High Tea expands
No longer the domain of the Fairmont Hotels the options for High Tea in Vancouver continue to expand. The newest addition is a tiny shop called Soirette located on West Pender. Opened about six months ago the shop specializes in tea and macaroons but also offers a few other tasty treats. It is open daily from 10am or 11am to 6pm but is closed on holidays (I have been by a few mornings and the opening hours seem a bit irregular at the moment). The High Tea is served only on weekends (see menu) for $33 per person but during the week Soirette makes a nice stop to sit outside with a pot of tea ($4) and a macaron ($2) and enjoy reading a book.
Soirette offers about 50 options of loose leaf tea which you can drink onsite, take in a to go cup or purchase in a 25g or 50g bag. With names like ‘Evening Jewel’ and ‘Plum in a Pear Tree’ it is hard to choose.
Unlike a previous blog about Abode Cafe, Soirette is not designed for an afternoon of getting work done. The indoor seating consists of a bench with three tables and the outdoor patio on Pender Street has three tables for two, more for people and traffic watching than working.
Soirette also offers about 30 different macaron flavours including classics (such as maple, lemon and pistachio) and a revolving seasonal line-up (such as fresh mint, fennel and mango). There is a really enticing video on their website that will make you want to try them all. Macarons are $2 each and can be boxed for gifts (or for yourself) at $12 for 6, $24 for 12 and $55 for 30.
There is also a selection of other tasty treats that I have not yet had a chance to try.
While West Pender does not make for the best sidewalk view, the colorful cafe -style tables and chairs give the greyness a lift and are quite inviting. Beware that they are a bit uncomfortable so do not plan to stay much longer than your cup of tea lasts. The Organic Lavender Earl Grey tea latte has become a favourite. I like the attention to detail in the way that it is made and the quality mugs (even for outdoor sipping). This is a set up from a Starbucks run for sure.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.