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Indulge in an Afternoon Tea at Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC

Indulge in an Afternoon Tea at Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC

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The thought of an afternoon tea always seemed so regal and sophisticated for me. It’s fun to do it once in a while, and I enjoyed our time at the Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC. Read on to know about this wonderful afternoon tea experience!
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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 Afternoon Tea, I was immediately intrigued!

Abkhazi Garden Teahouse: A Royal Tea Experience

Nestled within the tranquil setting of Victoria, BC, the Abkhazi Garden Teahouse offers an exquisite afternoon tea experience.

This intimate venue celebrated as “The Garden that Love Built,” pairs four-star service with seasonal menus. They serve food with fresh local ingredients, complementing its bloom.

The Royal Abkhazi High Tea is a highlight, featuring a selection of delicate pastries and Silk Road loose-leaf teas. The teahouse, part of a rhododendron woodland garden, operates seasonally, welcoming guests to a world of tranquility and refined taste on Vancouver Island.

Visiting Abkhazi Garden Teahouse

The tea house 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.

This was one of our favorite pieces of art located 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 features a variety of yummy treats.

So many yummy treats at Afternoon Tea.

Abkhazi Garden Teahouse Menu

The menu was delightful and flavorful, but 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 if you just want the experience and don’t have much of an appetite.

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

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

There is also a gift shop right in the heart of Abkhazi Gardens if you want to buy something that will remind you of your fantastic experience at Abkhazi Garden Teahouse.

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 its 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!

Abkhazi Garden Teahouse Wrap-up

The Abkhazi Garden Teahouse is one of the most beautiful and serene places you can go to in Victoria, BC.

From its heritage as a land conservancy project to its comparison with the famed Butchart Gardens, the teahouse stands out as a must-visit. Its accessibility for all, including wheelchair users, and the suggested donation for entry underscores its welcoming nature.

Situated near downtown Victoria, it’s a peaceful escape into nature’s embrace in the heart of British Columbia.

What Else Should I See in Victoria, BC?

Downtown Victoria, BC Romantic Weekend Getaway from Seattle
Babymooning at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC
The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC
Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC
Exploring Craigdarroch Castle


 Tourism Victoria offered Afternoon Tea at the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden for review purposes.
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Archana Singh

Friday 30th of June 2017

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.

Anastasia Jones

Thursday 29th of June 2017

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.


Thursday 29th of June 2017

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

My Travelogue by Bhushavali

Thursday 29th of June 2017

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...


Thursday 29th of June 2017

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.


Thursday 29th of June 2017

Isn't that such a cool piece of art!

Clare C

Thursday 29th of June 2017

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!


Thursday 29th of June 2017

It really is! It's always a treat!

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