Pamper yourselves with a weekday high tea experience in Singapore! Here are 20 of our favourites
High tea in Singapore, so posh. Cucumber sandwiches and scones – so very fancy; very Downton Abbey. We just love it and, here’s the thing, you don’t have to save it up for the weekend. Here are 20 of our favourite weekday high tea places for that perfect afternoon indulgence. Or, if you do need afternoon tea on a Saturday or Sunday, head here.
LeBar at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Add a sprinkle of French flair to this quintessentially British ritual with the Afternoon Tea à la Française at LeBar. Featuring a myriad of French-inspired petit cakes and patisserie all served up in a customised jewellery box (complete with a mini Eiffel Tower playing Fur Elise, no less), this tea will delight even the most discerning of Francophiles. Though traditionalists need not fret; the obligatory scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam remain firmly on the menu. Huzzah!
LeBar, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891, p. 6708 8310/8362, e. H9474@sofitel.com. Afternoon Tea à la Française is served daily from 12pm to 5.30pm, $80++ for 2 pax.
As if the getaway isle (albeit a temporary one) of Sentosa wasn’t isolated enough, Capella Singapore is a luxury resort that truly gives you that secluded respite. And what is paradise if you can’t sleep in and languidly have your meal in the afternoon? High tea at The Knolls won’t rush you – signature items include decadent savouries like salmon burrito with olive caviar and horseradish salmon sandwich with salmon caviar, as well as sinful sweets like chocolate pastry cream eclairs, lemon tart meringues and passionfruit macarons. If we could freeze a moment in time, this would be it.
1 The Knolls, Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm, $39.90++ per person.
This fixture at Fairmont Singapore is no small contender in the cocktail scene – last year, it was one of Asia’s 50 best bars last year and was also home to the Bar Awards’ Bartender of the Year, Tom Hogan. But did you know it also whips up a mouthwatering afternoon tea too? All types of treats are available – think ikura roe lemon cucumber, Boston Maine lobster roll, and banoffee pie. You can even find specialised scones too such as honey oat square scones. Talk about an antidote to your mid-week blues!
Anti:dote, Fairmont Singapore, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, p. 6431 5315. High tea is served Mon-Thu 3pm-5pm, Fri 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm, $48++ per person.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
Now here’s a high tea that brings Tiers of Joy. Available at the hotel’s Lime Pâtisserie, this elegant set has recently undergone a makeover with a distinctly Asian take on dishes like Peking Duck Duxelles encased in Profiterole, Ayam Percik Shepherd’s Pie and Coconut Pandan mousse. Need caffeine to get through the day? $48 will get you unlimited servings of speciality coffee and TWG tea.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, p. 6809 8888. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 6pm, $42 per person, or $48 for unlimited servings of speciality coffee and TWG tea.
Aside from being the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the colonial marvel that is Raffles Singapore also houses the Tiffin Room that’s known for its curry buffets and high tea. Served in a three-tier stand are assorted sandwiches (tuna with mayonnaise, salmon with cream cheese, turkey ham and chicken with mayonnaise, to name a few) and pastries such as strawberry pistachio tartlet and banana crumble. And if you’re craving something Oriental, there’s even a dim sum station with free-flow dumplings and baos. There’s also a dairy- and gluten-free high tea menu too, so your whole clique can get classy. Note that Tiffin Room will be closed from 13 August 2017 as part of restoration and will re-open mid 2018.
Tiffin Room, Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, p. 6412 1190. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 5.30pm, $62++ per person.
Brasserie Les Saveurs
At St. Regis, you know you’re in for some ample pampering – and you won’t even have to wait for the weekend. Take a day off work, and indulge in The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea at the hotel’s eminent French restaurant. Goodies here range from duck foie gras profiteroles and prawn, lobster and tarragon cup pies, to crème caramel with orange compote and homemade chocolate pralines. Not to mention, the hand-made waffles and crêpes served à la minute and the myriad of fine teas ripe for the picking.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6860. High tea is served Mondays to Fridays, 3pm to 5pm, $49++ per person.
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
One of Singapore’s national treasures puts her spin on the high tea tradition, turning it into a homely feast of Peranakan-inspired staples and local bites. A three-tier stand offers snacks such as buah keluak crostini, hae bee hiam sandwiches, kueh pie tee and beef-bak pow. And instead of Western pastries and desserts, you’ll dig into Nyonya kuehs, roti jala with gula Melaka banana sauce, and kesturi lemon tart with papaya compote. What can this kitchen doyenne not come up with??
National Kitchen by Violet Oon, #02-01 National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing), Singapore 178957, p. 9834 9935. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm, $56++ per set (for two pax).
The Rose Veranda
While not your traditional high tea, this is still an afternoon delight that we wouldn’t mind skipping work for (*cough* you didn’t hear this from us). High tea purists will be happy to find a selection of 164 premium tea blends alongside scones, pastries and other desserts. But bear in mind that this high tea buffet also stocks international fare like sashimi, a rotating carving station and even local laksa – so much for saving space for dessert! It also starts as early as 11.30am, which is a great perk.
The Rose Veranda, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, p. 6213 4486. High tea is served daily from 11.30am to 6pm, $52++ per person.
