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Where's the best place in Toronto for Afternoon Tea?


I am a big fan of afternoon tea - not just the decadent food but the ambiance, location, service etc. Its not just food, its a social occasion. So what is your favourite decadent afternoon tea spot?

And if you live elsewhere, please join in! I'd love to learn about wonderful tea places everywhere!
Feb 24, 2012 @ 09:24 am

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Bloor West

There are a few great places on Bloor West. I have been searching the internet to find the name of the place I have had tea and cakes on Bloor. And I can not find it. I MIGHT be Sweet Gallery at Bloor and Durie, but I'm not sure it's the place I was in. It looks like a great place to try anyway. Bloor west is a great place to walk around on any day and there are tonnes of places to stop for coffee or tea.

If I can confirm that's the place I had great afternoon tea experience I'll let you know!
Feb 24, 2012 @ 01:21 pm
Ali de Bold

The Windsor Arms

It's a destination for high tea and it's beautiful.

Feb 24, 2012 @ 02:19 pm

Can't agree more!

Ali, you are totally right on this one. I too love the Windsor Arms.

So far here are my experiences so far -
The King Eddy
- Was really good when it was in the big Victoria room... period space,
tall ceilings, classic service. However, the sandwiches were not great -
they were the faintest bit stale. The scones were their strength. Last
time I went they had good service, a fun way to discover your fave tea,
but it was served in the front hall; drafty and no ambiance.
Royal York
- My fave - took lots of friends there. Consistently great food and
atmosphere... but then they moved it from Epic to another space and
changed the availability. (This would be the 4th space in the hotel they
have moved tea to since I've been going!!) They have a tea sommalier
and their own mixes... I love maple maple... how sweetly Canadian! The
berries and crumpet 'starter' is a perennial favourite of mine. Love the
desserts. Loved it when they offered tours of the rooftop garden/
apiary with tea or the tarot reader.
Windsor Arms - Love the
feel of the space, and love the evening 'twilight' teas... so us workers
can meet after work. Delicious and decadent with the champagne to
start. Right now, best ambiance for tea... since I can't go to Epic.
Old Mill and Spa - It was cheap.... but very average when I went the one time. It was not worth the trek.

Anyone tried Four Seasons?

Other areas... tea spots...
Chateau Laurier
(Ottawa. ON) - Its been a while, but I love the atrium where you can
sit and listen to the piano and just enjoy tea. I love this space. Part
of the Fairmont group now, so there are similarities to the Royal York.
(Kingsville - near Windsor ON) - I was there at the wrong time.... had
lunch instead. Totally girly with old fashioned details - in a
small-scale charming salon... scones made on the premise. Thinking of
going JUST for tea. (Well okay, I want to return to the CREW winery as
Prince of Wales (Niagara on the Lake, ON) - Totally over expensive and overrated. Craptastic service. Would not return
The Empress
(Victoria, BC) - totally lusted after this one as it's famous for its full out tea- but I
was a backpacker when I was there and didn't have proper attire for tea.
I'm regretting it to this day... but one day I will return even though the new ownership will mean its a bit less opulent.
Mar 01, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

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