“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 12 cost-effective high tea places under S$30/pax so you can enjoy the decadent life of a tai tai without burning a hole in your wallet.
With its nautical-themed interior and close proximity to boutique theatre Eaglewings Cinematics, EagleWings Loft dishes up comforting cafe fare and affordable high tea.
Prices start from a pocket-friendly S$12++ (one pax) for four sweet or savoury classics with a choice of EagleWings Blend of Coffee or Tea. Go for the full tiered works at S$45 for two, or S$88 for four, and while some time away in the charming Bukit Timah neighbourhood.
Make your reservations here.
The TWG Tea outlets Singaporeans are all too familiar with are characterised by luxurious interiors filled with jars of the finest teas from around the world. Despite being more of a high-end brand, TWG Tea offers the 1837 Tea Time Set Menu for just S$21.
The set comprises your choice of one set of Viennoiseries served with premium TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream, or a Pâtisserie from the trolley. Complete the afternoon with either hot or iced tea.
The Coastal Settlement
Escape the crowds at The Coastal Settlement, a casual restaurant hidden away in Changi and sit down to a High Tea Set amidst retro memorabilia and antique furniture.
At just S$19/pax (minimum of two), you can have free-flow coffee or tea alongside Asian delights with flavours inspired by the multicultural tastes of the Straits Settlements. Expect to find assorted macarons, cendol panna cotta, mini donuts, cake of the day, crispy char siew sou, mini curry puffs and more. A small a la carte menu of light bites and cakes is also available.
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. Patrons can also enjoy a high tea experience with the Devonshire Cream Tea Set (S$13.50++).
The set comprises cake, finger sandwiches, and freshly baked scones served with butter, homemade strawberry preserve, and fresh cream. Wash everything down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or pot of tea.
JUMBO Seafood may not be the first place you think of when it comes to afternoon tea. However, the homegrown seafood restaurant has certainly branched out, offering an elevated high tea experience that’s not to be underestimated.
Exclusive to their ION Orchard outlet, the Seafood Canapé and Dim Sum Afternoon Tea is priced at S$28.80 per pax (minimum two pax) and comes with a selection of seafood canapés, dim sum delights, and wellness tea. The set is available daily, but weekends come with the added bonus of an extensive a la carte dim sum menu.
Make your reservations here.
Simplicité by Fresh Fruits Lab
Simplicité by Fresh Fruits Lab draws inspiration from the modern Paris cafe scene, and their Parisian Afternoon Tea Set will have you living your best Emily in Paris life.
At S$49++ for two, you’ll get to savour a medley of sweet confections and savoury bites including raspberry financiers, tarte au chocolat, and smoked salmon canapés in the company of “angels”. Complete the ensemble with a pot of tea or Caffè Americano.
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 set is that it is served in an exquisite 3-tier bird cage. At S$36/set, you get a a curated assortment of savoury and sweet bites, as well as a pote of tea from the cafe’s selection of house blends.
The Hainan Story (Chapter One)
Best known for its unique multi-brand concept, The Hainan Story (Chapter One) showcases the best of Singaporean Hainanese cuisine 24/7. If you’re hankering for an afternoon tea of the fusion variety, the High Tea Special will do you no wrong. Priced at S$37.90 for two, the set encompasses three tiers of sweet and savoury Hainanese goodies, served alongside Singapore-style coffee or tea.
Do note that high tea at the Hotel Boss outlet is currently available from 10am onwards (not 24/7) so it would be best to call ahead before heading down.
Tucked away in the outskirts of Seletar Aerospace, Wildseed Cafe @ the Summerhouse provides the perfect environment for you to relax. Enjoy their Afternoon Tea Set for two at S$58 and tuck into sweets and savouries like macarons, mini eclairs, and chilli crab kueh pie tee. You can choose either coffee or tea, with the option of topping up S$2 for cold brew tea or signature blooming tea.
Afternoon tea is also available at the Wildseed Cafe @ The Alkaff Mansion for the same price, but with slight variations in the menu.
Cedele is the mother of quick-casual dining — whether it’s grabbing a quick bite or sitting down for brunch, their artisanal baked goods never disappoint.
Free up your afternoon to indulge leisurely in the Afternoon High Tea Set for 2 at $58++, which consists of palatable savouries such as sliders, finger sandwiches, and truffle fries. Plus, there are irresistible sweet treats like Cedele’s classic cakes, drop scones and dark Jamaican rum tiramisu laced with alcohol, all of which pair excellently with coffee and tea.
Café de Paris
Aesthetic Korean cafe Café de Paris is best known for their art jamming and Eiffel Tower-inspired parfaits. They offer High Tea at S$28/pax (minimum two pax), featuring sweet and savoury items like mille crepe, mochi bites, and chilli crab claw toast. Choose from with assorted teas, specialty coffees, or milkshakes (+ S$4/pax).
Guests who make reservations can enjoy the set at a promotional price of S$25.20/pax, which is further discounted for those who book Art Jamming packages (S$23.80/pax).
Do not that reservations require a deposit of S$10/pax and can be made here.
La Fez Cafe
The Morrocan-themed La Fez Cafe dishes up halal Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine in a regal, pink and gold setting.
Spend a balmy afternoon in Siglap catching up with friends over the La Sultana High Tea (S$45.90 per set). Good for two, it is balanced with both sweet and savoury bites, including the likes of Khubtz Beef Brioche and Tashelhit Salmon Brioche, and served with a pot of rose or Moroccan mint tea.
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