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Raffles Afternoon Tea
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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

By Fabian Loo, Kylie Wong and Huang Junyi
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Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition. Call it a colonial hang-up but it's also one of our favourite ways to while away an afternoon. What's not to love about pressing pause and spending time with a good cuppa, delectable sweets and savouries, and a plush, comfortable sofa? Here's where to go to raise your pinkies and clink glasses.

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New York Afternoon Tea
New York Afternoon Tea
Photograph: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Hotels City Hall

New York Afternoon Tea at The Grand Lobby

Longing for a getaway? Leisure travel might still be a distant possibility, but those with an appetite for adventure can visit The Grand Lobby at Raffles Hotel Singapore for an afternoon in America. The newly launched New York Afternoon Tea ($78) features a three-tiered curation of finger food inspired by the Big Apple.

Tuck into a Reuben sandwich, dainty lobster roll, and smoked salmon bagel, and enjoy a sweet selection of pastries – New York cheesecake, red velvet cupcake, carrot cake, and more. True to theme, a selection of three classic cocktails ($20) – the Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, and Bronx – are also available. And to top it all off, the afternoon tea is served at The Grand Lobby, a stunning space framed by ornate Victorian columns and mouldings. The New York Afternoon Tea is a limited period offering, and the hotel already has plans for an upcoming thematic menu to transport diners to another part of the world. 

SAVE SPACE FOR Scones, baked lovingly in-house, and served plain and studded with raisins. These buttery treats are good as it is, but even better when slathered with the accompanying rose petal jam bursting with sweet, floral notes.

Classic English Afternoon Tea L'Espresso
Classic English Afternoon Tea L'Espresso
Photograph: Fabian Loo

Goodwood Park Hotel

Hotels Orchard

Classic English Afternoon Tea at L'Espresso 
now till August 10 

To celebrate Goodwood Park Hotel’s 120th anniversary, indulge in a meal with an equally storied history: afternoon tea. Drop by L’Espresso and settle down either at the hotel’s lounge area, or choose to dine al fresco by the pool. The Classic English Afternoon Tea (from $45) comes with a free-flowing selection of savouries and sweets – all served on elegant tableware. Start by selecting a drink (each set comes with two servings), and indulge in classic options of sandwiches, buttery croissants, scones, alongside warm, hearty plates of Irish beef and Guinness stew and beef wellington in red wine sauce. Round off the afternoon on a sweet note with treats of sticky toffee pudding, strawberries and cream trifle, and more. As part of the restaurant’s enhanced safety measures, a digital menu can be accessed via QR codes on the table, and unlimited servings of food will be served directly to the table, leaving diners with more time to catch-up with loved ones. 

SAVE SPACE FOR The Legacy Blend 120, a commemorative black tea blend made especially for the hotel’s 120th birthday. Notes of bergamot, almonds, and Blue Cornflower – the national flower of Germany and a homage to the hotel’s history as an enclave for the German community – help perfume this soothing, medium-bodied drink. 

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La Brasserie Afternoon Tea
Photograph: The Fullerton Bay Hotel

La Brasserie

Restaurants French Raffles Place

Enjoy a waterfront afternoon tea experience at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s La Brasserie. The afternoon tea set ($55) comes with a choice selection of French bistro favourites and local delights. Look forward to seared beef pastrami with pesto in brioche, tiger prawn cocktail, and Niçoise-style tuna sandwich with rainbow bread for savouries. Then, round off the meal with sweets of scones, ondeh ondeh macaron and more, along with free-flowing coffee and tea.

A Casual British Afternoon Tea
Photograph: Fairmont Singapore

Anti:dote

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars City Hall

Jaan by Kirk Westaway may be closed during this period, but chef Kirk is keeping busy with a seasonal two-month pop-up at Anti:dote. It now serves a special Casual British Afternoon Tea ($52) filled with classic snacks from this great British tradition. Indulge in bites of aubergine quiche, duck pie, blackberry Eton mess, lemon tart, and more.

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TWG Tea scones
Photograph: TWG Tea/ Facebook

TWG Tea

Restaurants Global Marina Bay

No afternoon tea list would be complete without homegrown brand TWG Tea. Its afternoon tea menu starts from an affordable $19, and features two freshly baked muffins or scones served alongside TWG Tea Jelly and whipped cream. Feeling hungry? Other more indulgent sets (from $33 to $70) with hearty mains are also available.

Colony at The Ritz-Carlton Singapore
Photograph: The Ritz-Carlton

Colony

Restaurants Asian City Hall

Presented in a five-tier ceramic tiffin, The Journey afternoon tea (from $49) is a new, socially distant offering by the Colony. Highlights include mini steak and ale pies, prawn and watercress sandwiches, and unlimited servings of sweet treats and scones. Each set also comes with a glass of bubbly and your choice of tea.

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Fennel Café afternoon tea
Photograph: Fennel Café/ Facebook

Fennel Café

Restaurants European Marina Bay

Fennel Café is the casual sister of Pollen, and serves an afternoon tea ($45) befitting of its lush surroundings within the Flower Dome. Fresh produce goes into its offerings of savouries and sweets, with dishes that include smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches, corn custard tart, rose and lychee macaron, pandan berliner.

Marmalade Pantry Afternoon Tea
Photograph: The Marmalade Pantry

The Marmalade Pantry Downtown

Restaurants River Valley

The weekends are meant for relaxing, and the weekend afternoon tea ($48 for two) at The Marmalade Pantry Downtown is the perfect excuse to unwind and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Each comes with two pots of tea, and a choice selection of finger food – from sandwiches stuffed with roast beef and smoked salmon, to buttermilk scones studded with candied orange and cranberry. It’s signature cakes and cupcakes are also part of the deal.

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