For a fun, sophisticated bridal shower activity, we highly recommend getting with your girls for afternoon tea. Not only is it approved by your foodie friends, but it’s also a way to sit back, relax, and catch up with all your friends. There are a few specific places across Canada that host the most spectacular afternoon teas. Whether it’s the selection of teas on offer (not to mention champagne, often on offer as well) or the scones with clotted cream (a must!), these are some of the spots in Canada you need to try.
The St. Regis Toronto
The St. Regis Toronto opened its doors earlier this year and has quickly become a hot spot in the city. Along with their signature champagne sabering, one of the their experiences we love is their afternoon tea. Inspired by Caroline Astor, the mother of the founder of the St. Regis, who brought the afternoon tea tradition to New York society, the St. Regis Toronto’s afternoon tea features Sloane Teas and delicious treats. There’s even a bespoke Sloane Tea made especially for the afternoon tea ritual at The St. Regis Toronto called the “Midnight Blossom”—a tribute to the midnight galas Caroline Astor would throw at her residence, and the florals in her home and ballroom, along with the essence of champagne. It’s a must-try for a sophisticated experience that truly encompasses the afternoon tea ritual.
The Fairmont Empress
For a tea experience truly steeped in history on the West coast, look no further than the afternoon tea served at the Fairmont Empress’s Lobby Lounge in Victoria. From the pattern of the China used for the tea to the locally sourced ingredients for the bites, this afternoon tea is thoughtfully curated and it’s not wonder it draws in 400 people daily from all over the world. The selection of luxury teas offered are all sustainably sourced and seasonally produced.
If you and your crew are a bit more laid-back and want something slightly different from your formal, traditional, afternoon tea, try Brasserie Kensington‘s high tea, served on weekend afternoons. Bottomless cups of tea and nibbles inspired by dishes are served at this eatery that serves French-inspired gastropub fare, alongside tea-infused cocktails to ensure you and your pals leave satisfied.
If you’re in Montreal, the Ritz-Carlton‘s afternoon tea is an elevated experience. Canapés, scones and pastries and white, herbal, green and black teas are served in the hotel’s Palm Court, a gorgeous room with (you guessed it) palm trees painted on the ceiling, giving this afternoon tea a decidedly chic, sophisticated vibe.