PUBLISHED February 23rd, 2021 06:00 am | UPDATED March 3rd, 2021 10:48 am
Afternoon teas are an affordable luxury in Singapore, and there are few better ways to escape your hectic day-to-day life. From tiered tea sets to buffets, Singapore has an endless plethora of options with every flavour you could imagine. Catch up with friends and family in a perfect afternoon tête-à-tête.
We start with one of the grand dames of Singapore’s hospitality scene. Take a much needed break with Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Afternoon Tea (S$40++ per adult) at the halal-certified StraitsKitchen. Rediscover Singapore’s rich food culture and savour different local dishes prepared by veteran chefs, all at one very affordable price. Choose from a wide range of comfort favourites such as the Slow Braised Australian Beef Rendang, Crispy Cereal Free Range Chicken, Laksa, and Goreng Pisang. How many ways can you say yum?
StraitsKitchen is located at Grand Hyatt Singapore, Lobby Level, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, p. +65 6738 1234. High Tea is available Mon – Sun, 3pm – 4pm at S$40++ per adult and S$20++ per child aged 4 – 12 years.
The Rose Veranda
A 30-year old veteran in honouring the traditions of high tea, The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, offers a three course High Tea Set (S$68++ for two). Start with a selection of delectable sandwiches before the arrival of a haute cuisine inspired main course, and then, a stunningly presented three-tier stand of French pastries and signature The Rose Veranda’s signature scones. Pair your afternoon with one of their exclusive tea blends or pick a brew from a selection of more than 30 premium tea types.
The Rose Veranda is located at Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, p. +65 6213 4398. Tea is available daily, 1pm – 5pm.
The Marmalade Pantry
Enjoy an intimate tête-à-tête in a cosy atmosphere with The Marmalade Pantry’s signature Afternoon Tea Set (S$48++ for two). Served with two pots of artisanal tea by Monogram of your choice, the set is presented in a lovely two-tiered stand. Look forward to an array of delicious sandwiches – think Smoked Salmon, Roast Beef, and Truffle Egg Mayo – as well as toothsome plain and raisin Buttermilk Scones accompanied by strawberry preserves, marmalade, and clotted cream. Polish off the afternoon with The Marmalade Pantry Cupcakes and Lemon Meringue Tarts.
The Marmalade Pantry‘s signature Afternoon Tea is available Fri – Sun and public holidays, 3pm – 6pm at #01-01, Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333 (Downtown) and #01-02/04, Oasia Hotel Novena, 8 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307470 (Novena).
Brasserie Les Saveurs
For an elegant afternoon respite under crystal chandeliers, The St. Regis Singapore is more than welcoming with Brasserie Les Saveurs’ signature Afternoon Tea (from S$48++ per person on weekdays). Expect a lavish spread ranging from savoury options like Asparagus Velouté with 65° Poached Egg and Parmesan Espuma and Grilled Unagi and Wakame Tea Sandwich, to pastries and sweets such as Citrus Madeleines and the St. Regis 70% Dark Chocolate Tart. It comes with freshly brewed coffee or tea, or you could top up S$25++ for a flute of Barons de Rothschild Brut NV Champagne.
Brasserie Les Saveurs is located at The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. +65 65066860. Tea is avaible Mon – Sat, 3pm – 5pm, and Sun, 3.30pm – 5.30pm.
For a more glamorous afternoon tea experience, head to Sentosa for an idyllic arvo with your best pals at WOOBAR. Priced at S$70++ for two on weekdays and $$80++ on weekends, the menu items come bursting with flavour and are made for sharing – think Foie Gras Doughnuts, Beetroot Goat Cheese Mille-feuille, Red Velvet Lamington, and the signature raspberry W Macaroons. The Instagram moment here, of course, is when these fun culinary creations are served in a standing decorative silver birdcage. With blends like Jasmine Monkey King and flowers that bloom in your pot, prepare to be impressed.
WOOBAR is located at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Lobby Level, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, p. +65 6808 7258. Tea is available daily, 3pm – 5pm.
Lobby Lounge at 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 Seafood Afternoon Tea (from S$45++ per person) at The Westin Singapore kicks off with a whole Lobster Thermidor. Savouries such as the Smoked Salmon Sandwich topped with salmon caviar and Crab Roll are followed by an assortment of house-made chocolates, petit cakes and tartlets including the Apricot Financier and Gula Melaka Soya Pudding. Feeling indulgent? At S$188++ for two, your afternoon tea will come with a whole bottle of champagne!
The Lobby Lounge is located at The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961, p. +65 6922 6988. Tea is available Mon – Fri, 2.30pm – 5pm, and Sat – Sun, 2pm – 4pm and 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at S$45 per person.
Parkview Square’s unique Art Deco style is the perfect view for a relaxing afternoon tea at ATLAS. Usually a prime spot for gin drinking, ATLAS switches up its menu with a delicious European style selection of sweet and savoury items including Goat Cheese Tarts, Lobster Crostini, Raspberry Financier and Banana Cream Pie for S$56++ per person. For an extra S$4++, try their luxurious Prestige tea selection, or splurge on the ATLAS Suite, a flight of three petite martinis for S$38.
ATLAS is located at Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188778. Afternoon Tea is available Mon – Wed, 2pm – 4pm, Thu – Fri, 3pm – 4pm, and Sat, 1pm – 4pm, at S$56++ per person.
The Lobby Lounge at 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 sunlit space makes it ideal for enjoying its daily Classic Afternoon Tea: Tropical Paradise (from S$98++ for two) – a three-tiered showcase of exquisite tropics inspired treats. Enjoy highlights like the Nonya Spicy Chicken kueh pie tee and Cempedak Catalana while sipping on the refreshing Copenhagen sparkling tea BLA (that looks too much like Prosecco in the glass) and quaffing unlimited servings of ice cream.
InterContinental Singapore is located at 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, p. +65 6825 1008. Tea is available Mon – Sun, with a 1pm seating and a 3.30pm seating.
Colony pays homage to Singapore’s culinary heritage with its tingkat-style afternoon tea. Priced at S$52++ per person, the five-tier ceramic tiffin features Asian and colonial flavours to accompany you on your leisurely afternoon, including Mini Steak Ale Pie, Tandoori Chicken with yogurt relish in pita bread, a Grilled Marmite Cheese Sandwich and desserts like Ondeh Ondeh and Mango Crème Brûlée. Complete the experience with your preferred tea from their selection and a flute of champagne or fruity Prosecco.
Colony is located at The Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799, p. +65 6434 5288. Tea is available Mon – Sat, 3.30pm – 5.30pm at S$52 per person.
Top image: ATLAS