The classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies at The Secret Garden Tea Company

There’s something about classics. We love trying new tea flavors, but more often than not, you’ll find classic Creamy Earl Grey steeping in our teapot!

The chocolate chip cookie is another classic which we love. Our version, the Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookie, is soft and chewy with a hint of sweet vanilla. It’s the perfect indulgence to pair with your tea or a glass of milk.

Some days, the comfort of a familiar classic is just what you need!


We carry two additional chocolate chip cookies: Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies (above left) and Oatmeal Pecan Cookies with Milk Chocolate Pieces (right)!

(Please note our gluten free treats are not prepared in a gluten free environment.)

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Freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies at The Secret Garden Tea Company

Our pastry case brimming with treats

Now, what about delicious teas to pair with your chocolate chip cookies? Here are a few of our top picks:

Creamy Earl Grey
As mentioned above, our best-selling Creamy Earl Grey is a great option! With citrusy bergamot and creamy vanilla, it pairs wonderfully with a chocolatey treat.

Nan’s Irish Breakfast
Our Irish Breakfast is a strong, hearty blend of black tea from Kenya and India. It’s perfect with a splash of milk and a chocolate chip cookie on the side!

Vanilla Rooibos
Caffeine-free rooibos has a rich, nutty sweetness. We blend rooibos with creamy vanilla to create a sublime dessert tea that complements chocolate wonderfully.

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Tea Gift Ideas

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Holiday Gift ideas: Tea Gift Sets, Tea Cookies, Tea Tins, and Gift Certificates at The Secret Garden

The gift of tea is always sure to please! Here are a few of our top picks for tea gifts this year:

1. Gift Certificates – Choose from in-store or online gift certificates and share the Secret Garden experience with friends. Both electronic and and paper gift certificates are available for in-store gift certificates.

2. Tea Cookies – Our festive Cranberry Chocolate Shortbread pairs wonderfully with any tea, while our new Gluten Free Rose Shortbread is delicate and sophisticated.

3. Tea Tins – We offer our best-selling black teas in beautiful reuseable tea caddies.

4. Tea Gift Sets – Not sure what teas to choose? We’ve packaged some of our most popular teas into attractive gift sets.

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Treats To Go for Your Holiday Tea Parties

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Vancouver catering by The Secret Garden Tea Company - parties, showers, and corporate business events
Our Treats To Go are always popular for holiday gatherings. Below we share a few tips for making your party planning easy:

Vancouver catering tips by The Secret Garden Tea Company - parties, showers, and corporate business events

For lighter fare such as a cocktail party, we suggest planning 3 savouries and 3 sweets per person, and perhaps a Petit Scone as well.

For heavier fare such as a lunchtime event, we recommend 6-7 savouries, a Petit Scone, and 3-4 sweets per person. For a full meal our Holiday High Tea To Go offers everything in our regular Holiday High Tea menu.

Vancouver catering tips by The Secret Garden Tea Company - parties, showers, and corporate business events

We offer a wide range of meat, seafood, and vegetarian savouries and tea sandwiches. Our Egg Salad Pinwheels are a popular feature in our High Tea service, and complement other meat savouries.

And for events with children, our Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches and Peanut Butter and Banana Pinwheels are always a hit!

Vancouver catering tips by The Secret Garden Tea Company - parties, showers, and corporate business events

We recommend our most popular sweet, the classic Mini Lemon Tart. We also usually include a chocolate sweet in our High Tea service. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Some of our chocolate treats include the decadent Raspberry Brownies, our playful Chocolate Surprise Cookies, and our short-term December offering Double Chocolate Chestnut and Hazelnut Tortes.
Vancouver catering tips by The Secret Garden Tea Company - parties, showers, and corporate business events

No party is complete without tea! Creamy Earl Grey is our most popular tea, infused with citrusy bergamot and sweet vanilla. For a caffeine-free option, try our Creamy Caramel Rooibos. And kids love our tangy pink Blue Angel Hibiscus.

We also rent teapots, teacups, and three-tiered trays to complete your tea experience.

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Once all the preparations are done, the tea is steeping, music is playing in the background, and and the treats are beautifully displayed… the last step is to be sure and enjoy the celebration.

