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The best tea rooms in Singapore for afternoon tea

Lounge around at these tea rooms and let your worries melt away with every bite of these tea-time treats

The Atrium at Pan Pacific Peranakan Afternoon Tea
Atrium, Pan Pacific
By Kylie Wong and Huang Junyi |
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Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition, but it has become one of the nation's favourite ways to while away an afternoon. It's no surprise, really – we can't think of a better respite from our hectic daily lives than a good cuppa, delectable sweets and savouries, and a plush, comfortable sofa to sink into. 

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Clubs

The Atrium

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This contemporary space at Pan Pacific is decked out with sleek lantern-shaped pods, teak louvres and an ever-changing light display that makes it the perfect spot to unwind over tea. The Atrium serves up two variations: the traditional English tea, and the Peranakan tea set ($42 for one, $80 for two). The latter takes the spotlight, with offerings like a buah keluak ham sandwich, fragrant Nyonya curry with fried mantou, laksa quiche, and more. Sweets include a range of kueh, while scones come in pandan and plain flavours, with Hainanese kaya and jam as accompaniments.  

Nesuto Afternoon Tea
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Restaurants, Cafés

Nesuto Patisserie

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This Japanese pastry joint is known for its beautiful floral murals, delicate confections and afternoon tea set ($70.80 for two), which is served in an open-faced bird cage that is sure to guarantee those likes on the 'gram. Look forward to its truffle ham and cheese croissants, sun-dried tomato quiche, and an assortment of sweet treats like the earl grey brownie and passionfruit macaron.

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Bars and pubs

ATLAS

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Live like Jay Gatsby with Atlas' afternoon tea menu ($52), which comprises a medley of premium bites like the Jamón ibérico on toast and savoury éclair complete with grain mustard mornay and A5 J-wagyu. Sweet options include a cotton cheesecake with candied lemon, as well as hazelnut cremeaux and truffle bonbons. Beverage options are equally noteworthy, with an Atlas art deco blend that sees a fine black tea base infused with dry gin botanicals, elderflower and yuzu. 

Hotels

1864 - The Bar

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The afternoon tea set at French lounge 1864 The Bar ($88) is undeniably luxe, with bites like the house-made gougère with Emmental béchamel, a Valrhona chocolate quenelle on brioche, and smoked Atlantic salmon with citrus crème fraîche and caviar, amongst other offerings. Patrons can choose from a selection of TWG tea or Nespresso coffee, and indulge in an afternoon of sumptuous treats and idle conversation, in an ambience that's both classy and cosy. 

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Restaurants

Chihuly Lounge

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Bask in the natural light of Chihuly Lounge's bright space and sink into its plush armchairs as you tuck into its afternoon tea buffet spread ($58 per person), available on weekends from 2.30pm to 5pm. Those of you with the luxury to spend weekday afternoons out and about can also enjoy a lavish eight-course afternoon tea set ($49) from noon to 5pm on weekdays. Treat yourself to sandwiches, scones, savouries, desserts and tea – but if you feel like having a cheeky tipple, there's also the option to have a glass of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Réserve Ritz Brut NV. 

Hotels

10 Scotts

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Situated along the bustling thoroughfare of Orchard Road and Scotts Road, the lobby lounge of Grand Hyatt is home to popular afternoon tea spot 10 Scotts. The joint boasts a comprehensive afternoon tea buffet menu ($52 per person) that's difficult to beat, with a cheese and charcuterie corner, sustainable seafood bar, and rotating selections of sandwiches, soups and pot pies. There's the Hungarian beef goulash, Arancini mignon, Crispy blue swimmer crab cake, and more. 

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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

MO Bar

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Taking over the the former Axis Bar and Lounge, the classy but bold space at the Mandarin Oriental is inspired by the Pacific Ocean and the culture of Asia's ports. Afternoon tea ($48 for one, $88 for two) here is an equally lush affair, with compressed watermelon and campari, patatas bravas, falafels and red shrimp atop crispy sourdough. Scones, madeleines and apricot mousse make up part of the decadent sweet spread, while tea selections are varied, with 16 options to choose from. 

Hotels

Rose Veranda

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The traditional tiered tea at the Rose Veranda ($38 per person, weekdays only) comes with delicacies such as the Norwegian smoked salmon sandwich, yuzu scented tart and wild mushroom truffle quiche. If you're looking for something heartier, the lavish afternoon tea buffet spread ($56 per person) includes dishes such as beef bourguignon and laksa, along with quality roasts at live carving stations, sushi and sashimi, and more. The tea lounge even has a tea layering option that allows you to select a tea base and herb sachet of your choice. 

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Restaurants, French

Brasserie Les Saveurs

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Come over for the afternoon tea ($49 per person) and sink your teeth into an assortment of pastries, sushi, gourmet cheeses, cold cuts and even live stations where flavoured crêpes, waffles and sandwiches are whipped up in front of you. There's an array of western and local sweet treats for dessert, which you can wash down with your choice of a TWG tea blend. 

COMO Cuisine

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COMO's afternoon tea tower ($70 for two) is available only on Tuesdays and Fridays, and it serves up a delectable spread of sweets and savouries, with crab buns, warm spiced scones, and tea cakes like the green tea opera and pandan profiterole. Wash it all down with your choice of coffee and tea, or make it boozy with a glass of Taittinger ($15), then relax amidst the verdant setting of Dempsey Hill as you while the afternoon away. 

