Fancy afternoon high tea sessions with your crew do not always have to come with a hefty bill.
There’s no better feeling than sipping a piping hot cup of tea with your friends while nibbling on sweet treats and exquisite savouries. Offering buttery soft scones, bite-sized locally-infused pastries, finger sandwiches and more on picturesque tiers or extravagant buffet spreads, high tea sessions (especially if they are affordable) are highly coveted among Singaporeans looking to unwind and enjoy an intimate heart-to-heart chat during the weekends.
However, because this afternoon activity can be a pricey affair, it is often reserved for special occasions. Not to worry, we have complied a list of eight affordable high tea spots (all under $25!) in Singapore where you can sinfully indulge without busting your budget. Who’s in for a treat this Sunday?
1. Strait Place 1819 by d’Good Café
Dine in familiar comfort and cosy with d’Good Cafe‘s homely interior. this cafe has been serving up hearty cafe classics at its well-cemented location in Holland Village since 2012.
Inspired by the early Kopitiam culture, it has since opened a new outlet at VivoCity named Strait Place 1819. The new Strait Place 1819 aims to preserve Singapore’s food heritage with modern interpretations of local favourites.
Try its popular three-tier afternoon tea set ($38 for 2 pax) that features familiar classics with a twist: The Hainanese Par-Tee (basically, kueh pie tee stuffed with Hainanese chicken rice), Otah Sandwiches, Kaya Pandan Roll and Smoked Salmon Cranberry Ice Gem (this one looks just like the old-school ice gem biscuits!) Check out the menu here.
*Tip: Go on a weekday to enjoy:
- Free-flow hot tea (our house-brand) or,
- Free upgrade to tea mocktails with one-time free refill
- 15% off a la carte items with order of the afternoon tea set
Price: $38 for two (inclusive of 2 drinks), $19 per pax
d’Good Cafeis at VivoCity, 1 Harbour Front Walk, #02-111, 098585. High tea set is available from 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily.
2. The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry is known for their exquisite cupcakes. But the homegrown bistro also offers a hearty High Tea set if you’re looking to have something more fulfilling. Priced at $38 for two, their afternoon treat includes a selection of truffle mayo, chicken cranberry and roast beef finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with strawberry preserve, orange marmalade, clotted cream, and their petite signature cakes. They are offering this set for delivery so you can enjoy this experience right at home.
Price: $38 for two, $19 per pax
High tea set is available only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Beautifully decorated and posh, it’s understandable if you thought the high tea offerings from this Versailles-styled fine dining restaurant would be costly. Fortunately, they offer a range of menus for every budget (prices range from $19 to $68 per pax). Their 1837 tea time menu, at $19 per pax, is not too shabby, comprising your choice of either two freshly baked muffins or scones served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream, or a pâtisserie from their trolley, and either hot or iced tea which you can pick from their extensive tea list. Fancy.
Price: $19 per pax
TWG is at various locations. High tea set is available from 2pm to 6pm daily.
4. Brunches Café
From the rustic wooden furniture and metal grills to the vintage themed ornaments and antique car display (which BTW, is converted into a seating area), Brunches Café is the perfect place for old souls to indulge in a teatime tête-à-tête. Take a trip down memory lane with your buddies as you savour their High Tea set, which will cost $32 for two. Served in an attractive three-tiered bird cage, their set includes sliders, mini tarts, a range of assorted cakes and a pot of tea where you can choose from six of their house blends — such as their berry-infused “Beauty” tea and oolong with chamomile “Slow Down & Relax” tea.
Price: $36 for two, $18 per pax
Brunches Café is at 96 Rangoon Road, 218381. High tea set is available from 11am to 10pm on weekdays, 10am to 10pm on weekends, closed on Tuesdays. Tea sets are limited to 10 sets daily.
True to its name, high tea at Arteastiq is certainly an artistic affair. Housed in a photogenic two-tiered gold cage, their Signature High Tea set — which will cost you $48 for two — comes with an assortment of intriguing sweet and savoury treats, like a chocolate cone with banana custard and foie gras terrine on toast with yuzu marmalade and crushed pistachios. Beverages — you get to pick two of their specialty teas — are equally fascinating. We recommend the Chocolate Truffle tea for the adventurous, or the Osmanthus Oolong tea for those who wish to refresh your palette.
Price: $48 for two, $24 per pax
Arteastiq is at various locations. High tea set is available from 1pm to 5pm daily.
6. Wildseed Cafe The Summerhouse
Nestled inside a refurbished colonial house, Wildseed Cafe’s The Summerhouse boasts a quaint interior of bricked walls and hanging dried florals that is a dream for the frequent Instagrammer. Located at Seletar Aerospace Park, which is often described as “Dempsey in the North”, Wildseed offers an Afternoon Tea Set ($40 for two) which includes sweets — Madeleines, Macaroons, Mini Brownies, Mini Cheesecakes — a chicken pinche petit sandwich and two cups of coffee or tea.
Price: $40 for two, $20 per pax
Wildseed Cafe is at Level 1, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Drive, 798387. High tea set is available from 2pm to 5pm daily.
Fosters may be a steakhouse known for their beef patties and all things meat related, but did you know that they offer a range of yummy baked goods as well? Priced at $11.50, their Devonshire Cream Tea Set comes with freshly baked scones served with butter, strawberry preserve and fresh cream, tea cakes and finger sandwiches. Wash that down with either a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a pot of tea. What a great deal!
Price: $11.50 per pax
Fosters is at Holland Village, 277 Holland Ave, 278994. High tea set is available from 3pm to 5pm daily.
8. L’éclair Pâtisserie Café
The dainty and exquisite éclairs from L’éclair Pâtisserie Café need no introduction. But if you’re looking for a more all-rounded French experience, try their new tea set, L’expérience ($40 for two), which comprises classic French pastries such as mini madeleines, chouquettes, and financiers. You also get to pick three regular éclair flavours, one pie or croissant, and two beverages of your choice. Enchanté.
Price: $40 for two, $20 per pax
L’éclair by Sarah Michelle is at Singapore Shopping Centre, 190 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-28, 239924. High tea set is available from 11am to 6pm daily.
By Sean Tham, December 2018 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, October 2019 / Updated by Jashleen Kaur, October 2020. Images: respective cafes/restaurants’ social media pages and/or websites.
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