Enjoying a flavourful cup of hot tea is always a great way to relax, and with hundreds of flavours of each variety there are many ways to enjoy this classic beverage. Teahouses provide a great environment to relax and cozy up with a good book, enjoy a conversation with friends, or even to work or study (several teas have caffeine in them, perfect to give you that extra jolt of motivation or inspiration!) Plus, they are always stocked with several flavours of tea — so you can order whatever flavour or properties you fancy! Here are our recommendations for top places to grab a spot of tea in Edmonton, based on their tea selection and atmosphere:
Cally’s Tea | 10151 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-757-8944
This retro-furnished tea shop/tea room resembles a quaint 50s-style kitchen and has over 250 teas from around the world to choose from. You’ll definitely want to order a homemade baked good to accompany your tea; baked fresh daily with organic ingredients, there are both sweet and savoury options to satisfy your taste buds. There is a great variety of homemade gluten-free breads, cakes, meringues, and crackers to snack on, too! Every Thursday from 1pm-5pm, Cally’s hosts a children’s tea with a special menu that incudes mini scones, finger sandwiches with strawberry cream or cucumber mint, fruit tea or lemonade, cookies, fruit, and ice cream. Reservation are required for children’s teas; $6-$15/child, custom themes by request. Tue – Wed 11 am – 6 pm; Thu 11 am – 8 pm; Fri 11 am – 6 pm; Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 1 pm – 6 pm; Closed Mon.
Photo courtesy of the Rutherford House.
The Harvest Room | Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, 10065-100 St. | 780-424-5181
In the tradition started by the Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), the Harvest Room serves a delectable Royal Tea every afternoon. Enjoy a pot of tea alongside a 7-course offering that includes a fresh fruit salad, vegetables and salad, three varieties of sandwiches, and a variety of delicious desserts like rose-scented shortbread and macarons. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit their website.
Steeps Urban Teahouse | 12411 Stony Plain Rd. | 780-732-4832
Settle into one of their comfy chairs and relax with a pot of tea – there are over 200 varieties of loose-leaf tea to choose from. A second location is located at 11116 Whyte (82) Ave. Downtown: Mon – Sat 10 am – 10 pm; Sun 11 am – 9 pm. Whyte: Mon – Fri 10 am – 11 pm; Sat 11 am – 10 pm; Sun 12 pm – 10 pm.
Cha Island Tea Co. | 10332-81 Ave. | 780-757-2482
The relaxing vibe at this casual eatery makes it a great place to enjoy a selection from over 100 loose leaf and herbal teas, complimented by freshly made light fare like waffles and paninis. Daily 1 pm – 11 pm
The Arbour Room at Rutherford House | 11153 Saskatchewan Dr. | 780-422-2697
This elegant historical tea room is the perfect place to enjoy a pot of tea and a High Tea platter, which includes a delicious mix of finger sandwiches, scones, and petite treats. A specialty brunch High Tea platter can be ordered on weekends, which is served with a variety of quiches instead of sandwiches. Their tea selection changes frequently – it’s supplied by Acquired Taste Tea Company – but they always offer their exclusive blends: Rutherford Rose and Rutherford House Blend. The dining room is small, so reservations are recommended on the weekend. If you have not seen the historic Rutherford House and are curious about its history, book a customized “Tea and Tour” for your party; call 780-427-3995 to book. Tue – Sun 11 am – 4 pm; Closed Mon. [As of May 6, 2013, the Arbour Room has been closed until further notice.]