Two women enjoy a fancy afternoon tea with sweet treats.

Fairmont Château Laurier | Ottawa Tourism

Fancy Ontario tea rooms for afternoon tea or high tea

Two women enjoy a fancy afternoon tea with sweet treats.

Fairmont Château Laurier | Ottawa Tourism

Elevate teatime with an assortment of finger sandwiches, muffins and scones for afternoon tea and heartier pies, meats and cheeses for high tea later in the day at one of these delightful Ontario tea rooms, tea houses and tea shops.

Because moms do so much for us, every day should be Mother’s Day. Treat your mom like royalty and take her out for an afternoon or high tea or book a teatime date to catch up with your best friends. And shop for soothing new tea flavours and other teatime goodies.

Zoe’s Lounge

Named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s wife, Zoe’s Lounge is located within downtown Ottawa’s historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.

This chic, chandelier-clad cocktail bar is transformed into an afternoon tea house serving unique pastries, English scones and a selection of Lot 35 teas with seatings at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. on the weekends.

Location: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Blue Willow Tea Shop

Exquisite afternoon and high tea packages are available at this idyllic café overlooking Lake Muskoka that operates Thursday through Sunday.

A tea connoisseur’s dream, Blue Willow Tea Shop, has a wide variety of delicious cakes, biscuits and makes the perfect spot for a special occasion.

Location: 900 Bay Street, Gravenhurst

Omni King Edward Hotel

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience at one of Toronto’s finest luxury heritage hotels, dating back to 1903.

Finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and scones are paired with 24 carefully curated teas. Afternoon tea is held Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with the last seating time at 4:30 p.m.

Location: 37 King Street East, Toronto

Prince of Wales Hotel

Afternoon tea in the Drawing Room at the elegant Prince of Wales Hotel will transport you back to the height of Victorian luxury with regal décor, rose chandeliers, ornate tea sets and a lovely spread of proper English sandwiches, scones and pastries paired with Canadian cheeses.

Book an afternoon seating or the enchanted candlelight evening high tea Friday and Saturday nights, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Location: 6 Picton Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Joy on Sussex

Try high tea with an Eastern European twist in downtown Ottawa’s ByWard Market. Sip fair-traded, organic teas, champagne or vodka cocktails and feast on fancy deserts, rare cheeses, cured meats and caviar.

Opulent décor of red curtains, velvet seating, gold accents and marble counters give this small venue its upscale ambiance.  

Location: 527 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Montrose Inn

Set in a mansion built in 1916 by the former mayor of Belleville, this heritage inn and tea house oozes old world charm with its stately verandah, grand staircase, grand crown moulding and solid oak paneling.

Afternoon tea is served by reservation only on select Fridays and Sundays. Savoury and sweet treats, baked scones, Devonshire cream and a variety of teas make this an experience you’ll want to savour.

Location: 1725 Old Highway 2, Belleville

The Tea Lounge

Located on Piccadilly Street, the Tea Lounge is an artisan tea shop that explores quality loose-leaf teas from around the world, served in traditional and contemporary styles with baked goods and light snacks. Afternoon tea is served on select Sundays.

Location: 268 Piccadilly Street, London

The Old Curiosity Tea Shop

Two tiers of dainty sandwiches, warm scones, clotted cream, preserves, cookies, cakes and a pot of loose-leaf tea set the mood for your Victorian afternoon tea date in this traditional little tearoom.

Location: 91 Main Street North, Markham

Abigail’s Tea House

High tea at Abigail’s is a vision to behold. The three-tiered tea tray is brimming with assorted little sandwiches, mini wraps, egg, beef, brie and cucumber hors d’oeuvres, scones, seasonal fruit and berries, Devonshire cream, cookies, tarts and petite cakes. And of course, a large pot of tea.

Location: 2 Main Street South, St George

Tea and Bloom

This family-run tea shop adds delicious local Ontario flavour to traditional high tea fare with Sudbury’s famous Grandmother’s butter tarts and blooming local flower teas.

Location: 43 Durham Street, Greater Sudbury

Joni Restaurant in Park Hyatt Toronto

Cured sweets and savouries are paired with sommelier-selected teas during this luxurious afternoon tea affair.

Location: 4 Avenue Road, Toronto

High Beau-Tea at W Toronto

A unique twist on the afternoon high tea inspired by beauty and makeup. Enjoy an afternoon with a fashionista or one at heart. The curated sweets and savouries are presented in a tiered custom makeup case. Admire the attention to detail of the ruby fudge ‘handbags’, delicious strawberry ‘lipsticks’ and clotted ‘night’ cream. Savour the moment while sipping on floral loose-leaf tea. Book ahead to enjoy a spot at Yorkville’s trendy hotel.

Location:  90 Bloor Street East, Toronto

The Secret Garden Inn

The signature Afternoon Tea experience at the Secret Garden Inn is a nod to its Victorian heritage. This experience includes scones, cakes, petite fours and even a glass of bubbly. Please call to make a reservation.

Location: 73 Sydenham Street, Kingston

Waring House

Make your way to the Amelia's Garden Dining Room to enjoy the lovely garden views, the finest tea, and an assortment of traditional sandwiches, scones and other baked goods. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

Location:  395 Sandy Hook Road, Picton

Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel

Head to Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel in the Fallsview Boulevard District to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea. The service is Fridays (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) and on Saturdays and Sundays (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.), so it's best to make a reservation beforehand. Be sure to ask in advance about dietary options.

Location: 6080 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls

McFarland House

Admire the beautiful gardens from McFarland House’s Conservatory Tea Room as you sip on freshly brewed tea and nibble on pastries made with traditional ingredients from the past. Children’s Tea is served Thursday to Sunday for children 12 and under.

Location: 15927 Niagara Parkway Recreational Trail, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Visit Ontario Tea Rooms for even more charming spots to participate in the ritual of teatime with a delicious cup of tea.

Last updated: September 11, 2023

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