tea service includes exclusively-blended Fairmont teas, petit sandwiches, pastries, house-made scones and fresh strawberries with Devonshire cream. It's wonderful, but it's also one of the more expensive Vancouver teas, at $38 per person.
Afternoon Tea at the Castle also has a special pedigree when it comes to tea services: The most famous tea service in B.C. is the Afternoon Tea at their sister hotel in Victoria, the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Truffles Cafe has a more modest interior than the other spots on this list, but its location is top-notch: it's located inside the Visitor's Centre at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in B.C.! Enjoy tea overlooking VanDusen's Livingstone Lake with a tea service that includes sandwiches and panini, sweet and savory scones (plus honey farmed from VanDusen's own bees), coconut macaroons, shortbread cookies, French macarons and petit-fours, all for $28 for two people or $50 for four. Don't miss the VanDusen private-label black tea, which was specially blended for the Garden in honour of the visit of HRH Duchess of Cornwall in 2010--it's fantastic!
The most expensive Afternoon Tea in Vancouver (their Signature Afternoon Tea is $48 per person) is also one of the best: Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant. Here, everything is opulent: the tea menu is incredibly long and diverse, with tea choices from all over the world, the macarons are flown in from Paris, the sandwiches have their crusts cut off. For true tea lovers, this is place to go.
Another high-value Afternoon Tea in Vancouver is the $20-per-person Afternoon Tea at Province Marinaside, a French-flavoured seafood restaurant in the heart of Yaletown. A girlfriend of mine celebrated her birthday with ten friends at this Afternoon Tea, and we (the whole party) loved it; it was the perfect way to share food and great conversation. Tea includes scones, smoked salmon, tartlettes, and crostinis; advanced reservations required.
One of the hottest spots for Afternoon Tea in Vancouver is the Adonia Tea House in Kerrisdale. Patterned on traditional English teas, visitors can choose either the full Afternoon Tea for $27 per person (which comes with finger sandwiches, scones, and fresh-baked pastries) or the Mini Afternoon Tea for $17 per person.