Victoria Day long weekend is just around the corner. Are you ready to celebrate? High tea is the perfect plan! Legend has it that one of Queen Victoria’s own ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope (1783-1857), the Duchess of Bedford, created afternoon tea time. After routinely feeling famished by about 4 pm, she had her servants bring her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs. She began to invite friends to join her for an afternoon meal at 5 pm in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu was an assortment of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches and sweets, and was washed down with cups of hot tea. Let’s keep this glorious tradition alive and raise a cup ourselves this Victoria Day weekend, shall we? Here’s where to enjoy high tea service in Edmonton.
Reinette Cafe and Patisserie
Love French pastry? Visit Reinette Cafe and Patisserie for high tea this long weekend! From perfectly executed macarons to pretty French tarts, you can build your dream high tea menu and pair it with two drinks of your choice!
Vintage Fork Loose Leaf Tea
Vintage Fork Loose Leaf Tea used to specialize in high tea service, but the pandemic forced them to close their doors. But, lucky for you, their loyal customers reconnected and encouraged them to sell them teas and treats online instead! Their new business model went down a treat, and so will their teas, cookies and chocolates that are delivered right to your door. They also opened a storefront where you can grab their teas and treats to go.
The Harvest Room
The Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is the ultimate Edmonton spot where you can enjoy formal high tea service. Enjoy a selection of fine loose leaf teas while you nibble on handcrafted sandwiches and fine pastries. You can partake on any Saturday or Sunday at 2:30 pm with a reservation.
Whether you plan to dine alone or with up to 4 other people, Cafe Bel-Air can accommodate you for high tea from Wednesday to Sunday. That said, make a reservation immediately as they have a long list of people waiting to snag a table to experience their high tea service with Mauritian flair! From cassava galettes to palmiers, you've never experienced high tea quite like this before!
We hope you get the chance to enjoy high tea in Edmonton this Victoria Day long weekend!