From traditional high teas to special kids teas with unicorn pastries, check out our updated ultimate guide to afternoon tea in Singapore
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 high teas with fresh-baked scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches and tiered silver trays, to teas with a cocktail kick, teas that highlight local Peranakan faves, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and even some dedicated kids’ teas!
NB: Most restaurants have reduced capacity and have also adjusted their menus (most buffets are unavailable, for instance). Booking ahead is more essential than ever now!
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Lead image from InterContinental Hotel Singapore
Afternoon Tea in the airy Courtyard is a lovely affair, with an extensive menu that’s equally ideal for a light meal or afternoon tea. You’ll enjoy unlimited replenishment of traditional tiered nibbles like finger sandwiches, sous-vide prawn cocktail, and dill and crab meat mayo with baby radish and mustard cress in a mini tartlet shell. You’ll also find plenty of delicate pastry sweets, and of course classic scones with jam and clotted cream, along with free-flow premium coffee and tea. And do be sure to save room for the signature ondeh ondeh macaron and maple pecan orange tart!The Fullerton Hotel also earns bonus points for its gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian afternoon tea options! Just be sure to provide three days’ notice ahead of your visit.
How Much: $50++ per adult / $25++ per child (weekdays); $55++ per adult / $27++ per child (weekends). Add $78 for two hours’ free-flow of selected Prosecco, house rosé, white, red and Moscato wines; Add $10 for one glass of red or white wine; Add $15 for a glass of sparkling wine; Add $20 for a flute of Champagne.
When: 3pm – 6pm (last order at 5:30pm)
The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, Tel: (+65) 6733 8388, www.fullertonhotels.com
If we can’t go to Japan, we’ll indulge in some Japanese-inspired sweets and savouries instead! Enjoy an elegant Japanese Afternoon Tea experience at Atrium featuring a number of exquisite pastries presented beautifully, ready for plenty of photo-worthy moments. Available seven days a week from 2 January to 31 March 2021 at just $88 for two guests ($44 per additional guest, so why not round up your group of eight?), choose two delicious beverages each and enjoy the following sweets and savouries:
- Salmon Quiche, Sour Cream, Ikura and Dill
- Charcoal Brioche Bun with Corn Kernel, Crab Meat and Japanese Mayonnaise
- Japanese Egg Sandwich and Milk Butter Roll
- Smoked Trout, Nori and Wasabi Mayonnaise Sandwiches
- California Maki
- Citrus Raspberry Matcha Entremet
- Sudachi Tart
- Raspberry Lychee Rose Roulade
- Matcha Azuki Monaka
- Earl Grey Macaron
- Moist Chocolate Cake
- Plain and Blueberry Scones served with Butter, Whipped Cream and Preserves
Check out the full menu here and make a reservation via www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pp-marina/dining/atrium
Pan Pacific Singapore,7 Raffles Boulevard, #01-00, Marina Square, Pan Pacific, 039595, Tel: 6826 8240, www.panpacific.com
The Landing Point serves a selection of both local and international classics, all against the magnificent backdrop of Marina Bay. Every day of the week, you’ll find a special afternoon tea menu featuring freshly baked scones and finger sandwiches (we loved the Seared Beef Pastrami in Brioche Bread and Five-Spice Smoked Chicken), as well as an assortment of delicate pastries and dainty sweet treats. The Landing Point’s afternoon tea also includes free-flow premium coffee and tea, with options to upgrade to wine or Champagne. Note that gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian afternoon tea are all available with three days’ notice.
How Much: $50++ per adult, $25++ per child (age 6-11) on weekdays and $55++ per adult, $27++ per child (ages 6-11) on weekends. Items are refillable and inclusive of a choice of beverage. Add $78++ for two hours’ free-flow of selected Prosecco, house rosé, white, red and Moscato wines; add $10++ for one glass of red or white wine; add $15++ for a glass of sparkling wine; add $20++ for a flute of Champagne.
