Come in from the rain and sit down to a steaming pot of tea and an afternoon of bite-sized delights with friends or loved ones.
Originally a British tradition, afternoon tea (and high tea) has crossed oceans and now spans cultures, bringing more variety to the tea pot and your platter. While there’s a range of delectable variations on afternoon tea, a traditional ‘high tea’ usually features a towered platter with both savoury and sweet nibbles–so you can spend an afternoon sipping and snacking. From cute and quaint to delicious and decadent, here are six afternoon and high tea spots in Metro Vancouver that will have you thinking: this is just my cup of tea.
By Marisa Chandler
H Tasting Lounge
Inspired by the Victorian and Belle Époque eras of England and France, H Tasting Lounge’s Afternoon Tea is playfully named “Let Them Eat Cake!” Available only on weekends from 11:30- 1:30, the menu features elevated tea classics like poached devilled egg and cucumber sandwich alongside handcrafted sweets like Eton Mess Cake (the daintiest “mess” you’ll ever see.)
Psst! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and their specialty tea list is sourced from O-5 Rare Tea.
Vancouver: 1601 Bayshore Drive
Go green at Tsujiri, a restaurant and cafe specializing in matcha drinks and sweets. Their refreshing Japanese High Tea set includes items like sushi sandwiches and grilled unagi savouries and sweets like macarons, ice cream and matcha cakes with a light, classic Japanese green tea.
Richmond: 1535-4777 Mcclelland Road
Little White House Co.
Where cute and elegant meets historic, it’s no surprise that Little White House Co–which is true to its name– is close to Fort Langley. Serving a selection of traditional high teas with classic scones, cakes and sandwiches. The hardest decision will be whether to book the light and bright Printemps High Tea or go all-in for the luxurious Pansy Blossom High Tea. Their afternoon teas are served in the Salon Café daily at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. Private rooms
Fort Langley: 9090 Glover Road
Lemon Bakery is a much-loved family owned and operated bakery and believes in supporting local farmers and suppliers. They also bake everything in-house from scratch with no preservatives, so you can feel good about everything you eat, from the fresh-made sandwiches to cakes, lemon bars and scones.
At just $30, it’s one of the most affordable High Teas in Metro Vancouver–but you need to book ahead.
Langley: #102 20108 Fraser Highway
Cakes N’ Sweets
Delicate macarons and incredibly crafted cakes are the showstoppers at Cakes N’ Sweets, a home-based creative cake business that blossomed into a bakery and cafe. Bite into their Freshly baked buttermilk scone with Devonshire cream and sip on a pot of fragrant loose leaf tea. High Tea is offered from Tuesday to Saturday, with seating times at 12pm, 2pm, & 4pm, and also offer gluten-free and Vegetarian menus.
For those who want to enjoy High Tea from the comfort of their own living room, they even have High Tea packages to go!
Coquitlam: 2773 Barnet Highway
Butter Lane Bake Shop
After wandering down trails in the morning or through Lonsdale Quay Market, Butter Lane Bake Shop is the perfect treat. Owned and run by a mother and daughter, this bakery tucked inside Lonsdale Quay Market is a hidden gem.
Their Afternoon Tea Menu offers a selection of affordable options Cream Tea (tea, scone, cream and jam for $10); a Demi Tea (3 finger sandwiches, 2 pastries and a pot of tea for $21) and High Tea (a collection of finger sandwiches, scone with cream and preserves and sweet petite fancies for $33)
North Vancouver: #151-128 123 Carrie Cates Court
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in Metro Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.
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