Secret Garden Voted Best Teahouse in Vancouver

The Secret Garden Tea Company has been voted “Best Teahouse in Vancouver” in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate awards eight years in a row!

We’ve also been voted #1 Tea House in the Best of Vancouver Awards 10 times, and counting.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Top 8 Weekend Activities in Vancouver

November 2018

Curiocity Vancouver named The Secret Garden as one of their top 8 Weekend Things To Do. They say:

“A Saturday high tea date is the most darling activity for a rainy weekend, and Secret Garden Tea Company is Vancouver’s most popular place to get sipping. Order breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, or sample their beautifully homemade miniature sweets and scones.”

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November 2018

West Coast City Girl recommends The Secret Garden as part of her top 13 Ideas for Giving Experiences This Christmas. She writes,

“This is a great girls’ day or female family members outing. Secret Garden is always a winner (and is very good value for money!)”

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May 2018

Vancouver Artist Karlie Rosin recently collaborated with The Secret Garden to create a beautiful flower and teacup display for our 22nd Anniversary event. On her blog, Karlie shared some lovely artwork and a review of her High Tea experience:

“There’s something so whimsical about The Secret Garden in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. I love going there because I feel instantly transported into a different world – one that is seemingly full of mystery, inspiration, great smells and tastes! Everyone is so nice over there- the customer service is truly phenomenal and the food & tea there is delicious!

There’s something special about being with great company, eating delicious food, and sipping on succulent tea. We had layers and layers of great tasting creations. I love seeing artistic passion being translated into many different fields- and you can tell that they are passionate about theirs!”

Read Karlie’s full review on her blog

The Secret Garden featured in I Like Her Style Magazine

May 2018

The Secret Garden was recently featured in I Like Her Style Vancouver, highlighting how to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom. Author Codi Lynn recommends Secret Garden’s Mother’s Day High Tea To Go as a special way to treat your mom. She said,

“The portable High Tea Service that they offer is so unique. I was able to treat a friend last summer on a little mama date (images featured) to High Tea on the beach.”

Mother's Day High Tea To Go by The Secret Garden

Discoverher Review: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Review of The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

May 2018

Recently local blogger Annalise at Discoverher reviewed The Secret Garden as a perfect place to take your mom for Mother’s Day.

“If you are looking for a cozy, traditional high tea experience, look no further than the Secret Garden Tea Company. Inspired by their own Grandmothers, owners Kathy and Erin Wyder have reflected their values throughout the establishment. I definitely felt at home in this warm and welcoming restaurant.

“The food was very yummy and the tea was certainly soothing. Everything was very cute, from the teapot cozies to the painted china cups to the delicious, delicate desserts. I’m getting hungry just writing this!”

Read the full article at Discoverher


The Kerrisdale Insider

Mother and daughter at The Secret Garden Tea Company: Featured in the Kerrisdale Insider

April 2018

The Secret Garden was recently featured in the Kerrisdale Insider:

Mention Secret Garden Tea Company and an instant calm washes over people. They remark how much they love the tearoom and quickly follow with “We should go for tea together!”

In October 1995 the original Secret Garden Tea Company opened on West Boulevard. It was cozy and quaint and introduced many Vancouverites to the pleasure of high tea. Sister-in-laws Erin and Kathy Wyder are the owners; both were practically weaned on tea by their grandmothers.

Read the full feature in the Kerrisdale Insider

Kathy and Erin Wyder, sister in-laws and co-owners of The Secret Garden

Kathy and Erin Wyder, sister in-laws and co-owners of The Secret Garden

The Swank Social

The Secret Garden High Tea Review - Vancouver BC

July 2017

Local event planner Kristina at The Swank Social recently visited The Secret Garden for High Tea with her girlfriends. She wrote a review on her blog, sharing,

“The girls and I had the most relaxing time catching up, while slowly sipping on our teas and enjoying our savoury and sweet petit fours. I can’t even tell you how great it felt to be able to sit back and connect with my girlfriends for a couple hours (or maybe three) without having to tend to requests from my little ones.

“Okay, and don’t get me started on the high tea menu. As if the mini sandwiches and confections weren’t cute enough, believe me when I say they taste even better than they look.”

Read the full review by The Swank Social

Best teahouse in Vancouver - The Secret Garden Tea Company

March 2017

For the seventh year in a row, The Secret Garden was voted Best Teahouse in Vancouver, in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards!


Pastries at The Secret Garden in Vancouver

Recently our beautifully decorated Halloween cookies turned heads at Creators Vancouver! They share photos of some of the lovely (and delicious) creations decorated by our pastry chef Natania:

“‘And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.'”

