The Urban Tea Merchant has become one of our favourite spots to relax over a pot of TWG tea and delightful plated savouries and sweets. Tucked away in a little courtyard off the busy downtown Vancouver streets, their tea room makes for a pleasant afternoon or weekend city escape from the shoppers making their way along the Georgia and Burrard corridor.
Once seated, the hardest choice will likely be what tea to order! There’s a wealth of teas that are added seasonally, all for sale in the front in some of the most colourful, original tea packaging we’ve seen in a long time.
Before you pass on yet another holiday indulgence, consider that The Urban Tea Merchant chefs create artfully-presented, tea-infused works of art that invite winding down and conversation rather than your quick grab-and-go scone and coffee elsewhere.
The Festive Tea Mocktail is served in a rooibos rim-decorated champagne flute, a concoction that includes concentrated Red Christmas Tea, minced ginger, sparkling apple cider and sparkling water.
This begins the three-tiered celebration, brought to your table with a pot of selected tea (add $30 for Veuve Cliquot champagne or $12 for LaMarca prosecco).
Prepared to be wowed with foie gras mousse on a Christmas Lights Tea cracker, Imperial Lapsang Souchong Tea-infused chicken salad pressed into a black sesame basket, smoked salmon rosettes with wasabi Sencha Tea creme and ponzu gel and Wagu carpaccio with Dignitary’s Tea dijon aioli, brioche and smoked maldon.
Here, every dish on the menu is infused with a TWG tea that aids in pairing with TWG’s tea collection.
PEI-born chef Richard Charron previously worked with The Urban Tea’s previous Chef Nathan as Sous Chef and has since been promoted to the Executive Chef role.
Desserts are no less impressive, from the strawberry dome with creme anglaise and candied pistachio accents to TWG’s famous tea-infused macarons (in this case, Matcha Green). The freshly-made scones are accompanied by the most delicious Victorian clotted cream and 1837 Black Tea jelly.
Tip: We highly recommend the Midnight Hour Tea (officially launching for Chinese New Year) with the savouries and Christmas Lights for the sweets.
If you’re in need of a tea break, also consider stopping in to sip one of their Christmas Tea cocktails and mocktails to pair with a tea-infused dessert or other afternoon tea service.
Children 12 and under can enjoy tea with the grownups. Sugar Plum Tea Service comes on a ‘petite’ three-tiered platter with tasty tea sandwiches (e.g. Nutella and jam), sweets and a fresh scone with jelly and devon creme. Tea choices include kid-friendly Rooibos teas such as Red Christmas or Creme Caramel Teas!
Find The Urban Tea Merchant at 1070 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. Outside their normal opening hours, The Urban Tea Merchant is open for Christmas Eve, 9 am to 5 pm and New Year’s Eve, 10 am to 5 pm; closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Day.