Time to go crazy with the clotted cream, tea jam and butter – this is where you need to go for some awesome scones
What’s afternoon tea (or even brunch to some) without a couple of glorious, freshly baked scones? Biting into one that’s slathered with clotted cream and berry jam… that’s what sweet dreams are made of. Gather ’round sconnoisseurs, we’ve sniffed out the best scones in Singapore for your dining pleasure.
Fosters is primarily a steakhouse, but boy oh boy, do they know how to make a mean scone. For just $11.50++, you can get the Devonshire Cream tea set, which features freshly baked scones (served with butter, homemade strawberry preserve, and cream), fruit cake, finger sandwiches, and your choice of coffee or tea.
Fosters, 277 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278994, p. 6466 8939.
Escape the urban jungle and wile the afternoon away with a decadent scone-fest at Riders Cafe. Available for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays (8am to 3pm), their baked treats come accompanied with generous heapings of clotted cream, preserves, and butter.
Riders Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819.
Brasserie Les Saveurs
From asparagus and smoked salmon quiche to homemade chocolate pralines, there’s lots to be had at the Grand Astor Afternoon Tea. However, the real highlights are inarguably the scones – they come in all sorts of sweet and savoury flavours (smoked duck anyone?), including a decadent chocolate chip one that we just can’t resist!
Brasserie Les Saveurs, Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6860.
Da Paolo Gastronomia – Orchard
How many times have we made spontaneous trips to Gastronomia for a quick sugar fix? Countless. But on those days when you’re not salivating for the gourmet boutique’s delectable cakes, hit up the Paragon outlet for its high tea set (available 3pm to 5pm). Choose between scones and cupcakes (tough decision) and get a regular sized coffee or tea with your order.
Da Paolo Gastronomia – Orchard, #B1-K8 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, p. 6738 1462.
Part of its weekday afternoon tea set, The Knolls at Capella Hotel bakes a mean cranberry scone. Packed with the sour fruit, the pastry itself is exactly how a scone should be: buttery, tender and melt-in-the-mouth. Tip: Cancel everything else you’ve got planned that afternoon – you’ll want to kick back and soak in the seafront views as you work your way through a whole tier of them.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297.
There’s no way we could say no to a couple of swish scones from this luxe tea salon. Do weekend brunch, and go for the Midsummer tea set: this comes with two scones (served with TWG tea jelly and whipped cream), your choice of a salad (or entrée), a pot of TWG tea (of course), and a sweet treat from the trolley.
TWG Tea, #02-21 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 67351837.
Food for Thought
Fluffy Gula Melaka pancakes and creamy cakes aside, opt for the cranberry raisin scone as your dessert of choice at Food for Thought. Buttery and oh-so-moist (just the way we like it), it’s perfect with a dollop of clotted cream or raspberry jam.
Food for Thought, #B1-00 Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6338 4848.
This Eastside joint (it’s been around since 2007, mind you) is a bit of a hidden gem, but we assure you it’s worth the trip. The crumbly, buttery scones here are a well-kept secret – ’til now that is. Pop by and choose between a plain scone and a fruit scone.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore 429008, p. 6440 4409.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
This tiny, cafe-style bakery in Killiney Road is one of our fave hiding places from Orchard’s shopping crowds. It’s hard to beat the highly raved about cranberry scones here; served beautifully warm with butter and jam, they’re tender and mildly flaky on the inside, gorgeously crusty on the outside, and has a lovely touch of caramelised sugar on the top.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, 57 Killiney Road, Singapore 239520.
Artisan Boulangerie Co
Led by award-winning French baker, Eran Mayer, Artisan Boulangerie Co (ABC) uses flour imported directly from a traditional mill in Chartres, France, and quality, natural ingredients to make some of the finest gourmet pastries in town – all baked fresh daily in-house – including the humble scone. Stick with the basic butter scone and slather it with jam, or wash down the delightfully citrusy lemon raisin with a steaming cuppa.
Artisan Boulangerie Co, Outlets in Killiney, 112 Katong, VivoCity and Great World City.
Tea Party Cafe
Loved by studious teens and longtime Bukit Timah residents alike, Tea Party Cafe is endearingly casual with friendly staff and a feel-good vibe (no dirty looks should you choose to lounge out for long on the sofas here!). The generously sized scones here are coarse, crumbly and perfect for a teatime treat. Don’t forget to order up the chocolate chip scone with spoonfuls of homemade strawberry cream cheese.
Tea Party Cafe, 805 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279883.
And all things delicious
Like its name suggests, bakes at this Halal charming bakery-cafe are nothing short of delish. While they aren’t your traditional rounded scones, these triangular, soft Scottish ones are no less scrummy, with toppings like Gula Melaka and orange cranberry calling out for liberal smears of salted butter.
And all things delicious, 34 Arab Street, Singapore 199733. 1
The Marmalade Pantry
Priced at $38 for a set for two, The Marmalade Pantry’s high tea sets are one of the most affordable around, with the highest number of scones included – the middle of the three tiers boasts 10 pieces of mini buttermilk and cranberry scones. Forget your diet for a day; you’ll be asking for additional servings of strawberry preserves and clotted cream.
Marmalade Pantry, 2 Orchard Turn, #03-22 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801.
Keep those pinkies up for this one. At Singapore Marriott Hotel’s Lobby Lounge, the afternoon tea features all the works of a traditional English afternoon tea set, including crumbly, buttery raisin scones with dollops of blackcurrant, orange marmalade and strawberry jam. Enjoy the delicious spread from 2pm to 5pm.
Lobby Lounge, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865.
This fixture at Fairmont Singapore whips up a mouthwatering afternoon tea from $48++ per person. Treat yourself to its specialised scones, such as plain and honey oat square scones, complemented with raspberry jam, lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream. Talk about an antidote to your mid-week blues!
Anti:dote, Fairmont Singapore, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, p. 6431 5315.
The Providore at Tangs
Go ahead and shop ’til you drop; here’s a cosy spot in the Orchard mall where you can catch your breath, dump your bags and chillax with a cup of tea and some delectable traditional English scones. These buttermilk scones are served with jam and vanilla millefeuille – a delicious source of energy for the next shopping escapade!
The Providore, 310 Orchard Road, Tangs Orchard, Singapore 238864, p.62351425.
Kick back on the couches at Chihuly Lounge while sipping on loose leaf teas from the Ronnefeldt tea collection. From 2.30pm to 5pm, head over to its Live Station and sink your teeth into its flaky plain and cranberry scones that are well-paired with clotted cream and rose strawberry jam. So good, you’ll be going back for more.
Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore #03-00, 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799, p. 64345288.
Choose to enjoy your sweet traditional English treat in the cosy indoors or by the breezy poolside terrace at L’Espresso. Its reputable high tea buffet features authentic scones that simply melt on your tongue, and are best accompanied with a cup of English Breakfast tea or Earl Grey tea amongst a spread of sandwiches, salads, pastries and even a chocolate fountain.
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221, p.67301743.