All the preparations in the world can’t replace your presence as the party’s host. Dispense lots of hugs, spread smiles, and enjoy this special time with friends and loved ones!

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Mother’s Day Tea

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“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”  Alice Walker

High Tea for Mother's Day - mother-daughter date at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver
Pick up some High Teas To Go for Mother’s Day and surprise your mom with a special array of sweets and savouries…and tea of course! We even have a Children’s High Tea To Go, so you can celebrate with your own little ones.

Here are a few tips to create a special tea experience:

1. Have a picnic

Weather permitting, pick up your High Teas To Go then swing by Queen Elizabeth Park or VanDusen Botanical Gardens just a few minutes away. Enjoy your treats in a gorgeous natural setting, then enjoy a beautiful walk through the gardens.

2. Hold a tea party at home

Break out your fine China and celebrate Mother’s Day with a special tea party at home. We also rent teaware to complete the Secret Garden experience!

3. Take a rain cheque

If your mother doesn’t live in town, give her a High Tea For Two gift certificate so you can enjoy tea together next time she visits!



Good Breakfast Teas

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Breakfast teas by The Secret Garden Tea Company - irish breakfast, English Breakfast, Chai and more

Some days you just need a little pick-me-up to make it through the morning!

Here are a few of our favourite breakfast teas that taste great by themselves or with a splash of milk and sugar:

  • Irish Breakfast – A strong, hearty brew with a malty finish.
  • Masala Chai – Lively ginger and cardamom blended with a strong black tea.
  • Lavender Earl Grey – Fragrant French blue lavender blended with classic Earl Grey.
  • Vanilla Almond – Pair Vanilla Almond with a breakfast pastry for the perfect morning treat!
  • Creamy Earl Grey – This Earl Grey blended with creamy vanilla is actually our favourite tea any time of day!

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Tea Pairings

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So many teas, so many treats! Here are a few other combinations that go together perfectly:

Lemon Tarts and Creamy Earl Grey Black Tea

Sweet, creamy lemon tarts pair perfectly with the citrusy bergamot and smooth vanilla in our Creamy Earl Grey tea.

Mini Almond Pear Cupcakes and Vanilla Almond Black Tea

Dainty marzipan cakes topped with milk chocolate ganache are simply divine with a pot of black tea scented with sweet almonds.


Raspberry Fudge Brownies and Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea

Gooey dark chocolate fudge brownies have a hint of raspberry go perfectly with floral jasmine blossoms and green tea.


Visit our shop to order our treats by the piece, or pre-order our Treats by the Dozen for your next special event!



Iced Tea at Home

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Blue Angle Iced Hibiscus Herbal Tea from The Secret Garden Tea Company in VancouverWhen the weather gets hot, nothing tastes as refreshing as a cool glass of iced tea. Iced tea is simple to prepare at home. Here’s a quick recipe to use whenever you need to  cool down with when the weather gets hot:

  • Steep 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water, for 3 minutes.
  • Add lemon, sweetener, or milk if desired. (Do not add milk to hibiscus tea blends or tea with fresh lemon, since the milk may curdle.)
  • Pour over ice: First remove leaves if using a tea ball or teabag. Or if steeping tea loose, strain into a heat-tempered glass of ice.
  • Enjoy!

You can also blend half iced tea and half lemonade for your own twist on an Arnold Palmer–or muddle some fresh mint and berries for a refreshing cooler.

Any tea tastes great over ice. In addition to Creamy Earl Grey and Blue Angel, a few of our favorites include Peach & Apricot, Jasmine Green Tea, and Creamy Caramel Rooibos.

Summer at VanDusen Botanical Garden

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The Secret Garden is good friends with another Garden in the neighborhood: VanDusen Botanical Garden. We even created a special VanDusen Blend Black Tea for them.


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the Botanical Garden – perhaps even bring your High Tea To Go for a picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting!

Benefits to an annual membership at VanDusen Botanical Garden include unlimited visits to the Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory (except during special events), discounts at participating garden stores and other retailers, discounted tickets for special events at VanDusen, and more.

VanDusen is committed to promoting the appreciation of nature, and educating all generations about plant conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability. We hope you’ll consider supporting this very worthy cause, because we love Gardens of all types!