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Credit: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapore’s 

Grand Lobby


Well-loved afternoon high tea
experiences in Singapore

The afternoon tea ritual, a highly civilised affair conducted in oases of calm, has seen its fanbase swell over the last century or so and hotels are increasingly upping the ante to bring tea-time lovers through the door. Whether it’s sparkling teas, an afternoon experience that exudes geographical charm or even afternoon tea sets that you can buy and replicate the experience at home, we have evolved and come a long way from scones and clotted cream. Here’s where to head for the weekend – or if you need to clear leave on a weekday.

 

 

Updated on 16 Jan 2021

THE LOBBY LOUNGE AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE

Living in the lap of luxury: afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge. 

 

This image is for illustration purposes only – refer to menu for the full list of food and drink items on offer.

The Lobby Lounge, situated in the Tower Wing with its high ceiling and iconic columns, is a great place to while an afternoon away while watching the world go by at this massive property that is home to 792 guestrooms and several more serviced apartments and residences. As you take small, manageable bites from the 3-tier Local Signature Afternoon Tea Set, you will notice inimitable design features of the space – think a basalt rock wall measuring 9 by 6 metres, featuring nine different types of living plants, designed by landscape artist Charlie Albone. There is a large collection of art: Hirotoshi Sawada was commissioned to create the Tree Canopy, an installation in the lobby made up of stylised metallic leaves that drift serenely in the air and contributes to that grand sense of arrival. 

 

The 3 tiers start off with exquisite items such as Strawberry & Lychee Quenelle and 64% Chocolate Truffle at the top, followed by local kueh-kueh in the middle tier and finishing off with droolworthy savouries like Chilli Crab Puff, Smoked Salmon Canape and Hae Bi Hiam Sandwich. MENU 

Available Mondays to Fridays at S$38++ per person.

 

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, chargeable at S$42++ per person.

 

 

THE ROSE VERANDA AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE

The Rose Veranda Experience in Red  

 

Paint the town red over the upcoming festivities and enjoy shades of colour with your high tea at The Rose Veranda. The culinary team led by Chef Marc Cibrowius has prepared a unique 3-course high tea experience with savouries and pastries featuring bright and jubilant shades of red, pink and cream for a cheerful afternoon.

 

Delight in enticing appetisers, a main course of your choice and a three-tier stand of desserts that are perfectly decadent for the holiday season as your tea selection is brewed to bring out the robust, fragrant and full-bodied flavours nature has produced for a pleasant sipping experience.

 

The Rose Veranda Experience in Red 3-Course High Tea Set is available at $68++ for 2 diners until 28 February 2021. Includes 2 beverages (choice of tea or coffee) 

TEA LOUNGE AT REGENT SINGAPORE

THE FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING

Luxuriate in Regent Singapore‘s classy Tea Lounge as the first afternoon tea of the season brings with it the first flush of teas and the sweetest ingredients of spring.  

 

Expect delicate tea sandwiches and lip-puckering desserts like Ivory Chocolate Panna Cotta with Mandarin Compote, and Amalfi Lemon Almond Meringue Tarts.

 

Available on weekdays at $47 per adult with a selection of Gryphon Tea or Illy Coffee $23.50 per child 

 

Additional $10 | $48 | $40 for a glass, bottle or free-flow prosecco
Additional $15 | $88 | $60 for a glass, bottle or free-flow champagne

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On weekends, the tiered offerings expand to include an array of hot mains served to the table such as Yuzu Confit Wild Salmon with Ponzu Sauce and, and Porcini Mushroom-crusted Wagyu Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Black Truffle Sauce.

 

Available on weekends at $68 per adult with a selection of Gryphon Tea or Illy Coffee $34 per child

 

Additional $10 | $48 | $40 for a glass, bottle or free-flow prosecco
Additional $15 | $88 | $60 for a glass, bottle or free-flow champagne 

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Tip:

Enjoy your 2nd Weekday Afternoon Tea Set at 50% off (U.P. $47). Use promo code RSTL2ND when you make a reservation via Regent’s website. Offer is not valid for use on public holidays and other blackout dates stipulated by the hotel. 

 

Enjoy Weekend High Tea at $58 (U.P. $68). Use promo code RSTL58 when you make a reservation via the website. Offer is not valid for use on public holidays and other blackout dates stipulated by the Hotel. 

