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

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 incredibly romantic story about a prince and a princess that will lure you in, and the afternoon tea spread will make you want to stay all day. A more rustic experience can be had at Adrienne’s Tea Garden at Mattick’s Farm. Their home style cooking has created a following of regulars that can’t get enough of the homemade goods. Vegetarians will find solace at Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery where local and organic produce is used, meaning the menu changes seasonally. History buffs will appreciate a trip to Point Ellice House where you can tour the museum with a self-guided audio tour before sitting down to afternoon tea in the garden.  The Fairmont Empress is known for their luxurious atmosphere and posh service that is fit for any queen. It’s definitely a place to splurge!



This independent and vegetarian eatery is a unique venue to enjoy afternoon tea. The atmosphere inside Venus Sophia is absolutely adorable. It's contemporary, yet filled with plenty of character and warm environment to sit back, relax and enjoy...  Read More



Afternoon tea at the Empress is the epitome of Victorian class. The turn-of-the-century hotel has been fully restored to its original beauty and elegance, and lustrous wood floors and soft piano music further enhance the mood. Fresh seasonal...  Read More



This BC chain has its largest retail space in Victoria. This location also boasts outdoor dining and a 110-seat bar that is perfect for a light lunch or Afternoon Tea. Established in 1894, Murchie's has built its reputation on having the finest...  Read More

Elk Lake / Cordova Bay


Mattick's Farm is a delightful farm house set in beautiful Victoria. Bill Mattick built this log cabin to sell his vegetables and flowers, but thought it needed more. So, he decided to add in a restaurant and tea room that quickly became a local...  Read More



Casually elegant in the best West Coast fashion, The Pacific is an ideal choice if you're looking for fine Canadian dining. However, if you can't make it for dinner, afternoon tea at the Pacific Restaurant is a fabulous experience. The price of...  Read More



Voted the best place for tea in Victoria, the White Heather Tea Room is justifiably well-loved. The comfortably elegant setting is the perfect complement to the fabulous tea spread, which comes in three sizes. The "Wee Tea," with its assortment...  Read More



If you're looking for a very Victorian experience, step inside James Bay Tea Room & Restaurant. This historic 1907 heritage teahouse offers one of Victoria's most authentic British dining experiences. The walls are scattered with one of a...  Read More



The Gatsby Mansion is an 1897 Victorian beauty blessed with stained glass windows, detailed paintwork, sparkling chandeliers and dark wood paneling. The opulent mansion is surrounded by the verdant landscape of Belleville Park. Guests can stay...  Read More



The beautiful Abkhazi estate has a magical story that began in the 1940s when Prince and Princess Abkazi came to Victoria to settle down after many years of being apart. They created a magical oasis in their backyard and looked after their...  Read More

North Victoria
Point Ellice House


Built in 1862, Point Ellice House was the O'Reilly family home until 1977. This Italianate villa overlooks Upper Harbour and the Gorge Waterway. Those that enjoy a little walk, Point Ellice House is only about a mile and a half from downtown...  Read More


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