You can’t come to Victoria, BC and not do Afternoon Tea. I think it’s basically a requirement. Like eating pasta in Rome or nibbling on a crepe in Paris. When I saw that the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offered an Afternoon Tea, I was immediately intrigued!

The garden offers an escape from the rush of modern life. Created in 1946 by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, it is a heritage garden famous for its majestic trees and dramatic site. As a dynamic and evolving garden, new plantings pay respect to the Abkhazi’s original vision but welcome interesting new treasures that change with the seasons and enhance the sophisticated design.

Art in Abkhazi Garden

This was one of our favorite pieces of art located in Abkhazi Garden
Abkhazi Garden is the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea. My husband and I appreciated how quiet and intimate the setting was. We were able to sit outside with just a few other tables. The sun was shining and the gardens were so stunning that we almost felt like we should whisper. We really felt like we were personal guests of the Abkhazis. There was something nostalgic and romantic about the experience, so it was a perfect fit for our Babymoon in Victoria!

Afternoon Tea in Abkhazi Garden

So many yummy treats at Afternoon Tea

The menu was delightful and flavorful and we truly couldn’t finish the entire thing. And the presentation was lovely. We enjoyed the tea so much that we purchased some to take home. Here are some of the delectable treats we tasted:

  • Freshly Baked Currant Scone with Devonshire Cream and delicious Homemade Strawberry Preserves
  • Freshly Baked Cheddar and Dill Scone
  • Savoury Mini Quiche Ham and Cheddar Croissant Cucumber and Watercress with Cream Cheese on rich, whole wheat bread
  • Free-Range organic Egg Salad on rich, rye bread
  • Smoked Salmon Profiterole with Caramelized Shallot Cream and Dill
  • Delicious Selection of Fresh Baking that included a tea-based Creme Brûlée, lemon tart, cookies and more!
  • Our Choice of Tea (we chose the Royal Abkhazi Tea that was made specifically for the Garden by Silk Road)

They also offer Elevensies, which features a smaller menu and (of course) their selection of tea. This would be a great option for in between meals of if you just want the experience and don’t have much of an appetite.

Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC

Abkhazi Garden is a great place for photographers to explore beautiful flowers, ponds and trees

Abkhazi Garden was not a stop on our Victoria Sightseeing Tour Bus, so we got off at Craigdarroch Castle and took a taxi to the Garden. It was a very short drive and we would have gotten lost had we walked. However, if you have great navigation skills, we heard it’s about a 30 minute walk. After Afternoon Tea, we called a taxi to take us to Oak Bay Marina (again just a few minutes away by car) so we could finish our Tour. This was a very additional stop and it really does warrant it’s own stop even just to walk through the Garden and take a few moments to relax. But we recommend staying for tea and just living in the moment!

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 Tourism Victoria offered Afternoon Tea at the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden for review purposes.
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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

13 Comments

  1. I like to hear that the location is so quiet and intimate. I go for this kind of places when I travel, I prefer them to the loud and busy cafes. The afternoon tea looks just like the one here, in the UK, with the delicious scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. I like the big selection of cakes as well, definitely a treat!

  2. The garden would be wonderful to photograph. The food looks amazing, but I’m not sure my husband would enjoy it. But maybe I could bribe him with all the photographic opportunities.

  3. This looks like a lovely afternoon. Eating outside is always nice. I love the dress made from leaves, very creative

  4. Wow made by a prince and princess, it must be definitely a royal feeling there having tea. And the eats seem so yummy.
    I love the decorations of the garden. Lot of photo opportunity.

    • marciecheung Reply

      The garden was gorgeous and the food was so delicious!

  5. Love this! Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence while traveling. Especially in such stunning surroundings- would go here just to spend time in this glorious garden!

  6. Ahhh, this looks so lovely! I especially enjoy a good high tea, and these surroundings looks exquisite! I love the dress made of leaves *__* How beautiful.

  7. You’re right! This garden is absolutely gorgeous! The maple leaf dress art installation looks awesome!
    Created by the Prince & Princess, its fit for one and I guess to sit and eat there makes you feel like one!
    The menu looks yummm…

  8. I’m British so naturally afternoon tea is like my favourite thing. Looks like a decent classic spread! Love the garden – the waterlillies are beautiful.

    • marciecheung Reply

      One of my dreams is to go to London and sample afternoon tea around the city!

  9. Abkhazi heritage garden with majestic trees and dramatic site looks good to spend a day with your girlfriends. Food also looks yummy. And weather god too was on your side. Glad you had fun.

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