Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself. High tea, with its tiny finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, and floral teacups, provides the perfect opportunity to feel like royalty for the day. While the tradition of afternoon tea may have originated across the pond, Montreal is giving Britain a run for its money. Check out where to go for high tea in Montreal.
Bar A Beurre is a quaint patisserie located in Old Port. Specializing in French macarons and cupcakes, it’s no surprise that Bar A Beurre’s high tea offering is one of the most Instagram-worthy in Montreal.
Stacked high with colourful macarons, freshly made scones, vanilla cupcakes, and hearty sandwiches, high tea at Bar A Beurre is not to be missed.
The Gryphon D’Or Tea Room is famous for its vast assortment of teas (seriously, there are too many to count). Given its tea expertise, it’s no surprise that this Monkland café offers high tea on their menu.
Described by one patron as a “fully loaded” high tea, you can be sure it will fill you up. Each three-tiered plate comes with a full selection of finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, scones, brownies, and pastries.
One word of warning: high tea at The Gryphon D’Or Tea Room tends to be heavier on the savoury than on the sweet, so if you were hoping to satisfy your sweet tooth, it might not be for you.
The Cardinal Tea Room located in the Mile End is precisely what you would expect given the neighbourhood. Providing Montrealers with a hipster take on tea time, afternoon tea at the Cardinal will have customers sitting on antique furniture next to old books and a piano, sipping their tea from an assortment of mismatched China. The laid-back atmosphere makes for a unique afternoon tea experience.
Le Parloir is a quaint tea room located in the Plateau. Their afternoon tea selection changes based on the season, but rest assured, you’re in for a treat every time you visit. Your tiered tray will be jam-packed with specialty sweets, ranging from raspberry cheesecake and French macarons to creme brûlée.
Of course, there are also the savoury offerings, including an Eton mess and crab, lobster, and cabbage sandwiches. As an added bonus, they now offer vegan high tea!
Since the hotel’s opening in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal has been known for its high tea. Afternoon tea is served in the Ritz’s Palm Court and will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the Edwardian era.
There are nine specialty teas to choose from, not to mention the assortment of classic finger-cut sandwiches, pastries, and cranberry scones served with the traditional Devonshire clotted cream and jam.