From ultra-traditional afternoon teas to Asian-inspired buffets, check out our ultimate guide to afternoon teas in Singapore (including our pick for the BEST scones)!
With the hazy, lazy days of summer truly upon us, what better way to feel a little fancy than by hitting up one of Singapore’s many outstanding afternoon teas, mama? We’ve rounded up all our faves across the island, from traditional, English-style teas with fresh-baked scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches and tiered silver trays, to teas with a cocktail kick, buffets that highlight local Peranakan faves, and hands-down the best value in the CBD ($15 per person!).
Check out our gallery for the lowdown on all the best afternoon teas in Singapore, mama!
Best for bringing the kids along
Head to Anti:dote any day of the week for your choice of freshly baked scones alongside inventive finger sandwiches (Ikura Roe or Lobster Roll on Homemade Brioche, anyone?) you won’t see anywhere else. The desserts are equally delectable, and we love that they offer a dedicated kids’ menu!
How Much: Afternoon Tea sets starting from $48++, Children’s Tea set at $18++
When: Monday to Thursday, 3pm – 5pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Eve Of Public Holidays and Public Holidays, 12pm – 2pm (first seating) & 3pm – 5pm (second seating)
Anti:dote Lounge at Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189560, (+65) 6431 5315, [email protected]
You’ve got a few teas to choose from at Capella; the more traditional Capella Afternoon Tea is set in the cosy open Chef’s Kitchen, with surrounding views of the property’s lush greenery. The menu here features sweet and savoury classics handcrafted by the Executive Pastry Chef, along with innovative bites prepared à la minute such as Bordeaux Canelés, Custard of Duck Liver with Yuzu Flavour and much more. In 2018 Chef’s Kitchen also introduced a new Wellness Tea in consultation with certified raw food chef Sandra Lim. Held every Friday, the dairy- and gluten-free tea features five courses including a Root Vegetables and Hummus Tart and Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Shitake “Bacon”. We’re particularly intrigued by special house scones with raspberry chia seed jam and whipped coconut cream topping. Yum!
The East Meets West Afternoon Tea at elegant Chinese restaurant Cassia serves up Dim Sum flavours like BBQ Pork Buns (served with Black Truffle, thank you very much!), Steamed Siew Mai topped with Abalone, and other elegant renditions of dim sum faves alongside gorgeous teas by Ronnefeldt and traditional British-inspired dishes such as Homemade Chili Crab Quiche, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, and Passion Fruit Pate de Fruit with Mango Sauce.
How Much: Capella Afternoon Tea at Chef’s Table priced at $39.90 per person, available Monday to Friday (except public holidays). The Health After Noon Tea is priced at $59++ and is held every Friday from 3pm to 5pm. Call (+65) 6591 5089 or email [email protected] for reservations.
East Meets West Afternoon Tea priced at $39.90 per person, available Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Call (+65) 6591 5045 or email [email protected]
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Those who like their afternoon tea with a bit of a kick will appreciate that One Ninety offers not only freshly infused TWG teas and Lavazza Coffee, but also options of One ‘Diva’ Cocktail or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Throw in delectable, freshly-baked Prune and Vanilla Scones with homemade rose petals strawberry, plus an assortment of fresh finger sandwiches and particularly yummy sweet treats and pastries (Kumquat Chocolate Tart, anyone?), and you’re good to go for an elegant and refined afternoon at the Four Seasons.
How Much: $46++ per person to $76++ per person including one glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label non-vintage Champagne
When: Available from 1pm – 5pm
One-Ninety Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646, (+65) 6734 1110, www.fourseasons.com/singapore
You’ve got two teas to choose from at the Fullerton Bay, mamas:
The Heritage Afternoon Tea at The Clifford Pier serves up elegant spins on local favourites, such as Chili Bak Kwa Jam on Savoury Egg Tart, or Buttery Scones topped with Homemade Kaya. With gorgeous views and a lovely atmosphere, it’s the perfect tea to give out of town visitors a taste of local delicacies.
Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point is a bit more traditional but every bit as elegant, with filling dishes like Lobster in Crispy Cornets, Smoked Salmon Millefeuille with Caviar, and a range of French-inspired pastries. Includes free-flow coffee and tea, too!
Heritage Afternoon Tea at The Clifford Pier
How Much: $45++ per person. Items are refillable and inclusive of a choice of beverage.
When: Monday to Friday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 3pm – 5pm
Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point
How Much: $45++ per person. Inclusive of free-flow coffee and tea.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm – 5:30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 12:30pm – 3pm (first seating), 3:30pm – 6pm (second seating). Come 1 July, weekend hours will be revised to 12pm – 2pm (first seating), and 3pm – 5pm (second seating)
Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, (+65) 6877 8911 / 6877 8912, www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-bay-hotel
Mixing both local and international tea favourites, the 10 Scotts at the Grand Hyatt gives you yummy homemade scones not only with raspberry jam and clotted cream, but also kaya, along with everything from desserts to delectable crab cakes. Bonus points for the upgrade option to free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne!
How Much: $45++ or $75++ with free-flowing Champagne/adult from Monday to Friday. $55++ or $85++ with free-flowing champagne/adult on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Complimentary for children below four years old and chargeable at $26++ for children between 4 and 12 years old.
When: 12pm – 2:30pm (first seating) & 3pm – 5pm (second seating)
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211. Make your reservations here!
A popular one with kids in particular, the whimsical, enchanted Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Changi Airport serves up a plethora of colourful cakes and pastries along with a choice of hot beverage (Flat White, Latte or Cappuccino) as part of its good value afternoon tea set — just $18 for two people!
Tea set for 1: $10 (choice of one sliced cake and one hot beverage)
Tea set for 2: $18 (choice of two sliced cakes and two hot beverages)
When: Weekday afternoons, 2pm – 5pm
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, 65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3 Arrival Meeting Hall Central, #01-22, Singapore 819663, (+65) 6241 6127, www.hellokittyorchidgarden.com
The Hilton High tea has SUCH a fab spread – the raclette was a particular hit! The choice of savoury – rolls, raclette, satay, laksa and much more – along with beautiful cakes, Teppenyaki ice cream and truffles was a perfect balance. Great location on Orchard, too!
–Sassy Mama George
NB: Come August, look out for some special National Day-themed highlights, including the addition of local favourites and something extra special on D9 Cakery’s famous six-metre showcase of desserts!
How Much: $41/adult with free flow of coffee and TWG tea. Additional $35 for free flow sparkling wine, selected beer, white and red wines. $21/child (aged 5 to 12 years old). Children below the age of five dine for free.
When: Saturdays, 12pm – 2:30pm (first seating) & 3pm – 5pm (second seating)
For those who love pretty things
The Spring-Inspired Heritage Tea serves up both sweet and savoury options in pretty shades of pink and orange; highlights include the Lavender-Blackcurrant Tarte; English scones with jasmine (and jam and clotted cream, of course!); and Raspberry-Rose Choux Pastry. We highly recommend topping up to receive two flutes of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne.
How Much: $78++ for two guests inclusive of choice of loose-leaf teas or coffee; $108++ for two guests inclusive of a choice of loose-leaf tea or coffee and two flutes of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne.
When: Now till 31 July 2017, 2pm – 5pm
The Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, www.singapore.intercontinental.com
For those substituting tea for lunch
Goodwood Park’s English Afternoon Tea buffet at L’Espresso has perhaps the most extensive and substantial array of offerings of any tea we’ve had in Singapore, with sandwiches, savouries and salads in addition to traditional tea faves like English scones, pastries and desserts. And oh by the way, did we mention the chocolate fountain?! Topped off with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and you’ve got yourself a pretty sweet afternoon, we think!
How Much: $48++/adult and $24++/child from Fridays – Sundays, eve of and on public holidays; $45++/adult and $22.50++/child from Mondays – Thursdays. Price includes two servings of coffee and tea from a selection of premium coffee and TWG Tea. If guests fancy some tipple to perk up their afternoon, they can choose to have their high tea with a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne at $72++ per adult from Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on public holidays, or $68++ per adult from Mondays to Thursdays, or top up with a bottle of the same champagne at an additional $125++ per bottle.
