Neverland Tea Salon

This newly opened tea salon on W Broadway has a giant sign on the outside, trust me you won’t miss it. I believe this tea salon opened this summer, they are connected to Opentable so you can easily book a reservation online or even using a mobile app. I love these easy bookings. 😉

Anyways, upon entrance to this tea salon I noticed right away all the ‘vintage’ furniture all over the place. It is a very beautiful and quite large tea salon, full with people. I was glad that I made a reservation. The furniture are not real vintage, they are however very rustic. Pulling that rustic vintage theme together really well. I loved the chandeliers hanging in the middle of the room.


A friendly staff came up and guided me to my table with a bunch of mismatched teacups, adorable and vintage. :3


Neverland has several afternoon tea services and a lot of a-la-carte items that you can order. So it’s great if you can’t finish the whole tea set or would like to try out different items. To share between two girlfriends and I we ordered two mini afternoon tea service and one onion tart with salad to share.

Items from petite afternoon tea set:

Afternoon Tea Set (mini set for two)


Pear Brie Croissant Sandwich – I love brie and thinks brie and pear is a perfect combination. A little bit made in heaven for me. This is a delicious light sandwich with pear fresh and brie creamy – very yummy.


Crabmeat Slider – No more tuna sandwiches (which I pretty much get at all tea places!) Something newer and interesting. I quite liked it.


Fruit Tart – chocolate ‘tart’ base with custard and berries. Can’t really go wrong with that.


Gluten Free Vegan Brownie – very rich and dense fills up verily quickly just having this. (This cafe has a large selection of vegan and gluten free options


Red Wine Onion Tart with Salad – delicious onion tart with goat cheese and candied pecans. I haven’t hate onion tart in a while and for some reason this one seems extra delicious. With puffy pastry and succulent onions with fragrance of red wine. You probably really should try this.


Vegetarian Lunch Sandwich – like I said this restaurant has many gluten free and vegetarian options. You can always ask them to see what is available, which gives a great selections!

IMG_8348Aside from the noise level, this is a really great place. But considering this is a high tea place designed for chatting seems to have a very high noise level. Maybe during the week is better. But this is by far the nosiest high tea place I have been too. I had a little feeling of talking over people to try to communicate.

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Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

For the last bit of sunshine, I went and enjoyed Butter Baked Goods Tea Room’s high tea services. (Which is at a different location than Butter Baked Goods Cafe from my previous post.)

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

This tea place is as adorable as its cafe, full of floral wallpaper and adorable pink and mint green made me felt like looking into a catalog again. 🙂 I like this place is very small and only really fits 7 to 8 tables, but gives this place a nice quietness for chatting away your afternoon with a few girlfriends.

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

They serve three types of tea sets:Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Traditional Afternoon Tea – a regular size afternoon which I’ve ordered with unlimited tea refill

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Butter’s Demilune – lighter version of the regular size with one pot of tea

Children’s Tea – made especially for kids appeal and offers with a glass of milk or teaButter Baked Goods Tea Room

So here is two sets of regular size tea and I’ve ordered the buttercream blend. I have to say they have a very VERY small selection of their tea. This is a tea room, I would expect a little more than just five tea types. Anyways, the tea is just like the sound of the name which I’ve already tried at their cafe. Very creamy, very creamy but in a tea form. :3

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Let’s start the sweet tier (I know, where I always starts. :P) Chocolate Caramel Bar, Lemondrop Butter Cake, Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcake, Cappuccino Bar, Raspberry Chocolate Tart, Pecan Puff.  I would say the lemon cake is good without the overily icing on top. 😛 Cupcakes are delightfully fluffy!

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Chocolate and Raisin Scones with strawberry jam and whipped brown butter.

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Cucumber, Egg Salad Sandwiches, Tuna, Curry Chicken Sliders, Ham Croissant, Quiche. They have some very filling savouries, surefly fills you up in no time. (Maybe another reason why I always start with sweets.)

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room

Butter Baked Goods Tea Room


This little thing I forgot the name of it, but the gummy candy on top is delicious!! Not very sweet and tasted great with crunchy cookies underneath with a little bit of sugar cream.



The chocolate raspberry tart is yummy and look they actually fill the raspberry with chocolate ganache also. *thumbs up for details*

I will revisit, they are adorable and you feel great just sitting there. Food is good and very friendly staff.

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L’Opera Patisserie

I visited this cake shop several times in the last month.  I have to say I quite liked their beautiful decor! It’s perfect for photos. 😀  Tiny little cafe that only fits four tables with the looks of royalty, you do feel a little royal while you are in there. 😉


First time I went it was fully packed with tables of high tea services. So the three of us sat at a tiny table right by the entrance ordering individual cakes and macarons to test out.


Blueberry Tart with an adorable lady bug chocolate – like their other cakes, every one of them are decorated with care.


