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The BEST Afternoon Tea in Toronto


Since Mother’s Day is once again fast-approaching, I thought I would re-share my round-up of the best places for afternoon tea in Toronto. If you’re looking to get a reservation for Mother’s Day – STOP whatever you’re doing and call now! Places book up extra fast and if you can’t get the Sunday, consider meeting on the Saturday instead. Enjoy!

One of my favourite traditions for Mother’s Day is going for afternoon tea in Toronto with my sister and Mom along with Paul and his Mom. It’s a nice way for our parents to get caught up and a fun way to spend the afternoon together. We usually spoil our Moms with a small gift as well – see our 2014 + 2015 + 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Guide. But the point is – our presence together is the present and it’s the small, yet precious moments that we will look back on and cherish.


Having toured and tasted my way through the tea rooms of Toronto, I proclaim these to be the best places for afternoon tea in the city: (more…)

Afternoon Tea at the Omni King Edward Hotel – Toronto

king edward toronto Afternoon Tea

By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

Everyone has to experience Afternoon Tea at least once and the Omni King Edward Hotel is certainly a classy place to do it.

A time-honoured tradition, the King Edward Hotel has been serving afternoon tea since the 1920’s. Guests can enjoy tea inside the Victoria room or in the lobby, which is truly fit for royalty with its plush purple velvet couches and oversized chess pieces. (more…)

My Afternoon Tea Ritual

Lipton green tea

One of the things I really look forward to is my 3 PM afternoon tea ritual.

For some reason 3 PM is when I totally hit the wall at work and I need a mental break and a snack to get me recharged for the rest of the day. I usually start by brewing myself a warm pot of tea and choose a flavour depending on my mood. (more…)

Chinese New Year High Tea

Chinese new year tea

One of my favourite hotels in Toronto is hosting a Chinese New Year High Tea to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The Shangri-La Hotel has put together what looks like an amazing spread featuring sweet and savoury items. (more…)

Winter Tea Questions


I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately.

I was sick with a cold last month and the dark, cool nights have me reaching for something warm to sip on. I recently chatted with my friend Dan Johanis, a tea expert in Toronto for his advice on all things tea.

What are some teas you would recommend for a long, cold winter?

For a pick-me-up, nothing beats a great cup of masala chai which is black tea with spices. Simmering it on a stove top with honey and coconut cream is my absolute favourite way of preparing it. It also makes your place smell warm and inviting too!

Another favourite is mine is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented and naturally carbonated, cold served tea. It’s been around for ages but has been gaining in popularity here in North America in the past few years. Not many people know, but kombucha is made by first steeping tea leaves, so it actually is a tea! It’s a great way to naturally boost your immune system and get your body prepped for cold & flu season. (more…)

Afternoon Tea at The Huntington in Pasadena

Afternoon-Tea-Dessert-The Huntington

If you ever find yourself in Pasadena, California – take a day to visit The Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens. It can keep you captivated for hours and its a great place to meet up with a friend for their Afternoon Tea.

The Huntington was founded by railroad and real estate magnate Henry Edwards Huntington in 1919. The museum and gardens opened to the public in 1928. The room where afternoon tea is served used to be a parlour complete with a bowling alley (which is now the kitchen). I made a visit last month to enjoy their tea service.


Freshly baked scones greeted us at the table accompanied by The Huntington’s famous homemade marmalade (more tart than sweet), clotted cream, berry preserves and butter. We polished off maybe 2-3 scones out of the whole basket and took the rest home to enjoy for a snack later. I loved the chunky texture of the marmalade, but wish it were a bit sweeter. If you do love it, I did see jars available in the garden gift shop. (more…)