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High Tea, The Perfect Mother’s Day Outing

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and if you're looking for a special way to treat your mom, high tea or a chic afternoon tea may be the perfect outing.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a special way to treat your mom, high tea or a chic afternoon tea may be the perfect outing.

Taking your mom for afternoon or high tea on Mother’s Day is a fantastic gift and outing she’ll never forget. The traditional English custom high tea has become increasingly popular in recent years and is a great way to show your appreciation for all the hard work and love your mother has put into raising you. High tea is a sophisticated and elegant experience, offering the chance to indulge in delicate sandwiches, scones, pastries, and of course, a cup of tea while catching up with your nearest and dearest in a beautiful setting. Rather than a typical lunch or dinner out, high tea offers a refined and charming ambiance, complete with dainty teapots and meticulous finger sandwiches. It’s a unique and luxurious experience that will make mom feel special.

The tradition of high tea dates back to the 19th century when upper-class Britons would come home from their afternoon ride to enjoy an elaborate tea spread in the living room. Today, high tea has evolved into a popular social and cultural experience that people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy. By treating your mom to high tea on Mother’s Day, you are giving her a chance to enjoy a special moment in time that is both traditional and modern, formal and cozy.

Here are a few of our favourite Toronto spots to treat your mom to a special-tea experience.

The Ritz Carlton

If you’re after an elevated, traditional British afternoon high tea, look no further than The Ritz Carlton Epoch Bar and Kitchen Terrace. You will be swept away by the elegance of the carefully curated selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches and delicate pastries, all paying homage to the traditional British high tea experience. 

Kitten & The Bear

A hidden gem of delectable tea spots, this quaint cafe inspired by an English countryside cottage has a delectable selection of tea & scone boxes to take the Mother’s Day high tea experience home.


Well-loved by the Parisians, Laduree’s high tea offers a sumptuous selection of teas, sandwiches, mini choux, and their world-renowned macarons, bringing a touch of Paris to your Mother’s Day celebrations. Mais oui!

W Toronto

If your mom is a beauty lover, look no further than the W Hotel’s beauty-inspired “High Beau-Tea.” Delivered to the table in sleek makeup cases, you’ll be treated to edible strawberry “lipsticks,” ruby fudge “handbags,” and many more delicious confectionaries. 

Brittany Johnson

Brittany is a Toronto based freelance writer, avid traveller, sheet mask hoarder and Nora Ephron enthusiast.