High tea worth the midday calories

There’s just something about being served high tea in a gilded tiered stand that makes it extra scrumptious (and it has nothing to do with looking good for the ‘gram.) If you’re hunting for a spot of tea around the island, here are the best places to indulge and feel good doing it, whatever your budget may be. 
 

10 Scotts 
 

Make midday better with tea and delicate treats at Grand Hyatt Singapore’s 10 Scotts, where a plethora of homemade bakes and hearty eats await. Go ala carte with signatures such as the Crispy Blue Swimmer Crab Salad and Spiced Sweet Potato Samosas with Mint Sauce, or savouries including the Croque Monsieur and Hummus and Toast. But don’t hesitate to try snacks like the Toasted Crumpets which come with raspberry jam plus kaya jam, besides fresh danishes, muffins and croissants. Open Mon-Sun, 12-2:30pm and 3-5pm for high tea 
 

1864


You’re paying for pure luxury over at Sofitel City Centre Singapore’s 1864, the cosy lounge beside French-Asian restaurant Racines. A set for two costs $78 and comes with a spread of truly premium delights. Think Stuffed Camembert Cheese on Waffle Croissant, Peanut Butter Financier, and desserts like Green tea Adzuki Bean Cake or Scones with Cream and Jam. Comes with your choice of TWG tea or Nespresso coffee. Feel free to top up for craft cocktails or Champagne. Open Mon-Sun, 2-5pm for high tea
 

Anti:dote 
 

One of the most popular afternoon tea spots in town, Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore showcases dainty tea time snacks served within an unmistakable chest of drawers, so you may literally indulge in a box of treats. Priced at $52 per person for an Afternoon Tea Set and $48 per person for a gluten-free version, tuck into bite-sized chocolate tarts, macarons, almond crumble and eclairs; and also be blown away by mini lobster rolls as well as the signature black truffle scrambled eggs that come held up in an egg shell. Feel free to enhance the luxurious affair with premium cocktails if you please. Open Mon-Sun, 12-2pm and 3-5pm for high tea 
 

Arteastiq 
 

Available at all three of their locations including Jewel Changi Airport and Mandarin Gallery, be in for a treat whether you’re enjoying the Signature High Tea Set ($48 for 2) or the National Treasure High Tea Set ($55 for 2) at Arteastiq. The former features foie terrine on toast, smoked salmon roulade, chocolate scones with banana custard and even mochi and macarons; the latter is a locally-inspired menu of kueh pie tie, otah fries, tapioca kueh and more. Each locale even boasts their own fun—at both Plaza Singapura and Mandarin Gallery, art jam after you’re done dining; while a Midnight High Tea set ($48 for 2) can be found from 10pm till closing daily over at Jewel. Open Mon-Sun, 1-5pm for high tea
 

Atlas
 

To enjoy an elegant high tea experience at one of Singapore’s (and the world’s) most acclaimed bars, head to the iconic Atlas at Parkview Square. The Atlas Afternoon Tea comes in both the Atlas Selection ($56) and Prestige Selection ($60), simply depending on your preferred tea choice; both sets offer the same treats such as pumpkin quiche, lobster crostini, finger sandwiches, brown butter scones and more. The best part of having tea at a bar is that by the time you’re done feasting, happy hour would have just begun. Open Mon-Sat, 3-5pm for high tea
 

Atrium


Within the floating pods of Pan Pacific Singapore’s Atrium bar, indulge in an English afternoon tea experience that features a tea stand modelled after the very same pods in which you reside. The English Afternoon Tea set comes with tiers of innovative tea-time finger foods—savouries like Red Pepper Quiche with Whipped Cream Cheese, and Wagyu Beef Teriyaki and Shishito Peppers; and sweets like Dark Chocolate Pear Caramel, Coffee Walnut Praline, and an addictive Strawberry Pistachio Roulade. $48 per person, or $88 for two. Simply complete the charming affair with a choice of cold brew infusions, TWG tea or Lavazza coffee. Open Mon-Sun, 2:30-5:30pm for high tea
 

Brasserie Les Saveurs
 

Housed within the opulent and regal property that is The St. Regis Singapore, Brasserie Les Saveurs offers nothing short of an elegant tea time experience ($38 per person). Besides a two-tier stand bearing foie gras and duck rillette brioche, truffle egg mayo toast and hazelnut and milk chocolate tartlets, receive a freshly-baked scone basket and chocolate pralines. Finally, wash the treats down with the St. Regis Singapore Tea Blend that’s a green and black tea yielding floral undertones. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5pm for high tea
 

