Let our guide to Singapore’s best afternoon teas take you on a sweet journey around the island.
Whether you’re celebrating something special, want to treat a loved one or ‘just because’ – few things in life feel more indulgent than afternoon tea.
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From delicate finger sandwiches to handcrafted cakes, cream-topped scones and exotic tea varieties; here is our pick of Singapore’s best afternoon teas.
There’s arguably no more iconic afternoon tea location than the 19th century Raffles Singapore. Designed to remind of the extravagant parties once held there, The Grand Lobby invites guests to experience one of Singapore’s best afternoon teas among its floor-to-ceiling Victorian pillars and glittering chandeliers. Finger sandwiches, house-made scones, cakes and seasonal delicacies are complemented by a curated collection of teas and champagnes. Keep an eye out for the rotation of themed teas for a unique twist on a classic.
The Landing Point’s lavish 13-metre bar and elegant indoor promenade paved with bespoke marble mosaics create a sophisticated setting for an afternoon tea. The menu changes monthly, but past delights include lychee Swiss rolls, caramelised pulled pork buns and savoury eclairs. Regardless of when you dine, you can always expect fresh scones, a generous selection of teas and sweeping views across Marina Bay.
For an afternoon tea with a difference, try Atrium’s Japanese-inspired take. Salmon quiche is elevated with ikura roe, smoked trout sandwiches are paired with nori and wasabi mayonnaise, while sweet treats include matcha cake and mochi. The drinks are no less inventive; options include royal pistachio coffee, sencha tea and matcha latte. For extra indulgence, add a raspberry Sakura cocktail.
Offering incredible views of Marina Bay and inspired by the Pacific Ocean and rich culture of Asia’s ports, the award-winning MO Bar is an iconic Singaporean experience. Begin with a rare tea sourced from Asia’s famous tea-growing regions – maybe the blue and green tea blend of Secret of Siam or Comptoir des Indes’ blend of chai black will tickle your fancy. An East-meets-West menu of gourmet delights follows, featuring dishes such as black truffle toast, coriander crab masala, coconut frangipane and makrut lime chocolate mousse.
Enjoy a fresh take on afternoon tea inspired by the botanical flavours of Andaz’s herb garden. Soup and ice cream may not be your typical late-afternoon pickings but trust us when we say they work beautifully. Tom kha soup with sustainable barramundi is followed by savoury dishes such as crab tartlet and pumpkin hummus, rounded off with scones, cakes and gelato by Singapore’s famous Birds of Paradise. Quench your thirst with free-flow iced tea, homemade lemonade or a selection of TWG teas and coffee.
This is a beautiful quintessential afternoon tea experience in a tranquil colonial garden setting. Sip aromatic coffee and precisely decanted Gryphon tea blends, or step outside of the norm with a TipTree cocktail. Signature pastries and sandwiches are served fit for royalty on a three-tiered afternoon tea stand. The menu changes to fit the month’s theme and is carefully curated by Pastry Chef Alex Chong, the man behind past creations such as cranberry scones, passionfruit hazelnut choux puff and Tahitian vanilla lemon financier.
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