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Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

A time honoured tradition for over a century, the world renowned tea lobby of The Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual and Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Surrounded by rich chintz fabrics, antiqued tapestries and rugs, elegant wing back chairs, vintage furnishings and hand-carved tables, the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbour provides the quintessential Victoria experience to all who grace Afternoon Tea.

Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie and Team serve hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. From the original blend of The Empress Tea created specifically for The Fairmont Empress, served in dainty William Edwards, (formerly Booth and Royal Doulton), china and sterling silver service to the enchanting ambiance of the live piano, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.

The Empress Blend of Tea:
The Empress blend is a selection of seasonal, quality teas, created exclusively for The Fairmont Empress by the Metropolitan Tea Company. With components from Assam (thick malty and full bodied), Kenya (floral-like flavour and a golden coppery infusion), South India (superb fruity and sprightly flavour), Ceylon (airy, almost piquant flavour), and China (burgundy depth with light oaky notes), it is truly one of the finest blends in the world.

Dietary Needs:
The Fairmont Empress is pleased to accommodate dietary needs including vegan, gluten free and diabetic. Please advise of all food allergies and dietary needs at the time of reservation.


  • Hours and days of operation:
    Tea Service starts at 12:00 PM daily and with the last seating at 3:45 PM. We recommend an hour to enjoy your Afternoon Tea experience.


  • Days when Yankee Vouchers are not accepted: Major Holidays


  • Handicap accessible: Yes


  • Dress Code: Smart casual.


  • Reservations are required

Other Information

Location: Toronto, ON
Contact Information: 191 The West Mall Suite 800 Toronto, ON M9C 5K8

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