One of my favourite activities is to get dressed up and try new high tea/afternoon restaurants in Ottawa. 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 high tea.
Chateau Laurier/Zoe’s Ottawa
I have to put high tea at Chateau 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. You’ll receive 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.
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 high 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.
I celebrated my 28th birthday at Cafe Cristal with a group of friends and the food was scrumptious. Similar to the Chateau Laurier High 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
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 high 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!
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!
High Tea from Home
While there are a few restaurants in the city offering high 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.
Where’s your favourite High Tea place in the city? Let me know in the comments below!