Urban Tea Merchant (Downtown Vancouver, Financial District)
I had the pleasure of being invited for afternoon tea with my good friend Cassandra Anderton to the Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver’s Downtown Financial District. I had collaborated with the Urban Tea Merchant before on giveaways and had tea there with Keira last year, but never had I used the tea salon and thus it was an opportunity to enjoy the actual service, and the experience.
Conveniently situated between Georgia and Alberni Streets in downtown Vancouver, this location serves local residents, businesses and distinguished travelers. The Tea Salon, with its elegant white linen tablecloths and French Tea Service is perfect for client meetings and office events. The Tea Bar and En Route services are a unique alternative for people on the go. Our custom-designed Loose Leaves library-style wall offers a selection of over 200 teas. Tea Gifts, Tea Equipage, Exotic Home Décor and Lifestyle Accessories are available throughout the store to add to the enjoyment of your tea ritual experience at home.
What you get at The Urban Tea Merchant’s Tea Salon is the experience of sharing more than a cup of tea, you share some quality nibbles and the company of close friends, or your loved ones. The Urban Tea Merchant offers a relaxed atmosphere and an extremely broad variety of teas. During our visit, Cassandra and I enjoyed and shared a pot of the Love Me Tea (fresh, sweet, and kind of romantic I’d say) and a pot of the Bain de Roses with a Signature Tea Sandwiches service (a selection of tea sandwiches, seasonal greens & 1837 black tea-infused vinaigrette, $12) which is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Cassandra and I also shared a Warm Pear & Brie Sandwich from the Urban Tea Merchant’s All Day Dining menu (10:00am to 5:30pm, $16). This warm pear & brie sandwich comes with double-cream brie, fresh pear, sweet basil aioli, seasonal greens with strawberries and caramelized walnuts.
We finalized our combo with a Sweetheart Rio For Two ($20 per person), which included chocolate dipped Matcha madeleine, “Love Me Tea”, Chocolate Cake Delight, “Bain de Roses” & “Timeess Tea” chocolate dips, also served with fresh fruit.
Evidently, having afternoon tea is an experience that one should try at the very least once in a lifetime (though preferably, with certain frequency as it’s such a civilized ceremony). I look forward to coming back with some others of my friends). The experience was exquisite both for me and I think I can speak for Cassandra too.
Disclosure: While both Cassandra and I were guests of the Urban Tea Merchant and thus our items were complimentary, we were neither required nor obligated nor expected to write a review. I had been wanting to write about the Urban Tea Merchant for a long while and this gave me the opportunity. As always, I retain full editorial control on anything published on my site.
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