• Tea at the Empress, Victoria, BC, YYJ


It’s often said that Victoria is more British than Canadian.  With this strong sense of British Heritage, it’s no wonder that one of the most favorite activities in Victoria is to partake of afternoon ‘High Tea’.

There are a number of places that offer this genteel meal … here are some suggestions:

The Empress (of course!)

721 Government St.


Hours of Operation

Served from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 1st Seating: 11:00 am | 11:15 am | 11:30 am | 12:00 pm

 2nd Seating: 1:00 pm | 1:15 pm | 1:30 pm | 2:00 pm

 3rd Seating:  3:00 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:30 pm | 4:00 pm

Hotel Grand PacificTea at Grand Pacific

463 Belleville St.

West Coast Afternoon Tea service served in The Pacific Restaurant from 2:00pm – 4:30pm daily.

White Heather Tea Room

1885 Oak Bay Ave.,

Lunch and Afternoon Tea from 11:15 – 5:00


The Butchart Gardens

High Tea

October 1 to November 30
January 7 – March 31
12 pm – 3 pm

High Tea expands the selection of hot traditional delicacies and savories which may include a candied ginger scone, warm delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and house-made sweets.

Afternoon Tea

April 1 – September 30
Begins at 12pm, end time varies throughout the season

Afternoon Tea is served in the Spring, Summer and Christmas seasons. Afternoon Tea includes warm traditional delicacies, savory tea sandwiches and house-made sweets.

The Gatsby Mansion

309 Belleville St.

Afternoon tea runs all weekend from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

The Teahouse at Abkhazi Gardens

1964 Fairfield Rd.

October through March
Wed–Sun, 11am–5pm

April through September
7 days a week, 11am–5pm

Venus Sophia

540 Fisgard St.

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About the Author:

I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!

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