09 May 2010

Venus Sophia

From time to time I like to highlight special eateries around town that I absolutely adore! Newly opened, Venus Sophia Tea Room is a little slice of heaven in the heart of Chinatown. From the moment you step inside, you are encaptured in a quaint Parisian-esque cafe; From the lighting, decorations, colors, themes, nostalgic music and old world charm, a sense of imagination and oneness is abound. Visionary, Jill Heffner, owns and operates Venus Sophia alongside her husband. She is the energy and soul of the place, and was a pleasure to talk with!

The menu caters to all dietary lifestyles from vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, raw foodists, and concious meat-eaters alike. I couldn't believe how delicious the desserts were, there were no shortage of options! They even sell their own assortment of teas, alongside greeting cards and adorable trinkets nonetheless. What could be better? How about a string orchestra or swing band playing live inside while you dance along or observe over a cup of tea... 

My mom and I were more than impressed with Venus Sophia, and plan to make many trips back here! And what better place to relax in on Mother's Day.

Venus Sophia Tea Room on Urbanspoon



Anonymous said... [reply]

Absolutely wonderful!!! I'm so glad that you and your mother had a wonderful time there. Much love you to girlie! Enjoy the rest of your day :D

Krista said... [reply]

What a great little place! I love the name, too. The decor makes the perfect setting for a cup of tea....

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said... [reply]

Venus Sophia looks dynamite!! I would absolutely fall in love with that quaint, charming little shop. I'm jealous of the dessert case and wishing I was able to try some samples! I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for the great review, darlin!!

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) said... [reply]

What a lovely place to take your mama. I love shops that cater to all lifestyles.

Adrien said... [reply]

I need to get down there! Is that where the Moka House was for a little while?

If it is, that place got an upgrade!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said... [reply]

Looks like an awesome little place!

Anonymous said... [reply]

What an adorable place! The menu sounds fantastic, and it's always fun to have a new little shop to go to!


Becca said... [reply]

oh my, i think i just fell in love with that place! it seems absolutely adorable <3 hope you had a fantastic day!

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin said... [reply]

How cute is that place!! I would definitely be going for some of the Day Olds! $2!? Yes PLEASE!

Erica said... [reply]

SUCH a cute little place! Love that they cater to all dietary issues and needs! Look like a little slice of heaven

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said... [reply]

Great music and all different types of food..such a fabulous place. I'm glad you had a great time!

Jenna said... [reply]

So cute!

alex said... [reply]

that place is so cute! I wish Houston had more of those!!!

BTW I'm making the your squirrely rolls tomorrow!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

What an adorable place! I wish I had a place like that around here!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Aww what a sweet looking tea shop; I love places that have a lot of character.

Glad you got to enjoy your Mother's Day there :)

Megan D said... [reply]

That tea shop looks absolutely amazing. Can I move in there?!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Oh how I would LOVE this place!!!! LOOKS so cute and yummy!

lynn @ the actors diet said... [reply]

that place looks AWESOME!

Lauren said... [reply]

That place looks so great! I know I've said this before...but I would LOVE to come to Victoria! It seems like such a beautiful place to live with so many opportunities and amazing things going on. Hope you had a lovely day <3

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Katie said... [reply]

What a cute shop! There's a place like that here called Alice's Tea Cup.

MJC said... [reply]

Oooh... I want to go! :)

Molly said... [reply]

well isn't that a lovely establishment... i wish i could go there with you sometime, but I do not think that is possible.

love that they sell priced down goodies 'day olds' very cute and not wasteful! love it.

Lola said... [reply]

Thanks for your supportive comment, I really appreciate it! And that eatery is so cute, I wish I was there right now!

Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said... [reply]

what a cute little shop! perfect place for mommas day! :)

Simply Life said... [reply]

oh what a quaint and adorable place to visit!

tasteofbeirut said... [reply]

This looks like a very relaxed and cutesy shop where mom and daughter can feel really comfortable spending hours without any pressure; the cakes look delicious too.

Brittany said... [reply]

Venus Sophia looks like such a cute place to grab a snack or meal. I'm glad that you and your mom were able to enjoy your time there on Mother's Day!!

Christina said... [reply]

Wow, that place is adorable! I wish I had something like that where I live.

Anonymous said... [reply]

That place looks like so much fun! I saw Katie already wrote about Alice's Tea Cup in NYC, and it really does remind me of it! Sometimes all I am in the mood for is charming and comforting and that place looks to have both. Hope the rest of your weekend went well lady love!

Christina said... [reply]

that place looks so cute!

Anonymous said... [reply]

What a cute place!

I like how it incorporates my dog Sophia's name haha :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I absolutely love tea rooms! I love that you and your mom do that together. I cannot wait to have a little girl so I can take her to a tea room. I can take my boys but boys + breakables = NOT GOOD.

Julia said... [reply]

It looks like such a lovely place! really wanna go now!

x Julia (taste of Living)

maya said... [reply]

that place made me so happy to look at the photos! I can just imagine how amazing it is in real, has such quaintness and character,i love it!
xx love!

Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition said... [reply]

So cute inside! I love it. I would drink my mint tea there all the time

Anonymous said... [reply]

that place is so cute looking! I can't blame the post being devoted to it

Heather (Where's the Beach) said... [reply]

Oh what a fun, cute little spot!! Thanks for sharing. Too bad I can't get there to try it myself ;-)

Ameena said... [reply]

As you know I am a bit obsessed with having tea...this place looks so cute! Love all the great pictures and I can't wait to try it one of these days when I make my way back to Canada again!

Anonymous said... [reply]

aweomse pics that place looks so cool. mississippi is full of so many hole in the wall restaurant and ma&pa shops that seeing this makes me so envious and jealous! they dont exist here!

Anonymous said... [reply]

aweomse pics that place looks so cool. mississippi is full of so many hole in the wall restaurant and ma&pa shops that seeing this makes me so envious and jealous! they dont exist here!

Karin said... [reply]

It sounds like the most amazing café!! I love finding little gems like these.

Tara said... [reply]

Oh my gosh this place looks and sounds absolutely DEVINE! It makes me want to take a road trip to canada just to go this tea room!! haha I <3 tea!!
Glad you and your mom had a nice mother's day! <3

Lo said... [reply]

just wanted to say these pictures are sooo gorgeous! i adore your writing style and blog.


Anonymous said... [reply]

my girlfriends Wendy and Mikki and i found Venus Sophia one night while wondering through Chinatown and it was right at closing time...BUT did they close when they saw our big eyes longing to get into the cafe and look around. Nope, they welcomed us in with open arms and let us browse, shop and enjoy to our hearts content. This place is a little piece of heaven and i tell everyone i know going to Victoria it is a MUST SEE...MUST EAT...MUST SHOP place and the owners are absolute angels. Spread the news peoples...we need lovely places like this to stay open and flourish. xo from Sheila in Winnipeg

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