The Lobby Lounge
One seriously spiffy option that has recently come onto our radar is afternoon tea at InterContinental Singapore’s Lobby Lounge. Swanky setting? Check. This Bugis-based hotel has recently revamped its lounge area into a luxurious space ideal for tea; think old-world grandeur meets modern design, with touches of colonial charm and Peranakan heritage. Scones? Check. We love the sound of the lemon raisin scones served with coffee mascarpone clotted cream and house-made wild strawberry jam! Affordability? Jackpot! Find out more about this high tea in our full review.
The Lobby Lounge, Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966. High Tea is served daily from 2pm to 5pm, $78++ for two person
The Providore at Tangs
Go ahead and shop ’til you drop; here’s a cosy spot where you can catch your breath, dump your bags and chillax with a cup of tea (or a glass of Champagne for extra kick). Cloistered conveniently within the second storey of Tangs in the heart of Orchard, The Providore always packs a treat with its high tea set menu. Smoked salmon ribbon sandwiches, gratinated lobster tartlets, buttermilk scones with jam and vanilla millefeuille are just some of the goodies you can sink your teeth into – energy for the next shopping escapade.
The Providore, 310 Orchard Road, Tangs Orchard, Singapore 238864, p.62351425. High tea is served daily from 12pm to 6pm, $27.50++ (tea) or $37.50++ (champagne).
Kick back on the couches at Chihuly Lounge while sipping on loose leaf teas from the Ronnefeldt tea collection. Savour their impressive eight-course high tea set, featuring delicacies like Scottish smoked salmon in almond buns and parma ham on olive baguette, alongside desserts like scones, macarons and pralines.
Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore #03-00, 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799, p. 64345288. High tea is served daily from 230-5pm, $49 per set.
House at Dempsey
This massive brunch haunt perched atop Dempsey Hill opens its doors on Thursdays and Fridays to high tea hunters keen to escape the city’s madness. Lush woodland surrounds instantly sets diners at ease, while artworks dotting the property offer visual treats while diners eat. We recommend ditching anything with a tight waistband for the day; the HOUSE HI-TEA ($30++ per pax) buffet spread is massive, with herb-packed comfort food like truffle fries and pork belly and an extensive dessert platter of cakes, tarts and all assortments of sweets.
House at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249672, p.64757787. High tea is served on Thursday and Fridays from 3-530pm, $30++.
Choose to enjoy your high tea spread in the cosy indoors or by the breezy poolside terrace at L’Espresso. Their reputable high tea buffet features a dazzling assortment of dainty sandwiches, salads, pastries, a chocolate fountain and, of course, traditional English scones.
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221, p.67301743. High tea served daily, Mon-Thu ($45 per adult) 2-530pm, Fri-Sun & Public Holidays ($48 per adult) 12-230pm & 3-530pm.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and venture to Woo Bar for a relaxing high tea experience. Their high tea set is served in an exquisite decorative silver bird cage and features savoury delights like foie gras ganache tart and sweet treats like macarons and scones. Complement your delicious munchies with Dilmah’s finest teas or a glass of bubbly.
Woo Bar, W Hotel Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Dr, Singapore 098374, p.68087258. High tea is served daily from 3-5pm. $65++ for 2 (Weekdays)
The Landing Point
Unwind at The Landing Point as you dine along the waterfront and soak in the magnificent view of the Marina Bay area. Savour a refillable three-tier high tea set, which boasts an assortment of premium savoury and sweet treats like Boston lobster cornet, duck confit crepe, and macarons.
The Landing Point, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, p. 65975277. High tea is served daily from 3-530pm, $45++ per pax.
Fancy indulging in a high tea spread after an afternoon of shopping in town? 10 Scotts offers an afternoon of respite over a mix of local and international treats like scones with raspberry jam and kaya (coconut) jam.
10 Scotts, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, p.67321234. High tea is served daily from 12-230pm and 3-5pm. $45++ per adult with free flow coffee and tea, $75 per adult with free flow champagne
The Marmalade Pantry
This quaint franchise has bloomed in popularity since establishing itself as a household name in ION Orchard, and that means more places in Singapore – including Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore that we recently reviewed – to get your high tea fix! Served daily from 3pm to 6pm, the Afternoon Tea Set includes two pots of Gryphon Teas; a selection of egg and cress, beef and horseradish, and green land shrimp finger sandwiches; buttermilk scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream; and your choice of two cupcakes. Filling!
The Marmalade Pantry, available at several locations. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 6pm, $38 for two.
TWG tea salons
Calling all tea-lovers! Go gaga at TWG tea salons with over 800 different types of teas to choose from for the high tea set. With four outlets in Singapore- Republic Plaza, ION Orchard, Takashimaya, and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, you can easily sip a cup of your favourite tea and munch on their signature tea-infused pastries and savoury bites. Prices range from $19 to $42.
TWG Tea Salons, Republic Plaza, 9 Raffles Place, #01-22, Singapore 048619, p. 65381837. ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #02-21, Singapore 238801, p. 67351837.
Takashimaya Department Store, B2, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873, p. 63631837.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B2-89/89A, Singapore 018972, p. 65351837. High tea sets are served daily from 2-6pm, prices range from $19++ to $42++)
Nestled within the lush garden of Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome, enjoy Pollen’s high tea set while basking in the Mediterranean setting and admiring the exotic flora around you. We love that Pollen prepares their bites with fresh herbs and vegetables from their in-house garden too.
Pollen, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, p. 66049988. High tea is served daily from 3-5pm, $38++ per pax.