 

THE GRAND LOBBY AT RAFFLES HOTEL SINGAPORE

Credit: Raffles Hotel Singapore

If staying at one of Raffles Hotel Singapore‘s 115 beautifully-appointed suites calls for a bit of an occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, then afternoon tea at the Grande Dame could well be the next best thing you can do you for yourself on an indulgent whim.

 

Hot on the heels of the The Grand Lobby‘s Vienna Afternoon Tea is the Moscow Afternoon Tea, the next stop on the intercontinental journey.

Executive Pastry Chef Tai Chien Lin has put together classic Russian canapes, home-baked scones, sweet treats and inspired creations that recall the winter wonderland that is Moscow – these include a specially curated array of Kristal Caviar & smoked salmon blinis, black sesame seed bagels, rye bread and beet caviar, amongst other delicacies inspired by the captivating capital city. For sweet treats, indulge in the classic Russian Apple Sharlotka, Cranberry Kissel, Ptichye Moloko and more, perfectly paired with a choice of Mariage Frères premium tea or the Raffles custom-blended coffee.

 

To heighten he Moscow Afternoon Tea experience, guests can also choose from a curated selection of handcrafted cocktails, including Post Imperial Kir ($25++), a fruity and bubbly concoction made with Champagne, gin, raspberry, cherry and orange; Babushkiny Luchshiye ($20++), a unique blend of rum, apple, beet, milk, tea and citrus; and Tarragon Tat’yana ($25++), a potent elixir of vodka, vermouth, sake and tarragon. If bubbly is your tipple, opt for a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut ($25++ per glass) or Champagne Rosé ($35++ per glass) with an additional selection of patisseries. MENU

 

Stay tuned for the next destination in Raffles’ journey around the world! 

 

Available at S$88++ per guest

THE LOBBY LOUNGE AT INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE

InterContinental Singapore’s latest Classic Afternoon Tea: Merriment – the holiday edition – is a three-tiered stand whose highlights include a tree-shaped Chocolate Mousse with mango passion fruit compote, coconut panna cotta and coconut sable; Panettone with Apricot Jam and Kirsh-soaked Morello Cherry, and Candied Chestnut Mont Blanc Tart, a light vanilla tart comprising chestnut sponge cake with white chantilly cream.

 

Available at $98++ for two persons and this includes a choice of fine loose-leaf teas or coffee, and unlimited ice cream. For an additional $30, enjoy two flutes of Taittinger Brut Champagne as you spend a lovely afternoon at the lobby of this heritage hotel. There are two seatings: 1pm & 3.30pm. MENU

 

Available from now till 31 January 2021.

THE COURTYARD AT THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE

Perhaps no post office has ever experienced such a glamorous transformation as The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. It made headlines when the ball dropped on 31st December 2000, signalling the start of a new era for the heritage building. The property puts its raised ceilings to great use, bringing generous sunlight into The Courtyard where the ritual of traditional afternoon high tea is served. Enjoy savouries such as Ricotta Chives and Mashed Egg Mayonnaise Slider with Olive Bagel and from the sweets section, there are specials like the Fullerton Fruit Cake; even the macaron comes in an ondeh ondeh flavour! There are a few other renditions of the afternoon tea menu to cater, too, for the likes of vegans, vegetarians or those on gluten-free or non-diary diet. To lift your spirits, opt to have prosecco, house rose, red, white and moscato on free flow for two hours. MENU 

Available Mondays to Fridays at S$50++ per adult and S$25++ per child

Available on weekends at S$55++ per adult and S$27++ per child

Add on S$78++ for free flow of selected prosecco, house rose, red, white and moscato for two hours.

THE KNOLLS AT CAPELLA

Overlooking cascading pools, the South China and dense forestry, The Knolls‘ luxury resort vibe feels more far flung and idyllic than the location promises. Afternoon tea here involves tasting a selection of savouries like crab salad, foie gras terrine and beef pastrami sandwich. The warm scones come in two flavours – buttermilk and blueberry thyme – and served with organic raw honey, mascarpone and strawberry jam. Bridge your way to desserts and enjoy the sesame-yuzu ganache and Iranian pistachio financiers as you lounge in the contemporary interiors by Yasuhiro KoichiMENU 

 

Available Mondays to Fridays at S$45++ per person.