Mille-Feuille (Napoliean) – Previously I have had napolieans at lots of Asian bakery places and most of the time I don’t like it. Reason is the fluffy pasty is usually inside with cream around and very little fruits and lots of almonds.. and I think you can imagine how soggy the fluffy pastry will become after it sits with the cream for a while. So I sort of had this fear towards napoliean… XD But when I saw this one I thought maybe I can give it a try. I did not regret it at all. Napolieans are always messy to eat because the fluffy crispy pastry on the outside usually shatters and this one did too. But I loved the fresh raspberries to divide the pastries not to touch the cream. I loved this!!! wpid-dsc_0222

I ordered their raspberry rose macaron, with a beautiful fragrant of rose and sweets of raspberry in the middle. I absolutely adorable this macaron. What I liked the most, they are not too sweet! I think I just let it out win all macarons that I have had so far. Sorry for cheating. 😛

Second time back for a quick tea with a girlfriend after work, once again I ordered individual cakes.



It was a boiling summer afternoon, I just couldn’t get myself to have hot tea even though I drove. So I ordered an iced L’Opera tea – I am not sure is it because I kept poking my lemon so my L’Opera tea that is suppose to have hint of smell of chocolate just tasted like lemon iced tea. 😛

My girlfriend’s Mango Religieuse (they actually have other flavours decorated with different colours)  – basically two pastry dome with flavoured cream inside. The mango flavour is nice and strong.


I ordered it again… XD


Blackberries Charlotte – look at the beautiful chocolate butterfly!!! I just love their cute edible decorations on the cake. Blackberry mousse filling layered with sponge cake with lady finger like shell. Oh how come I never tried this cake anywhere else? Delicious mousse filling!


Finally I came back for high tea (okay, maybe it is a little obsessive :P) I can kind of see why this place is always so crowded. Their prices are not outrageous for their high tea service ($25.00/person). They have good service, the staffs are friendly and kind.



Lots of miniature pastries in their high tea – mini blueberry tarts, caramelized cream puff (surprisingly yummy with the caramelized sugar on top), mille-feuille.



I tried out their sesame macaron, equally yummy but I think my favourite is still raspberry rose. :3 The only thing I don’t like is the scone… it was SOOO hard. Like literally hard… I don’t really know what happened there. I will revisit, I just love this little cafe to bits!

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Luv Cravings

It would probably very hard for me to discover this high tea place myself. It is located very close to King Edward skytrain station. But I never really go into that area. Recently, I had been going out lots to fulfill my sweet tooth cravings. 😛 A friend suggested to try out this place, so we went with a group of eight girls.

Luv Cravings is really cute, everything is so pink and pretty. Very fitted for a high tea place for girls. 🙂 For afternoon tea service, you need to make a reservation a day ahead of time. Aside from high tea service, they do have casual sit ins and various types of cupcakes and small snacks to choose from.

All of us got the Petite Tea service – “A sampling of our Signature Afternoon Tea, served with an array of 10 delicate sweets, savouries & tea sandwiches”

petite tea set

What we got (from what I remember): Red Velvet Cupcake, Lemon meringue Pie, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Egg Salad Sandwich, Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, Pesto & Brie Sandwich, Srawberry Cream Cheese Open Toast, Quiche, and Scones.

The savouries were average I would say. Nothing really made me say wow. But having said that everything is good. However their scones are served fresh and hot, which I absolutely loved! Rarely for afternoon tea service I get to eat hot scones. (I get hot scones when I make them at home. :P)

I couldn’t finish my sweets so I had to take them home. I was very excited to try out their cupcakes (since this is what they are famous for). It was one sweet cupcake, really couldn’t finish the icing. I was a little disappointed since they are suppose to be famous for cupcakes… 😦 However their lemon meringue pie is good, I think it is the sourness of the lemon that balanced this one out.


For tea, I have selected the Long Island Strawberry Green Tea. Couldn’t really comment much on this tea, since this is a pretty safe choice. I enjoyed it with honey. 🙂 They are pretty good at refilling the hot water, comes around often to make sure we have hot water for our tea.

The shop is very adorable and modern. With good service during out seating. However the food quality would stop me from traveling that distance for it, once again I am not saying their food is bad. For me, it’s not worth the trip.

I will revisit if I am in the area.

A side story to this – my friend called too book for an afternoon tea service on a Saturday. The staff asked her if she wanted the petite tea service or the regular service. So she came and asked us and we all selected petite. However when she called back, the staff told her that for the weekend they only offer the regular tea service. My friend got a little bit upset and finally the staff offered the petite tea service for us. I don’t know how I should feel about this.

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La Petite Cuillère

At the old location of Death By Chocolate on Kingsway(?). I came here on a Tuesday afternoon after my work off early and there was no one person in this tea shop. But I have heard some good reviews about this place so I had to come by to try.

