Victoria is rich in history and perhaps the most British city in all of Canada, so it’s no wonder that afternoon tea is a popular ritual amongst locals and visitors. Did you know that afternoon tea differs from high tea? High tea is to be had at lunch, while afternoon tea is enjoyed between lunch and dinner.
You will see some menus in Victoria offering both high and afternoon tea, but you will notice the dishes for each will likely differ. Many of the tea houses are inside heritage homes that date back over a century and each venue is unique in its own right and offers a different experience.
Natasha John, a local BC expert with USA Today 10Best, put together a list of the top 10 tea rooms to visit in Victoria:
10 – Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery
9 – Fairmont Empress Lobby
8 – Murchie’s Tea and Coffee
7 – Adrienne’s Tea Garden
6 – The Pacific Restaurant
5 – White Heather Tea Room
4 – James Bay Tea Room & Restaurant
3 – Gatsby Mansion
2 – Abkhazi Garden and Tea Room
1 – Point Ellice House
For more information on these unique tea rooms, and links to their website, click here to view the 10Best list.