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Restaurants

National Kitchen by Violet Oon

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Go local with Violet Oon's afternoon tea ($56 for two), which combines familiar local flavours with western-style offerings. Think otak or buah keluak on buttered crostini, pulled beef sambal buns, a hae bee hiam sandwich, gula melaka cupcakes and more. Savour every bite with your choice of kopi or tea, handblended for Violet Oon from the Singapore Tea Company. 

Restaurants, European

Pollen

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Pollen's afternoon tea ($38 per person) takes its cue from the fresh, bright flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, with sandwiches like the pan con tomate with parma ham and avocado; salmon, grapefruit and crème fraiche on multigrain, and red pepper hummus with sourdough chips. Sweets include the Valencia orange financier and Catalan tart. With natural light flooding the flower dome and a free pass to view the floral exhibitions, afternoon tea here is a treat in every way. 

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Anti:dote

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Presented in an elegant tray of drawers, Anti:dote's afternoon tea set ($52) gets regular updates. Its current menu comprises a range of finger sandwiches and tiny tea cakes, from the five spice duck rilette to apple tatin and pink ruby chocolate macarons. To add to the spread, there are scones served with jam, Devonshire clotted cream and a housemade lemon curd. For those with dietary restrictions, Anti:dote offers a gluten-free tea set ($45) and a children's tea set ($25), so you can make it a family affair. 

Restaurants

Arteastiq

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Arteastiq has three different afternoon tea sets to choose from: the signature ($48 for two), local ($48 for two) and seafood ($98 for two). All come with a choice of two different teas, but the local tea set is a standout, with its selection of crab stick kueh pie tee, otah fries, rainbow lapis, and more. 

 

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Restaurants, Comfort food

The Marmalade Pantry

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Take a break from an afternoon of retail therapy by dropping by The Marmalade Pantry at ION for its afternoon tea set ($60 for two). The double-tiered tea stand is chock full of treats like chilli crab sliders, truffle egg mayo sandwiches, scones and cupcakes. Every set comes with two pots of tea from Monogram. If you happen to be at Novena or Downtown, the afternoon tea sets are priced at $38, with a slightly different but equally delectable-sounding menu.  

Hotels

Lobby Lounge at The Westin Singapore

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At the heart of the CBD lies the Westin, with a seafood afternoon tea menu ($45 per person) at the lobby lounge that offers a slew of briny-fresh options. There are lobster buns, seared scallops, crab tartare and clam ceviche shooters, and if that's not enough, freshly shucked oysters and grilled marinated prawns are also available, along with a range of desserts and teas. 

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Things to do

Renku Bar & Lounge

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Decked out in zen-like, nature-inspired shades of brown and green, Renku at Marina Bay Sands is an oasis of calm, even amidst the swell of tourists and guests checking into the hotel. The afternoon tea menu ($48 per person) is served in a guéridon trolley that makes its rounds around the lounge regularly, offering sandwiches like prawn and avocado with tobiko aioli and the tomato and burrata with macadamia pesto. Sweets include Japanese mochi, shaped into adorable creations like mini persimmons and autumn leaves, while tea is sourced from local brand ETTE tea. 

Restaurants, Tea rooms

TWG Tea

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No afternoon tea list would be complete without homegrown brand TWG Tea. Its afternoon tea menus start at $19 for a choice of hot or iced tea and two freshly baked muffins or scones with tea jelly and whipped cream. Those looking to indulge can opt for the set with finger sandwiches ($32), which includes a moreish toasted sandwich with roasted portobello, mushroom duxelle and a white truffle béchamel sauce infused with pu-erh. 

 

 

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Restaurants, Cafés

Mad About Sucre

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This confectionary spot has made a name for itself with its wedding cakes and sweet treats. The pâtisserie also concocts its own blends of tea to pair with the desserts. Leaves are sourced from plantations all over the world, then blended to suit the cakes. There are seven different pastry-and-tea sets to choose from, with cakes like the Turvy, made with lemongrass, apple, caramel and honey ($24.80 with tea); and the Five Stones, made with pineapple, yuzu, mango and sage leaves ($22.80 with tea). 

Restaurants, Tea rooms

Tian Fu Tea Room

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This Chinese tea room carries a wide selection of over 30 types of premium Chinese tea, ranging from the ubiquitous green and red teas to more exotic types of yellow, white and flower teas, all of which are brewed by Tian Fu’s tea experts. Sip your drink alongside snacks like preserved dried olives and dried orange peel. Or opt for the Imperial High Tea set ($43 per person), which pairs nine dim sum dishes with three different teas. 

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Hotels

L’Espresso

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If you're looking for more filling portions of afternoon tea treats, L'Espresso's afternoon tea buffet (from $45 per person) aims to please, with a widespread assortment of salads, sandwiches, pastries, and the requisite scones. Kick back and relax at the breezy poolside terrace, or enjoy the cosy café ambience within the hotel.  

 

 

Restaurants, European

Wild Honey (Mandarin Gallery)

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Afternoon tea at brunch-hotspot Wild Honey is a simple affair. For $15 per person, you get a trio of scones and your choice of TWG tea, Paris chocolate or coffee from popular local roastery Common Man. 

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