Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Patisserie Für Elise

Patisserie Für Elise is a pastry shop and tea room residing in a Queen Anne-style Victorian heritage house built in 1893 and located on Hamilton Street in Vancouver's Yaletown.

Our visit was in autumn, so my friend and I had the opportunity to enjoy the turning leaves in the courtyard before entering.  Once inside, we were greeted almost immediately by our hostess whose uniform matched the dress featured in the beautiful front window display.

The patisserie is located on the ground floor.  Here you can purchase cakes and macarons as well as gifts like the appropriately adorable plush macarons.

Seating for afternoon tea is on the second floor.  Plush tufted chairs, ornately carved tables, sparkling chandeliers, and elegant window dressings all give a sense of a Viennese parlor which is quite fitting as Für Elise composer Ludwig van Beethoven spent most of his life in Vienna.

The afternoon tea menu includes a selection of green and black teas and tisanes.  For this visit, I enjoyed the Darjeeling Chamong FTGFOP1 Second Flush.

The tea and food was delicious and service was attentive with complimentary refills on the tea.  I especially enjoyed the charming little touches like the teapots that matched the window dressing, the twinkling lights under the table glass, the bird tea strainer and holder, the bit of gold leaf on the blueberry panacotta, and the bird-shaped caramel choux puff.

On a random note relating to the recurring bird theme, the White-throated Sparrow has sometimes been referred to as the "Beethoven bird" because its call bears some similarity to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  

Reservations are required and may be made online or by phone.  Some dietary accommodations can be made with advanced notice.

847 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6A1

Wednesday-Friday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

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