Grand Lobby at Raffles Hotel


Ahhh, a high tea offering that isn't an exaggeration to call it a truly unique experience. Post-revamp, Raffles Hotel Singapore's signature Afternoon Tea is now served at the iconic Grand Lobby, where, housed within a historical monument and surrounded by restored Victorian pillars, you'll feel like you're genuinely participating in a British tradition. For $68 per person, get a range of savoury sandwiches, pastries including a Chocolate Peanut Bar that's a tribute to the Long Bar, and scones continually served warm and accompanied with clotted cream and homemade rose petal jam. Teas are from Mariage Freres, a huge plus, while the Champagne option also comes with an additional pastry. Open Mon-Sun, 1-5pm for high tea
 

L’Espresso
 

While you may not be able to circulate rooms filled with dainty pastries and desserts for the time being, L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel will continue to make your teatime experience a memorable one. Have a wide spread of bite-sized signatures delivered directly to your table; or even take the opportunity to try a Classic English Afternoon Tea (available till August), which marks the hotel’s extensive history in Singapore with classic British savouries such as baked beef wellington and stews in addition to delicious sweets. Open Mon-Fri (2-5:30pm), Sat-Sun (12-2:30pm; 3-5:30pm) for high tea
 

The Marmalade Pantry



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If you need a break from all the shopping/walking you’re doing at Ion Orchard, pop by this quaint and famed cafe for their Afternoon Tea Set which serves two. For $58, get two pots of brew to accompany a sweet selection of bite-sized delicacies which includes smoked salmon sandwiches, chilli crabmeat sliders, cupcakes and more. Open Mon-Sun, 3-6pm for high tea
 

MO Bar


No longer the haphazard Axis Bar and Lounge it once was, the newly revamped MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental serves a wicked afternoon tea. In the day, the sultry bar is transformed into the perfect place for luxurious bites and a spot of people-watching, through the full-length glass windows overlooking the Esplanade. The Afternoon Tea Set ($48 per person or $88 for two) is packed with only the most premium of savoury eats—ranging from Boston lobster mini buns to Kueh Pie Tee with wagyu short rib, to an affecting foie gras lollipop. The flavours here are truly one of a kind, and a far cry from run-off-the-mill tea sets. Even the accompanying vanilla scones are done well, achieving that perfect balance between moisture and density. The tiers come in only at the end, in a two-tier stand of equally decadent desserts switched up seasonally. You also get your choice of a pot of coffee or tea from TWG Tea—we’d recommend the fruity, fragrant Pacific Route Tea (with mango and apricot notes); or the Singapore Exclusive Blend made just for the hotel. Open Mon-Fri (3-5pm), Sat-Sun (12.30-2.30pm and 3-5pm) for high tea
 

One-Ninety Bar


At Four Seasons Hotel Singapore's One-Ninety Bar, a weekend afternoon tea awaits for just $46. Pull up a seat at the outdoor terraza and feast on finger sandwiches, a range of quiches and brioche toast, as well as acacia honey lemon tea cake and brown sugar shortbread accompanied with clotted cream and homemade jam. Then end on a sweet note with gems like Manjari Chocolate Cake with Matcha Cream, Chocolate Hazelnut Financier and Spiced Persimmon Macaron with Yoghurt Cream. Open Sat-Sun, 2-5pm for high tea
 

Skai
 

Trust Skai to deliver one of the most lavish high tea affairs we’ve seen thus far. Located on level 70, the Swissotel The Stamford restaurant offers both opulent bites filled with foie gras and truffle, as well as incredible, panoramic views of the city. ‘Cause dainty bites just taste better when you’re miles above ground. Open Sun-Fri, 3-5pm for high tea
 

Tea Lounge


On weekdays, Regent Singapore’s Tea Lounge serves some of the most delicious scones in town, along with premium finger sandwiches like Roasted Angus Beef with English Mustard on Whole Grain Bread and bites of Parma Ham and Smoked Burrata on Wholemeal Bread. Coffee lovers will be stoked to know that the drinks menu include Illy blends of espresso beverages, while tea drinkers can expect a variety of herbal, floral and fruity options. The $47 price tag also entitles you to one dessert off the menu. Come the weekend however, the tea lounge switches things up with the Weekend High Tea ($68) that readies individually hot plated items to be served to your table, such as the King Prawn Congee, Caramelised Kurobuta Pork Char Siew and Chef Chong's Signature Laksa. Open Mon-Fri (2:30-5:30pm), Sat-Sun (12-2.30pm and 3-5.30pm) for high tea
 

The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La


It can’t get any more value-for-money with Shangri-La Hotel’s afternoon tea set for two at just $38 (weekends $42). Inspired by Singapore’s culinary heritage, the set includes local favorites like chili crab puffs, bak kwa bao and chicken tofu on the bottom-most tier. One tier up is kuehs galore, with favourites like ondeh ondeh and kueh salat, while the finishing sweets feature scones with a local twist—think gula melaka and pandan. Come hungry. Open Mon-Fri (3-5pm), Sat-Sun (4-6pm) for high tea