Fancy an afternoon of indulgence? How does tea, scones, pastries, and finger sandwiches sound? Jolly good, we say! From heritage-themed offerings to authentic Peranakan flavours, we’ve put together a list of 10 places offering the best in town.
1. 10 Scotts
Located at the lobby level of the Grand Hyatt Singapore, afternoon high tea at 10 Scotts feels like coming home to an inviting living room with its comfy sofas and wide coffee tables. Expect a selection of sandwiches (rotated weekly so you’ll have more reason to return), charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, seafood (oysters!), maki (sushi rolls), stews, scones, savouries, and desserts like macarons, madeleines, tarts, and choux.
Occupying the space of the original Clifford Pier, afternoon tea at the Fullerton Bay Hotel is a leisurely affair that is informed by the venue’s historic past as well as the kitchen’s meticulous recreation of heritage favourites.
The Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea ($48++) contains a selection of 8 savoury and 8 sweet items to reflect Singapore’s culinary past and present. Think Nonya-style Chicken Curry wrapped in freshly made Roti Jala, Kurobuta Pork Kong Bak Bao, fried Mantou stuffed with iconic Chilli Crab and Bika Ambon. Shiok (awesome).
Ideal for meeting friends for a leisurely afternoon, LeBar’s airy decor and plush furniture invites you to linger over fine teas, artisanal sandwiches, and French pastries. The Afternoon Tea à la Française features an array of tempting finger sandwiches, savoury amuse-bouches, and delicate mini pastries all presented in an ornate jewellery box.
To really #treatyoself, top up $15++ for the premium option which privies you to gastronomic creations like Foie Gras Crème Brûlée (caramelised goose liver custard), Truffle Brandade de Morue (a creamy, comforting dip that goes perfectly with bread), and Gelee de Champagne Taittinger (champagne jellies).
The Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Singapore is a beautiful, all-day dining venue that offers an array of exquisite teas, freshly shaken tipples, petite plates, and more. It is also where award-winning Chef Ben Goh presents his themed afternoon teas. This season’s offering is the Secret Garden ($78++ for two persons, inclusive of coffee and tea).
The menu is served in a three-tiered showcase of savoury treats like Tamago Furikake Egg Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon Mousse and Chrysanthemum Mantous; as well as an exquisite selection of Victorian desserts like Raspberry-Rose Lemon Pound Cake, Lavender Lemon and English Scones, and Carrot Cake with Orange Mint Mascarpone Mousse.
We’re big fans of Violet Oon, and consider her to be the Julia Child of Peranakan food in Singapore. With such a title, you can expect the afternoon tea at National Kitchen by Violet Oon to be an exquisite presentation of traditional Peranakan flavours.
The Singapore High Tea ($56++ for two persons) is served with your choice of coffee or tea. The latter is specially hand-blended by The Singapore Tea Company to showcase the best teas of the season. The menu features beloved Peranakan classics like Kueh Pie Tee and Kueh Dah Dah.
You’ll probably be quite stuffed, but we highly recommend topping up the additional $14++ (also for 2 persons) for the dry laksa.
Cr: One-Ninety Bar
The Weekend Afternoon High Tea ($46++) at One-Ninety Bar comes with an extensive selection of TWG teas that should satisfy any tea lover. If you’re more of a coffee connoisseur, you’ll appreciate the 100% Arabica beans from Tanzania, by Lavazza, that will be brewed at your table.
Apart from a seasonal array of delicate savouries and sweets that will be circulated throughout, you’ll also be served pastries like pistachio éclairs, fresh fruit tarts, and yuzu lemon cupcakes. A must try is the freshly baked vanilla scone served with homemade rose petal strawberry preserve and clotted cream. Don’t be afraid to go for seconds (or thirds).
Set in the gorgeous Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Pollen always promises a dining experience that seemingly transports you to a different world. And afternoon tea ($38++ per person; add $5++ for free-flow coffee or tea) in this magical garden, is no different.
The carefully curated menu features tasty savouries like Egg and Watercress Finger Sandwiches and moreish Beef Croquettes. For sweets, there’s Earl Grey Lemon Cake, Financiers, and Orange and White Chocolate Scones. If you’re in the mood for celebration, simply top up $40++ more to enjoy a free-flow of bubbly Prosecco.
8. Tea Lounge
Lauded as one of the best high teas in Singapore, the Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore offers Afternoon Tea in a contemporary colonial garden setting.
Expect attentive trolley service for weekday afternoon tea accompanied with aromatic pour-over coffee or a perfect cup of precisely decanted tea blend. Additionally, opt for a Manhattan-inspired tea mocktail or cocktail for an unconventional (but equally delicious) refreshment.
On the weekends, the Afternoon Tea Buffet is an indulgent affair planned around various themes. The current Singaporean delights fare will see an eclectic selection of Western and Eastern with a touch of local flair. Think Singapore Rojak Salad and Salted Egg-Crusted Wagyu Rump.
Hungry after shopping in town? Head over to The Rose Veranda, an elegant dining room located at the mezzanine level of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.
To create a truly bespoke tea experience, the waitstaff will personally show you various teas for you to choose from. Once you’re shown to your seats, feel free to help yourself to as many bite-sized offerings your stomach can accommodate. This is perfect for those who want to try as many things as possible.
For those who want heartier portions, fret not as there’s a carving station and offerings like Beef Bourguignon, Laksa, and a sushi bar. End your meal with a myriad of desserts or create your own with the chocolate fountain.
10. Wildseed Cafe
If you prefer quiet conversations or enjoy the company of a good book along with your tea, then Wildseed Cafe might just be your next favourite haunt. It’s also exceedingly pretty as it shares the same premises as The Summerhouse.
The Afternoon Tea Set ($40++ for 2 persons) features nature-inspired fare informed by the cafe’s farm-to-table ethos. The focus of the tea set is on beautifully executed sweets like Coconut Lemon Cake and Sticky Date Pudding, but also offers a savoury option in the form of the Chicken Pinche Petit Sandwich (smoked chicken breast with jalapeño mayo and corn).
Spend the afternoon having tea, and stay for dinner in a Garden Dome right in the middle of the idyllic garden.