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. 


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 and comes with a spread of truly premium delights. Think smoked Atlantic salmon sandwiches, kueh pie tee bursting with crab meat and caviar creme, and desserts like chocolate tarts accompanying classic or rum-infused dried fruit scones. Comes with freshly squeezed juice and your choice of TWG tea or Nespresso coffee. Feel free to top up for craft cocktails or Champagne. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5.30pm for high tea

Alley on 25

Found at Andaz Singapore, Alley on 25 offers a picnic-inspired, English and Peranakan afternoon tea spread, aka the Andaz Afternoon Tea Picnic Set ($38 per person). They serve savouries like the Smoked Salmon Tartine, Lobster Croissant, Crab Cake; and for sweets, enjoy scones, kueh lapis, Lemon Chia Seed Tea Cake, and more. 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


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



In the floating pods of Pan Pacific Singapore’s Atrium bar, have your choice of East or West afternoon tea. The English Afternoon Tea set comes with three tiers of innovative tea-time finger foods—savories like Applewood smoked salmon in a waffle cup, and roasted pumpkin on a scarlet tomato slider; and sweets like chocolate scones, pina colada cheesecake, and an addictive chilled early grey chocolate. But it’s the newly added Peranakan Afternoon Tea we prefer, switching out the tiers for a three-layered tiffin carrier. Inside, there’s Muar Otah kueh pie tee, mutton rendang sandwiches, and Nyonya curry on French baguette. The assortment of old-school kuehs is a nice touch too. $42 per person, or $80 for two. Open Mon-Fri, 2:30-5:30pm for high tea

Chihuly Lounge

The luxurious joint at the Ritz-Carlton offers an eight-course weekday afternoon tea set on weekdays ($49 per person) and a high tea buffet during the weekends. The latter menu changes every three months and currently includes gourmet sandwiches, pan-fried gyoza, wagyu beef, and goose liver parfait. The dessert spread is equally extensive with banana cream pie, scones, lemon mille-feuille and an assortment of chocolate truffles. For that $58 price tag, just skip lunch and head straight here. Open Mon-Fri (12-5pm), Sat-Sun (2:30-5pm) for high tea

Clifford Pier

It’s another heritage-themed afternoon tea set, this time along the beautiful bay at Clifford Pier. Step back into your grandmother’s kitchen (assuming your grandma was Peranakan), and feast on Nonya chicken curry and roti jala wraps, kurobuta pork kong bak baos, chili crab baos, XO carrot cake, and wagyu beef rendang croquettes. In-theme sweets like pandan swiss rolls, mini kopi and almond butter bunds, and even Indonesian bika ambon kuehs round up the spread. It’s $45 per person with your choice of local or Western coffees and teas; and $55 to add a glass of Primo Amore Moscato. Open Mon-Fri (3:30-5:30pm), Sat-Sun (3-5pm) for high tea

COMO Cuisine

When they aren’t putting out pretty plates of clean eats, Dempsey Hill’s COMO Cuisine makes full use of its fairy garden setting to present a Hi-Tea Set ladies will love. $70 gets you a “tower” of bite-sized eats like flaxseed mille-feuille, trout remoulade tian, and spiced scones. Desserts are a colourful affair, with pandan profiteroles and calamansi tartlets rounding out the top tier. Wash it down with your standard coffees or a selection of teas (from lychee red to a signature COMO Ginger Tea)—or splash out on champagne for $15 more. Open Tue and Fri, 3-5pm for high tea

Crossroads Bar

This airy, spacious bar at Swissotel Merchant Court switches up its Afternoon Tea ($42 per person) menu frequently, so you can always expect a new experience when you return. The current ‘Autumn in Hokkaido’ incorporates key ingredients from the island—including Hokkaido scallops, lavender, green tea and yuzu. From a dainty two-tiered stand, nibble on seared wagyu sandwiches in miso mustard sauce, Somen noodle salad with Hokkaido scallop and ikura, and Japanese sweets like green tea egg tarts and fluffy Hokkaido chiffon cupcakes. Scones remain consistent on the menu, so look forward to that. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5:30pm for high tea

