As we’re slowly heading back outside and catching up with our family and friends, our choice for the perfect social gathering is a spot of afternoon tea. Whether you’re wanting to try out a traditional English afternoon tea or a newer, trendy iteration that celebrates the ritual of high tea, here are the spots you’ll want to head down to for a memorable afternoon of luxury and tantalising fare.
The Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel
While we may not be able to go on holiday right now, The Raffles Hotel Singapore is letting us enjoy our zest for travel through their exclusive New York Afternoon Tea special (S$78++) at their beautifully refurbished and welcoming Grand Lobby. You don’t even need to visit the Upper East Side to get the experience, especially when you’re dining under a bespoke chandelier decked out in thousands of sparkling crystal, sipping your tea of choice and making your way through an exquisite array of savoury and sweet treats—including NYC-inspired Reuben sandwiches, lobster rolls, and decadent cheesecake—that are completely mouthwatering.
Grand Lobby, Raffles Singapore (located at the Main Building, accessible via the main hotel entrance); tel: 6412-1816
La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Spend your weekend enjoying a combination of both classic Singaporean dishes and gourmet French fare with La Brasserie‘s Afternoon Tea ($55++) at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, where you can feast to your heart’s content while overlooking the Marina Bay waterfront view.
La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel; tel: 6877-8911/8912
Violet Oon Singapore
Traditional Peranakan fare meets the ritual of high tea at Peranakan household joint Violet Oon. Expect a delicious array of local picks including kuay pie tee and mini otak otak, alongside your tea of choice and scones.
For more information, visit Violet Oon’s website here.
One Ninety Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Whether you’re in the mood for a coffee, tea, or would like to amp your high tea with bubblies for two, Four Seasons’ One Ninety Bar has you covered. You’ll even be able to enjoy a deluxe range of seasonal savory favourites, sweet treats like the Yuzu Lemon Cupcake and Macae Chocolate Macaron, not to forget Vanilla Scones served with homemade Rose Petal Strawberry Preserve and Clotted Cream.
For more information visit Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s website here. One-Ninety Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore; tel: 6831-7671
Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis
Combining opulence with signature French cuisine, head down to Brasserie Les Saveurs’ for its daily Afternoon Tea that has officially made its comeback during this Phase 2. Includes an abundant spread that includes scones and hand-made crepes to Smoked Salmon Blinis with Salmon Roe and Cream Cheese, and Foie Gras, Duck Rilette. Depending on your appetite, you’ll be presented with a choice of three packages for your high tea session.
For more information visit The St. Regis Singapore’s website here. Brasserie Les Saveurs, Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore; tel: 6506-6860
After a round of art jamming with your loved one at the cafe’s adjoining art studio, cool off and reward yourselves with a fine high tea, available across all of the establishment’s three destinations island-wide.
For more information visit Arteastiq’s website here.
The Marmalade Pantry
After shopping in the city with your BFF, head on over to The Marmalade Pantry‘s downtown outlet for the ultimate weekend wind-down – an exclusive A Weekend High Tea Soiree promotion for two ($48++) which entails a curated selection of sweet treats, sandwiches and an inclusive free-flow artisan tea by Monogram.
For more information visit The Marmalade Pantry’s website here. The Marmalade Pantry (downtown outlet), #01-01 Oasia Hotel Downtown; tel: 6385-0741
Main Cover Photo Gossip by Giovanni Boldini , 1836, oil on canvas, 23.8 x 20 cm/The Metropolitan Museum of Art Square Cover Photo Tea by James Tissot, 1872, oil on wood, 66 x 47.9 cm/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.