Finally, a real specialized afternoon tea shop in downtown Vancouver! A little pricey but an absolute treat for tea lovers! They always have seasonal specials and events so make sure to check their website/twitter. I have to say I was impressed with their large selection of the prestigious TWG and THEODOR’s teas for purchase. They also sell TWG macarons by the piece. (more…)
Walking into Faubourg was like walking into a modern Parisian cafe. I had made a reservation for afternoon tea but was taken aback at how cramped and crowded it was when I first entered. Then, I realized they had a small dining room in the back for afternoon tea only. The dining room area was more spacious and elegantly decorated than the main cafe.
I saw a groupon online for Fairmont Pacific Rim’s afternoon tea so decided to give it a try. The hotel lobby is spacious and the ceilings are really high which makes lounging in the lobby really comfortable. They have low tables that are at the level of your knees so it’s not the best setting for having afternoon tea. The decor is minimalist modern with an Asian flare. There was a beautiful glass fire place as well. The afternoon tea set came with a plate of scones (dry and hard as usual), a tier of savory Asian bites like tofu and ahi tuna nigiri sushis and a tier of desserts. Their teapots were extremely heavy and hard to pour with. (more…)
I am a fan of the Shangri-la lobby lounge so I had high hopes for their afternoon tea service. At the exceptionally high price of $35 per person, I was expecting a lot. I was really pleased with their beautiful china ware and tea set. They have a really small selection of tea leaves but the quality wasn’t bad. I had the jasmine pearl tea. They had 3 tiers as usual. The lowest tier had a selection of crust-less sandwiches and croissants and the middle tier had an interesting selection of savory bites on Asian soup spoons. (more…)
Meloty Fine Tea has been around for at least 10 years but they were closed down for renovation for about 2 or so years (not sure what took so long). When I was in elementary school, it used to be a tea house popular among the Chinese housewives of Vancouver. Recently, I went with my mom for mothers day for their Afternoon tea deluxe ($25.00 per person) and was really disappointed. Although they had a large tea selection, I was not impressed. They brought out a tier of scones and other savory snacks (e.g. giant sandwiches, sephard’s pie, miniature pizzas) (more…)
I believe that you haven’t had afternoon tea until you’ve had it in London at the Ritz. It honestly is the most amazing afternoon tea experience I’ve ever been through. Even the Queen of England would approve. How could I approve of afternoon tea in Canada after coming here? Reservations must be made weeks or even months in advance and it is pricey but worth a try. They even have a special Birthday afternoon tea menu that comes with champagne and a birthday cake! (more…)