“The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett and her petulant young protagonist, Mary Lennox, might also be intrigued by the miraculous sweets revealed each morning at The Secret Garden Tea Company…”

Read the full article on Creators Vancouver

Vancouver Courier

September 2016

Owners of The Secret Garden in Vancouver, Canada


Recently Kathy and Erin were interviewed by the Vancouver Courier!

They shared about their favourite teas, the time they hosted the Duchess of Cornwall, and stories of some long-time customers:

“…Both Kathy and Erin have created a space for people to slow down. Loyal customers – and there are many – tell them the Secret Garden is their oasis, their refuge. They say it’s a place where you put ‘devices down and pinkies up.'”


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Vancouver Sun

October 2016

Recently Kathy was interviewed by the Vancouver Sun! She shared how her grandfather, a successful construction magnate, gave her business advice from a young age:

“‘One of the things he always said was to set money aside for the hard times,” says Wyder. “He was a child of the Depression but it made such a big impression on me. It’s how we were able to make this move into a bigger space.

‘He also said make sure that you give people quality and treat them well and they’ll come back… I laugh because that was in my 20s and I had other things on my mind. Dinners at Grandpa’s house would always include stories about his construction business that were not only entertaining but rich in wisdom.”

Click here to read the full article


Best of Vancouver 2016

Best Teahouse in Vancouver, BC - The Secret Garden

We were honoured to be voted Best Tea House in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2016!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us this year. We’re very grateful for your support!


Business in Vancouver

August 2016

Business Vancouver - Feature on The Secret Garden

This summer Kathy and Erin were interviewed by Business in Vancouver! They shared some of the lessons they’ve learned through running The Secret Garden, and how important it is to stay focused on customers’ needs.

Click here to read the full article.

Vancouver Magazine: “Must-Try” in Kerrisdale

June 2016

Vancouver Magazine press feature on The Secret GardenRecently The Secret Garden was featured in Vancouver Magazine’s Neighborhood Guide 2016.

The guide listed The Secret Garden as a “Must-Try” in Kerrisdale:

“This Kerrisdale gem is hardly a secret. Welcomed with open arms by locals since the first cup of tea was poured 20 years ago, The Secret Garden Tea Company is known as a quaint spot to engage in timeless delights, steeped in tradition. It offers a cozy ambience complete with a high tea experience, including dainty house-made treats paired with popular tea blends and served on vintage china. Owners (and sisters-in-law) Erin and Kathy intended to create a space where one is encouraged to unplug and indulge in the simplicity of tea, pastries, and personal connection—phones down, pinkies up.

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24/604 Visits The Secret Garden

May 2016

Recently Vancouver lifestyle show 24/604 visited The Secret Garden for High Tea:

“It’s a afternoon of treats, conversation, and relaxation that allows us to spoil ourselves in a formal, sophisticated manner that slows things down and adds a little class to the coffee breaks that pass through our daily lives.  High Tea takes that break to the next level, and at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale, you will be able to have a taste experience like no other as you enjoy your time in this idillic boutique setting…”

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“Best Spots Afternoon Tea in Vancouver”

April 2016

VancityBuzz review of The Secret Garden Tea CompanyThe Secret Garden was recently named one of the best spots for afternoon tea in Vancouver by VancityBuzz!

“Once you’ve decided to experience high tea at the Secret Garden, your next big choice is going to have to be which of the many teas on their extensive list you’re going to sip on. The Kerrisdale tea house’s signature tea service includes all sorts of sweet and savoury items; don’t fear if you can’t finish them all, they will pack them up to go for you to enjoy later at home.”




GS_BOV_Decal_Winner_Colour_2015Best of Vancouver – #1 Tea House

The Secret Garden was voted Best Tea House in the Georgia Straight‘s Best of Vancouver in October 2015. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us!


Georgia Straight review of The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

“5 Dainty Places for Afternoon Tea”

Recently the Secret Garden was featured in the Georgia Straight‘s article 5 Dainty Places to find Afternoon Tea in Vancouver:

“Delectable house-made miniature sweets, scones, and a variety of blended teas served on delicate china. Enjoy a delightful afternoon in this cozy and charming tea shop in Arbutus Ridge.”

We’ve been sharing experience of afternoon tea for 20 years, and would love to host you soon!

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“Hidden Gems of Vancouver” by Shaw TV

January 2016

Press feature on The Secret Garden - Shaw TV - Vancouver
January 2016

Shaw TV recently visited The Secret Garden in their feature “Hidden Gems of Vancouver.”

In this clip, Erin shares the story behind how The Secret Garden got started 20 years ago, and Shaw TV host Bianca Solterbeck meets some of our long-time customers:


In this clip, Bianca samples the Garden’s signature High Tea Service and Creamy Earl Grey tea:

Click here for the full 20-minute feature “Hidden Gems of Vancouver”


“Best Warm Treats” list by This is Populist

December 2015

The Secret Garden was featured by This is Populist as one of the top spots in Vancouver for warm treats.

