Take five at these Vancouver tea shops

A cup of tea is a great way to unwind, relax and take in the moment. It’s also an opportunity to connect with friends. For an uplifting tea experience, seek out any of these tea houses, most of which also offer delicious afternoon tea services. [Image credit: iStock.com/gpointstudio]

Indigo Raw Vegan Café

1978 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1Z2

While Kitsilano’s Indigo Raw Vegan Café may be better known as a juice bar and healthy restaurant, they also serve an afternoon tea that is far from traditional. Expect organic, fair-trade tea accompanied by raw and vegan finger food, like kale chips, lemon goji bars and dairy-free cheesecake.

Fur Elise Patisserie

847 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7

Located on the edge of Yaletown in a beautiful Victorian heritage house, afternoon tea at Pâtisserie Für Elise is more about the treats than the tea. Choose from their wide selection of loose leaf teas and munch on dainty and delicious creative sandwiches, mixed greens and a delectable assortment of sweets.

La Petite Cuillere

55 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3J1

La Petite Cuillère, or the “little spoon,” is located in Mount Pleasant and features a selection of teas from around the world, including 18 premium teas and an ever-changing selection of new tea blends. Come in and enjoy a cup of tea anytime or check out their lovely and delicious afternoon tea service with a friend. If you’re hungry, try the all-day brunch.

Secret Garden Tea Company

2138 40th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6M 1W5

It’s no secret that this long-standing Kerrisdale teahouse offers some of the finest tea blends in the city. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea that’s regularly updated with seasonal delicacies. The Secret Garden values relaxation over rushing and encourages us to reconnect with the good things in life.

Luvcravings Gourmet Lifestyle & Celebrations

1731 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H8

When you’re craving the kind of lovely warm feelings that only tea and cupcakes can provide, get thee to this charming little False Creek tea shop. Celebrating the “gourmet lifestyle,” Luv Cravings provides an assortment of black, green and herbal loose leaf teas and decadent cupcakes with deliciously innovative flavour combinations.

Steam Tea House

2342 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V5

You won’t find any afternoon tea or snacks at Vancouver’s smallest teahouse. With just 70 square feet, there’s no room to sit down, so stock up on fresh micro-batch blended tea, cut up some cucumber sandwiches at home and host your own tea party. Choose from a wonderful selection of caffeinated, non-caffeinated and organic blends.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

1070 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2

For a luxurious and high-end tea experience, The Urban Tea Merchant lives up to its fancy reputation. Indulge in their exquisite tea service options, such as their caviar service or their London and Parisian-inspired breakfasts, or wait for their seasonal featured tea services and try something new. There’s a full selection of loose leaf teas to choose from — or you can get a little “teapsy” with one of their delicious tea cocktails.

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