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: First seating, 12pm to 2:30pm, Second seating, 3:30pm to 6pm
Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, (+65) 6877 8911 / 6877 8912, www.fullertonhotels.com/fullerton-bay-hotel-singapore/dining/the-landing-point
The St. Regis Afternoon Tea Experience is served under a grand crystal chandelier at Brasserie Les Saveurs. The classic teatime menu features freshly baked scones and madeleines, alongside hand-crafted crèpes that are prepared à la minute. Prepare to be dazzled by delicious savoury sandwiches like Smoked Salmon Blinis with Salmon Roe and Craem Cheese, Foie Gras and Duck Rilette Brioche, Turkey Ham Ciabatta with Comté Cheese, and Truffle Egg Mayonaise Brioche with Cucumber, all served atop a two-tiered silver stand. And don’t forget delicate sweet treats like Raspberry and Pistachio Financier, Hazelnut and Milk Chocolate Tartlet, and Orange Mascarpone Dome. The elegant atmosphere overlooking Orchard Road is the perfect place to sip on the signature St.Regis Singapore tea blend and recharge after a day of power-shopping. We won’t tell, though, if you decide to cap it off with the complementary “R” de Ruinart Champagne!
How Much: $38++ per person; $68++ per person with a glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne; $98++ per person with a 375ml bottle of “R” de Ruinart Champagne.
When: Daily, 3pm to 5pm
Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Level, Singapore 247911, (+65) 6506 6860, www.brasserielessaveurs.com
Head to Anti:dote any day of the week for your choice of freshly baked scones alongside inventive savouries (aubergine quiche or smoked ocean trout, anyone?) that you won’t see anywhere else. The desserts are equally delectable, and we love that they offer a dedicated kids’ menu and a dedicated gluten-free menu! NB: In Summer 2020 Anti:dote is doing a “Casual British Summer” seasonal pop-up afternoon tea with a menu designed by JAAN Chef Kirk Westaway. The temporary capacity has also been reduced from 120 to 53 guests to allow for social distancing, so bookings are essential.
How Much: Afternoon Tea sets starting from $52++.
When: Daily, 3pm to 4:30pm.
Anti:dote Lounge at Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, (+65) 6431 5315, [email protected]
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Everything about this Art Deco space is super glamorous, even the afternoon tea! Choose from either the ATLAS or Prestige Selection, each highlighting an extensive collection of nearly 20 teas from around the world. The restaurant even offers the perfect Champagne pairings in case you truly want to go all out. Food highlights range from savoury Iberico jamon and toast or truffled egg and watercress brioche, to classic tea sweets like brown butter scones with cream and homemade raspberry jam, passionfruit cheesecake, and banana cream pie.
NB: Each component of the ATLAS afternoon tea is handmade to order, so 24-hour advanced booking is required. ATLAS also has vegetarian and gluten-free afternoon tea menus!
How much: 56++ (ATLAS Selection) to $ 60++ (Prestige Selection); Glass of Champagne at $20 per glass.
When: Monday to Saturday, hours vary (but always at least 3pm to 5pm)
ATLAS, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778, Tel: (+65) 6396 4466, www.atlasbar.sg
Capella is currently offering afternoon tea at The Knolls, with a curated selection of classic finger sandwiches and desserts. There are also two varieties of freshly baked scones on offer — Buttermilk, and Blueberry Thyme (yum!).
How Much: $45++ per person, available
When: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5pm
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, www.capellahotels.com/en/capella-singapore
The Lobby Lounge at Conrad Singapore serves afternoon tea daily from 1pm to 5pm. Keep an eye out for themed teas; recently there was Sakura Afternoon Tea to artfully incorporate Japanese sakura flowers, along with extra weekend indulgences like seafood and cheese platters.