When: Monday – Thursday, 2pm – 5:30pm; Friday – Thursday & Public Holidays, 12pm – 2:30pm (first seating) & 3pm – 5:30pm (second seating)
L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, (+65) 6737 7411, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com
Durian lovers will go crazy with this one! Go on an epicurean afternoon tea as Axis Bar and Lounge presents a bold and inviting durian themed menu with a local twist. Expect the king of fruits decadently infused into gourmet desserts and served on an exquisite three-tiered stand, alongside savouries such as the roulade of chicken, spiced ginger and chili caviar. Highlights not to be missed include the divine durian macaron, D24 durian mousse, durian custard sable tart with taro foam, gula melaka durian opera and more.
How Much: $42++ per person, $80++ for two
When: 1 – 31 July 2017, 12:30pm – 2:30pm & 3pm – 5pm daily (extra seating on weekends and public holidays)
Axis Bar and Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Singapore,
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, Tel: (+65) 6885 3500, [email protected], www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/axis-bar-and-lounge
The “Quintessentially High Tea” at Atrium Lounge offers a tempting choice of either English or Asian Hi-Tea Menus. The English High Tea set has your traditional raisin scones along with a tantalising Maine lobster roll, Mini Croque Monsieur, Chicken Pot Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Crispy Chocolate Hazelnut Slice, and plated desserts like Double Chocolate Lava Cake and Baked Alaska Flambéed with Cinnamon Liquer.
The Asian Hi-Tea Menu also includes the baked raisin scone with clotted cream, peanut butter, and homemade kaya jam. Cold savouries include a Mini Soft Bun Coated with Chicken Floss, Hoisin Duck Salad rolled in egg crepes, and Singapore Chili Crab Salad in savoury tart. Naturally the desserts are headlined by a Strawberry Swiss Roll Durian Cream Puff, alongside favourites like Mango Pudding and Pandan Kueh Lapis.
How Much: English Hi-Tea Menu set OR Asian Hi-Tea Menu set priced at $38++ per person
When: Available on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 3pm – 5:30pm
It doesn’t get much more British than Marks & Spencer, and with a convenient café located just off Orchard Road it’s easy to pop in for a quick and easy afternoon tea done right. Highlights include moist scones and cakes (with plenty of cream and jam, of course), crunchy biscuits, and an assortment of refreshing teas.
How Much: $29.90 for two people, including sandwiches, scones, and two pots of tea.
When: Call for hours.
M&S Cafe, 501 Orchard Road, #01-01 Wheelock Place, Place, Tel: (+65) 6733 8122,
The “Tiers of Joy” Afternoon Tea at Lime Restaurant incorporates both local and traditional flavours each day from 3pm to 6pm alongside TWG teas. Be sure to go hungry, mamas, so you can feast on the likes of Peking Duck Duxelles, Ayam Percik Shepherd’s Pie, or a delectable Snow Crab with Green Apple Open-Faced Sandwich. Of course, we’re partial to the pretty amazing dessert tier, highlighted by the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cup with Gianduja Chantilly, or the Forest Berries Basket with Coconut Pandan Mousse.
How Much: $42++ includes a high tea set for two, and a single serving of specialty coffee and TWG tea. $48++* includes a high tea set for two, and unlimited servings of specialty coffee and TWG tea
When: Available daily from 3pm – 6pm
Singapore’s culinary doyenne, Violet Oon, gets it right every time – and the newly introduced Singapore High Tea at her National Gallery restaurant, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, is sure to wow out-of-town guests (or help newcomers fall in love with Singapore just a little bit more). The three-tiered tingkat-inspired stand comes laden with several of Singapore’s favourite foods and some modern twists to Peranakan classics. If you have never tried her food, the high tea set is an excellent introduction. At a totally reasonable $28++ per person, the tea set includes six savoury, and six sweet nibbles.
