The Best Hotels in Toronto for Afternoon Tea

Joanne Latimer | June 29, 2018

A colonial inheritance from early British rulers in Canada, afternoon tea is a thriving tradition in Toronto. Some hotels offer a cocktail option and children's menus. Afternoon tea is mostly a weekend affair, but some properties have all-week service.

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Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Why it made the list

Served on the DEQ terrace lounge on weekends, the hotel's signature afternoon tea at The Ritz is a tradition (i.e. reservations recommended). Custom Sloane tea blends are created by the hotel's sommelier, while classic savouries, scones and sweets arrive on a delightful serving tray. A less involved tea is available on weekdays at the Ritz Cafe from 12 - 4 p.m.

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Shangri-La Toronto

Why it made the list

The Shangri-La is "all in", serving afternoon tea every day of the week. They have a tea sommelier on staff and a library of 68 loose-leaf blends. Enjoy the world go by in their chic lobby lounge while enjoying warm maple scones, snow crab sandwiches and dazzling creations by their young French pastry chef.

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The Omni King Edward

Why it made the list

Hold your pinky high while sipping afternoon tea at the King Eddy. They serve classy Sloane tea blends, scones with Devonshire cream, traditional pastries and unexpected fingerling sandwiches, like 5 Spice Chicken. Kids get their own menu, featuring hot cocoa, apple cider or milk. Tea hours: 1:30 - 5 pm, weekends only.

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Windsor Arms

Why it made the list

With its own French-style tea room in the lobby, the Windsor Arms has a heady selection of loose leaf teas--from Russian Caravan to Sencha. The sandwiches and pastries are divine, as is the majestic purple decor and the lobby's original working fireplace.

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Fairmont Royal York

Why it made the list

Since the hotel opened in 1929, the Royal York has been refreshing guests with their signature afternoon tea every weekend. Think egg and truffle sandwiches, English trifle and a flute of bubbly. Kids under the age of 12 get hot chocolate and a special menu. A historic tour of the hotel is included with the price of your tea. Reservations recommended.

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