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 
 

A renewed afternoon tea experience has arrived at Grand Hyatt Singapore, and 10 Scotts has now become one of the most perfect places to spend a leisurely midday sipping tea and enjoying crumpets. Now available at $55/pax for its Afternoon Tea Set, the four-course high tea option offers everything from clam chowder and croque monsieur to tarts and edible flower pots filled with ice cream. Feel free to elevate your experience with some bottomless Perrier-Jouet Champagne priced at an additional $33. Open Mon-Sun, 12-5pm 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 $88-$98 and comes with a spread of truly premium delights. Think Baked Croissant with Truffle Eggs, Peanut Butter Financier with Ganache, and desserts like Dark Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Chantilly or Earl Grey Scones with Dried Fruits. 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
 

Alley on 25
 

Found at Andaz Singapore, Alley on 25 offers a picnic-inspired Chocolate Afternoon Tea which features indulgent eats served in tiffin carriers. Savouries include the Smoked salmon on dark chocolate brioche, Truffle brie on toast, as well as the Guinness chocolate braised beef pie; and for sweets, enjoy Chocolate chip scones, Strawberry chocolate lollipops and Ice cream sundaes. Free-flow beverages such as coffee, TWG teas, homemade lemonade and their very own Andaz iced tea are dished out too. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5pm 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 truffled egg and watercress brioche, passionfruit cheesecake 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 a Japanese afternoon tea experience that features a tea stand modelled after the very same pods in which you reside. The Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea menu comes with tiers of delicious tea-time finger foods—savouries like Smoked Trout, Nori and Wasabi Mayonnaise Sandwiches, and Salmon Quiche, Sour Cream, Ikura and Dill; and sweets like Citrus Raspberry Matcha Entremet, Matcha Azuki Monaka, and an addictive Raspberry Lychee Rose Roulade. Simply complete the charming affair with a choice of Matcha Green Tea Latte, TWG tea or freshly-brewed Lavazza coffee. Open Mon-Thur (2:30-5:30pm); Fri-Sun (12:30-5:45pm) 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-Sat (3-5pm); Sun (3:30-5:30pm) 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 offers three different afternoon tea sets, including the Sakura Afternoon Tea, Kyoto Afternoon Tea and A Raffles Heritage Evening. The former two will take you on a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun for treats like the Hojicha Tiramisu, Sakura Ice Cream Monaka, Beef Sando with Katsu Bechamel and more; while the latter is all about locally inspired eats. All thematic afternoon tea reservations have to be made and indicated at least one day in advance. Open Mon-Thur (1-5pm); Fri-Sun (12-6pm) for high tea
 

The Landing Point


This lovely waterside cafe offers luxe items like Boston lobster cornet, smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar, pistachio-crusted smoked duck in olive bread roulade, and sakura gold macarons, served on a classic three-tiered plate. $50 (weekdays) or $55 (weekends) with a free flow of coffee and TWG teas. Open Mon-Fri (3-5:30pm), Sat-Sun (12-2:30pm; 3:30-6pm) 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, which includes finger sandwiches like the Beef Pastrami with Sauerkraut & Emmental Cheese and Egg Truffle with Chives. Dig into some cold cuts and scones, before tucking into the Traditional Irish Beef & Guinness Stew with Freshly Baked Bread Roll too. Finally, fill your stomach to the brim with Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Baked Cheesecake and Strawberries and Cream Trifle. Open Mon-Fri (2-5:30pm); Sat-Sun (12-5:30pm) for high tea
 

MO Bar


Now known for its award-winning cocktails, MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental has relaunched its popular Afternoon Tea set to delight patrons looking to eat and drink. With savouries such as the Potato with Citrus Mayo and Chicken Floss as well as the Black Truffle Egg Mimosa Kueh Pie Tee with Chives, the bar is clearly not afraid to think outside the box. Treats like the Nutty Pistachio Choux and Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse are sure to be crowd pleasers too. Simply enjoy the tea session alongside a glass of Champagne or a signature tipple from MO Bar’s Volume Three menu. Open Mon-Sun, 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
 

Renku


A personal favorite of ours, Renku Bar and Lounge is Marina Bay Sands’ first 24-hours premium bar lounge. There aren't exactly tiers here, but there is a custom-made gueridon trolley wheeling your treats that's a worthy substitute. The unlimited buffet of finger sandwiches, scones and desserts is delightful, but the piece de resistance is the five-star tea service. Pick from 13 unique artisanal blends (like the pandan earl grey black tea, or MBS exclusive jasmine tea Marina Pearls), and feel free to switch out to another pot any time throughout your meal so you can taste the full line-up. It’s $48 per person and definitely one for the tea fanatics. Open Mon-Sun, 2-3.30pm and 4-5.30pm 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 Mimosa Sandwich with Avruga Caviar and bites of Roasted Angus Beef with English Mustard and Black Truffle on Whole Grain 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. Come the weekend however, the tea lounge switches things up with the Spring Garden 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 Regent's Signature Lobster Laksa. Open Mon-Fri (2-5pm), Sat-Sun (12-5.30pm) for high tea
 

The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La


It doesn’t get more Singaporean than Shangri-La Hotel’s elegant Local Afternoon Tea experience boasting a three-tier tea set comprising assorted Nyonya kueh, savoury items, and pastries. With English tea treats given a local twist, try scones in flavours like Gula Melaka and Pandan, as well as some Coconut Kaya Tarts and a special Durian Dome. Complete your midday affair with your choice of tea, coffee, Kopi Tarik or Teh Tarik. Come hungry. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5pm for high tea