How much: Weekday Afternoon Tea (served Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm) is $32++ per person; Weekend Afternoon Team (served Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 1pm to 5pm) is $68++ per person (inclusive of seafood and cheese platter)
When: 1pm to 5pm
Lobby Lounge at Conrad Centennial Singapore, Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982, Tel: (+65) 6432 7482, www.conradhotels3.hilton.com
One Ninety Bar offers over a dozen different teas and a variety of Lavazza Coffee drinks. Throw in delectable, freshly-baked Vanilla Scones with strawberry-rose preserve, plus an assortment of fresh finger sandwiches and particularly yummy sweet treats and pastries (Oolong Panna Cotta! Manjari Chocolate Cake with Matcha Cream!), and you’re good to go for an elegant and refined afternoon at the Four Seasons.
How Much: $46++ per person to $66++ per person (includes a pairing with three signature sparkling teas_
When: Available Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 5pm
One-Ninety Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646, (+65) 6831 7671, www.fourseasons.com/singapore
Mixing both local and international tea favourites, the À La Minute Afternoon Tea Buffet at 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 add-on option of champagne and sustainable wines. NB: If you spend $100 you’ll earn yourself a free carpark coupon! There’s also a smart casual dress code that forbids singlets and flip-flops.
How Much: $55++ per adult / $35++ per child. Complimentary for children below four years old.
When: Daily, 12pm – 2:30pm (first seating) & 3pm – 5pm (second seating)
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Singapore 228211, Tel: (+65) 6732 1234, Make your reservations here!
The Peranakan Afternoon Tea serves up flavourful, modern renditions on local classics, like Deep-fried Rendang Chicken Mantou, Milo and lemon scones with gula melaka and coconut jam, and Pulut Hitam chiffon cake.
How much: $88++ for two guests; $118++ including two flutes of Taittinger Brut Champagne.
When: Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 5:30pm; Friday to Sunday and public holidays, 1pm to 3pm (first seating) and 3:30pm to 5:30pm (second seating).
Meanwhile, the delightful Kids Afternoon Tea (pictured at the top of this article) gives munchkins fun, fancy treats like Rainbow layer cake, unicorn Macarons, and a ‘Teddy Bear’ Tuna Sandwich. Kiddos also get a choice of hot chocolate or a strawberry milkshake!
How Much: $38++ per set
When: Weekends, 1pm to 5:30pm
The Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, www.singapore.intercontinental.com
Goodwood Park’s English Afternoon High Tea at L’Espresso has perhaps the most extensive and substantial selection of any tea we’ve had in Singapore, with hearty sandwiches, savouries and salads in addition to traditional tea faves like English scones, pastries and desserts. (Current offerings include Beef Wellington, Traditional Irish Beef & Guinness Stew, and Mini Pork Shepherd’s Pie with Cheese Crust, just to name a few!). To celebrate the hotel’s 120 years of history, it’s also collaborated with TWG Tea to create Legacy Blend 120, a commemorative tea blend with note of Bergamot, Almonds and Blue Cornflower. High Tea includes two servings of coffee or tea.
How Much: Monday to Thursday: $45++ per adult, $27++ per child (6 to 11 years old). Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on publif holidays: $48++ per adult, $28.80++ per child. Add a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne: $68 (weekdays) – $72 (weekends).
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
MO Bar is currently offering a takeaway afternoon tea that’s full of sweet and savoury delights (chocolate and vanilla scones? Yes, please!). On the menu you’ll also find three mini sandwiches (including Shawarma, yum!) and an assortment of pastries and cookies. Interestingly, the afternoon tea is priced for a family of four!
How Much: $98 nett for four people; orders must be placed 24 hours in advance
When: 2pm to 6pm daily
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, so you can feast on the likes of Nasi Lemak Balls, Chicken Tandoori Rolls, and Mini Shepherds Pies. Of course, we’re partial to the pretty amazing dessert tier, highlighted by the Peanut Butter Crunch with Gianduja Chantilly, or the Pandan Coconut Tart.
How Much: $58++ includes a high tea set for two and unlimited servings of specialty coffee and TWG tea
When: Available daily from 3pm – 6pm
Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, (+65) 6809 8899, www.parkroyalhotels.com/lime
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 gruyere cheese gougeres, to liver parfait cherry, to the rather hearty and satisfying Madras curry egg sandwiche (who needs lunch?!). On the sweet side you’ve got a range of chocolates, cakes, and pastries, alongside scones served with clotted cream and berry jam.