Dean & Deluca

Only available at the HillV2 branch, the weekend Afternoon Tea Set comes with three generous tiers of buttery pastries, macarons, and bite-sized cakes. You’ll also get scones and sandwiches like the Smoked Salmon & Pickled Cucumber, plus tea, which isn’t a bad deal considering the set for two is $35. Open Sat-Sun, 3-6pm 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 $78 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, 12-6pm for high tea


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Circulate rooms filled with dainty pastries, refreshing salads, savoury sandwiches and even a chocolate fountain at L’Espresso, one of the best places in town for high tea. This spot at Goodwood Park Hotel provides an exhaustive buffet spread from just $45, with prices varying due to your visiting hours and beverage(s) of choice. Open Mon-Fri (2-5:30pm), Sat-Sun (12-5:30pm) 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 floral 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 warm lavender scones and brown sugar shortbread accompanied with clotted cream and homemade jam. Then end on a sweet note with gems like yuzu elderflower meringue tarts, candied violet macarons and sakura blossom puffs. Open Sat-Sun, 2-5pm for high tea


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 on weekdays and $53 on weekends, but definitely one for the tea fanatics. Open Mon-Sun, 2-3.30pm and 4-5.30pm for high tea


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 watercress crepes with Alaskan King Crab and bites of wagyu beef on rye. Coffee lovers will be stoked to know that the beverage options include pour-over coffee using beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters. The $48 price tag also entitles you to one dessert off the menu. Come the weekend however, the tea lounge switches things up with a hefty Weekend High Tea Buffet ($65) of local and Western savory eats—like lobster laksa, dim sum, roast beef and Norway salmon confit. No tiers here, but you might be stuffed to tears. Open Mon-Fri (12-5pm), 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

The Knolls

At The Knolls, you can choose from the English Tea, Japanese Tea, Peranakan Tea and Nonya Tea sets, which consist of classic items like smoked salmon and egg and chive sandwiches, lemon pound cake, unagi tamago rolls, matcha profiteroles and even otak-otak sandwiches. Nothing like dining in the beautiful setting of Sentosa Island too. Tea sets start at $39.90 per person. Open Mon-Fri, 3-5pm for high tea

The Landing Point

This lovely waterside cafe offers luxe offerings 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. $45 with a free flow of coffee and TWG teas. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5.30pm for high tea

Violet Oon ION Orchard

No one does Peranakan food quite like Violet Oon, so you’ll be pleased to know their new flagship branch at ION Orchard now serves high tea too. The Singapore High Tea Set ($56) serves two, and comes with three tiers of exquisite savoury and sweet heritage bites. Aside from Oon’s siganture Kuay Pie Tee, find chicken on crispy wanton skin, otak on Belgium Endive, and chilli crab tartlets with quail egg; the sweets include kueh dah dah, bubur cha cha panna cotta, and the Financier—a traditional Eurasian moist cake laced with brandy. More universal bites like scones and cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches pad out the set. The outlet also serves Violet Oon’s gorgeous cakes a la carte, at the restaurant-group’s first cake counter of freshly baked cakes. If you find yourself debating between the Pandan Gula Melaka Cake ($16) or Pineapple Gula Melaka Cake ($16), just get both. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5pm for high tea

Woo Bar

If you’ve got the time, a trip to Sentosa is well-worth the effort for W Singapore—Sentosa Cove’s ever-changing high tea set, called W T Time: Drop The T² ($65 on weekdays; $75 on weekends). Your three tiers of goodies come in an adorable silver birdcage that serves two, and include fun bites like mango sushi with crushed pink peppercorn, crispy foie gras with duck rillettes, and scones with literal injections of clotted cream. Without a doubt, the best part is enjoying it against the backdrop of the hotel’s pool and Sentosa. Open Mon-Sun, 3-5pm for high tea