How Much: Cost is $28++ per person, with a minimum of 2 pax. Click here for full menu options.
When: Singapore High Tea is offered daily from 2:30 pm to 5pm (last orders at 4:30pm).
National Kitchen by Violet Oon, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #02-01, Singapore 178957, Tel: (+65) 9834 9935, www.violetoon.com
Best combination of atmosphere and value
Coming in at $50 per person including a glass of Prosecco, this lovely afternoon tea set in the Flower Dome amidst the lush greenery of Gardens by the Bay is nothing like your typical hotel set-up. Savouries range from Squid Ink Arancini with Pea Puree, to Hummus with Dukkah Spices, to a rather hearty and satisfying Braised Chicken & Avocado Sourdough Sandwich (who needs lunch?!). On the sweet side you’ve got a range of chocolates, cakes, and pastries, along with fruit scones with crème fraiche and jam.
How Much: $38 with tea/coffee (double shot/ice/caramel at additional $2) or $50 with a glass of Prosecco (free-flow of Prosecco at additional $38)
When: Available every day from 3pm – 5pm
It doesn’t get more quintessential than an elegant sit-down for the English Afternoon Tea in the famous Tiffin Room at the Raffles – particularly if your little one has read Afternoon Tea at the Raffles Hotel! Food offerings include finger sandwiches, mini pastries, a few yummy Dim Sum options, and five different varieties of both sweet and savoury scones (served with jam and clotted cream, of course).
NB: The Tiffin Room will be closed from 17 August through mid-2018 due to renovation at the Raffles Hotel, so book fast, mamas!
How Much: $62++/adult and $30++/child
When: Served daily from 3pm – 5.30pm until 13 August 2017 (closing for restoration works)
Tiffin Room at Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673, (+65) 6412 1816, [email protected], www.raffles.com/singapore/offers/dining-offers/english-afternoon-tea
The lovely Regent offers two different afternoon tea options: the Weekday Three-Tier Afternoon Tea serves up the classic variety of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones (not to mention a Chocolate Valrhona Shake – YUM!).
On weekends, families can plump for the more extensive Weekend High Tea Buffet that proffers not only teatime classics, but a bevy of local faves like laksa and chicken rice, not to mention a live waffle station and enviable dessert spread prepared by award-winning pastry chef Alex Chong and his team.
NB: Look for a new, contemporary “Quintessential Afternoon Tea” featuring “hand-crafted, interactive desserts” and much more to be launching in August 2017.
WEEKDAY THREE-TIER AFTERNOON TEA
$48 per adult | $22.50 per child
$88 per adult with free flow of prosecco
$108 per adult with free flow of Champagne
WEEKEND HIGH TEA BUFFET
$61 per adult | $30.50 per child for buffet only
$101 per adult with free flow of prosecco
$121 per adult with free flow of Champagne
When: Three-tier Afternoon Tea available daily at Basilico (Level Two) from 2:30pm – 5:30pm (Monday to Friday) and 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Basilico at Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715, Level 2, (+65) 6725 3246, [email protected], www.regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/tea-lounge
Afternoon Tea and The Ritz seem to go hand-in-hand the world over, so it’s no surprise they do two bang-up versions here, all under the watchful eye of gorgeous glass pieces by famed sculptor Dale Chihuly:
During the week the 8-course Afternoon Tea runs from 12 to 5 (perfect for a different kind of lunch), with everything from a carving stations, to canapés, macarons, and of course scones.
On weekends, the Afternoon Tea Buffet features a mix of Asian and Western influences, with unique dishes like Tofu with Assorted Mushrooms, Wagyu Beef Patties with Melted Cheese, and Pan-Fried Vegetarian Gyoza, served alongside a wide range of finger sandwiches, cold canapés, and desserts (chocolate bark, anyone?). We also love the live French toast station!
