Afternoon tea is a long-standing British tradition that has become an international food craze. Tea shops and eateries are now offering tea service all over the world and Richmond is no exception. With a diverse range of restaurants and cafés serving afternoon tea, here are three of our favourites in Richmond.
Sugarholic Café at Aberdeen Centre is one of the newest additions to the afternoon tea scene in Richmond. Although the café is decorated in a luxurious European style, Sugarholic is considered a fusion-style tea house. Drawing on flavours from both East and West, the Taiwanese owners offer a variety of teas, including Chinese Rose and Red Date Longan Tea, as well as more traditional teas such as Earl Grey. Almost all of the desserts offered are made in-house. Highlights include the Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake, a triple chocolate cream and Japanese cheesecake. Afternoon tea service is available any time of day and starts at $13.95 for the 4-piece dessert set with the choice of any herbal tea. One and two-tier dessert sets are also available at $29.95 and $49.95.
Tucked away beside the Hilton on Minoru Boulevard is L’Opéra Patisserie, a small eatery with delectable pastries and afternoon tea service. The unique décor is reminiscent of a classic French tea parlour, with vintage chandeliers and gold and maroon brocaded wallpaper. Owner and head pastry chef, Janice Marta’s, attention to detail can be seen in each of her menu items which are all made in-house. From the decadent macarons to the beautifully layered croissants, the patisserie offers traditional and authentic French pastries. Marta’s creative touch and Asian influence can be seen in certain items such as the Matcha Opera and with the Cabana, which uses mango and coconut mousse. For $45, afternoon tea service includes seven savoury items, eight sweets and a pot of tea. Reservations are required a day in advance.
Globe@YVR is the Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s award-winning and signature restaurant. Diners are treated to a panoramic view of the Vancouver Airport’s domestic terminal along with their meals. Afternoon tea is a celebrated tradition at all of the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, and the unique menus often change based on the season. Globe@YVR’s tea service features mini sandwiches, tasty pastries, fresh fruit with Devonshire cream, and house-made scones. Exclusive Fairmont tea offerings include Belgian Chocolate Rooibos, Versailles Lavender Earl Grey, Safari Masala Chai and many more. Prices for Afternoon Tea start at $75 for adults and $30 for children. Reservations are required.
Aberdeen Centre (Ground floor)
1008-4151 Hazelbridge Way
5951 Minoru Boulevard
Vancouver International Airport
3111 Grant McConachie Way