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The moment I walked into this tea shop, I just fell in love with the decor. It was so vintage, everything!! It sort of reminds me of an old vintage shop with an English accent. 😛 But really, I felt like I am in England (though I’ve never been).


It was a hot day, so a cold iced tea was just so yummy! This iced black tea has sweet and fruity floral flavours, perfect for a hot summer day. (This is only available during the summer, May-September.)


Their cups and saucers are very beautiful, I wonder if the owner collected them all from vintage stores (just like my collection at home? :P). IMG_7216

Unfortunately they do not have any afternoon tea serves during the weekdays (only available Friday to Sunday – see details here.) But they had their petite (small) tea available and since it was 1pm lunch time, we also ordered a sandwich.

La petite cuillère Tea – Two miniature sweets and one of their signature cupcake (maple bacon for that day). Served with a choice of premium loose leaf tea selection (I’ve selected Mango Green –Wonderfully pan fired greens blended with Mangos give this tea a fresh, sweet taste.)

The two miniature sweets I got was a raspberry tart and chocolate brownie. However, I think I got an extra mini blueberry cheesecake also. 😛 These are very simple sweets but they were very tasty in a minature sizes. Just right for sweet tooth lunch!

Then this is the Maple Bacon Cupcake, happens to be feature of the month. I had maple bacon ice cream before, and this is similar taste to it but in a fluffy cupcake form. 🙂 Very tasty but a little over sweet on the icing.IMG_7220


Smoked Salmon with Herbed Cream Cheese and Asparagus Panini – Smoked salmon with herbed cream cheese and asparagus Panini, served with a seasonal green salad and caesar dressing. This is a very delicious panini, freshly made and pressed. Served hot. :)I know this place also has brunch/lunch available, I would love to come back here for a brunch or the actual afternoon tea service. It’s such a beautiful place, I wonder if I can just sit there by myself with a cup of tea and a piece of cake for two hours and just read? Need to try.La Petite Cuillère on Urbanspoon

Pâtisserie Für Elise

If you are a high tea addict like me, you will know about this high tea place that just opened this summer. Throughout the summer, I kept seeing photos of this place on Facebook. After seeing the photos, I just couldn’t resist and had to pay a visit. It’s such a beautifully princess like high tea place in a heritage home around the yaletown/downtown area.

This is the take out area, they offer take out cakes but there is no space for you sit and enjoy the cakes unless you are having afternoon tea there. (And I’ve learnt this in the hard way because I have went there once and thought I could just have cakes. Also please make reservation, because on weekends usually there is no tables free.)

Of course being a girl and a photographer I just couldn’t refrane myself from taking photos. Everything is so pretty in there! I remember my friend said it’s like a princess’ room and it is. So fancy and pink, laces and vintage. So gorgeous, the moment I got seated I just kept thinking what a beautiful place to have a bridal shower party. All the curtains and tables are perfect props for photos.

Another cute fact is that all the waitress inside are dress in pink/white Lolita clothing (if you don’t know what that means, google it :D).
Here is the review for the food. For 30 dollars you will get two hours seating with two tiers and an extra pudding and your choice of tea. I have selected a mango black tea – delicious with honey.

Prosciutto, brie and fresh basil sandwich – this is one filling sandwich. :p
Cucumber dill finger sandwich – if you like dill you’ll like this sandwich, very yummy and creamy.
Wild mushrooms quiche – mmm this is very good, though the quiche tart was a little oily but overall I quite liked this.


Chef’s choice starter – vanilla creme brulee Oh I just couldn’t resist this one, so smooth and flavourful vanilla mmm love love 🙂
Mini Sacher torte – ganache like cake, so rich and smooth
Petit Für Elise – the white piece (i think XD) this is good, tasted something liek white chocolate mousse cake with sponge cakes :9
Daisy Tartlet – this is the pink tart i believe, I actually don’t really like it. Very very sweet and tart crust not crispy enough compared to mousse like filling.
Macaron – average
Pâte de fruit – passion fruit and was nice and chewy and yummy 😉

This is a beautiful place to enjoy afternoon tea, however I do think their savouries win a little more. I will be posting an entry later just on their take out sweets. Stay tuned!

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Soirette Afternoon Tea

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I have been here for their macarons and in my personal opinion I like their macarons the best. Not overly sweet, see my other post for review of their macarons. My girlfriend told me about them having afternoon tea service starting this summer, so I had to give it a try!!

Of course they are known for their clean and chic decor with a sunny day really makes the perfect place to have afternoon tea. We had 7 girls and it was a small store – therefore we took over the whole store. 😛 Their afternoon tea is 1.5 hour seating (which is half an hour shorter than most afternoon tea places).

