Fellow tea lover? Here’s where to get the best tea in Singapore...
Hands up if you’re a tea enthusiast! We may not be as common as coffee drinkers or as obsessed as bubble tea fans, but we sure can appreciate the fine art of tea. Which is why we’ve scoured the island high and low to bring you the best tea brands in Singapore. Ready to curl up in your comfy spot with a cuppa? Here’s to quali-tea brews we love.
Best tea brands in Singapore
Take a sip. Slow down. Antea Social wants you to do just that with its teas that are sourced straight from tea makers (as much as possible). Its teahouse is a minimalistic dream, as are its tea blends, which focus on oolong concoctions, including Kyoho grape, golden pomelo, lychee, rose and vanilla.
Antea Social, 9 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207528, or shop online
Pekoe & Imp
Excited to share a love for tea with fellow devotees, Pekoe & Imp hosts workshops and pop-ups for you to learn more about its single-origin range. Shop the assortment of green, black and white teas, as well as oolong and dark teas for special treats like Taiwanese Pinglin white peony, aged tree Song Zhong dancong and Pinglin bi luo chun.
Pekoe & Imp, available at Apartment Coffee and Flagwhite, or shop online
Focusing on Chinese teas, this brand brings premium brews like oolong, pu’er and tie guan yin to tea lovers everywhere. Whether you’re a fan of earthy, smoky, woody, citrusy or sweet taste profiles, you’ll find your preference here. Popular picks include Vanilla Dragonwell, Ginger Garden, Jasmine Rose, Lychee Osmanthus and Vanda Miss Joaquim (named after Singapore’s national flower). Or try the Midweek Boost for a little revitalisation in the form of Japanese kukicha with candied yuzu.
Pryce Tea, 251 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128431, or shop online
This one’s almost too pretty to sip. Singapore’s first blooming tea specialist features hand-sewn tea balls that blossom into gorgeous flowers when they come into contact with water. With more than 30 varieties, its organic Maofeng green teas are infused with dried flowers like jasmine, osmanthus, marigold, rose and lavender.
Petale Tea, available at multiple locations including Foreword Coffee at Temasek Shophouse and Teapasar at Naiise
We’re fond of these handcrafted tea blends in pretty packaging. Think aromatic varieties like Botanic Gardens (green and white tea, rose petals, lemongrass, elderflower) and Asian Sunset (white tea, jasmine and rose petals). Plus, booze- and coffee-inspired drinks like rose moscato, scotch and caramel macchiato teas. This creative tea brand in Singapore has definitely won over our hearts with its great brews. Psst: You can even create your own bespoke blend layered with a base and a sprinkle of botanicals.
A.Muse Projects, shop online
This local label, set up in 2015 by two friends who adore fine tea blends, boasts a great collection. That includes classics like Earl Grey, pu’er, oolong and chamomile alongside intriguing blends such as Misty Mint and Lemongrass Breeze. It’s all neatly packed in silken pyramid sachets, with an inspirational note tagged to each tea bag (sweet!). A delightful way to start your tea drinking experience, we’d say. Oh, and customised designs and blends are also available for weddings and events.
Collaboration Tea, shop online
Teaspoon of Love
Run by a mother-daughter duo, the online tea shop adores its pure teas and beautiful baked goods, which pair amazingly together. (Ahem, burnt cheesecake alert: You gotta try the rich and creamy Da Hong Pao roasted oolong version here!) All single-origin teas are sourced directly from the farms and gardens of China, Taiwan, India and the like. You can also stock up on gorgeous teaware with brass tea strainers, glass teapots and hand-painted porcelain tea sets in the selection.
Teaspoon of Love, shop online
Taking inspiration from travels, cultures and memorable moments shared over a cuppa, Kindred Teas puts out a fab range of brews from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and China. Besides beloved classics like Earl Grey and Dong Ding oolong, its selection includes goodies such as Elder and Cream Black Tea, Mulberry Leaf and beautiful blooming teas handmade by Chinese tea artisans.
Kindred Teas, available at Naiise and Udders, or shop online
Since 1989, Tea Chapter has been committed to the art of Chinese tea appreciation, with a grand tea master who’s armed with more than two decades of experience. It’s touted as the largest tea house in the country, with a collection of tea leaves, tea wares and even tea books. Pop by the shophouse for a tranquil time surrounded by Chinese calligraphy and classical music, and shop teas to your heart’s content, with varieties like Dragon Well, Silver Needles, Hong Guan Yin and more.
