With its colonial influences and history as a bit of a tea trading post, the popularity of high tea and tea rooms – especially among visitors and expats – has deeply cemented roots. And, of course, with good teas come some highly-praised baked goods: delicious macaroons, scones and even old-fashioned cookies. Here’s a selection of tearooms and high teas in Singapore to get your journey brewing.
British-style Tearoom Experiences
TWG boasts the largest offering of tea blends (more than 800) of any tea producer in the world. Visit the boutique to smell and maybe even buy one of the hundreds they have on display, or sit down for a London breakfast or some of their delightful macaroons and savor a cup for yourself.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
01-22 Republic Plaza
9 Raffles Place,
Tel: +65 6538 1837
02-21 ION Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn,
Tel: +65 6735 1837
The Cookie Museum (formerly the V Tea Room)
Yes, there are good cookies – lots of them – that are available for purchase by the tin. You can also sit and enjoy teacakes and, you guessed it, an extensive selection of English teas in the pretty Victorian setting. Deliciously girly.
01-02/04 Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6333 1965
The Marmalade Pantry
A beautiful restaurant with an extensive and fairly creative menu that boasts some fantastic cakes and cupcakes. The high tea here includes a selection of Gryphon Teas, egg, beef and horseradish and shrimp sandwiches, scones and one of their delicious cupcakes. There is also an outlet in Capital Tower, with a slightly smaller menu and more emphasis on its wine list.
03-22 Orchard Ion
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 6734 2700
Tiffin Room (Raffles Hotel)
Start off with your three-tiered silver English high tea stand of neatly de-crusted sandwiches and pastries and then move on to the ample buffet of fresh fruit and a mix of British and Asian favourites. The $49 (plus taxes) charge includes the buffet but doesn’t include the practically obligatory Singapore Sling. Very busy and touristy, but a fun experience. Reservations a must.
1 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6412 1816
Brasserie Les Saveurs (St. Regis)
High tea here is a fancy affair – you can sit and gaze at your fine pastries or check out The St Regis’s fabulous private art collection, including pieces from Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Fernado Botero, and Chen Wen His. The set menu staples include finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and free-flowing TWG teas. Not a buffet. Reservations a must.
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6506 6866
Available on weekends and public holidays, The InterContinental’s International High Tea buffet offers a serious selection of mains and desserts. What it lacks in good ol’ British pretense, it makes up for in value: $35++ a head for a serious feed.
80 Middle Road
Tel: +65 6825 1061
Also only available on weekends and public holidays, the Asian High Tea buffet at The Marina Mandarin is another value-for-money way to fill your belly. Don’t expect cucumber sandwiches or clotted creams: think dim sum, laksa and durian tempura.
Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6845 1111
With a mission to promote the understanding of Chinese heritage through tea, Singapore’s largest teahouse offers a range of experiences from dining to tea education. The epicurean offerings include more than 40 types of Chinese teas, and light tea snacks such as tea eggs, jellies and homemade cookies.
9A/11 Neil Road
Tel: +65 6226 1175/1917/3026
Imperial Junk Cheng Ho High Tea Harbour Cruise
High tea on the high seas – take a 2.5 hour cruise around some of Singapore’s other islands and view the city sights from this Chinese Junk replica boat as you enjoy your high tea buffet. Easy to organise through most major hotels, including pick-ups.
Tel: +65 6533 9811