Afternoon Tea in Victoria
The most British city in all of Canada, afternoon tea is a time-honoured Victoria tradition. Many of Victoria's tearooms are housed in heritage homes while others are housed in hotels and a number of the city's attractions.
When you talk about gardens, you can't miss Butchart Gardens and both afternoon tea and high tea are served with traditional delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and house-made sweets. Most of these businesses serve a variety of freshly baked sweets, macaroons, shortbread, scones and more.
Since 1956, the Dutch Bakery & Diner, at 718 Fort Street, has been an institution in Victoria offering up a delicious range of pastries, cookies, cakes, petit fours and tea fancies.
Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery, on Fisgard Street, is a very enchanting tea house featuring over 30 signature organic blends of teas, which are served in antique teacups and teapots. They serve finger sandwiches, vanilla scones, quiche and a seasonal selection of freshly baked treats.
The Pacific Restaurant, at the Grand Pacific Hotel, provides a great experience, and even offers a number of cocktails that are infused with tea and quite interesting to try.
Minutes away from the downtown core, near Oak Bay, is the White Heather Tea Room. Elegantly set, the restaurant offers three sizes of afternoon tea - each of which has a compliment of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, tarts, cakes, shortbread and more.
Point Ellice House, on Pleasant Street, is also a short drive from downtown. It was built in 1862 and you can enjoy a tour of this historic home before or after enjoying their afternoon tea.
In the downtown area, the Fairmont Empress Hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual for over a century in the magestic lobby of this landmark hotel.