It’s Always Time for Tea
We welcome you to Venus Sophia, our beautiful oasis in the heart of Victoria, filled with unique creativity where you can nurture your heart, body and soul. Our family run, locally owned eatery is as authentic as it gets. Since April 2011, we have been creating everything from scratch – our ideas, our products, our recipes, our presentation, our style – it is all our own. Venus Sophia, the name, is symbolic for beauty, love and wisdom. These are our core, universal values we do our best to live and work by day in and out. At Venus Sophia we promise you something different, off the beaten path… authentic and progressive… and always chic.
Venus Sophia which has been featured by prominent media outlets such as Condé Nast Traveller, HuffPost, New York Magazine and USA Travel, and awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2015 & 2016, is a true labor of love. Launched in 2011 by husband and wife team Sallie & Alain El Alaily and inspired by their passion for food, hospitality and the finer things in life. Together their talents and love created the vision to offer Victoria the ultimate pairing: the best handcrafted vegetarian eats and organic teas.
But it doesn’t stop there. At Venus Sophia, we invite you to celebrate our passion for global tearoom culture and the ritual of afternoon tea with a modern, relaxed twist. Welcome to the oasis in the heart of the city! Read more about our story in the Diversity Reporter 2011 edition…
Tea Time in Style
At Venus Sophia, we appreciate the beauty and nature of TEA – the world’s second most popular beverage after water. Our philosophy is to offer you premium organic loose leaf teas and organic botanicals from all corners of the globe. From black teas to green teas, oolong to herbal infusions, we select the finest handpicked tea leaves from the best tea gardens and expertly create our own unique blends.
We love the ritual of afternoon tea just as much as the healthy beverage itself. Afternoon tea began in the 19th century when Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford, requested the unusual – to have a light meal between lunch and dinner. She was then served a selection of sandwiches and a pot of tea at 4 o’clock, which to the Duchess’ delight, first became routine, then a trendy social event and the rest, as they say, is history! Today at Venus Sophia, you can enjoy afternoon tea in a casual-elegant setting almost anytime of the day, whether alone or engaged in quaint conversation with friends and family.