Nothing beats Toronto during the holiday season. November and December are some of the most magical months in the city as our beloved restaurants, bars, stores, and streets transform into a winter wonderland. That being said, we can’t help but embrace the festive season. One of the best ways to enjoy it, all while escaping the cold is with a holiday afternoon tea experience. And surely Toronto has a lot of those.
Though holiday bars, villages, and tree lightings tend to be the go-to route, if you have yet to experience a holiday afternoon tea, make sure you do so before the year ends. Sip on carefully curated teas and delicious bites, both savoury and sweet.
We’ve compiled a list of holiday afternoon tea experiences in Toronto and here are six of them:
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Holts Cafe on Bloor has partnered with Jo Malone for an extravagant Holiday Afternoon Tea from November 11th to December 31st.
The menu draws inspiration from Jo Malone London’s trio of exciting holiday fragrances. Think Ginger Biscuit, Orange Bitters, and Pine & Eucalyptus! You can expect the menu to include both sweet and savoury items. Reservations are required.
When: November 11th to December 31st (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Where: Holt Renfrew Bloor, 50 Bloor St W
Cost: $65 + tax per person
Fairmont Royal York
Take part in the timeless tradition of afternoon tea for the holiday season. The Fairmont Royal York welcomes all to enjoy an afternoon full of their buttery housemade scones, savoury sandwiches, and an assortment of sweets. These are paired with LOT 35 Fairmont curated teas.
When: November 18 until December 31 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Where: 100 Front Street West
Cost: $94 + tax per person
What are the holidays without a Nutcracker-themed experience? Old Mill Toronto is hosting a Nutcracker-inspired afternoon tea experience in their Print room starting November 23rd. The venue will be adorned in festive decor including Nutcrackers standing guard, and a beautiful gingerbread display. Old school holiday music will also fill
Enjoy their house-made signature scones, artisan tea sandwiches, French pastries, and authentic Devonshire Cream. Of course, don’t forget about the tea! Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
When: November 23 2023 to January 7, 2024
Where: 21 Old Mill Road
Cost: $60 + tax per person
EPOCH Bar & Kitchen Terrace
Indulge in a carefully curated selection of pastries and finger sandwiches that pay homage to the traditional British Tea experience. Bring the family along too! There’s a children’s Afternoon Tea priced at $40 per child.
When making the reservation, book for the total amount of guests and include the number of children in the add-on section.
When: December 24th and 31st from 11 AM to 3:30 PM, December 25th, 26th & January 1st from 2 PM to 3 PM
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto – 181 Wellington Street West
Cost: $80 + tax per person
Book a reservation at the AGO’s The Grange for a celebratory holiday afternoon tea. Enjoy flavours from across the Caribbean diaspora. This experience includes UK classics too. The holiday afternoon tea experience is inspired by Life Between Islands.
Seatings are available Wednesday through Sunday starting November 18th.
When: November 18th to December 17th, 2023 – 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM
Where: 317 Dundas Street West
Cost: $95 + tax per adult and $45 + tax per child (10 and under)
Stay warm this holiday season with this festive afternoon tea experience at Joni Restaurant. Treat yourself to a luxurious evening with a tasting menu of curated sweets and savories from Joni kitchen, paired with sommelier-selected teas from Sloane Tea. There are three experiences to choose from:
- Pastry At The Park – Try a selection of sweets from Joni pastry kitchen, paired with Sloane Tea. It’s priced at $128 for two.
- Tea At The Park – This choice features an assortment of sweets and savory eats, paired with two sommelier-selected creations from Sloane Tea. Priced at $188 for two.
- Indulgence At The Park – This option features sweet and indulgent savory bites, two Sloane Teas, and two glasses of Dom Perignon. Priced at $588 for two.
When: December 24th to 26th, 31st, 2023 and January 1st, 2024
Where: Park Hyatt Toronto – 4 Avenue Road
Cost: Starting at $128 + tax for two