Tea Chapter, 9 Neil Road, Singapore 088808, or shop online
For tonic teas that walk the line between traditional Chinese herbs and florals, Tily Tea is your best bet. Made with natural ingredients (sans added flavourings or extracts) such as burdock root, goji berries, red dates, apple flower and snow chrysanthemum, each blend offers a pleasant sip. Try Morning Shine to boost your day with a sweet, spicy cup of ginseng and ginger, or wind down with Evening Calm and its relaxing mix of lavender, chamomile and longan.
Tily Tea, shop online
Pek Sin Choon
Forget your go-to Earl Greys and head down the traditional route with Chinese tea. Established in 1925, Pek Sin Choon is one of the oldest tea brands in Singapore. It’s also one of the few to retain the tradition of blending its own tea leaves (no artificial flavourings here!). Swing by to find premium grade tea leaves for pu’er, lapsang souchong, oolong and tie guanyin.
Pek Sin Choon, 36 Mosque Street, Singapore 059514
This fab Australian tea company offers a spectacular selection of terrific tea blends with names like Gorgeous Geisha, Gone Surfing and Popcorn Chai. If you’re having trouble choosing a fave, we’ll have you know that bestsellers include French Earl Grey, Morning Sunshine and White Jasmine. The store also stocks beautiful, modern teaware like cups, teapots and other brewing tools and accessories, making this your pitstop for everything related to the wonderful world of tea.
T2 Tea, multiple locations including [email protected] and Suntec City, or shop online
Gryphon Tea Company
Gryphon’s origins go way back (almost a hundred years!) to a humble family-owned tea importer in Singapore. Then 2006 came around, and Gryphon Tea Company was born. Loyal fans will know and love its artisanal blends of black, fruit tisane, green, herb, oolong and pu’er teas. Looking for something more unusual? Try flavours like apple strudel with pistachio, English toffee or mangosteen pear. If you’re in love already, sign up for the subscription service to get teas delivered to your door each month.
Gryphon Tea Company, shop online
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
With a name that pays tribute to the clipper ships that brought tea to the furthest parts of the world, this family-run business boasts a vast selection of teas. You’ll find bestsellers like Blissful Berries, Earl Grey, Anti-Stress and Longan Paradise alongside a luxurious collection of alishan oolong, finest darjeeling, yunnan silver tips and milk oolong. Oh, and you can also stock up on teaware – because we all know one teapot is never enough!
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., multiple locations including Ion Orchard, or shop online
Inspired by the art of herbal tea making and healthy living, Juan’s collection spotlights traditional herbal teas with contemporary flavours. No preservatives here, just natural goodness. From loose leaf blends to tea bags, the selection ranges from lychee black tea and glutinous rice pu’er to floral-printed gift boxes for energising and calming in collaboration with Down Syndrome Association (Singapore).
Juan Tea, shop online
Don’t be fooled by the posh English vibes. TWG (The Wellbeing Group) Tea is 100% Singaporean. Founded in 2008, its elegant stores and cafes islandwide spotlight a marvellous collection with hundreds of single-estate, fine harvest and exclusive tea blends from all over the globe. The brand also offers lovely teaware like tea tins, teapots, tea strainers, tea trays and more. Oh, and let’s not forget about its exquisite cake and macaron delicacies.
TWG Tea, multiple locations including Ion Orchard and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
How about nasi lemak tea, you ask? This uncommon concoction by the tea brand in Singapore features a fragrant rice blend of houjicha with genmaicha, coconut flakes, dried pandan and dried chilli. Local influences have also resulted in quirky blends such as bak kwa (lapsang souchong, fennel, black peppercorn) and pandan chiffon (roasted green tea, pandan leaves, osmanthus blossoms). If you prefer the traditional stuff, loose leaf blends of oolong, pu’er, black, white and green teas are available too.
Ette Tea, #03-25, 333 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 080333, or shop online
London-based Newby Teas has made its way into posh places around the world, coming a long way from its origins as a passion project for the founder. This tea brand is a luxe find in Singapore, and its signatures include classics like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, alongside crowd favourites such as milk oolong and masala chai.
Newby Teas, shop online
Wang San Yang Tea Merchant
Popular among Chinese tea drinkers, Wang San Yang has been a reliable, authentic source of the good stuff for decades. Its tea leaves are carefully selected and purchased directly from tea plantations to retain their freshness and quality. Plus, the brand sells exquisite tea sets to complete your traditional tea drinking experience.
Wang San Yang Tea Merchant, #01-61, Hong Lim Complex, Blk 531 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 050531
Working with growers to curate indulgent tea blends, Tea Forte uses ingredients that represent less than 1% of all the teas in the world. From green to white to black, its brews take you along the taste journey from fruity and floral to citrusy and herbal. When you’re done browsing through the extensive selection, hop on over to the teaware section for polished teapots, cups, infusers and more.
Tea Forte, shop online