Get ready for a road trip! We’ve put together a list of the cutest tea spots Ontario has to offer. From the bustling streets of Toronto to the picture-perfect lakes of Muskoka, here are the top 10 spots Canadian tea lovers need to visit.
Was there ever a more charming little spot than the Waterdown Tea House? Originally a vintage house built in the 1880s, the place was recently refurbished into an elegant and upscale restaurant with a beautiful outdoor patio. The Waterdown offers a large lunch selection of fresh sandwiches, quiches, savouries, salads, and afternoon high tea of teas, finger sandwiches, home-baked scones, Devonshire clotted cream and preserves. What we’re most excited about: their signature Prince Harry & Meghan Royal Wedding Blend tea!
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A vibrant and lively central hangout spot of Guelph, the Boathouse really has it all: a tea room, an ice cream parlour, and a place to rent canoes. With the Tea Room open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm, you can stop into High Tea, which includes a scone, jam and fresh cream, gourmet petite sweets & assorted tea sandwiches at only $19 per person. There are also several other options on the menu including a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and more tea of course. Which blend do we have our eye on? The McCrae House Private Blend, which is Guelph Museum’s own special blend with hints of lavender and lemon. If the menu doesn’t entice you enough the setting sure will. Situated overlooking the Speed River, the Boathouse is a loft-like space with a beachy, cottage feel to it. Relax on the patio and enjoy the scenic view of the river or rent a canoe and paddle up the river to finish off the perfect afternoon.
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Step into this little back patio oasis at the Delightfully Different Tea Room tucked away right off Kingston’s main street. Known for their tea accessories and tea decor, this place has a wide variety of unique and eccentric teapots, where you get to choose which one you’d like to use. They offer a large selection of teas, homemade soups, freshly made sandwiches and salads in a small, cozy atmosphere. The tea room fills up quickly, so make sure to reserve in advance for afternoon tea, and bring cash or debit, as they do not take credit.
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Up next, we move to the quaint Village of Erin, Ontario, where you can find the whimsical Maddie Hatter Tea Room Restaurant nestled on the main street. Take yourself on a taste and decor adventure with this one, as the Maddie Hatter is modelled after all the fun and fancy of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. They offer extensive loose leaf tea choices, rich coffees, homemade scones, lunches, and high teas of dainty finger sandwiches and decadent tea pastries that will transport you to a fantasy world of rabbit holes and top hats. Open Weekdays from 10am – 4pm, and Weekends from 10am – 5pm, call ahead to reserve a spot for the inner child in you!
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Here at the Tea Haus, we sell over 200 varieties of premium loose leaf tea and tea-ware in-store and online. A local favourite, the Tea Haus is located on the upper mezzanine of London’s beloved Covent Garden Market in the heart of the city. In-store, you will find every type of tea available including white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, rooibos and herbal wellness infusions, with our knowledgeable and friendly staff you can rely on to help you make your pick. Enjoy a tea service outside our little shop and overlook the thriving indoor market as you sip on the finest quality blend of tea available. Our founders Stefanie and Michael have travelled around the globe in search of the highest quality ingredients. Stefanie most recently travelled to Sri Lanka to observe first-hand tea being handpicked and carefully produced. Here at Tea Haus, we’re all about ethical practices, as we run on a source of green energy that reduces emissions and supports renewable energy in Canada, called Bullfrog Power.
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Let’s take our tour up north now to bask in the beautiful view of Lake Muskoka. A truly charming spot at the waterfront, the Blue Willow Tea shop is the perfect venue for local residents, cottagers or visitors. For the full British experience, at this idyllic waterfront dining room and patio, you can get a hearty English breakfast, pints of UK beers, and a traditional afternoon tea. Open Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 4pm for sandwiches, scones with Devonshire Cream, British Cake and Biscuits. Call ahead to reserve. High Tea is available between 2 and 4pm.
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Situated in the buzzing hub of farmers’ market stalls and specialty shops of the nation’s capital ByWard Market is the Tea Store. In a neighbourhood known for its street art, hip local stores, and rustic taverns, the Tea Store doesn’t disappoint. A funky, upbeat, lime green shop and cafe, you can find Ottawa natives sipping and chilling until 8 pm each night. With a specialty tea collection of 300+ varieties of local and international teas, there’s no shortage of quantity or quality here. What’s catching our eye: their groovy and unique drawings on each of their loose leaf tea jars.
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Quaint, elegant, charming…Peterborough’s Primrose Lane Tea Room makes our tea-loving hearts swoon. The comforting yet upscale setting of a Century Home lets you almost step back in time to experience the best hospitality and service. While the menu changes each season, you can expect a selection of delightful teas, savoury soups, scones, cheese plates and homemade delectables. From the elegant Parlour room to the more casual Plantation Room, or the gorgeous fully screened in Veranda, Primrose Lane offers you the picture-perfect setting for your tea party. And, don’t forget to pop into the gift shop on your way out to load up on dainty soaps and lotions, upscale teas, and home décor.
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We now turn to the bustling city streets of Toronto for our final tea tour pit stop. In the understated and trendy neighbourhood of Parkdale, you can find a unique tea-drinking experience at the tea bar Plentea. The space: open, sleek, and modern, with a huge light fixture hanging above the tea bar and a second level that overlooks the bar. The tea: Forget tea bags, Plentea has their own homemade tea recipes and a particular way of brewing them. With 20 jars of fresh herbs and spices above the bar, each cup is made-to-order and completely customizable, with nothing pre-blended. Example: Thai Dragon, a strong black tea with coconut with a sweet, tropical taste. Every cup is then strained through a specialty “teaspresso” machine.
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Last but not least is the English countryside cottage in the city, the Kitten and Bear. The Kitten and Bear is truly the cutest little tea shop you ever will find, with vintage fine china tea sets decorated against the rustic brick wall. From the atmosphere to menu, you are sure to be delighted at this charming little local. Like a winery or brewery, the storefront functions as a production facility, retail boutique, and tasting room, where you can shop handcrafted jams, marmalades, freshly baked buttermilk scones, assorted pastries, artisan cheese, loose leaf tea, pantry goods and homewares. On weekdays, you can choose from their menu of 33 blends of different tea brands served in a vintage silver plated teapot. On weekends, reserve your spot for a picturesque afternoon tea served with traditional tea service.
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