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BRASSERIE LES SAVEURS AT THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE

The St. Regis Singapore redefines the grandeur of afternoon tea experiences with its St Regis Afternoon Tea Experience at Brasserie Les Saveurs. A classic two-tiered silver stand delivers a who’s who of luxe savouries like Truffle Quail Egg, Asparagus, Mimosa Tartlet and Maine Lobster Brioche topped with Caviar and Baby Lettuce. A 65°c Egg, accompanied by mushrooms and parmesan espuma are prepared à la minute – just the way we like it. On the sweet front, St. Regis has Coconut Mousse, Praline Cream, Yuzu Crémeux, Vanilla Rose Tartlet, Lemon Savarin, Vanilla Chantilly Cream and more. Order a glass of Barons de Rothschild Brut NV Champagne and let it contribute to a bubbly afternoon! MENU

 

Available daily at S$48.00++ per person on weekdays; S$55++ on weekends

To enjoy a glass of Barons de Rothschild Brut NV Champagne together with afternoon tea, it’s S$73++ on weekdays and S$80++ on weekends.

L’ESPRESSO AT GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL  

L’Espresso‘s latest rendition of the English Afternoon Tea is now served to you so you can consume it comfortably tableside either indoors or alfresco at the poolside terrace. It is a hearty spread consisting of sandwiches, tartlets, croissants and more. What makes this so much of a meal is that L’Espresso has a number of warm items on offer: Pork & Cannellini Bean Stew served with Mini Baguette, Cheesy-baked Tortellini with Bacon & Sea Shrimps and even Maple Pecan-crusted Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic-Mustard Sauce! At the end of it all, partake in the Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce as well as the Chocolate/Vanilla Ice Cream (with a choice of toppings such as mini chocolate pearls or jelly candies). There is an assortment of desserts displayed, too, at The Deli for your selection. There is an extensive selection of fine TWG Tea but you should not leave without trying the Goodwood Exclusive – Legacy Blend 120. Customised for the hotel’s 120th Anniversary, this commemorative black tea blend draws inspiration from the rich history of the hotel and features bergamot, blue cornflower with hints of the sweet fragrant aroma of almonds. MENU 

 

Inclusive of 2 servings of coffee or tea 

        • Mondays to Thursdays
          • $45++ per adult; $27++ per child (6 to 11 years old) 
        • Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on Public Holidays
          • $48++ per adult; $28.80++ per child (6 to 11 years old) 

 

 Inclusive of a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve NV champagne and 2 servings of coffee or tea: 

        • Mondays to Thursdays
          • $68++ per adult 
        • Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on Public Holidays
          • $72++ per adult 

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ONE-NINETY BAR AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SINGAPORE

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s One-Ninety Bar looks to Scandinavia for afternoon tea inspo and the result is a Copenhagen Sparkling Afternoon Tea that has sparkle firmly locked into the agenda. Danish award-winning sommelier Jacob Kocemba and his business partner created three variants of refreshing tea that are available at One-Ninety. Lyserod’s base is an exclusive white Silver Needle tea that combines with Oolong tea for complexity as well as hibiscus flower and First Flush Darjeeling tea for fruity undertones. As for Bla, guests will detect crisp notes of Jasmine and Chamomile and, in particular, three fine white teas which give the tea a signature softness all while remaining complex and elegant. The third variant, GRON, is made with organic green, white, ginger and citrus teas as well as white wine and organic lemon juice, giving it the scent of nectarine and fresh herbal notes. On the palate, you will detect peach and a touch of mint – pure genius!

 

To add to the sparkle of the experience, Four Seasons veteran and graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu School in London Pastry Chef Audrey Yee has prepared a great selection of food. We love the delicate finger sandwiches, brown sugar shortbread and scones accompanied by homemade Strawberry-Rose Preserve and Devonshire Clotted Cream and will gladly make room for sweets such as the Profiterole with Granny Smith Apple Compote. MENU 

 

Copenhagen Sparkling Afternoon Tea is available on weekends at S$66++ per person. This includes three Copenhagen Sparkling Teas and a choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea. 

 

Weekend Afternoon Tea, with a choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea, is available at S$46++ per person.

MO BAR AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE

MO Bar‘s fabulous afternoon tea experience can now be replicated at home with their takeaway tea set. They have a good range of bites ranging from a Miniature Sandwich selection and scones to Pastry selection and Cookies and Pralines. For us, highlights from the curated specials include Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (black forest ham, gruyère cheese and pommery mustard mayonnaise), Vanilla and Chocolate Scones accompanied by clotted cream and artisanal marmalades as well as Matcha Yaki-Imo Cake (matcha soufflé sponge, mascarpone cream and roasted sweet potato bavarois). It’s perfect for a family! MENU 

 

Available daily at S$98 nett for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children). Orders have to be placed at least 24 hours in advance.