“Wanna know a secret? The best holiday tea can be found at The Secret Garden in Kerrisdale! The Christmas Blend Tea is the 25th in a cup. All of the things that make you feel warm and homey, with an added kick!”


Vancouver Observer – “Why we love Kerrisdale”

Vancouver Observer Media Feature - Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

September 2015

“Jennifer Hungerford and her seven-year-old daughter Victoria are the unofficial ‘tea party tourists’ of Kerrisdale. It’s a tradition they started when Victoria was three, and since then they’ve had tea parties all over the neighbourhood.

“’She’s big into tea,’ Jennifer says with a smile as her daughter picks a peach and pistachio frangipane tart from the three-tiered tray in front of them. Today they’ve chosen the Secret Garden Tea Company on West Boulevard, their favourite local tea party purlieu.

“’My grandmother was English and we had tea every Sunday when we visited,’ she explains. ‘It’s something we don’t really do at home ceremoniously like she would do, but when we come here it sort of feels like what she would normally have.’

This is why people love Kerrisdale so much, I realize, turning my attention back to my own pot of steaming vanilla rooibos. There’s something here for everybody that reminds them of home and heritage…”

Read the full article by Vancouver Observer


Foursquare – Best Places for Earl Grey in Vancouver

August 2015

Best place for Earl Grey in Vancouver - Secret Garden Tea Company

Secret Garden was listed as the #1 place for the Best Earl Grey in Vancouver by Foursquare! Here are some of our customer reviews on Foursquare:

“Try the creamy earl grey! Best tea in the house.”

“Try the creamy earl grey <3″

“Our favourite spot for high-tea with the ladies. Ask for the classic Creamy Earl Grey (with a hint of vanilla) and extra Devon cream for your pastries.”

Have you tried our famous Creamy Earl Grey?

Read the article on Foursquare



High Tea Time, High Me Time!

September 2015

“We have found the perfect escape for a little “me” time! High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company is the perfect way to spend an afternoon removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Where to enjoy High Tea in Vancouver - The Secret Garden Tea Company“We enjoyed our High Tea with our 8 year old daughter, who was positively over-the-moon to be partaking in such sophistication! High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company is a truly special experience, that absolutely anyone in any age group, will enjoy.

“The Secret Garden Tea Company is conveniently located in Kerrisdale Village. Why not make a day of it!? With many fantastic shops for mamas and kiddos nearby, including Hills of Kerrisdale and Isola Bella, a perfect afternoon would include some shopping, a mommy-daughter mani-pedi at The Pure Nail Bar and High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company…”

Click here to read the full article



Vancity Buzz

Best tea houses in Vancouver, August 2015


“With a vast amount of teas on offer, a range of homemade miniature sweets and scones, and an inviting atmosphere, The Secret Garden Tea Company is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of tea with friends. Choose from a variety of specially blended teas, like the vanilla almond black tea, served steaming hot in a teapot with a teacup and saucer.”

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Vancouver Baristas

July 2015 Best Tearoom - The Secret Garden - Vancouver, BC

“July’s high tea menu [at The Secret Garden] elevates a ho-hum day into an indulgent one.”

Click here to read the full review

Vancouver Homes Names Secret Garden One of Vancouver’s Best Teashops

June 2015

The Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale

“The Secret Garden Tea Company offers plenty of in-house options, including a high tea service complete with finger foods (including tiny sandwiches) and desserts. Do yourself a favour and arrive early; this will give you time to browse the Secret Garden’s selection of loose leaf teas, over-the-counter goods, tea pots, gift items, and more.”

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Creators Vancouver

April 2015

We were thrilled to have Lysanne our head pastry chef featured on Creators Vancouver! The website celebrates professional artists and creators around the city.

In her interview Lysanne shares about her passion for her work at The Secret Garden. Our High Tea menus, such as the ones we introduce above, are particularly challenging and fun. Lysanne explained, “High tea is where I get to create a lot. I try to do new recipes every time; it can be difficult.”

Lysanne is a true artist, and and her creations are as delicious as they are beautiful. We hope you’ll get a chance to try them at the Garden!

Beyond the Dough

March 2015

Review of The Secret Garden in Vancouver

Local pastry chef Jeanette LeBlanc gives a lovely review of Secret Garden’s High Tea, saying,

“We had such good conversation flowing that the time passed quickly, but we did not feel rushed either. I would definitely return for another experience here, and I would happily gift this experience too.  If you haven’t been to the Secret Garden Tea Company, yet, you must go.”

