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The Best Afternoon Tea in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / August 3, 2015

Afternoon Tea TorontoThe best afternoon tea in Toronto will have you feeling above the hoi polloi as you escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to partake in a quintessentially British tradition. From luxurious hotel spreads to fuss-free, laid-back services, there are numerous spots dotted across the city just waiting for you to indulge your craving for dainty finger sandwiches, scones and the requisite clotted cream.

Here's the best afternoon tea in Toronto.

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King Edward Hotel

King Edward Hotel

For over 100 years, the King Edward Hotel has hosted numerous celebrities and dignitaries. Take part in that history with a luxurious tea service, served Friday to Sunday afternoons, starting at $32. More »

Shangri-La Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel

The Lobby Lounge at this downtown hotel features an extensive tea menu. Its daily high tea will set you back $40, but that includes French pastries and lobster-filled finger sandwiches. More »

Library Bar at Royal York

Library Bar at Royal York

Since 1929, the Royal York has been hosting weekend afternoon tea in its Library Bar. Though it clocks in at a steep $50, if you visit during the summer, you'll get to roam around the hotel's rooftop herb garden. More »

DT Bistro

DT Bistro

Afternoon tea is served on weekends at this cozy Harbord Street bakery cafe. For $30 you get the usual fixings of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones. But, for an extra $7, you're also privy to a cocktail. More »

t-buds

t-buds

Located at Yonge and Lawrence, this space has none of the decorative frills that dominate traditional Victorian tea rooms. Instead, it has a full afternoon tea for $27, which along with a pot of tea, includes quiche, sparking jasmine tea and an assortment of petit fours. More »

Old Mill Inn

Old Mill Inn

This hotel is synonymous with old world charm, which is fitting considering its been serving afternoon tea for more than a century. It's $24.95 during the week or $29.95 on the weekend. Bubbly is available, but it's extra. More »

MoRoCo

MoRoCo

Yes, there's chocolate flavoured tea and decadent sipping chocolate on the menu at this sumptuous Yorkville spot. Tea services start at $40 and reservations are required. More »

DEQ at the Ritz Carlton

DEQ at the Ritz Carlton

For a twist on tradition, you won't see any tiered cake stands during weekend afternoon tea at the Ritz, which requires reservations and starts at $44. Instead, your sweet and savoury treats will be served on decidedly modern dishes and trays. More »

Dufflet in the Beaches

Dufflet in the Beaches

The combination of a quaint afternoon tea with the deliciousness of Dufflet baked goods sounds like the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This midday meal will cost you $14.95, or $19.95 if you also want savoury snacks. More »

Windsor Arms

Windsor Arms

This classically chic hotel is almost synonymous with afternoon tea. Enjoy a lavish afternoon filled with Sloane teas and gourmet snacks daily for $38 or $45 on weekends. More »

Guildwood Tearoom

Guildwood Tearoom

Reservations are recommended at this Scarborough tea room, which serves afternoon tea daily. It's $27 or $31 for a gluten-free meal filled with scones, sandwiches and desserts including brownies and a mini cheesecake. More »

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

An afternoon tea here will set you back $36. It comes with the standard finger sandwiches as well as canapés, mini scones and pastries. And, for an extra $10, up the ante with a glass of prosecco (it's another $23 if you want Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin). More »

Discussion

19 Comments

A former Montreal / August 3, 2015 at 11:58 am
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Isn't Old Mill on the Etobicoke side of the Humber River?
King Edward / August 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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Took my daughter for her 7th b-day years back, brought princess dresses tiaras, for my daughters to wear, they loved it! They even had a kids menu.My daughter didn't want to leave she was in tears because she wated to live there! Lol! I don't know if they changed it but you're in the lobby for tea so everyone checking in and out are looking at you. Had more than a handful of people coming up to us.
parkdale / August 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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Kitten and the Bear!
not an advertiser / August 3, 2015 at 02:06 pm
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You missed Burr House
Alison / August 3, 2015 at 03:43 pm
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Having been to half of the places on the list, I have to say MoRoCo has a horrible tea, mainly because their service is awful. Just one of the many problems that happened for us when we went, was that even though we said there was a nut allergy when we made the reservation, every single one of the desserts including the chocolates had nuts in them.
ymilmar / August 3, 2015 at 04:25 pm
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Here is a sample of the cute little sandwiches you get at Windsor Arms: https://flic.kr/p/ca6tgY
Anonymous / August 3, 2015 at 05:02 pm
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King Edward is now $42+/person. Updated link:
http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/toronto-king-edward/dining/afternoon-tea
Lala / August 3, 2015 at 09:30 pm
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would it be too weird if I did this high tea thing alone? I'm a girl in her twenties.
Ruth / August 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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Used to love Deq at the Ritz, but they wanted me to send my credit card information over email - and only told me this via email after they confirmed my reservation over the phone. If they had asked for it during the initial phone conversation to begin with, I would have been happy to provide them that information.

