Victoria's Tea Rooms: Rich in History and Bold in Flavor

Natasha John

By , Travel Expert at Large, Victoria
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Victoria is rich in history and perhaps the most British city in all of Canada, so it’s no wonder that afternoon tea is a popular ritual amongst locals and visitors. Did you know that afternoon tea differs from high tea? High tea is to be had at lunch, while afternoon tea is enjoyed between lunch and dinner. You will see some menus in Victoria offering both high and afternoon tea, but you will notice the dishes for each will likely differ. Many of the tea houses are inside heritage homes that date back over a century and each venue is unique in its own right and offers a different experience. Abkhazi Garden and Tea Room has an...  Read more »

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    Point Ellice House

    Point Ellice House offers a very affordable afternoon tea, complete with a history lesson.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are required for tea!"

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    Abkhazi Garden and Tea Room

    • Cuisine: British, European
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: Oak Bay

    Afternoon tea is a delightful experience and the love story behind Abkazi Garden and Tea Room makes this spot so whimsical.

    Local Expert Tip: "They have a fresh sheet that features a daily soup, sandwich and salad if you would like a smaller nibble"

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    Gatsby Mansion

    Gatsby Mansion really pays attention to the fine details, such as adding elderflower and fresh mint to their fruit.

    Local Expert Tip: "Guests have a choice to stay in Gatsby Mansion or the larger property, Huntingdon Hotel & Suites."

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    James Bay Tea Room & Restaurant

    James Bay Tea Room & Restaurant caters to children and has a special Kid's Tea that's geared to youthful palates.

    Local Expert Tip: "Feeling like being a little cheeky? You may add a piccolo of champagne. "

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    White Heather Tea Room

    The White Heather serves a gluten free option for those that want to enjoy Afternoon Tea, but can't stomach wheat.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can call ahead to order high tea to go and take it home or to a park."

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    The Pacific Restaurant

    The Pacific Restaurant offers a unique West Coast twist onto this English tradition.

    Local Expert Tip: "The outdoor seating on the terrace provides spectacular views and is perfect on a warm day."

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    Adrienne's Tea Garden

    Adrienne's Tea Garden is the place to go to when you're in the mood for solid and dependable homemade treats.

    Local Expert Tip: "Children may not be into Afternoon Tea and Adrienne's Tea Garden has a large selection of local ice cream that will make your child smile."

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    Murchie's Tea and Coffee

    Murchie's Tea and Coffee has an excellent selection of tea and those that like unique blends will enjoy Murchie's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Murchie's has a cult following and even sell their tea online to satisfy the demands of tea-lover that can't make it into Murchie's."

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    Fairmont Empress Lobby

    • Cuisine: Continental
    • Average Main Course Price: $44
    • Neighborhood: Inner Harbour

    Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Lobby is the most posh tea experience in Victoria and is ideal for those looking to splurge.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to pay close attention to the china they use, it's to die for."

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    Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery

    Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery is the best option for vegetarians looking for afternoon tea in Victoria.

    Local Expert Tip: "Walk-ins are very welcome at Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery."



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