What are the best places for high tea in Vancouver?

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Maria Tallarico

Those hoping to raise a pinky at a traditional afternoon tea can find many a spot to enjoy a cuppa in Vancouver. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver has high tea with a twist of Asian influence. At Xi-shi, traditional bites like raisin scones with clotted cream are complemented by custom blended teas, like the Splendid Oolong, a rare Taiwanese varietal.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's high tea is steeped in tradition. Cucumber sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and strawberries with Devonshire cream are on offer daily, as well as little extras like a glass of Moet & Chandon and Children's Bubblegum Tea and PB&J sandwiches for the little ones in the group.

Urban Tea Merchant takes high tea seriously — there is even a tea concierge on hand to help with selection and custom blends. With white tablecloths and three-tier presentation, it's quite a delightful way to spend an afternoon. For variations of taste and appetite, Petite Tea Service and the Signature Sweet Plate are also on offer.

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