How Much: $45++ per person, add on $12++ for a glass of Pimm’s Cocktail
When: Available Wednesdays to Saturdays, call for timings
Fennel Cafe at Pollen Terrace, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953, (+65) 6604 9988, [email protected], www.pollen.com.sg/menu, bookings available online here
It doesn’t get more quintessential than an elegant sit-down for Afternoon Tea at the Raffles – particularly if your little one has read Afternoon Tea at the Raffles Hotel! Following more than two years of renovations, the Raffles has re-opened with Afternoon Tea now served in a new location, the elegant, newly restored Grand Lobby. Food offerings include classic sandwiches, home-baked scones and cakes, seasonal goodies, and a curated, classic collection of exquisite teas and Champagnes, with two different afternoon teas to choose from: the New York Afternoon Tea (featuring sandwiches like a Reuben and Lobster Roll, alongside Cheesecake) and the Classic Afternoon Tea. You’ll also find brand new cocktails curated in the Writer’s Bar; we’ve got our eye on the Curry Chilli Fizz!
How Much:$68++ (Classic Afternoon Tea) to $78++ (New York Afternoon Tea); Cocktails: $20 each; Champagne: $25-$35 per glass.
When: Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, (+65) 6412 1816, www.rafflessingapore.com
The lovely Regent offers two different afternoon tea options: the Weekday Three-Tier ‘Summer Garden’ Afternoon Tea serves up the classic variety of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones (not to mention intriguing tea cocktails).
Sadly the Weekend High Tea Buffet is currently on hold due to social distancing regulations, but the new Weekend High Tea features individually hot plated items served to the table, such as King Prawn Congee, Caramelised Kurobuta Pork Char Siew, and Chef Chong’s Signature Laksa.
Click the link below for a special 50% off offer on both the weekday and weekend afternoon teas!
WEEKDAY THREE-TIER AFTERNOON TEA
$47 per adult | $23.50 per child
$87 per adult with free flow Prosecco
$107 per adult with free flow Champagne
WEEKEND HIGH TEA
$68 per adult | $34 per child
$108 per adult with free flow Prosecco
$128 per adult with free flow Champagne
When: Three-tier Afternoon Tea available weekdays from 2:30 to 5:30pm. High Tea Buffet is available Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-2:30pm (first seating) and 3:00pm-5:30pm (second seating).
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 a bang-up versions here, though sadly the stunning Chihuly Lounge is currently closed.
“The Journey Afternoon Tea” at Colony features a five-tier menu, including choice of plain or chocolate scones, a hearty Mini Steak Ale Pie, assorted sandwiches, pastries, and mini cakes and cookies. Even better, it also comes with a flute of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Réserve Ritz Brut NV to go along with the tea selection.
How much: $49++ per person
When: Monday to Saturday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, (+65) 6434 5288, [email protected]rlton.com, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/colony
While popular favourite Rose Veranda is currently closed, the Shangri-La is offering a well-priced 3-Tier Local Signature Afternoon Set. Diners can indulge with assorted Nyonya kueh, savoury items, and pastries like coconut kaya tart and durian dome. We love that the accompanying beverages include Kopi Tarik and Teh Tarik, too!
How Much: $38++ per adult (weekdays); $42++ per adult (weekends and public holidays).
When: Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 5:30pm; Weekends and public holidays, 4pm to 6pm
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Tower Wing, Lobby Level, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, (+65) 6213 4486 / 4398
Wish you could have afternoon tea at home (or in the comfort of your hotel room while on staycay)? SCRATCH Bakeshop makes it possible with daily delivery islandwide! It’s made up of a delectable selection of halal scones, tarts, sandwiches and quiches, and even comes with Taylors tea bags to complete your high tea experience. We love the cool pastry tower packaging, making it easy to unbox and indulge right away.
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