Afternoon teas are such an affordable luxury in sunny Singapore, and don’t they just make great escapes from the hectic corporate life? Now, if only they could be a national past time, just like how the Brits do it. From three-tiered tea sets to weekend tea buffets, here are 10 gorgeous places in Singapore to catch up with friends and family in the perfect afternoon tête-à-tête.
Afternoon tea at Anti:dote is chic and stylish – and it’s at one of the most accessible locations in town. The Anti:dote Tea experience is replete with delicious surprises – start on a high note with a treat of 63°C organic egg with sea urchin and crispy foie gras or an assortment of steam and fried oriental dim sum. Then, launch into a marvellous array of sandwiches, petit desserts, and scones across flavours like smoked salmon, ginger duck rillette, muscat vanilla roulade and A:D strawberry ganache bon bon. Presented in an exquisite white leather jewellery box, munch on them alongside the finest Earl Greys, green teas, and plenty more from TWG. Doesn’t get much fancier than that, does it? Reservations essential.
Available: Mon-Thu 3pm – 5pm, Fri-Sun & PHs 12pm – 2pm, 3pm – 5pm
Price: $50++ per adult, $25++ per child aged 12 and below (special children’s tea menu)
Anti:dote is located at Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560, p. +65 6431 5315.
Indulge in Grand Hyatt’s afternoon tea with a view of their two-storey cascading waterfall at the award-winning 10 SCOTTS, as you pour over locally and internationally-inspired treats semi-buffet style. The spread sees scones, cold cuts, homemade chicken liver pate and indulgent whole cakes to be paired with free-flow TWG teas or coffee. Perhaps, even an upgrade to free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne! For something even more relaxing, pamper you and your loved one with a 75-minute signature personalised massage for two at Damai Spa before heading to 10 SCOTTS for afternoon tea.
Available: Daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5pm
Price: $50++ per adult ($85++ for free-flow champagne), $30++ per child, $400++ per couple for Spa Afternoon Tea, $450++ per couple for Spa Afternoon Tea and free-flow champagne
10 SCOTTS is located at Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, p. +65 6732 1234.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore
Craving an afternoon respite from the bustle of Orchard Road? The St. Regis Singapore is more than welcoming with an elegant afternoon of fine tea and tantalizing pastries.
Take a seat under crystal chandeliers and enjoy the French restaurant’s signature afternoon tea buffet – a lavish spread of classics, delights and desserts, served on a silver two-tiered stand.
From 18 October onwards, have some classic scones or honey madeleines. Ready for more sweet-toothed goodness? Try their Chocolate financier with hazelnut cream! For savoury options, there is the Homemade smoked salmon on blinis or Brioche with Foie Gras to keep you satisfied. Finally, lean back as you sip on the exclusive The St. Regis Singapore Blend by TWG and relax to live music by the hotel’s resident pianist.
Available: Mon – Sat 3pm – 5pm, Sun 4pm – 6pm
Price: Weekdays $49++ per person, $24++ per child, Weekends $53++ per person, $29++ per child
Brasserie Les Saveurs is located at The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. +65 65066860.
The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore
The elegant Lobby Lounge beautifully encapsulates InterContinental Singapore’s modernity while still maintaining an alluring old-world charm. Set in the heart of the hotel, the sunlight filling the space and live music makes it ideal for enjoying its daily Classic Afternoon Tea: Secret Garden – a three-tiered showcase of exquisite flora-inspired treats like Vanilla tart with passionfruit-verbena coulis, Carrot cake with orange mint mascarpone mousse, Smoked salmon mousse and chrysanthemum mantou bun and Vegetable frittata with saffron aioli.
Available: Daily 2pm – 5pm
Price: $78++ for two persons (coffee and tea-inspired cocktail option available at $108++ for two)
InterContinental Singapore is located at 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, p. +65 6825 1008.
