A good friend of mine whom was visiting from England asked me one time to suggest the perfect afternoon tea or high tea to spend the afternoon catching up. Bit of sophistication and indulgent of treating yourself to afternoon tea, the classic British tradition is surely one of the best way to spend an afternoon with your best friends or love ones to gossip and an excuse to dress up. Here are some of my favourite afternoon tea spots in Toronto – you tea connoisseur. Pinkies up!
Windsor Arms Hotel
You always remember your first, and this was my first tea experience and I’ve always come back to the Windsor Arm‘s Tea Room, consistently known as one of Toronto’s best Afternoon tea rooms or High tea since 1927 for its impeccable service, excellent food offering and elegant decor. The hotel is located off Bloor St. just steps away from trendy Yorkville, popular amongst local as it is to visiting guest of the Windsor Arms for its luxury amenities, restaurants and you’ll know why its rated the #1 hotel in Toronto by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Afternoon tea is served from in the Tea Room with a flute of sparkling wine and wide selection of traditional and exotic teas poured from pretty flowered pots. Asparagus and smoked salmon sandwich roulades,salmon caviar, petit fours, scones, tarts,fresh fruit and might I say Toronto’s best scones complete with Devonshire and jams on the side are some of my favourite food offerings. Price: Starting at $30
Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas St. Toronto, ON M5S 3E7 (416) 971-9666
The Four Seasons Toronto’s one of Toronto’s top spot for High or Afternoon Tea. A celebrity haunt, socialites,fashion forward crowd, its classiness and grandeur setup the perfect ambience to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. With a large tea selection with an exceptional variety of flavours and tea styles, you can choose from the basic menu from $35, add a glass of Prosecco for $41, a martini for $48 or a glass of champagne for $52. Some of my favourite were the apple & cheddar cheese, plain and raisin scones and the lemon curd was a delight and perfect pairing with your tea. Be sure to save room for dessert and chocolate torte. from traditional or Numi flowering teas (hand-sewn delicate tea leaves that bloom like a flower while they steep in hot water). Pair your tea with warm scones topped lemon curd — it definitely makes the experience extra special. Price: Starting at $35
Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Rd,Toronto, ON M5R 2G1 (416) 964-0411
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel has been serving afternoon tea since 1929 and stands as a landmark iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto. Traditional Afternoon tea is served at the grand and old-fashioned Library Room from Saturdays 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM and Sundays from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM is the perfect relaxing setting for daily tea that comes with a berry cocktail, traditional little sandwiches, selection of pastries, crumpets, and of course, my favourite house-baked Royal York cranberry scones with Devon cream and preserves. make this elegant and romantic ritual a sophisticated pleasure. Tea time includes an opportunity to explore the hotel’s famous rooftop herb garden and bee apiary 14 stories above ground. Price: Starting at $35
The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3 (416) 860-6949
The King Eddy as its known has a long tradition of serving up some of the best pots of tea in the city since its opening in 1903. Afternoon tea or at the Le Meridien King Edward, King’s tea are served right in lobby lounge outside the Victoria restaurant from Thursday through Sunday between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM comes with the traditional finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, royal scones with imported Devonshire cream paired with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Brut Champagne, a choice of imported Twinings Loose Leaf. The tea experience at the King was just – an experience perfect for date night, a colleague visiting from out of town or rather a prelude to dinner. C’est Magnifique! Price: $28
Le Royal Meridien King Edward, 37 King St. Toronto, ON M5C 1E9 (416) 863-9700
The Old Mill Inn and Spa
Hidden away in Toronto’s west end, the Old Mill Inn & Spa offers a wonderful afternoon tea with charmingly British flair in a Tudor-inspired hotel or a bit rustic countryside feel that so many Toronto natives retreat to the Old Mill Inn on the weekends and for special events. Afternoon tea is served at the back of the restaurant overlooking onto a flower gardens that is truly a one of a kind warm relaxing ambience for your Afternoon tea setting. Price of tea is $20.95 that includes little finger sandwiches, desserts, scones, jams and Devonshire cream and tarts a few of the delectable offering. Price: Starting at $20.95
The Old Mill Inn & Spa, 21 Old Mill Rd. Toronto, ON M8X 1G5 (416) 236-2641 .