You get a choice of tea and macaron with each afternoon tea service. View their menu here. Because of the limited time seating, I couldn’t finish my afternoon tea. (Plus a few late friends we really only had 45mins or so.)

I have selected Empress for tea and Earl Grey macaron. Empress is a yummy black tea with mango and peach blend. Oh it’s so yummy. 😛 Earl grey macaron looks and tastes like anything earl grey but the chocolate ganache inside was truly a treat. Mmm for chocolate. 😛 Maybe I should have had it first before sipping on my tea??

So here’s what I have tried and stood out to me:

Salmon Dill Quiche – The crust is good, fluffy pastry. The salmon also worked well with dill and the creamy filling.

Hazelnut cream puff – this cream puff was filled with hazelnut cream. IF you like hazelnut you’ll like this one. I was surprised by the hazelnut filling, however I think they could have done better for the pastry part of this puff.

Citrus grilled cheese sandwich (I think??) Essentially this is blueberries with cream cheese cream sandwiched between two slices of pound cakes. (They taste like pound cakes to me, but menu says sandwich.) The ‘sandwich’ was like a heavy butter pound cake texture. I was sort of confused if I was eating a sandwich or just cake-sandwich.

If you want longer afternoon tea seating you shouldn’t come here. I would suggest ordering their items and sit outside of their shop (there are chairs in front). So you have lots of time to enjoy the goods and your chat. I also notice that they are starting to sell some other desserts aside from macarons, will need to try those! It’s close to Canada Place, you can always order to go and enjoy it at Canada Place area if you don’t like to be rushed.

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YVR Fairmont Afternoon Tea

I got a voucher for an afternoon tea service. I had been to one located inside Fairmont in Downtown and thought I would give this one a try. I personally had never been to the YVR Fairmont, so this is my first time. I loved the entrance to the restaurant, I just needed to state how beautiful the entrance lights are hung. Should check it out if you are ever going to be at the airport.

They do have a wide variety of tea to choose from. Or I am just very used to high tea places that offer over 30 types of tea. 😛 Since their selection is limited and very basic, I have tried the same type of tea elsewhere. So I just picked a berry tea. They taste very yummy with milk and honey. :9

After selecting our tea, we were served with fresh berries in syrup.

Though they really taste like berries in syrup that has been in the fridge for a while. Not the type of fresh I was expecting. (I was expecting fresh cut berries when we were seated. :P)

Here is our set, from top to bottom (sweet, scones and savories).

Sweet tier includes Vanilla Cream Puff, Lemon Tart, Hazelnut Chocolate Tart and Cheesecake. Every piece of sweet is a little above average, but I wouldn’t say amazing. However I must say I was afraid the cream puff to be a Costco cream puff, good it wasn’t. Very creamy vanilla filling with good pastry. I like this one. 🙂

Middle Tier – Cranberry Lemon Scones comes with whipped butter (nice thick creamy texture) and strawberry jam. I liked the butter and the scones are very fluffy (to my surprise) Wasn’t overly sweet. I quite liked it. Though I wish it was a little bit more lemony. 🙂

Savory Tier: Egg Salad Croissant Sandwich, Curry Chicken Openface Toast, Smoked Salmon Sandwich. I don’t know if it is because I already had these at the Fairmont downtown and other high tea places. This tier is nothing special to me. However the egg salad croissant sandwich is very crispy.

Overall, their tea set is a little above average and I’m sure it’ll be really nice if you sit right next to the window and watch planes take off. However I highly doubt I’ll go for afternoon tea service here again due to parking and nothing really stood out to me. There are a lot more places for high tea in Vancouver.

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Adonia Tea House

I am sure for those high tea enthusiast would have heard of this small high tea place in Kerrisdale (high tea paradise :P). Adonia is located on West 41st Ave which offers afternoon tea, lunch and to go.

They use really adorable antique chinas, to match the overall theme of the cafe. Floral wallpaper and green cabinets, gives you a warm homey feeling to this cafe.

I have been here before for afternoon tea and I can never finish their food! (But really I can never finish any high tea sets and always have to bring some home. So this time I ordered the mini set (without having lunch prior) and still I could barely finish the set. (Mini set gives a sample of the afternoon high tea set, good for girls with small appetite and wants to try everything. 🙂 )

The mini tea set (6 pieces of mini sweets and savouries) is served with curry chicken croissant sandwich, ham and cheese crust-less sandwich, tuna sandwich, chocolate brownie cake, fruit tart/lemon meringue tart, chestnut tart with raspberry. I am not too into their savouries, they are very average. However their sweets are decent. (Though I have tried better, but Adonia is really good price for the environment you get.)

Usually I go for this place if I am feeling casual. Otherwise there are many more high tea places you can choose from around the neighbourhood at a little more price for a little more quality.
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