Afternoon Tea Toronto

The Best Afternoon Tea in Toronto

The best afternoon tea in Toronto serves towers of finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream and, of course, plenty of tea blends. Traditional English high tea is rarely ever a casual affair so prepare to visit some of the city’s most lavish hotels for this midday ritual. 

Here’s where to find the best afternoon tea in Toronto. 


Windsor Arms
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Windsor Arms

It doesn’t get more traditional than the ornate teapots at Yorkville’s neo-gothic hotel in Yorkville. On the weekends, guests dine on assorted Petit Fours for $75 a person inside the Parisian lobby room, where high tea’s been served since the 1920s.

Omni King Edward Hotel
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Omni King Edward Hotel

Built in 1903, this King East lodging was Toronto’s first luxury hotel so the tea service here is predictably fancy. Indulge in tiers of Wellington finger sandwiches, Sultana Scones and 24 different types of tea.


Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
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Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

If you’re looking for something more contemporary, the stylish lobby of this high-end University Avenue hotel runs an afternoon service with certified tea specialists on hand. They have a whopping selection of 68 teas that range from $7.50 all the way up to $70 per pot.

Old Mill Toronto
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Old Mill Toronto

Take a jaunt along the Humber River and finish off at this old-timey inn that feels like a cottage in the woods. The afternoon tea menu includes scones, house-made pastries and a spread of finger sandwiches. It’s affordable compared to other options on the list at $30.95 per person.


Clockwork
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Clockwork

It’s all about old-world glamour at the lobby bar of Front Street’s massive hotel. It’s $79 per person to munch on scones with compote and steelhead on brioche. The hotel’s selection of teas is by Lot 35, the brand of choice at all Fairmont locations.


Laduree Toronto
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Laduree Toronto

This internationally renowned French patisserie chain has multiple tea salons offering the high tea experience, which naturally leans more towards the sweet side than the savoury. You get an assortment of mini choux, sandwiches and their famous macarons for $50 a head.

Holt's Cafe Yorkdale
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Holt's Cafe Yorkdale

The swanky cafe inside Holt Renfrew’s location in Yorkdale Mall offers afternoon tea for $45 per person. What sets the Holt’s experience apart is the fact all honey served during the meal is sourced from their own apiary, located on Yorkdale’s roof.


Astor Lounge
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Astor Lounge

Sip on a curated menu of Sloane teas inside the lobby of The St. Regis on Bay Street. This $77 meal serves an array of beautifully assembled tarts, scones and lobster salad brioche sandwiches in an elegant setting.

Kitten and The Bear
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Kitten and The Bear

Dundas West’s adorable cafe is one of the only spaces dedicated exclusively to afternoon tea—that’s not located inside a boujee hotel, anyway. It’s tiny but this precious space is a fan favourite thanks to its preserves and buttermilk scones, made in-house, and extremely affordable price of $28 per person. 

Lead photo by

Herman Wong of Kitten and the Bear. Additional photos by Omni King Edward,  Shangri-La, @sweetadventures of Fairmont Royal York, @kellychows of Holt's Cafe Yorkdale, Emily Wang of Astor Lounge. 


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