The Best Afternoon Tea Experiences in Singapore
This story was updated on July 28, 2020
The tradition of afternoon tea has become ingrained in our culture since it was brought over by the British ages ago. But that’s not a bad thing, especially in our food-obsessed nation because we get to indulge in bite-sized delights such as finger sandwiches, scones and jam to tide us over before dinner. Even better, you can wash these down with aromatic hot tea.
If you’re ready to partake in this grand tradition, here are some places to go for traditional bites, champagne and more.
1/6 Raffles Hotel Singapore
Part of The Grand Dame’s offerings is the afternoon tea, available daily at the Victorian era-inspired lobby. The highlight is still the classic three-tiered silver stand brimming with scones, homemade rose petal jam, finger sandwiches and beautiful desserts crafted by executive pastry chef Tai Chien Lin.
Fall in love with Tai’s seasonal pastries, too, a new addition that pays tribute to the hotel’s rich heritage. Depending on the day and the seasonal ingredients available, you might just tuck into the Long Bar chocolate peanut bar or the French pistachio religieuse.
The former, a chocolate-coated bar layered with nutty peanut butter, is an ode to the hotel’s long-standing bar, and the latter is a traditional French dessert filled with a decadent pistachio cream. The meal comes with a complimentary glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne.
2/6 Brasserie Les Saveurs
Be spoilt for choice at the French restaurant’s Caroline Astor afternoon tea, named after the St. Regis Singapore’s founding matriarch. Basking in the lavish surroundings indulge in an array of tantalising small bites including scones, crepes and waffles, cooked upon order and served in a luxe two-tiered stand. Save space for the variety of desserts and pastries.
3/6 Regent Singapore
The afternoon tea tradition started in England, and the culinary team pays tribute to its birthplace with an English Garden theme. At the Tea Lounge, you won’t only feel like you’re in an English countryside (thanks to a lush greenery backdrop), you’ll be able to dig into classic afternoon treats, too, served in a three-tiered afternoon tea stand.
Start off with mini sandwiches such as black truffle, and organic egg mayonnaise and cucumber, before satisfying your sweet tooth with desserts. Pastry chef Alex Chong’s creations are not to be missed, especially the British rose apple profiteroles, gluten-free chocolate cake, and triple chocolate fudge. Finish off with the TipTree mocktail or a cocktail of your choice.
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4/6 The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore
The culinary team has collaborated with beauty brand Chantecaille to present the Classic Afternoon Tea: Chantecaille Rose de Mai. The experience begins with two flutes of Taittinger Brut Champagne, followed by bite-sized delights inspired by the brand’s Rose de Mai collection and the hotel’s core philosophy of sustainability.
That means you’ll be able to tuck into the likes of English scones with homemade rose jam, strawberry jam and clotted cream; lychee rose macaron; and rose praline. For savouries, you’ll get your dose of salmon thyme quiche; baked scallop with cocktail sauce and mango; and prawn mousse pita with pomegranate. The set comes with tea or coffee, too.
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5/6 Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Available at One-Ninety Bar is a fuss-free afternoon tea dreamed up by pastry chef Audrey Yee. Relax in the resort-style alfresco Terraza of One-Ninety Bar and partake in a spread of dainty finger sandwiches; freshly baked raisin and vanilla scones; and brown sugar shortbread served with homemade strawberry-rose preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.
There’s a ton of drink to be savoured, too. You have access to speciality fine teas such as Royal Peony, Milky Oolong or classic Earl Grey Neroli; freshly-brewed coffee; and cocktails.
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Goodwood Park Hotel celebrates its 120th anniversary this year, and the culinary team at L’Espresso has prepared a lavish spread of sweets and savouries, best paired with the exclusive Legacy Blend 120 tea created just for the occasion.
Come hungry so you’ll have enough space to tuck into the likes of traditional Irish beef & Guinness stew; beef Wellington; and mini pork shepherd’s pie with cheese crust—served tableside. Save space for desserts and indulge in classic British desserts such as sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart.