Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

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Tea Time at Chateau Laurier

Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Very british - this is Canada especially during the Tea time, We are in Victoria Vancouver Island ever with Canada's relationship to Tea and tested the high tea at Butchart Gardens. We particularly liked its surroundings surrounded by orchids and other exotic plants. From tea time in Chateau Laurier in Ottawa we had already heard on our last trip to Canada's capital a few years ago. At that time, however, we didn't have the time to be able to enjoy it. This time we wanted to treat ourselves to the pleasure and reserved an afternoon for afternoon tea at Chateau Laurier.




Especially on cold winter days, when the north wind is the temperature in the north Ontario slide into icy depths, it's particularly fun to sit comfortably in front of a nice cup of tea. There are also delicious sandwiches, scones and cake slices. It's fun to watch the thickly masked passers-by hurrying towards warmer rooms in front of the hotel's large windows. I almost want to shout to them: “Come on in!” Here you can warm up with warm tea and in a great atmosphere before you continue to your destination." For us, our afternoon in Zoé's Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier turned out to be an opportunity to reflect on the experiences, but also the icy temperatures we recover during our outdoor activities at Winterlude experienced in Ottawa.


Strawberries marinated in Eiswein with a glass of sparkling wine as a starter
Strawberries marinated in Eiswein with a glass of sparkling wine as a starter - the perfect prelude to the Tea Time at Chateau Laurier


What is the dress code at Afternoon Tea at Chateau Laurier?

Tea Time at Chateau Laurier is an elegant event that surprises us with even more delicacies than we have previously encountered at afternoon teas. First of all, our friendly waitress explains to us that we have the choice between a typical English tea time and a “Canadian tea time”. We are curious about what is “Canadian” about this tea time and both order the local version. Next, our waitress rolls up a cart with a large selection of different types of tea and lets us smell different tea blends: including a spiced tea blend with a hint of orange aroma, a tea blend with a maple syrup flavor and a tea blend with an ice wine flavor.



Even the smell that flows from the silver bowls that we hold under our noses promises an extraordinary tea aroma. Petar chooses the almost Christmas-scented spice mixture with orange scent, I opt for the Eisweintee, because I'm curious if he tastes just like Eiswein as he smells like it.


We are allowed to choose from different teas
We can choose from a variety of teas at our Tea Time at Chateau Laurier


At Zoe's, tea time at Chateau Laurier begins with a glass of sparkling wine

Unlike all previous tea afternoons that we have experienced on our travels, in Zoé's Lounge we are given a glass of sparkling wine with strawberries marinated in ice wine to get us in the mood for what is to come. A surprise for the palate and for the senses! The sweet strawberries whet our appetite for the pastries and sandwiches that are served in the next course. On a cake stand, each of us gets two scones - one with blueberries, the other without -, four sandwiches - the essential cucumber sandwich and a sandwich each with truffle-flavored goat cheese, cress and smoked salmon, fried striploin and curry chicken salad - and three cakes: one Cream slices, one with cream and one shortcrust cake filled with fruit. These delicacies are all delicious! And we're glad we skipped lunch today because they easily replace a full meal.


The scones are particularly proud of the Chateau Laurier
The scones are particularly proud of the Chateau Laurier
A cucumber sandwich must be
A cucumber sandwich must be
Delicious cake slices for dessert
Delicious cake slices for dessert


Canadian Tea Time at Ottawa High Tea

So we enjoy our cream tea in Zoé's Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and listen to the conversation of our table neighbors - a group of women who are having a lovely afternoon here. We think about what is “Canadian” about our “Canadian Tea Time”. What we certainly can't get in England is an ice wine tea, which actually tastes just as intensely of the delicious dessert wine as it smelled, and a maple syrup-flavored tea. Do you have fresh smoked salmon for high tea in England? I'm not sure. And what we haven't had with any other afternoon tea before is sparkling wine and fresh strawberries. One thing is certain, and Petar and I agree on this: you should definitely plan a few hours for tea time at the Chateau Laurier in Zoé's Lounge if you're in Ottawa is. It is worth it!


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Freshly brewed tea is collected by sieve
Freshly brewed tea is collected by sieve


You need to know this for tea time at Chateau Laurier

The Afternoon Tea will be in Zoé's Lounge served on:

daily between 11.00 a.m. and 15.30 p.m

Dress Code is casual

Reservation is required for the afternoon tea. Tel. (613) 241-1414.


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Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

4 thoughts too "Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa"

  1. High Tea at Chateau Laurier - that's what I like to remember. Although I am hungry now, but a good tea in the weather is not wrong and I will put on now!

    1. Hello Romy,

      yes, high tea at Chateau Laurier - that has something. I agree :). But at home it never tastes as good as there ...

      Best regards,

  2. We've never been to Canada, but your stories about Ottawa and especially the high tea at Fairmont Chateau Laurier make you want more. At the moment we do not have concrete travel plans, but who knows what the new year will bring! Until then we would like to share some tips for Munich :-)
    Birgitta and Alejandro von Reiseum

    1. Dear Birgitta, dear Alejandro,

      We can really recommend the high tea. Especially during our visit to Winterlude, when it had temperatures of up to -33 ° C outside, it was a pure pleasure! And we are always interested in tips for Munich.

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

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