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THE LANDING BAY AT THE FULLERTON BAY HOTEL SINGAPORE

Bask in the glorious view of the Marina Bay area as you sink into the comfy armchairs and sofas of The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel; front row view is guaranteed if you pick a spot along the elegant indoor promenade  paved with marble mosaics and gold hues. That’s if you get a table – advance reservations are absolutely mandatory if you are toying with the idea of an afternoon catch-up with girlfriends. 

Once here, besides being captivated by Andre Fu’s sumptuous interiors, highlights from the afternoon tea include savouries such as Seared Beef Pastrami, Pesto, Cornichon Salsa, Brioche and Maple Pecan Orange Tart from the sweets section. To top the experience, consider adding S$78++ for two hours’ of free flow prosecco, house rose, red, white and moscato. MENU 

 

Available Mondays to Fridays at S$50++ per adult and S$25++ per child

Available on weekends at S$55++ per adult and S$27++ per child

Add on S$78++ for free flow of selected prosecco, house rose, red, white and moscato for two hours.

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ALLEY ON 25 AT ANDAZ SINGAPORE

Alley on 25 is Andaz Singapore’s multi-cuisine, all-day dining venue and just for a few hours each day it transforms into the site of a fabulous Andaz Pink Afternoon Tea. Each layer of the botanical-accented tiffin unveils luscious treats such as lobster tartlets and beetroot hummus crostini. For sweets, you’ll get to enjoy small bites such as raspberry beignet and lychee rose cake. Each session is complemented by free flow of beverages like Andaz Iced Tea, homemade lemonade, teas by TWG and coffee.

 

Andaz finally reopened in September 2020 so we’ll be back often for the afternoon tea and views to match. We’d gladly top up S$33 for a glass of Ruinart Rose, too, and embrace the experience as the golden hour. MENU

 

Available daily at S$48++ per person. 

 

Top up $40 per person to enjoy free flow of wines, beer and prosecco.

THE TERRACE AT CONRAD CENTENNIAL SINGAPORE

Conrad Centennial Singapore has very cleverly created an actual tiered stand that makes afternoon tea at home decadent all the same! Its take away Charlie Afternoon Tea consists of a range of perfectly matched delicacies created by its experienced team of pastry chefs. On the savoury front, enjoy highlights such as Dill Cream Cheese topped with Smoked Salmon and Tobiko Charcoal Bun, Smoked Unagi with Cucumber, Guacamole and Mustard Cress as well as Truffle Egg and Mayo Sandwich. End it off on a sweet note with the likes of matcha almond financiers and chendol gula melaka mousse cake. There’s even a sweet 10% off if you are ordering for the first time via self-collection.

 

Available daily at S$74.90 nett for 2 persons

Collection timings: 12pm – 5pm

Delivery timings: 1pm – 4pm

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ATRIUM BAR & PACIFIC MARKETPLACE AT PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE

Pan Pacific Singapore English Afternoon Tea experience is now available for both takeaway and dine-in.

 

The takeaway option, now available on the property’s e-shop, offers an enticing array of savouries and sweets. The former is made up of classics such as freshly-baked scones, shaved virginia ham sandwich with truffle mayonnaise, and beef pastrami sandwich with pickled mustard.

 

Executive Pastry Chef Eddy Yau and his talented pastry team were instrumental in curating a selection of sweet treats such as seasonal fruits, fruit-flavoured chocolate and more. We also have our eyes fixated on the chocolate pear caramel as well as a Muscat cheesecake, a no-bake cheesecake flavoured with Muscat grapes from France. Pair these treats with two TWG teas of your choice and you have a fabulous afternoon at home waiting to happen. 

 

Self-collection and delivery available from 11:30am to 9:30pm via drive-through at Pan Pacific Singapore’s main entrance driveway.

 

Available daily at SGD 38 per person. 

1864 AT SOFITEL SINGAPORE CITY CENTRE

Given Sofitel Singapore City Centre‘s downtown CBD location, it’s a little tempting to conduct a business meeting over Elegant Hi-Tea at its stylish bar and tea lounge 1864. Interestingly, the F&B venue was named for the very year the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company was founded; it witnessed the beginning of the district’s meteoric rise from fishing village to the financial hub it is today. 

