Vancouver Island’s First Nations people have traditionally used native plants and berries to make medicinal teas and Canada’s oldest Chinatown in Victoria has long attracted European settlers looking for the best tea. Since then, Victoria’s tea culture has grown to include specialty tea shops throughout the city, tea infused beer and cocktails and some unique afternoon tea rooms.
Check out our Tea-riffic Trail Map for some great suggestions.
Specialty Tea Shops
Since 1992 Silk Road Tea has been creating the world’s finest, freshest organic teas, skin and body products. Silk Road’s owner Daniela is known as “Canada’s Queen of Teas”.
Jagasilk is a specialty importer of maccha green tea and its tools. Jagasilk’s goal is to act as nodes of knowledge for the maccha world outside of Japan.
John Murchie immigrated from Scotland in 1894 and founded Murchie’s Tea and Coffee in New Westminster, BC. John had begun his tea career with Melrose’s and one of his jobs was to deliver tea to Queen Victoria while she was in residence at Balmoral Castle. Over time he became familiar with the types of tea that the Queen preferred and began experimenting with his own tea blends.
Terroir is committed to offering specialty teas direct from farmers to seasoned and new tea drinkers with a unique sensory experience.
Best Spots for Afternoon Tea
The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden serves a selection Silk Road teas while showcasing regional or Abkhazi Garden grown produce complimenting the garden’s appearance when it is in bloom. Enjoy their delectable afternoon tea and top it off with a wander through the romantic Abkhazi Garden.
A family run and locally owned favourite. Everything is created from scratch and filled with creativity. Venus Sophia promises something different, off the beaten path that is; authentic, progressive and always chic!
Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress has been a tradition for over a century. Tea at the Empress has been enjoyed by royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike and is a “must do” for most tourists who visit Victoria.
Experience afternoon tea at the Butchart Gardens with a selection of hot traditional delicacies and savories which may include a candied ginger scone, warm delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and house-made sweets.
Pendray Restaurant is located in the historic Gatsby Mansion. Choose between their Classic Afternoon Tea or their West Coast Afternoon Tea while watching the ships come and go from the inner harbour.
This tearoom was opened by Scottish Native, Agnes Campbell who kept her imprint on the tearoom alive from the name and by serving her grandmothers shortbread recipe.
Tea with a Twist
In collaboration with Silk Road Tea, Spinnakers Brewpub has created their Brewer’s Reserve Little Sunshine Sour. This golden sour is infused with Silk Road’s Happy Wellness Tea. This beer is bursting with sunny, zesty bergamont, kaffir lime, citrus, lemon balm, green & white tea leaves, lavender, & jasmine, making it a happy little ray of sunshine!
Visit Clive’s and order the “Monje” cocktail, infused with Silk Road Berry Victoria Tea
Stop by and sip on Veneto’s “London Nog” cocktail infused with Earl Grey Syrup.