Click here to read the full review

Darpan Magazine

June 2014Review of The Secret Garden in Vancouver

Secret Garden was featured in the June 2014 edition of Traditions Magazine by Darpan, as the perfect place for a bachelorette party:

“The Secret Garden Tea Company is a local favourite, located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. The warm, cozy atmosphere, delicious tea and delicate tea cups provide a beautiful setting for the ultimate girlfriend bonding experience. One of the owners, Kathy Wyder, says many bridal showers are conducted on site. You can bring your own décor and request your favourite tea blends to make your shower perfect. But if having a shower on site is not your “cup of tea,” The Secret Garden offers a “High Tea to Go” package with tea and a set menu of sweet and savory treats, so you can surprise the bride with a lovely tea party picnic, including the aunties and grandmothers, before the real bachelorette partying begins!”

Visual Heart

November 2014

“The Perfect Earl Grey Tea”

Best place for Earl Grey Tea - Secret Garden in Vancouver, Canada

Graphic designer and blogger VisualHeart calls our Creamy Earl Grey the perfect Earl Grey:

“I’m sharing a secret. I love Earl Grey tea and for years I thought I was enjoying a good cup, but then I went to a bridal shower at a local tea shop and discovered the most amazing Earl Grey tea on the planet. I’m not even exaggerating, it’s really that good.

“The tea is from The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s loose tea and when you poke your nose into the container to smell it, it’s magical and creamy. Blends of citrus and vanilla, perfect on it’s own or with a dash of cream and sugar.

“I love it on it’s own because the aroma is so perfect.”

Sororitea Sisters


The Sororitea Sisters tea blog reviewed a number of our teas:

Provence Rooibos – “This is a really lovely melody of flavors.  I like the way the floral notes of lavender and rose contrast with the earthy and nutty flavors of the rooibos and the sweet-tart berry notes of elderberry and blueberry.”

Mango Green Tea – “The mango is sweet and has a flavor that reminds me of fresh mango.  It has a very authentic fruit flavor.”

Secret Garden’s Secret Black Tea – “It’s really quite a delicious and a fun tea to drink.  I’m really glad I tried this one!”

Vanilla Almond Black Tea – “This is so smooth from start to finish.  It starts out smooth and creamy, I pick up on the vanilla immediately.  As the sip progresses, I notice the almond and the sweet, nutty flavor accentuates the creamy, sweet vanilla tones beautifully.  These two flavors were made for one another!”

Avalon Blend Black Tea –   “This is the first tea that I’ve tried from The Secret Garden and I think we’re off to a good start with this blend.  [A] really pleasant twist on an Earl Grey Creme!”

C’est la vie a Maggie (blog)

June 2014

Review of The Secret Garden Tea Company - teahouse with amazing scones

Food blogger Maggie Mei reviewed our High Tea and other menu items, saying:

“Located in a lovely area with abundant parking, this is an easy destination for a get together with friends , or as an afternoon snack stop by yourself. They offer everything you imagine tea to be: a peaceful setting, based on the other patrons seated; a warm friendly environment cultivated by inviting and accommodating staff; and delectable nibbles, each deserving of its own feature. And if you think high tea will not enough food for you they also offer a heartier breakfast and a more fulsome lunch. From soups and salads, to stews and pot pies. Don’t deny your cravings.”

Read the full review here

District Local

June 2014

“5 Non-Boozy Drinks You Must Try”

District Local Vancouver recently mentioned Secret Garden’s Creamy Earl Grey tea in an article  saying:

“A floral butterscotch candy came to life in the form of a cup of tea, and it is heavenly.”

Creamy Earl Grey Tea at The Secret Garden in Vancouver

Global News

June 2014

“Miracle Weekend Helps Raise $200 Million for BC Children’s Hospital”

The Secret Garden has been a long-time supporter of BC Children’s Hospital. Recently we had the pleasure of hosting one cancer patient and her parents for Miracle Weekend, an event which has helped raise over $200 million for BC Children’s Hospital since 1988. This video shares more about the family’s visit to Secret Garden.

Proceeds from our black tea blend, Children’s Hospital Vanilla, also go to BC Children’s Hospital. You can purchase this tea, a playful blend of baby rosebuds, vanilla, and bergamot, at our store or in our Online Shop.

Vancity Buzz

May 2014

“Best High Tea in Vancouver”

Teacups at The Secret Garden in Vancouver

Vancity Buzz has nothing but praise for The Secret Garden:

“Once you’ve decided to experience high tea at the Secret Garden, your next big choice is going to have to be which of the many teas on their extensive list you’re going to sip on. The Kerrisdale tea house’s signature tea service includes all sorts of sweet and savoury items; don’t fear if you can’t finish them all, they will pack them up to go for you to enjoy later at home.”


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