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InterContinental Singapore Tropical Paradise
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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

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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Pan Pacific Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea
Pan Pacific Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea
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Japan: Pan Pacific Singapore

Hotels City Hall

From now till March 31, the Atrium of Pan Pacific Singapore will serve up an elegant, Japanese-inspired afternoon tea menu ($44), served in specially crafted tiered stands made to resemble the restaurant’s iconic floating pods. Start with bites of California maki and salmon quiche topped with ikura. Other novel creations include sandwiches layered with smoked trout and seaweed; a tamago sando-inspired egg sandwich and milk butter roll; and a charcoal brioche stuffed with crab meat and corn. Desserts come in the form of classic dark chocolate cake and earl grey macaron, raspberry and lychee roulade, and mochi filled with white bean paste. Our favourites: Dainty sweets, including a monaka, or roasted rice wafer shell sandwiched between matcha mousse and azuki red bean paste. Sudachi, a type of Japanese citrus, is also used to make a delightfully sour-sweet tart. In keeping with the theme, apart from the usual coffee and tea, the Japanese-inspired tea set also comes with warm and cold versions of matcha green tea latte. 

Prego Gentlemen's Tea
Prego Gentlemen's Tea
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Italy: Prego

Restaurants Italian City Hall

An afternoon tea affair isn’t just reserved for the ladies; over at Prego, the Italian restaurant has recently introduced a Gentlemen’s Tea ($68), perfect for those with a heartier appetite. Tiered stands are swapped out for wooden boards to lend a rustic charm, and the menu features meat-filled creations. Start with the buttery beef pie, with a flaky crust and chunky bits of meat, and chow down on bites of beef tartare, smoked salmon, and housemade sausage with chilli jam. Usual sandwiches also come topped with steak slices, and desserts come in the form of three chocolate creations – beer-infused brownie, coffee macchiato macaron, and a bitter chocolate cigar reminiscent of a cannoli. Prego even smokes its own ham, and uses it to make a sandwich that is finished with shavings of gorge cheddar. Round off the afternoon by sharing a toast of Glenmorangie Lasanta, which comes inclusive of the set. Gentlemen’s Tea is only available on the last Friday of every month. On other days, sample its Classic Afternoon Tea ($48).

Raffles Hotel Moscow Afternoon Tea
Raffles Hotel Moscow Afternoon Tea
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Russia: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Hotels City Hall

The Grand Lobby’s thematic afternoon tea has taken guests to New York and Vienna. Now, the experience heads to Russia for a unique Moscow Afternoon Tea ($88) available from now till March 14. Sink your teeth into smoked salmon blinis, topped with caviar; baked sesame seed bagels, rye bread with beet caviar, and other inspired creations.

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Classic English Afternoon Tea L'Espresso
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Goodwood Park Hotel

Hotels Orchard

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. 

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Restaurants Asian City Hall

The Journey Afternoon Tea (from $52) is available every afternoon from Monday to Saturday. Presented in a five-tier ceramic tiffin, 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.

InterContinental Singapore Tropical Paradise
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InterContinental Singapore

Hotels Rochor

Bid goodbye to the cool, rainy weather and embrace the warmth with InterContinental Singapore’s latest offering – Classic Afternoon Tea: Tropical Paradise (from $98 for two). Available from now till 30 April, the vibrant offering features bright flavours and sweet treats – all made to spotlight familiar tropical fruits. Munch on cempedak catalana, pomelo jelly, coconut lime mousse; or snack on Nonya spicy chicken with grated coconut and scones paired with canned ginger and homemade mango peach jam. 

TWG Tea scones
Photograph: TWG Tea/ Facebook


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.

Fennel Café afternoon tea
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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
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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.

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.

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