 

Take your pick from savoury highlights featuring the likes of Truffle Egg Mayo Sandwich and Stuffed Camembert Cheese and House-cured Salmon Tartare on Buckwheat Blinis, followed through with sweet offerings such as Green Tea Adzuki Bean Cake, Jivara Raspberry Tart and even Sofitel Macarons.

 

The experience is complemented by a selection of 13 blends of grand cru coffee by Nespresso as well as TWG Teas including the hotel’s exclusive Singapour Je T’aime tea blend. Level up with barrel-aged cocktails that 1864 is known for – the As It Is! Barrel-Aged Cocktail is available for an additional $20.

 

Available daily at S$78++ for two.

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ANTI:DOTE AT FAIRMONT SINGAPORE 

Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:dote Lounge’s classy afternoon experience is as creatively-presented as one might expect. An exquisite white leather-clad jewellery drawer-chest comes with different layers and each unveils a medley of sweet and savoury surprises. We love the variety of gourmet finger sandwiches as well as sweet creations that form the crowning glory of the jewellery box. The stylish interiors of Anti:dote Lounge and its freshly-baked scones, complemented by homemade raspberry jam and vanilla cream will keep the even the most sophisticated tea-goer contented.

 

Available daily at  S$55++ per adult

SKAI AT SWISSOTEL THE STAMFORD

Few would dispute the fact that SKAI Restaurant has scaled the heights of the ultimate afternoon tea experience with its SKAI High Tea. Located on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, SKAI’s incredible views of downtown Singapore and the harbour are a great match for the Japanese- and Asian-inspired high tea experience presented in a stand resembling a stylised Japanese tree with cherry blossoms. Executive Chef Paul Hallett, known for his culinary philosophy centred on quality produce, and Executive Pastry Chef Ming Choong, armed with two decades of pastry experience, joined hands to create this delicious showcase of tea-time treats. Consider levelling up with a caviar top-up featuring Kaviari Kristal Caviar, 30g bellini and creme fraiche at S$150. MENU

 

Available from Sunday to Friday at S$60++ per adult; S$30++ per child (6 to 12 years old)

WINDOW ON THE PARK AT HOLIDAY INN SINGAPORE ORCHARD CITY CENTRE

Get in the spirit of Chinese New Year as you head to Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre for afternoon tea – savoury & sweet treats include the likes of chicken bak kwa with cucumber sandwich, siew mai slider in charcoal bun with hoisin sauce and scones with orange marmalade.

 

Available daily until 28 February 2021 at S$58++ per person (1-for-1 pricing)

LE BAR AT SOFITEL SINGAPORE SENTOSA RESORT & SPA

Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s Le Bar has always been a great place for afternoon tea with tropical vibes in a lush resort setting brimming with greenery and even the occasional peacock. Befitting the festive season, Le Bar has transformed its treasure trove from French Classic (think Tour Eiffel) to Festive High Tea (wish upon a star!) filled with savouries and baked goods from the patisserie.

 

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Available daily at $98++ for two with free flow Nespresso coffee or TWG Tea

 

Top up for Bubbly:

$28++ for two Festive Cocktails
$36++ for two glasses of Champagne
$88++ for one bottle of Champagne

ATLAS BAR

Developer Chyau Fwu Group, the Hwang family, has been leaving its mark in Asia in the last two decades – think Parkview Green in Beijing, Hotel Eclat in Taipei and Parkview Deco in Shanghai – and it is a treat to be able to enjoy the beautiful interiors of Parkview Square from its grand lobby and bar ATLAS

 

While we remember ATLAS a a cocktail bar with the world’s most envied collection of gins – Vicky Hwang was instrumental in making this bar one of a kind – it is also the home to a classy afternoon tea. Savoury treats include 5j Iberico jamon toast, lobster crostini, pumpkin quiche with cream cheese while the sweet offerings include items such as passionfruit cheesecake and raspberry financier. 

 

True to the Hwang family’s Taiwanese roots, the broad curated selection premium tea shows great appreciation for it. The Milk Oolong from Taiwan is a buttery and mineral forward tea with a hint of spice; also from the island that celebrates tea is the Formosa Oriental Beauty – coined the champagne of oolongs – with a rich honey character.

 

Available daily: ATLAS Selection $56; Prestige Selection $60

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