Tiny cucumber sandwiches without crusts, warm fluffy scones with thick clotted cream and jam, perfect patisserie sitting pretty on a platter, tea in china cups, and a glass of Champagne; could there be any better way to while away a few hours than leisurely indulging in a traditional afternoon high tea? Here’re our top picks of where to find some of the best tea offers including free-flow prosecco deals, and fancy hotels with the prettiest settings in Singapore.
The Clifford Pier or The Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel
There’s something rather special about stepping into the wonderfully smelling lobby at this beautiful hotel on the bay. For all out luxury, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon spent here. We’re fans of its year-round Singapore Heritage afternoon tea for many reasons. The lineup includes kueh pie tee, chili crab bao, wagyu beef rendang croquetas and so much more. Free-flow tea and coffee are included.
The Clifford Pier / The Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, 049326, t. 6333 8388. Mon – Fri and Sun: 3:30pm – 5:30pm and $48 per adult, $25 per child (6 – 11 years old) and Sat and PH: 3pm – 5pm, $55 per adult and $25 per child
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel
Get fancy with the afternoon tea at the Fullerton (there’s even a harpist providing some classy background tunes!). Nibble on the likes of lobster salad with dill rolls and carrot cake mini eggs while relaxing in the stunning Courtyard. And if you need something a little bit stronger, opt in for a glass of house wine for $10 or a glass of champagne for $20.
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, 049178, t. 6733 8388. Mon – Fri: 3pm – 6pm and Sat, Sun and PH: 2pm – 4pm or 4:30pm – 6pm. Prices start at $55 per person, $25 per child (6 – 11 years old).
Chihuly Lounge or Colony at The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz sure know how to do afternoon tea; there are three ‘experiences’ available dependent on the day you visit and what you’re in the mood for. Hit up the Chihuly Lounge for a lavish eight-course (yes, really) weekday tea, or a 2.5-hour weekend buffet feast (both feature the likes of obligatory tiny sandwiches, canapes, macarons, eclairs, and tea cakes). Or for a dash of Singaporean flavour, opt to dine at the Colony with a tea that highlights local and Chinese dishes served in a five-tier ceramic tiffin and a selection of yummy patisserie for dessert. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Chihuly Lounge or Colony Bakery at The Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue, 039799, t. 6337 8888. Chihuly weekday afternoon tea, 12pm – 5pm, weekend afternoon tea buffet, 2.30pm – 5pm. Prices start at $49 per person. The Journey at Colony served Mon-Sat, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, prices start at $49 per person
Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis
The Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs is perfect for a special occasion. It’s our top choice for an outing with the parents, or for an elegant baby or bridal shower. Tea is served on a three-tiered silver stand and packed with cucumber, smoked salmon, and egg mayo sandwiches, duck foie gras profiteroles, mini salmon quiches, creme caramels, mocha eclairs, raspberry tarts, and more. And there’s even a special waffle and crepe station with sweet bites prepared a la minute by resident chefs. Just to make things extra special, there’s a pianist tinkling away in the background. Perfect.
The Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Rd, 24791, t. 6506 6888. Afternoon tea served Mon-Sat, 3pm – 5pm, Sun, 4pm – 6pm. Prices start at $49 per person
As far as unique settings go, Pollen is winning. Nestled within a huge dome in Gardens by the Bay, we love the bringing-the-outside-indoors kinda vibe. And we love the afternoon tea menu even more. Savouries include chicken and mushroom tarts, egg sandwiches, gazpacho, and croquettes. While sweets like macarons, Earl Grey lemon cake, chocolate marshmallow tart, and orange and white chocolate scones sound equally divine. And there’s two hours of free-flow prosecco up for grabs.
Pollen, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 01-09, 018953, t. 6604 9988. Afternoon tea served daily, prices start at $38 per person / $78 per person inclusive of free-flow prosecco
MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental
If your looking for tea with a great view, this is your spot. The sophisticated MO Bar is the perfect setting for an afternoon tea date. Choose from a myriad of teas, and scoff on the likes of vanilla scones, spinach pie, and fancy bites like the egg mimosa with truffle, Boston lobster mini bun, and more.
MO Bar, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, 039797, t. 6885 3500. Afternoon tea served Mon-Sun, 3pm – 5pm, $48 per person, $88 for two.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt
We’ve all got one friend who “pffffts” at high tea due to the dainty servings; bring ‘em to 10 Scotts for a high tea that will fill even those with the most ferocious of appetites. And we love that you can upgrade the experience to include free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne for only $35 (a bargain and well worth it). This semi-buffet affair includes eats like freshly shucked oysters, cured Norwegian salmon, a full-on cheese and charcuterie table, cakes, tarts, scones and more (the food really is endless). Perfect if you’re celebrating with a group of friends and fancy an alternative to Sunday brunch.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, 228211, t. 6738 1234. Afternoon tea served daily, 12pm – 2.30pm (first seating), and 3pm – 5pm (second seating). $50 per person inclusive of tea and coffee, additional $35 for free-flow Champagne.