I’ve been in love with the ritual of afternoon tea for as long as I can remember. And over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best, from the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia, to the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
I recently set myself out on a mission to discover Toronto’s very best afternoon tea offerings. I was happy to find a unique collection of menus, with plenty of lovely ambience to boot. Are you looking to treat your grandmother to a special occasion or do you simply wish to relax the afternoon away with sips and nibbles with your closest friends? The following are the city’s best experiences, so raise your pinky finger and don’t hesitate to slather your scone.
Top 5 Afternoon Teas in Toronto
Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Toronto is offered in the hotel’s spacious and relaxing open-concept lobby. Featuring a staggering selection of 68 premium teas sourced from around the globe, tea time at the Shang is a perfect place to dabble in the crème de la crème of loose leaf.
Whilst sipping on a hot cup, guests at the Shangri-La can indulge in a selection of dainty sandwiches, warm raison scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, and finish off with seasonal inspired sweet pastries.
Afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Yorkville is an iconic snackable luxury. Guests can sip and nibble in three distinct spaces (cream, purple and rouge-coloured rooms) and rent a fancy hat with profits donated to Look Good Feel Better.
I enjoyed their unique Twilight Tea with seatings daily at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. It’s a perfect after-work indulgence and sophisticated dinner replacement. Be sure to begin with a glass of sparkling Prosecco.
Visitors can find the Park Hyatt a quick hop, skip and jump from the Royal Ontario Museum. Afternoon tea is served in the Annona dining room, which overlooks Avenue Road and offers ample people-watching opportunities.
Sit back and relax with a glass of Prosecco and fresh strawberries before diving in to classic tea time, which includes petite sandwiches, warm scones and sweet pastries. The one-bite lemon curd cupcake is to die for.
The King Edward Hotel was built in 1903 and, as it celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, it still sets the standard for Toronto’s luxury hotels. Afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s spacious lobby just outside of Victoria’s Restaurant.
Afternoon tea at the King Eddy features a thoughtful showcase of local flavours. Fresh scones are slathered in Devonshire cream and strawberry jam. Dainty sandwiches feature stilton butter and mango chutney while sweet pastries delight with rhubarb and espresso cream inspirations.
Tucked away in the heart of Yorkville sits MoRoCo Chocolat. Enter through its chocolatier boutique and arrive into a regal dining room decorated with cabinets full of silver tea pots and white stone busts, and coloured in a splash of rich violet. Guests can opt to sip on a selection of loose leaf teas or the restaurant’s signature sipping chocolate.
Afternoon tea at MoRoCo features standard fare but with a few memorable twists. After chewing through an assortment of four dainty sandwiches, I snacked on a duo of scones: one flavoured with the essence of vanilla bean and the other a cocoa and chocolate chip indulgence. The sweet finish featured a plate of pastries with two chocolates from MoRoCo’s master chocolatier. Cocoa lovers, rejoice!
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