Pinkies up for these iconic afternoon teas. We pick ten of our favourites.
When we indulge, we indulge hard, whether it’s buffets, cocktails or afternoon teas. The latter’s our favourite way to get fancy without getting too stuffed – there’s nothing quite like comforting conversations with your gal pals over a pot of tea, scones and other tasty somethings. If you’re looking for a little afternoon splendour, these best venues for afternoon tea in Singapore will hit the spot.
The Clifford Pier at Fullerton Bay Hotel
It’s hard not to get swept off your feet at The Clifford Pier. The first thing you’ll notice here is its towering 11m high ceiling covered by crisscrossing arches, and stunning views of Marina Bay. Settle down for a three-tiered treat to accompany this arresting sight. On the trays you’ll find delicacies which pay homage to the restaurant’s history as a landing point of Singapore’s forefathers. Eight savoury and eight sweet items make up the menu, with bite-sized delights like chilli crab bao, wagyu beef rendang croquetas, and bandung macarons.
The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Brasserie Les Saveurs
This is the Grace Kelly of afternoon teas.. Step inside and you’ll see why; opulent furnishings deck its every corner – think towering ceilings with crystal chandeliers, massive windows, plush seatings – with a classical pianist in the corner. The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea it its star. 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 or the famed scone bar with jams and rich creams galore.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6860. High tea is served from Monday-Saturday 3pm-5pm, and Sunday 4pm-6pm
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
The Grand Dame of Singapore’s Peranakan food scene puts a homely spin on the high tea tradition, with a three-tier stand offering snacks such as buah keluak crostini, hae bee hiam sandwiches, kueh pie tee and beef-bak pow. These are punchy, Peranakan flavours: yes you can do chilli, lemongrass and buah keluak for afternoon tea. For sweets, you’ll sink your teeth into Nyonya kuehs, roti jala with gula Melaka banana sauce, and kesturi lemon tart with papaya compote. Plus, the art-deco-meets-colonial interior at the National Gallery is one evocative scene for high tea. What can we say? We’re suckers for chandeliers and Peranakan tiles.
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)
Renku Bar and Lounge
New to the high tea scene is Renku Bar and Lounge: an earthy, modern space located at Marina Bay Sands. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a spot of shopping; let your tea master brew you up a bespoke blend while you nibble on Japanese sweets, gourmet finger sandwiches, scones and pastries.
Renku Bar and Lounge, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956. Available 2pm-330pm and 4pm-530pm daily. $48 on weekdays and $53 on weekends.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore
The massive high tea spread at 10 Scotts always leaves us absolutely stuffed. Served semi-buffet style daily, it offers a combination of local and international delights, including freshly baked scones, pastries, sushi, and dim sum. Down it all with free-flow TWG tea or coffee, or Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champers (yes this is free flow too!) with an upgrade . Oh and did we mention that the lounge is located beside a two-storey cascading waterfall? Perfect afternoon with your gal pals, sorted.
10 SCOTTS, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6732 1234
The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Unmistakably lavish, The Rose Verandah sees well-heeled crowds flocking to its elegant surrounds for its massive high tea buffet. Located at the mezzanine floor of newly refurbished Shangri-La Singapore, it features all the nuts and bolts of a classic afternoon tea, along with scones, pastries and sashimi stations, as well a large chocolate fountain.
The Rose Veranda, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350. Available on Mondays to Thursdays, from 1130am to 5pm and Fridays to Sundays, as well as public holidays from 1130am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm.
L’espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel
This quintessential spot for high tea boasts an impeccable spread, with delicate sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, scrumptious scones and even a chocolate fountain. The buffet comes with two servings of premium coffee and TWG tea, but if you’re feeling (really) fancy, have your scones with a side of Champers (specifically, a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne).
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221, p.67301743. Available from Monday to Thursday 2pm to 530pm; Friday to Sunday and eve of and on public holiday 12pm to 230pm and 3pm to 530pm on Fridays to Sundays and public holidays.
Chihuly Lounge at Ritz Carlton
Name aside, Chihuly Lounge pays tribute to American glass artist Dale Chihuly with the stunning glass sculptures dotting its space. Served on round gilded tiered trays, the eight-course weekday set features meat carvings, scones, canapes and tea cakes. Weekends call for baggier pants – that’s when the restaurant breaks out its afternoon tea buffet.
Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore #03-00, 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799, p. 64345288. Weekdays from 12pm to 5pm; Weekends from 230pm to 5pm.
If it’s glamour you seek, you’ll find it in spades at W Hotel Singapore. Served in an exquisite decorative silver bird cage, the W T Time – Drop The T² set 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 champers.
Woo Bar, W Hotel Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Dr, Singapore 098374, p.68087258. High tea is served daily from 3 to 5pm. $65++ for 2 (Weekdays).
Chef’s Table at The Knolls
Showing us exactly why The Capella’s earned its stripes as prestigious getaway destination, The Knolls pulls out all the stops with its Afternoon Tea Experience at The Chef’s Table. Get your favourite tea at the speciality brew bar, and sink into the cosy couches in this home-style space as you dig into signatures like croque monsieur, cranberry scones, and Bordeaux canelés baked in copper mould.
Chef’s Table, The Knolls, 1 The Knolls, Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297. High tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm, $39.90++ per person.
Located within the lush gardens of Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome, Pollen spotlights Hendrick’s Gin as a main feature of its high tea set; you can choose to have it in your cocktail. The menu’s a tough one to beat, with savouries like tomato gazpacho cucumber and grape sorbet, braised duck, stilton and chilli cookie and chocolate sable tart with blood orange ganache. Bonus: Pollen prepares its bites with fresh herbs and vegetables from its in-house garden.
Pollen, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, p. 66049988. High tea is served daily from 3-5pm, $38++ with tea/coffee, or $50 with a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail.
Most of the hotel might be closed for restoration now (with a complete closure in December), but we can’t possibly exclude this iconic high tea from this list. The majestic, colonial hotel was once home to Raffles Grill, AKA the best place for afternoon tea with lobsters, champagne and other decadent treats. The hotel is slated to fully open in the second half of 2018, and we’re seriously excited to see what new high tea experiences it has in store.
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673