Looking to indulge in some time-honored local flavor on your next visit to Victoria, British Columbia? Enjoy a spot of tea at one of the island’s elegant tearooms.
Looking to indulge in some time-honored local flavor on your next visit to Victoria, British Columbia? Enjoy a spot of tea at one of the island’s elegant tearooms. The decidedly British tradition of afternoon tea has been embraced and enhanced by British Columbia’s provincial capital.
For more than a century, celebrities and dignitaries alike have enjoyed afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress. The historic hotel serves its acclaimed Empress Tea selection — including its exclusive Empress Blend, created by the Metropolitan Tea Company — to nearly 100,000 tea lovers in its tea lobby each year. Guests are also treated to the hotel’s handmade and seasonally flavored scones, pastries and cakes.
Hotel Grand Pacific offers a West Coast Afternoon Tea program that is heavily influenced by Asian culture. The tea selection — featuring a mix of single-estate and blended teas — is curated by Silk Road Tea Company’s Tea master Daniela Cubelic and paired with a mouth-watering menu. The hotel also hosts special tea events such as Chinese New Year Tea, Man Tea (for Father’s Day) and Christmas Tea.
Located in Oak Bay, the White Heather Tea Room offers afternoon teas of varying sizes: the Big Muckle Giant Tea, the Not So Wee Tea and the Wee Tea. The Big Muckle Giant Tea is designed for two to enjoy and includes a three-tier tray of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, mini quiches, smoked salmon and more. Both the Wee Tea and Not So Wee Tea offer menus for one.
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Victoria’s historic Chinatown is home to one of the city’s favorite tearooms: Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery. The tearoom crafts its menu according to the season and features its signature organic loose tea line. It serves a creative collection of vegetarian items — such as tea sandwiches, quiches, pastries and petits fours — that will sate even the most diehard meat eaters in your party.
If afternoon tea does not fit into your schedule, you can still bring home the soothing experience from one of the city’s tea shops, including Silk Road in Chinatown and Murchie’s Tea and Coffee near Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The shops include everything you need to replicate the afternoon tea experience, including a wide selection of loose tea and tea bags, and tea ware, such as infusers and teapots. Silk Road also offers spa treatments and Murchie’s has an on-site café.
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