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Assuming you mean Afternoon Tea (tiny nibbles and socializing) rather than a British working class early dinner, then yes we have many and varied options!

 

Some of the Fairmonts in Vancouver put on a damn-near-as-overpriced-as-in-Victoria version of Afternoon Tea - the Hotel Vancouver's 'Tea at the Castle' is probably the closest match if you're thinking Downton Abbey but service is only on weekends (Fri-Sun); the Pan Pacific has a weekend only service in Five Sails which they actually even call High Tea.

 

Laduree (a French chain) has a 'salon' on Robson that offers swank at better value, and daily, than tyhe hotels do; Patisserie Fur Elise is a local spot, open 5 days at the moment, in a modest Victorian house that has somehow survived the surrounding Condo explosion - it's probably your best bet for a traditional 'many pastries etc. on a tiered stand' tea service downtown at a decent price in pretty surroundings while also avoiding the majority of tourists.

 

Outside the core, but easy to reach by bus or cab if a bit of a hike isn't desirable, and very convenient if there are also some manly men among your party who would rather have a beer than tea and dainties, La Petite Culliere is a modern tearoom that does a pretty big 'High Tea' and is very close to several breweries - Brassneck would be my recco for the boozehounds, but if anyone's into weird beers then 33 Acres might be just the job.

 

Lastly, if you are happy to assemble your own nibbles rather than default to a 'platter of dainties for a fixed price' option, a couple of other suggestions: Finch's Teahouse is in a historic building, very Ye Olde Decor, and I've even been served by someone wearing full 'Queen Victoria' cosplay so it definitely has a vibe. But the food (while very tasty) is more typical cafe fare, sammiches and soups and salads, so you'd have to order a few things and cut them into dainty sizes to share among your group. Small Victory is a huge, modern, bakery-come-coffee-house that does a wide range of delicious in-house pastries and some very swank coffees (they do have tea too), so the type of food fits the Afternoon Tea vibe better than Finch's.

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