How Much: $49 for 8-course Weekday Afternoon Tea Set; $58 for Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet
When: Weekday Afternoon Tea Set served Monday to Friday, 12pm – 5pm, Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet served on Saturday and Sunday from now till 9 July 2017, 2:30pm – 5pm
Chihuly Lounge at Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, (+65) 6434 5288, [email protected], www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/chihuly-lounge
Fancy and perfect for shopaholics
The “Enchanting Afternoon Tea” served under a grand crystal chandelier at Brasserie Les Saveurs serves up a classic teatime menu of oven-baked scones, hand-crafted crèpes and a three-tiered silver stand of finger sandwiches, savoury pies, and sweet pastry desserts. The elegant atmosphere overlooking Orchard Road is the perfect place to recharge after a day of power-shopping.
Monday to Friday: 3pm to 5pm | $49++ per person
Saturday: 3pm to 5pm | $53++ per person
Sunday: 4pm to 6pm | $53++ per person
Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, (+65) 6506 6860, www.stregissingapore.com/afternoontea
The Rose Veranda is a favourite among mamas for its delectable scones along with its extensive, sumptuous High Tea Buffet that easily doubles as lunch: with everything from classic fingers sandwiches and dainty desserts, to substantial signatures like sushi, sashimi and even roasted meats. And the atmosphere is lovelier than ever following a major renovation last year.
How Much: $52++ per person
When: Monday to Thursday, 11:30am – 5pm; Friday to Sunday and public holidays, 11:30am – 2pm & 3pm – 6pm
Rose Veranda at Shangri-La, Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, (+65) 6213 4486 / 4398, www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/dining/bars-lounges/rose-veranda
Forget about tiered silver trays – the Afternoon Tea à la Française instead gives you a “jewelery box” whose drawers reveal a yummy mix of finger sandwiches, savoury amuse-bouches and mini pastries. Bonus points for the tranquil Sentosa atmosphere.
How Much: $80++ for 2 persons
When: Available at LeBar from noon to 5:30pm daily
Le Bar Tea Francaise at Sofitel Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, 099891, (+65) 6708 8310 / 6708 8362, [email protected], www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com/offers/afternoon-tea-la-francaise
The best deal in the CBD
At just $15++ per person on weekday afternoons, this French-inspired tea in the elegant, Karl Lagerfeld-designed Sofitel So is fab for a business meeting or quick break if you find yourself in the CBD. You’ll not only get TWG teas, but classics like eclairs, macarons, panna cotta and mini quiches.
How Much: Weekday High Tea Set at $15++ per person; Weekends, eve of and on Public Holidays High-Tea Set at $32++ per person. High tea comes with a complimentary pot of TWG tea
When: Available daily
Xperience Restaurant at SO Sofitel, 35 Robinson Road 068876 Singapore, www.sofitel-so-singapore.com/offer/semi-high-tea-buffet
Perfect for showcasing Peranakan cuisine to out-of-town guests
Another hotel with separate weekday and weekend options, Swissotel Merchant Court ensures you’ll never go hungry, mama! On weekdays, the Straits Afternoon Tea at Crossroads Bar serves up a hearty selection of local favourites, including Braised Pork Belly in Steam Loaf Bun, Otak Otak on Toast, and Nonya Chicken Curry Puff, not to mention desserts like Pandan Chiffon and Kueh Lapis. Meanwhile, purists can still enjoy plenty of English Afternoon classics like homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, delicate tea sandwiches, and plenty of pastries and tarts.
On weekends, the Nyonya High Tea Buffet at Ellenborough Market Café is a hit with families for its unique and extensive array of Peranakan classics such as laksa, DIY Kueh Pie Tie, and homemade otak otak. Other Asian offerings include sashimi, dim sum, and desserts such as Almond Cream with White Fungus and the famous Durian Pengat (there are plenty of French pastries available too, mama!).
How Much: Nonya High Tea Buffet at $42 per person, Straits Afternoon Tea at $38 per person, with a minimum of 2 persons per order
When: Nonya High Tea Buffet available on weekends and eve of, and on public holidays. Straits Afternoon Tea available daily from 3pm to 5:30pm.
Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281, (+65) 6239 1847 / 6239 1848, [email protected]
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