Lobby Lounge, The Westin Singapore
Sip a soothing cup of tea with the picturesque Marina Bay in front of you, and watch the world go by from one of the highest hotel lobbies in Singapore. The Lobby Lounge’s Seafood Afternoon Tea at The Westin Singapore offers you a three-course set. Starting with a whole Lobster Thermidor and freshly shucked oysters, pick from a wide range of savory delights such as the Crab Tartare on Melba Toast and Clam Ceviche Shooter. The refreshed menu also presents an assortment of house-made chocolates, petit cakes and tartlets like the Almond Blueberry Financier, Hazelnut Dacquoise and Yuzu Crunch.
Available: Mon – Fri 2.30pm – 5pm. Sat – Sun 2pm – 4pm and 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Price: $45++ with pot of TWG tea
The Lobby Lounge is located at The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961, p. +65 6922 6988.
WOOBAR, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
For a more unique and glamorous afternoon tea experience, head to Sentosa for an idyllic tête-à-tête with your best pals at WOOBAR. Creatively quaint and colourful, the menu items come bursting with flavour and are made for sharing – Foie Gras Doughnuts, Beetroot Goat Cheese Mille-feuille, or select from dainty treats like Pink Chocolate Cremeux, Red Velvet Lamington, and signature raspberry W Macaroons. The Instagram moment here, of course, is when these fun culinary creations are served in a standing decorative silver birdcage.
Don’t forget the magical teas either. With blends like Jasmine Monkey King and handmade Chinese tea flowers that bloom in your pot, prepared to be very, very impressed.
Available: Daily 3pm – 5pm
Price: Weekdays $65++ per cage (good for 2), Weekends $75++ per cage (good for 2)
WOOBAR is located at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Lobby Level, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, p. +65 6808 7258.
Beach Road Kitchen, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
The all-day dining space of Beach Road Kitchen at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach – a skip and hop away from folks working in the City Hall area – is sleek and sophisticated, offering visitors an afternoon tea menu infused with Italian flair.
Born in Torino, Italy, Chef Stefano’s vision of afternoon tea gives you a glimpse across the Atlantic through his menu. Look forward to savouries such as Goat Cheese Herb Cupcake and Parmesan Cheese cookie with Truffle Cream, but the highlight is definitely the lightly fluffy Orange
Ginger Muffin topped with Smoked Salmon. Those with a sweet tooth will definitely want to check out the dessert table laden with treats like assorted truffles, mango pana cotta, opera cake, and Chef Stefano’s signature tiramisu.
Available: Mon-Fri 3pm – 5pm
Price: $25++ per person, $12.50++ per child
Beach Road Kitchen is located at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763, p. +65-68181913.
Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore
Afternoon tea in a contemporary colonial garden setting? Here, culinary Olympian Pastry Chef Alex Chong unleashes a magnificent interactive table with chefs sculpting desserts and building edible magic from scratch. Weekdays see a Three-tier Afternoon Tea with seasonal finger sandwiches, signature butter and mixed fruit scones, and a la minute creations such as the Golden Apple (crack it open to find a tangy iced yuzu apple compote with yogurt espuma and olive oil sponge), the Coco-Melon Symphony with bubbling coconut semi-liqueur, melon, and honeydew, and the Dark Chocolate Forest for chocolate lovers. On weekends, come for the High Tea Buffet where the culinary team will deliver contemporary tastes of from western and eastern influences.
Available: Mon-Fri 12pm – 5pm, Sat – Sun 12pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5.30pm
Price: Weekdays $45++ per person, $22.50 per child, Weekends $65 per person, $32.50 per child
Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore is located at 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715, p. +65 6725 3246.
After taking a long walk to smell the flowers and see the plants at Gardens by the Bay’s renowned Flower Dome, why not hang on to the experience and swing by Pollen for a Botanical-inspired Afternoon Tea? Surround yourself with a lush Mediterranean garden as you nibble on Chef Steve’s six dainty sweet and six savouries, from assorted open-faced Sandwiches, Beetroot hummus crackers and Almond and Grape gazpacho to Mojito Choux, Macarons, and Cinnamon and Pineapple Scones. There is also a selection of refreshing afternoon cocktails, quaintly named, to choose from.
Available: Wed-Mon 3pm – 5pm
Price: $38++ per person
Pollen is located at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, p. +65 6604 9988.
Top Image: W Singapore – Sentosa Cove