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From high-end shopping to travelling back in time at one of Toronto’s oldest hotels, discover the charm of Canada’s largest city with our luxury afternoon tea guide. These are our top spots for sips, savories and sweets in Toronto.
Shop & Sip
Yorkville is one of Toronto’s most iconic neighborhoods, a charming 19th century village nestled in the heart of North America’s fourth-largest city, stroll along it’s cobblestone streets and shop at one of its world-class designer boutiques. After your shopping excursion, head to one of our favorite Yorkville spots for a luxurious afternoon tea experience.
A chic eatery inside the luxury Holt Renfrew Department store, Holts Cafe offers seasonal and specialty themed afternoon teas throughout the year.
Windsor Arms Hotel
The Windsor Arms Hotel has been serving afternoon tea since 1927 and includes hand-crafted pastries, traditional tea sandwiches, English scones, and a variety of preserves.
Pamper yourself with High Beau-Tea, W Toronto’s new beauty-inspired high tea offering. Featuring curated sweet & savoury petit fours, indulge in edible strawberry ‘lipsticks’, ruby fudge ‘handbags’, clotted ‘night’ cream and more. Delivered to the table in a tiered custom makeup case along with premium floral loose-leaf teas, these runway-worthy bites put a spin on the traditional afternoon ritual. This quintessential tradition is best enjoyed for two or more. Make it bubby with prosecco or Champagne by the glass or bottle for the table.
Time Travel Treats
Travel back in time and enjoy afternoon tea in one of Toronto’s oldest and most luxurious hotels. The Omni King Edward was Toronto’s first luxury hotel built in 1903, while Fairmont Royal York is considered one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. Both options will give you a tea experience to remember.
Omni King Edward Hotel
Afternoon Tea has been a King Edward tradition since opening in 1903. Offering finger sandwiches, scones and of course sweets, this long-standing Toronto social tradition is a special way to spend an afternoon.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Fairmont Royal York has followed the time-honoured tradition of serving Afternoon Tea since its opening in 1929. Enjoy warm scones, savory sandwiches and fine pastries, complemented by LOT 35 Fairmont curated teas.
Selfie Worthy Sweets
Immerse yourself right in the action at one of these luxurious downtown Toronto hotels. Both options offer sesonal afternoon teas, complete with sweets worthy of that ultimate selfie!
The St. Regis Hotel
Afternoon Tea is an iconic St. Regis Ritual, and became a favourite pastime of ‘The’ Mrs. Caroline Astor, who adopted the tradition at The St. Regis New York in the early 1900s. This tea service includes a curated selection of fine teas including a bespoke blend made exclusively for the St. Regis Hotel, Midnight Blossom which pays tribute to Mrs. Astor.
The Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La Toronto is an upscale, Asian-inspired hotel, offering seasonal and themed afternoon tea in their lounge. This service offers premium teas and a five-star selection of wines, cocktails and spirits. The lounge features two-story windows, large scale paintings, a roaring fireplace and an Italian handcrafted Fazioli piano.