Tearooms of Montreal: where to enjoy afternoon tea

Last update on June 03, 2021
Tearooms of Montreal

Tearooms of Montreal: where to enjoy afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a great tradition that takes shape in some way or another in many cultures all over the world. Although the type of tea, style of serving dishes, and accompanying snacks may change from place to place, people of all walks of life seem to unanimously agree that a moment to replenish in the mid-afternoon is not only preferred, but is sometimes necessary.

There are lots of different ways to enjoy your afternoon tea, but one of our favourites has always been to take a trip to a nearby tearoom. Although tearooms vary in format from culture to culture, the ones we most commonly find here in Montreal are English inspired tearooms. Picture perfectly cut triangular sandwiches, an assortment of teacakes and scones with clotted cream, all served in a charming environment with a steaming hot cup of tea of your choice – a delightful image, isn’t it?

The tearooms that we have listed below are our favourite places in this city to take our post-lunch breaks and enjoy the traditional charms of an afternoon tea. Without further ado, here is our take on the best tearooms of Montreal.

If you know of any other tearooms that deserve to be included on this list, please dont hesitate to send us an email at [email protected] so we can update the publication. The suggestions we receive from our readers help us keep our lists as relevant and up to date as possible, so we are thanking you in advance.

If you are looking for more suggestions of places to get your afternoon pick-me-up, you may want to consult our lists of the best croissants in the city, the best pastry shops in the city, or our category on the website of the best cafés in Montreal.

Maison Boulud

Every day of the week, between 1.30 and 4.30 pm, the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Montreal Hotel offers afternoon tea in the very luxurious and impressive setting of the Palm Court.  Serving afternoon tea for over a century has made the Ritz Carlton legendary in the world of Montreal’s tearooms.  It is not surprising then, that this landmark location provides the most elegant and discreet service in these beautifully restored neo-classical surroundings, all of which make this our favourite destination for afternoon tea.  The Ritz has perfected the art of serving tea, offering a dozen different teas with scones, crustless finger sandwiches and beautiful small pastries. Tea for two does have its price and if you wish to accompany your tea with a glass of champagne, the cost will climb upwards!
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Salon de thé cardinal

Cardinal Tearoom, designed in a post-Victorian style, is rather like some of the late-colonial locations in cities like London where it was popular to « take afternoon tea ». In an atmosphere inspired by the 1920s, enjoy the menu’s « Tea for Two », and choose from a selection of teas served in colourful vintage cups and saucers with accompanying food that includes cucumber sandwiches, a savoury muffin or sausage roll, devilled egg, lemon and chocolate brownies, and scones (with clotted cream!).  Cardinal Tearoom is ideal for a change of scene where you can relax over a cup of well-brewed tea and take your visitors.  Reservations are not accepted.
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Le Parloir

One of the loveliest places to drink tea!  The owner, Sylvie Marchand, always dreamed of opening a tea parlour and in 2010, she did just that, when she opened the doors of Le Parloir. This is like walking into a friend’s home, welcoming and comforting and an ideal location to enjoy tea on the Plateau.  Everything seems to have found its own spot such as a few flowers, or some modern elements and even other decorations that hark back to the days of yore.  It is all absolutely charming. Le Parloir is an unpretentious tea room serving scones, sandwiches, muffins, salads, cupcakes and other small homemade dishes.  Simplicity reigns with a warm ambiance. Tea is served between Tuesday and Sunday, from 2pm. We recommend a reservation.
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Salon The Gryphon D’or

At Gryphon d’or Tearoom, plan on spending some time to relax and take advantage of the welcoming surroundings. The decor is quite simple and the service is most pleasant.  The traditional afternoon tea offers a variety of teas and comes with plates of small, mouth-watering delights; the scones are particularly delicious and the prices are reasonable. There is also an « Afternoon Dessert Tea » with a wonderful selection of cakes and pastries to accompany your tea. Another option is to choose from a menu of tea-flavoured dinner and brunch items.  These different « teas » are available every day, however, please reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
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La brume dans mes lunettes

Located in the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie neighbourhood, La brume dans mes lunettes offers a delicious afternoon tea prepared with tea brewed from London’s famous purveyor Fortnum & Mason and served with a magnificent porcelain tea service.  The afternoon tea « Elizabeth la Royale » consists of a three-tiered stand full of savoury and sweet treats that are absolutely exquisite! Don’t be surprised when you hear a musical air inspired by God Save the Queen as you are being served. This simply adds to the charm and certainly causes many tea-drinkers to smile! We also appreciate the attentive service, the kindness of the owners and in particular, their delicious homemade dishes.
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Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe counts as one of our favorites in town.  After a visit here, lovers of sweets and delicious treats leave extremely satisfied. The service is attentive and the dishes prepared with care. We particularly savoured the classic small cucumber sandwiches and cheese scones.  Everything at Pâtisserie Rhubarbe is quite exceptional, we know you will not be disappointed. Tea is served every Friday from 2-5pm. Reservations recommended.
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