After a long week at work, nothing beats winding down by hanging out with friends or family and treating ourselves to high tea on a weekend. High tea sessions, i.e., sipping on a piping hot cup of tea and nibbling on sweet treats and exquisite savouries, are a highly coveted luxury among Singaporeans. But those buttery soft scones, bite-sized pastries and sandwiches often rack up a hefty bill.
With this afternoon activity being a pricey affair, it’s often reserved for special occasions. But not to worry, we have complied a list of eight affordable high tea spots (all under $25!) in Singapore where you can sinfully indulge without busting your budget.
Text: Sean Tham
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
Take a trip to London town at D’good Café, which boasts an impressive London Tube station interior and an English Garden outdoor setting. Here, you can pretend you’re at a quintessential British cafe while digging into their three-tiered Enchanted Forest high tea set. Priced at $42 for two, their decadent savouries include a fresh lobster in citron macaron and egg mimosa with pancetta, while delightful sweets include a pineapple butter cake and tofu cheesecake with mixed berries. The set comes with two cups of coffee or a pot of tea that you can choose from a list of 100 options. No better spot to enjoy this classic British tradition than here.
Price: $42 for two, $21 per pax.
d’Good Café is at #B1-56,Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872, tel:6694 1411. High tea set is available from 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily.
The Marmalade Pantry is known for their exquisite cupcakes. But the homegrown bistro also offers a hearty High Tea set if you’re looking to have something more fulfilling. Priced at $38 for two, their afternoon treat includes two pots of tea (you’re given the option of either black, green, fruity or white teas) and a selection of egg and cress, beef and horseradish and greenland shrimp finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with candied orange and cranberry, strawberry preserve and clotted cream, and two cupcakes of your choice. Try the Lavender Sugee, which is light and fragrant with a creamy lemon curd filling, or the decadent Mudslide, a chocolate cupcake with orange marmalade filling, hazelnut feuilletine and a vanilla and chocolate butter cream. Yum.
Price: $38 for two, $19 per pax.
Marmalade Pantry is at various locations. High tea set is available from 3pm to 6pm daily.
Beautifully decorated and posh, it’s understandable if you thought the high tea offerings from this Versailles-styled fine dining restaurant would be costly. Fortunately, they offer a range of menus for every budget (prices range from $19 to $42 per pax). Their 1837 tea time menu, at $19 per pax, is not too shabby, comprising your choice of either two freshly baked muffins or scones served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream, or a pâtisserie from their trolley, and either hot or iced tea which you can pick from their extensive tea list. Fancy.
Price: $19 per pax.
TWG is at various locations. High tea set is available from 2pm to 6pm daily.
From the rustic wooden furniture and metal grills to the vintage themed ornaments and antique car display (which BTW, is converted into a seating area), Brunches Café is the perfect place for old souls to indulge in a teatime tête-à-tête. Take a trip down memory lane with your buddies as you savour their High Tea set, which will cost $32 for two. Served in an attractive three-tiered bird cage, their set includes sliders, mini tarts, a range of assorted cakes and a pot of tea where you can choose from six of their house blends — such as their berry-infused “Beauty” tea and oolong with chamomile “Slow Down & Relax” tea.
Price: $32 for two, $16 per pax.
Brunches Café is at 96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218381, tel: 8685 8488. High tea set is available from 11am to 10pm on weekdays, 10am to 10pm on weekends, closed on Tuesdays. Tea sets are limited to 10 sets daily.
If you prefer having a more fulfilling spread rather than nibbling on teeny tiny hors d’oeuvres, Tiffany Café & Restaurant is the perfect spot. Why? Their Weekend High Tea set is buffet style, which means you can eat your heart out. At $19.90 (for one), take your pick from a wide selection of local and international treats, such as dim sum, chocolate pastries, traditional kuehs and sushi. You might want to skip breakfast and lunch for this one.
Price: $19.90 per pax.
Tiffany Café & Restaurant is at Furama City Centre, 60 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059804, tel: 6531 5366. High tea set is available from 3pm to 5.30pm on weekends only.
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True to its name, high tea at Arteastiq is certainly an artistic affair. Housed in a photogenic two-tiered gold cage, their Signature Teasery tea set — which will cost you $48 for two — comes with an assortment of intriguing sweet and savoury treats, like a chocolate cone with banana custard and foie gras terrine on toast with yuzu marmalade and crushed pistachios. Beverages — you get to pick two of their specialty teas — are equally fascinating. We recommend the Chocolate Truffle tea for the adventurous, or the Osmanthus Oolong tea for those who wish to refresh your palette.
Price: $48 for two, $24 per pax.
Arteastiq is at #04-14/15, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867, tel: 6235 8370 and #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839, tel:6336 0951. High tea set is available from 1:30pm to 5:30pm on weekdays and 2:30pm to 5:30pm on weekends.
Nestled inside a refurbished colonial house, Wildseed Cafe’s quaint interior of bricked walls and hanging dried florals is a dream for the frequent Instagrammer. Located at Seletar Aerospace Park, which is often described as “Dempsey in the North”, Wildseed offers an Afternoon Tea Set ($40 for two) which includes sweet treats such as madeleines, macaroons, mini brownie and mini cheesecake (choice of raspberry or blueberry) — a chicken pinche petit sandwich and two cups of coffee or tea. Fancy something more luxe? Add another $20 to trade up your coffee or tea for two glasses of bubbly Prosecco.
Price: $40 for two, $20 per pax.
Wildseed Cafe is at Level 1, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Drive Singapore 798387, tel: 9643 9116. High tea set is available from 2pm to 5pm daily.
The dainty and exquisite éclairs from L’éclair by Sarah Michelle need no introduction. But if you’re looking for a more all-rounded French experience, try their new tea set, L’expérience ($45 for two), which comprises classic French pastries such as mini madeleines, chouquettes, and financiers. You also get to pick three regular éclair flavours and two beverages of your choice. Enchanté.
Price: $45 for two, $22.50 per pax.
L’éclair by Sarah Michelle is at #01-28, Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239924, tel: 6635 7909. High tea set is available from 10.30am to 4.30pm daily.