“If you really want me right, you should chase after me. You know, girls right, we just want to be pampered.”
No matter how independent we may be, every girl still likes to be spoilt now and then. And what better way to get pampered than sitting in luxurious, plump chairs, while sipping on a hot piping cup of tea, and savouring bites of delectable sweets? Having said that, high tea sets often come with exorbitant prices and thus, will not be the first thing that pops into our minds when finding an afternoon respite activity.
However, don’t fret as we’re about to take you through 10 cost-effective high tea places so you can enjoy the decadent life of a tai tai without burning a hole in your wallet.
1. EagleWings Loft
With a nautical themed interior, EagleWings Loft offers the finest high tea selections at an affordable price of S$12++. Dive into their sets by choosing 4 sweet or savoury classics from their array of sumptuous delicacies and finish it with a splash of your choice between EagleWings Blend of Coffee or Tea.
2. TWG Tea
TWG Tea is hardly an unfamiliar brand to Singaporeans, with their luxurious interiors filled with jars of the finest teas around the world. Despite being a high-end brand, TWG Tea offers the 1837 Tea Time Set Menu for just S$20.
The set comprises your choice of 2 freshly baked muffins or scones served with premium TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream or a Patisserie from the trolley. To complete the meal, it also comes with either hot or iced tea.
3. TCC – The Connoisseur Concerto
Though TCC is known as a popular brunch spot for the OLs, its Tea Time Special remains as a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Indulge in their cake set for S$6.80 or savour a pulled chicken wrap or truffle egg sandwich set for S$10.80. To top it off, all dining sets come with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
4. Fosters Steakhouse
Situated near Holland Village MRT, Fosters Steakhouse provides a rustic and relaxing ambience for customers to dine in. Do not judge a book by its cover as steaks are not the only things Fosters Steakhouse can cook up. Fosters Steakhouse also provides a high tea experience to their patrons with their Devonshire Cream Tea Set (S$11.50++).
The set comprises of freshly baked scones, served with creamy golden butter, home-made strawberry preserve and fresh cream. Cake and bite-sized sandwiches are also served alongside with a freshly brewed pot of coffee or aromatic tea.
5. The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry is a homegrown bistro known for its exquisite cupcakes and great tea accompaniments. Exclusive to their Novena and Downtown outlets.Their signature tea sets come at a price of S$48++ for 2 pax, making it only S$24 for you and your companion.
This comes with a generous selection ranging from lightly smoked salmon, truffle egg mayo to cupcakes and buttermilk scones. On top of these delectable dishes, you can also enjoy two pots of Artisan tea by Monogram.
📍 #01-01, Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333
🗓️ 3pm–6pm (Fri–Sun, PH)
Arteastiq, known for their art jamming studio offers a Signature High Tea Set with a comprehensive medley of artisanal tea selections for a price of S$48 for 2. With 105 minutes of seating time, this gives you plenty of time to savour the appetising assortment of sweets and savouries, accompanied by 2 speciality teas of your choice.
If there is some extra time on your hands, unleash your inner artist by visiting Arteastiq’s social painting studio.
📍333A orchard road, #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897
📍 78 Airport Blvd, JEWEL, #05-201, Singapore 819666
📍 68 Orchard Road, #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
🗓️ 1pm–5pm (Daily)
7. Brunches Cafe
Brunches Cafe is a retro cafe that sells unique vintage furniture and collectables, satisfying both your palates and shopping needs. Anything with a price tag can be purchased.
But perhaps the most interesting part of their high tea sets is that it’s served in an exquisite 3-tier birdcage. At S$36 for 2 pax, you’re served with a curated assortment of savoury and sweet bites. Kill two birds with one stone by completing your afternoon respite with a pot of tea.
8. Straits Place 1819 by d’Good Cafe
Inspired by Singapore’s rich and diverse food culture, Straits Place 1819 offers dishes that pay homage to the local cuisine. Take a trip down memory lane with Straits Place 1819’s afternoon tea set for two at S$38.
Some of the unique goodies include the Hainanese Par-tee inspired by the popular Peranakan dish, Kueh Pie Tee and Smoked Salmon Cranberry Ice Gem which looks exactly like the ice gems we snacked on during our childhood. Along with the boba craze, the set also includes a Strawberry Bursting Boba Tart. What’s more, enjoy a free flow of their best-selling special blend tea or get a free upgrade of tea mocktails from now till 31 March 2021.
9. Wildseed Cafe
Tucked away in the outskirts of Seletar Aerospace, Wildseed Cafe at the Summerhouse provides the perfect environment for you to relax.
Enjoy Wildseed Cafe’s afternoon tea set for 2 at $40 with your family or friends. Served in a pretty 2 tiered platter are sweet treats like madeleines, macaroons, mini brownies, cheesecakes and savoury snacks like chicken pinche and petit sandwiches. To wash them down, pick your choice of coffee or tea. A varied style of afternoon tea set is also available at the Wildseed Cafe at the Alkaff Mansion for 2 at $45.
Cedele is the mother of quick-casual dining — whether it’s grabbing a quick bite or settling for brunch, their artisanal baked goods never disappoint.
Free up your afternoon to indulge leisurely in Cedele’s new high tea set for 2 at $48++. It consists of palatable savouries such as sliders, ham and cheese finger sandwiches, smoked salmon and pancake coins, spinach onion cheese dip and truffle fries.
Plus, there are irresistible sweet treats such as Cedele’s classic cakes, drop scones and dark Jamaican rum tiramisu laced with alcohol. To cleanse your palate, it also comes with two cups of coffee or tea.
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