Charming venues for afternoon tea in Toronto

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cafés, hotels and even chocolate boutiques offering afternoon tea service in Toronto. Fortunately for you, we’ve made the selection process a little easier by putting together this list of options ranging from cute local spots to elegant high end hotels.

Old Mill Toronto

21 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1G5

The Old Mill Inn has been serving afternoon tea for the past 103 years. They offer a complete tea service with freshly prepared tea sandwiches, pastries and currant and lemon scones. The tea selection includes a special Old Mill Centennial Tea, a black tea with a hint of Jasmin and Bergamot Oil. Service: Monday to Friday: 3 pm - 5 pm, Saturday: 2 pm - 4 pm, Sunday: 3:30 pm - 5 pm

The King Edward Hotel

37 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9

King Edward’s afternoon tea is fit for royalty! The quaint mismatched china and scrumptious finger sandwiches and pastries were designed for the aristocratic aesthetic. There’s also a Jester’s Tea service for those aged 12 and under that includes a double decker grilled cheese, chocolate dipped fruit skewer and a jeweled cookie crown. Service: Friday to Sunday: 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Windsor Arms

18 Thomas Ave, Toronto, ON M1C 1E5

A long held tradition at the Windsor Arms Hotel, this afternoon tea is an elegant affair that has been hosted since 1927. There are two afternoon tea services to choose from, including a Fancy Hats service where guests can choose from a selection of hats to wear during tea service, with $5 donated to Look Good Feel Better. Service: Daily: 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

180 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5H 0A2

Shangri-La’s afternoon tea takes place in the sprawling lobby daily. The menu is filled with traditional teas and delectable treats, that changes with the seasons, with hand selected Asian-inspired teas. Reservations are required. Service: Daily: 2 pm to 5 pm

Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street W., TORONTO, ON M5J 1E3

For an impeccable afternoon tea, head to the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The service includes handcrafted sandwiches, pastries and loose leaf tea, served in fine china. Following the afternoon tea, guests are welcome to an exclusive tour of the hotel, where they’ll learn about the history of the building. Service: Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm


181, Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7

DEQ at the Ritz Carlton Hotel likes to change up its afternoon tea menu. Past themes have included Alice and Wonderland, Canadiana and The Great Gatsby. Every tea service is served with tea sandwiches, cakes, pastries and a selection of premium Sloane Teas. Service: Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm and 3 pm

Park Hyatt Toronto

4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

Park Hyatt’s afternoon tea service takes place at Annona Restaurant. The selection of teas is quite extensive, which are accompanied by finger sandwiches, miniature scones and tea pastries. Park Hyatt also offers services with a choice of Anna Spinato Prosecco or Veuve Cliquote Parsandin. Service: Saturday & Sunday; 3 pm to 5 pm

T-Buds Uptown Tea Lounge and Creperie

3343 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2M6

This no-frills afternoon tea service is just as delicious as the rest on this list. T-Buds offers two afternoon tea services: Chocolate Afternoon Tea and Classic Afternoon Tea. Each service has a massive selection of tea to choose from, but each has its own unique set of petit fours, quiche and scones. Service: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am - 1 pm

Dufflet Pastries Inc

1917 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H3

Dufflet’s Beach location hosts an afternoon tea service every Sunday, with both sweet and savoury menus. The Savoury menu includes scones, sandwiches and petit fours. The Sweet menu is filled with Dufflet’s sweet treats like macarons, and butter tarts! Spots fill up fast, so be sure to make reservations well in advance. Service: Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

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