Ever have those days where your typical coffee catch up/debrief with your BFF just doesn't feel like enough? Why not add it a little British flare to your life, some extra class (and sass) and go to a high tea?! Oh that's not, there's no reason not too as Toronto is actually home to some kick ass high tea spots. (Never though we'd hear that in the same sentence but it just feels right).
What is a high tea you ask? Only the best f*cking thing to come out of England since David Beckham's right foot. Imagine, you are your BFF looking classy AF walking into a posh room, drinking tea like royalty and eating tiny finger sandwiches and sweets for hours on end. Oh was that in your dreams last night? Well get ready for it to become a reality once you try these places.
Whether you're there for the green, oolong, chai, peppermint, chamomile or champagne and finger sandwiches, you'll feel like the classy diva you are. You'll go for the tea but stay for the experience. We've got every type of high tea you could ask for, from the old school regal style that'll give you the royal treatment, to new age beer/tea combo if you want to go ~millennial~.
1. The Ritz-Carlton // 181 Wellington St. West
The Ritz-Carlton may easily be one of most chic places to get extra classy avec your BFF with their decadent high tea. As they invite you to "walk in the shows of the Duchess of Bedford" (CLASSY AF), you'll be pampered with lavish selections of Sloane Tea and croissants, scones, pound cakes and so much more.
2. DT Bistro // 154 Harbord St.
Head to Dessert Trends Bistro in Harbord Village for a blend of Chef Donal Duong's knowledge of cuisine from the east and west- translation? Your tea time will feature delicious sweet and savoury foods that aren't your traditional pastries. Instead you'll be blown away by scones that are as on trend as Drake himself. It's intimate, hip, and new age and we can't get enough of this adorable tea time spot. They also feature Sahara Tea, a local up and coming Toronto Tea company that you have to try to believe.
3. MoRoCo Chocolat // 215 Madison Ave.
Chocolate and tea, could your afternoon get any more deliciously civilized? Add in some bubbly champagne to your decadent spread that includes house-made scones and sipping chocolate. Sipping chocolate. We'll let that sink in for a little so we can be semi-composed making our reservations.
*Update- MoRoCo Chocolat are moving locations, though their retail boutique is still open they will open their lounge again September 1st at their new location listed above on Madison ave!*
4. Windsor Arms Hotel // 18 St. Thomas Street
Amongst the new age Yorkville crowd immerse yourself in the old school royal treatment that the Windsor Arms Hotel Afternoon Tea gives you. With over the top decor like lush purple velvet couches and chandeliers (where's my girl Sia at?), you'll feel like the Queen you are while you munch on your gourmet pastries and sandwiches. You and you BFF can also rent "fancy hats" (couldn't make this up people) if you really want to bring your insta to the next level.
5. Kitten And The Bear // 1574 Queen St. West
As if the name wasn't cute enough- it gets even better with its afternoon tea that is renowned for their rotating jam flavours that add up to almost 100 different ones per year. If you're looking for a more minimalist style afternoon tea, this is definitly the place to be. There's no full high tea menu, but you will be more than satisfied with their quality over quantity, less than 20 dollar Jam and Tea Service. It will provide you with delicious scones, clotted cream, different jams and tea or coffee. With your BFF by your side wht more could you need? There's only two tables avaliable for this service for the perfect space to bond with your BFF! If not, you can head to their Take Out Counter to get your goodies on the go.
6. Shangri-La Hotel / / 188 University Ave.
The Shangri-La is a world renowned hotel that's not only home to the beyond popular Momofuku chain in Toronto, but it's also home to a luxurious tea time. You and your BFF will feel like the high rollers you are in the Lobby Lounge at this grand hotel on University. Choose from 68 types of teas while you're sitting in the 90-seat dining area. All while taking in the views of your fans through the two storey windows that are showering you with the natural spotlight you deserve.
7. Dufflet Beach // 1917 Queen St. East
That's right, your favourite dessert shop now offers you the royal treatment with high tea. What does this mean? Not only will the tea be on point, but you know those decadent desserts won't disappoint. It's cozy 24-set dining room will leave you and your BFF feeling like you just spent the day in the English country side, even though you'll only have to travel to the beaches for this adventure.
8. Annona at Park Hyatt // 4 Avenue Rd.
Anonna is Park Hyatt's chic restaurant that not only offers a 400 plus wine menu (!!) but also features one of the cities favourite high tea spots. There's a reason people flock here to get a little dose of class and a step away from reality as your immersed in a world of luxury. And did we mention that world of luxury includes decadent desserts and (what else) tea?
9. Thoroughbred // 304 Richmond St. West
Bringing in the new age of afternoon tea is this Queen St. West gem that switches it up with their "low tea" on Sundays. If you and your BFF are looking for a way to really switch up your routine why not switch your Sunday brunch to this low tea? The menu comes with an impressive roster of your favourite brunch eats from Duck Confit Benny to 'Gingerbread' Pancake Party. What could be better?!
10. The Omni King Edward Hotel // 37 King St. East
The King Edward (or King Eddy if your feeling ~hip~) is easily one of the most well known places for Afternoon Tea in Toronto. Enjoy the tradition of a classic afternoon tea in their contemporary dining area that'll let you and your BFF get that much needed R&R. One seating not enough? King Edward Hotel actually offers up an Afteroon Tea Weekends package so you can spend each afternoon (Friday-Sunday) devouring (gracefully duh) a deliscious spread of pastries and teas!
11. Old Mill Toronto // 21 Old Mill Road
There's a reason people have enjoyed a classic Afternoon Tea at the Old Mill Toronto for 102 years (that's all the way back to 1914 people). That reason? Maybe it's the take home gift rom Centennial Tea, maybe it's the fact that some of the profits go to Women's Habitat (LOVE), or maybe it's the delicious finger food. But you'll have to find out for yourself at this classic location!
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