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Best Places for High Tea in Toronto

High Tea in Toronto

Intimate meals at your luxe local may be a thing of the past. Leisurely brunches may now be condensed, prey to the whims and wants of the toddler set. But, all is not lost. For the most relaxing family outing possible, sit the kids down to a meal of colourful sandwiches custom-built for tiny hands and an inordinate number of sweets.

Even better, this Mother’s Day, discover the joys of afternoon tea, even with the kids. We promise, between the tiered tray bursting with goodies, the pastel-hued petit fours and the jam dribbling down their arms, they’ll be too busy and swept up in the moment to find time to get fussy.

Kitten and the Bear

Now comfortably settled into a bright new space on Dundas, this achingly-cute, local darling is a must-stop spot for mile-high scones, signature jams and other pantry essentials. Reserve for the shop’s weekend-only jam and tea service and prepare to delight in seasonal preserves in unique flavours like sour cherry, rhubarb and lavender or damson plum with Earl Grey.

Ladurée

Though housed in Yorkdale mall, there’s nothing pedestrian about this renowned Parisian import. Step inside its signature green storefront and revel in walls of candy-coloured sweets, sparkling chandeliers and a menu of worthwhile temptations. Work your way through a gorgeous afternoon tea while the kids dive into one of the shop’s traditional French ice cream coupes.

T-Buds

With an impressive assortment of teas from around the world, tasty finger sandwiches and fresh-baked goodies, T-Buds is a relaxed, family-friendly place, perfect for a lazy afternoon. Just remember, choosing between the classic or chocolate afternoon tea is easy. Deciding between an innumerable number of white, black, green and oolong blends may require a little more effort.

The Fairmont Royal York 

It’s no surprise that one of the grandest spots in the city also serves one of its poshest afternoon teas. Available on weekends in the Library Bar, the elegant spread begins with dainty savouries, think mini mushroom tarts and smoked salmon on a pretzel bun. A dedicated kid’s menu subs turkey for salmon but doesn’t skimp on sweets. With his own scones, gâteau Opéra, coconut macaroons and more, your little ones won’t constantly be asking for a bite of yours.

The Omni King Edward Hotel 

This Mother’s Day, truly feel like “Queen for the Day” with afternoon tea at the regal Omni King Edward Hotel. From the spring chicken fricassee finger sandwich to the pastel-pink Battenberg cake and chamomile, lemon and turmeric scone, the Spring Tea is the perfect indulgence. Order the Jester’s Tea for the kids, complete with hot chocolate in a dainty teacup, and everyone will be amused.

The Ritz-Carlton

Chic trays piled high with equally stylish treats are the highlight of tea at DEQ, the Ritz’s swank urban lounge. New for spring, the chocolate tea, features the luscious sweet used in all manner of confections, including chocolate shortbreads with dulce de leche ganache and chocolate chip scones. We can’t think of a sweeter way for you and your family to (finally!) celebrate the arrival of spring.

The Windsor Arms

Settle in among the well-heeled, Yorkville cognoscenti for one of Toronto’s most legendary tea experiences. A tradition dating back to 1927, high tea at this boutique hotel includes fresh-made savouries, decadent pastries and ethereal scones fit for royalty — or equally demanding three-year-olds.

 

 

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