Top 5 Restaurants for Afternoon Tea in Ottawa

High Tea to Go in the Ottawa Region from Zoe's Restaurant

One of my favourite experiences is to get dressed up and try new afternoon tea restaurants in Ottawa, Ontario. The capital has some great places spread across the city and it’s a fun activity to plan with mothers/grandmothers, nieces, girlfriends or a significant other. Here are some of my favourite restaurants in the city for afternoon tea.

Château Laurier/Zoe’s Ottawa Afternoon Tea

I have to put afternoon tea at Fairmont Château Laurier as the first one for two reasons: 1) it is delicious and 2) is currently available for takeout during this new COVID lockdown in Ottawa.

Holiday Tea is available daily for takeout until January 3 and on weekends only starting January 8. You can order tickets here through Eventbrite and pickup at Zoe’s on Rideau Street. The tea menu includes a variety of sandwiches, desserts, scones with cream and jam and enough loose leaf tea for a pot or two. I recently ordered take-out as part of my Year of Date Ideas with my partner and we loved it. We opted to have a glass of sparkling wine at home!

Personally, I find tea for one is plenty of food for two people (see below). Their Princess Tea would be a perfect outing with a young one who loves tea and to dress up. It comes with kid-friendly food like ham sandwiches and and a red velvet cupcake.

Afternoon tea from Chateau Fairmont Laurer as takeout to eat at home

Vanitea Room Afternoon Tea

The Vanitea Room has the BEST decor in the city. Unfortunately with the lockdown, they expect to open later in January and when indoor dining is allowed, I highly recommend checking them out. You can also order a tea box for one, available on weekends (see here). While I have yet to try their afternoon tea, I’ve enjoyed their brunch and bottomless mimosas and do recommend them! They also have my favourite tea (Sloane Tea, $10 coupon here) and I love the Heavenly Cream black tea.

TIP: Vanitea Room sometimes have a Groupon so that’s worth checking out in advance.

Vanitea room interior decor with velvet stools and cool wallpaper

Cafe Cristal Afternoon Tea

I celebrated my 28th birthday at Cafe Cristal with a group of friends and the food was scrumptious. Similar to the Chateau Laurier Afternoon Tea, one tier is plenty of food for two people. We ordered 3 tiers for 6 people and it was the perfect amount. They also have Sloane Tea available to purchase in tins.

This is another spot in Ottawa that has amazing decor and is perfectly instagrammable.

Quelque Chose Pâtisserie Afternoon Tea

Quelque Chose is definitely my favourite place in the city for macarons and I always make time to stop any time I’m in Westboro. They also have Afternoon Tea available for take out and reservations can be made online. It’s a bit more affordable and certainly as delicious as some of the other options on this list!

Afternoon tea to go menu from Quelque Chose Patisserie

Life of Pie Afternoon Tea

Life of Pie is one of my favourite restaurants in the city and has amazing pies, quiche and brunch! I’ve been excited to try their afternoon tea for a while but unfortunately have been unable to because of COVID. I hope they bring it back but if they don’t, I still recommend picking up their scones for afternoon tea at home!

Afternoon Tea from Home

While there are a few restaurants in the city offering afternoon tea take-out, you can always opt to make your own at home! You can pick up a box of 4 or 6 scones from Vanitea or scones from Life of Pie, a few macarons from Quelque Chose Patisserie and make sandwiches from home.

Homemade mimosas and high tea to go in Royal Doulton Tea Cup Set

Where’s your favourite Afternoon Tea place in the city? Let me know in the comments below!

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