There’s nothing quite like the calming ritual of sipping tea, and for tea lovers, Montreal has much to discover. Several superb tea salons in the city offer an incredible selection of teas. Some, like Cha do Raku and Camellia Sinensis, even source directly from the Far East. If you’re looking for just a simple pot of tea or a more elaborate experience like Japanese vegan tea brunch or traditional English high tea, you can definitely find the perfect spot to retreat from the chilly weather and while away an afternoon.

  1. Cardinal Tea Room

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Cardinal has been open since 2013 and has been beloved by Montrealers right from the start. The two-floor tearoom has incredibly beautiful interior decor—a combination of elegance, coziness, and Victorian charm. A huge chandelier, antique bookcases, and old-fashioned china offer a special touch. They also serve a small but excellent menu. It’s not the traditional, tiered-platter high tea service, but rather a more casual version with items such as smoked trout sandwiches, curried devilled eggs, and homemade scones.

 Where: 5326 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Hours: Thursday & Friday 11AM – 7PM, Saturday & Sunday 11AM – 8PM

http://www.thecardinaltea.com/

2. Camellia Sinensis

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Camellia Sinensis is a well-known, Montreal-based tea company that began almost 20 years ago. They offer an incredible selection of teas from around the world and a sweet, tech-free ambiance—perfect for a relaxing afternoon and quiet conversation. This is the place to go for tea connoisseurs as they have an extensive menu and are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about tea.

Where: 351 Rue Émery

Hours: Monday – Thursday 12PM – 10PM, Friday-Saturday 12Pm – 11PM, Sunday 12Pm – 9PM

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/

3. Le Parloir

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A quiet and intimate tea parlour, Le Parloir serves all the sweet and savoury menu items you’d expect with a traditional high tea, such as the classic cucumber sandwich, foie gras toast, duck confit toast, scones with Devonshire cream, macarons, and small pastries. They have a nice selection of tea to choose from and it’s BYO if you’d like to enjoy a glass of bubbly or wine along with it.

Where: 4354 Avenue Christophe Colomb

Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11Am – 6PM, Thursday & Friday 11AM – 9PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 6PM

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4. The Ritz-Carlton

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Served in the Palm Court, afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton lives up to its legendary reputation. The exquisite decor, dainty canapés, and sparkling champagne offer a refined and elegant afternoon experience; a perfect for a break from sightseeing or a special occasion. The Ritz opened in 1912 and quickly became known for its high tea—a tradition that was reinstated a few years ago and quickly became popular again. Reservations are recommended and if you’re lucky you just might be able to get the coveted seats by the fireplace.

Where: 1228 Sherbrooke St W

Hours: First service at 12PM, second service at 3PM

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/canada/montreal/dining/afternoon-tea

5. Cha Do Raku 

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Cha Do Raku (“tea decadence”) is a small teahouse on the Plateau that offers two variations of tea brunch: Shojin (all vegan, organic and gluten-free) and Japanese family cooking. A true tea connoisseur, the owner travels the Japan and Taiwan to source her teas (podcasts about her sourcing trips can be found on her website). With lovely, welcoming service, Japanese delicacies to nibble on, and exotic teas from around the world, you really can’t go wrong.

Where: 750 rue de Bienville

Hours: Monday & Tuesday 1PM – 8PM, Closed Wednesday, Thursday – Saturday 1PM – 10PM, Sunday 1PM – 6PM

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