When I called to tell them I wasn't happy with the idea of sending them my information over email, they told me that it was their policy for reservations, and they were not going to make exceptions. A week later, they called, trying to get me to give them my CC over the phone.

By that time, I had reservations at the Library bar and honestly, I was quite disillusioned by their service.
Ella / August 4, 2015 at 09:46 am
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You guys missed Burr House in Thornhill
It is the real afternoon tea in a nice quaint setting that sits no more than 10-12 people. The whole place is rustic

For afternoon tea that's the place but if you want a multinational hotel or elevators or whatever then I guess there are better options
sarah replying to a comment from Ruth / August 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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Ruth, this is not their reservation policy. Dined at the hotel's restaurants few times, never had to had over CC info. You should bring it with the GM, or post on their facebook, public shaming always works.
Alex replying to a comment from Lala / August 4, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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I plan to go by myself too. Nothing wrong with it ;)
Scott / August 5, 2015 at 07:32 am
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Moroco shouldnt be on this list. Read the reviews on other sites. This place has the worst service ever! Waiters are rude, have personal conversations with friends while you wait. My spouse and I waited 45 minutes at our table while the waiter talked to his friends at another table even though he knew we were waiting. Please take this crappy service and even crappier eatery off the list.
Sue / August 5, 2015 at 08:53 am
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Would avoid Old Mill. Nice setting but VERY expensive ($50 per person!!!) for what you get: tea (no refills) small dollop cream in tiny dish 2" in diam + 2 salmon sandwich wheels 2" in diameter, 2 cucumber of same size on stale multigrain bread with THINNEST cream cheese layer that you can barely distinguish it as cheese, 4 small scones the size of golf balls, two choc dipped strawberries, two small tarts 1.5" diameter on 2 bland shortbread (?) cookies, 2 slices batten-berg cake of 1/4" thickness. Worst of all was the service. Room was half full and served by 2 people. No attention from either except to drop off food and collect money at the end. I had to get up twice to ask for help. They charge an extra $3 for more cream! OUTRAGEOUS especially considering the the 'sandwiches' were worst than what my child would make experimenting with a cookie cutter! NEVER AGAIN!!!
Natalie replying to a comment from Sue / August 5, 2015 at 03:10 pm
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Dear Sue,
Sorry your afternoon tea experience wasn't what you expected. We strive to make every customers experience with us a WOW factor and I will share your comments with our team. Since 1914 our customers have enjoyed the Afternoon Tea experience at the Old Mill Toronto and more recently we have donated a portion of our teas to Womens Habitat shelter. Monday to Thursday Afternoon Tea is $24.95 per person and Friday to Sunday Afternoon Tea is $29.95 per person. We do hope that you come back again and try our Tea experience. Thank you again for your comments
JD. / August 5, 2015 at 05:17 pm
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I know this is being rather pedantic, but if you're going to attempt to sound highfalutin by utilizing obscure words and expressions, try and get it right!

It's 'hoi polloi,' not 'the hoi polloi,' as the translation already has 'the' in it.

Just sayin'!
Not Toronto / August 6, 2015 at 08:55 am
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Prince of Whales is lovely (Niagara On The Lake) expensive , perfect setting and atmosphere.
rochelle / August 21, 2015 at 03:36 pm
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Burr House is nice
does Fairmont still do afternoon tea? I had one there years ago!
William / August 28, 2015 at 07:59 pm
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You missed the best place in Canada. I know my words may sound unbelievable but Infuse Cafe located at 354 Yonge St, on Yonge just north of Elm really does have the best tea in all of Canada. Not only are they stocked with naturally organic tea supplied by non other then Rishi Tea, and have 100% biodegradable cups, straws, lids, and even bags, but they are the only ones is all of Canada with the revolutionary BKON brew. If you haven't already heard of BKON you really need to read up on them as they state of the art tech brings together the R.A.IN. (Reverse Atmospheric INfusion) with complex algorithms to determine temperature of water, amount, and vacuum pressure. I know this is a long winded comment buy do your research and try a cup of tea from Infuse Cafe.

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