If you’re looking for a quiet little tea salon to enjoy one of the best macarons and fine tea selection in Vancouver, look no further than Shaktea.
Located just off Cambie St, this tea salon has been in Vancouver since 2005 and recently relocated from Main St. I was introduced to Shaktea last month when I went for a bridal shower. It is now on my list of best places for afternoon tea in Vancouver.
At $22.95, afternoon tea includes:
- a pot of tea with one refill
- two macarons and a fairy cake (cupcake with icing)
- three mini buttermilk scones with homemade Devonshire cream and Earl Grey jam
- mushroom tart, egg and sausage casserole, and ham and spinach phyllo
For some places in Vancouver, this is similar to ‘Demi Tea’ (half or a smaller afternoon tea) as it’s just enough to satiate your appetite without making you want to burst.
With an array of high-end tea and tisane from Asia and Africa to choose from, we sampled some tea blends and asked the knowledgable staff member for recommendations. Slightly overwhelmed by the menu, I settled with Cream Earl Grey. One can never go wrong with Earl Grey, especially when there are three blends to choose from! (P.S. You can relax knowing that the tea selection is organic and fair-trade.) If you like to drink more tea at home, you can purchase a packet of featured teas for $4 each (or 3 for $10).
The best part of the afternoon tea was the macarons. I very rarely find delectable macarons in Vancouver so I was very impressed when I took a bite. These macarons are chewy and infused with essential oils. They are made outside the tea salon and cost $2.99 each. Even the icing on the fairy cake I had was infused with lavender essential oil.
Shaktea is a lovely place to go on your own or with family or friends. I will certainly be returning for tea and macarons.
Last but not least, thank you to the now-married bride’s husband for treating all of us!
Address: Unit 117 – 511 W 7th Ave, Vancouver (Canada Line stop: Broadway – City Hall)
Hours: Tues-Sun 10:00-18:00