The best high tea spots in Singapore to indulge in for the end of the year
2021 has been a rollercoaster of a year. After everything that has occurred this year, you definitely deserve a treat. What better way to celebrate the end of the year than indulging in our nation’s favourite past time – eating?
A relaxing afternoon spent with your girlfriends sipping and spilling the real tea over delectable delights sounds like a grand plan indeed. There’s no time to hesitate – end the year right by heading down to some of these high tea spots to line your stomachs with some gastronomic treats.
Alley on 25
Located on the 25th floor of Andaz Singapore, Alley on 25 infuses a local twist on a classic high tea affair. The experience starts even before you tuck in, where you’ll be able to unpack a picnic basket that houses tiffin carriers and teapots with traditional Peranakan designs.
If you’re planning for a calming afternoon on New Year’s after a wild night spent counting down, check out their Hangover Afternoon Tea special ($58++ per person) on 1st January 2021.
The two tiffin carriers will be stuffed with sweet and savoury treats like truffle mushroom arancini, raspberry choux puff and vanilla French custard tart. Plus, you’ll be able chase your hangover away with unlimited TWG tea and coffee, or you can keep the party going with the complimentary Bloody Mary.
5 Fraser St, Level 25, Singapore 189354
Opening hours: 7.30am – 10.30pm daily (Afternoon tea hours are from 3pm – 5pm)
Telephone: 6408 1288
Dessert aficionados will be familiar with 2am:dessert bar. Helmed by renowned pastry chef Janice Wong, the dessert bar serves up artisanal desserts that will definitely redefine your dessert experience.
The high tea menu at 2am:dessert bar is ever-evolving. The latest edition, a festive collaboration with Two Men Bagel House (priced at $49.50 per person), embodies a campfire theme.
Enjoy the holiday spirit with varying festive treats like smoked cheesecake, diamond bon bons apple pie, and X’mas Hat – a raspberry, pistachio, lime Christmas cake. To replicate a cozy fireplace mood, you’ll even be able to toast your own lavender and mint marshmallows. We can’t think of a better way to end the year.
21A Lor Liput, Singapore 277733
Opening hours: 1pm – 12am (Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6291 9727
Take a brief respite from the hustle of the city at this gourmet tea house offers an all-day breakfast and brunch menu alongside their critically-acclaimed tea.
If you’re bored of the traditional tea spread, opt for their National Treasure High Tea Set ($39 for 1, $55 for 2), where you’ll be treated to savoury delights like otah fries with green chili sauce and kueh pie tee (pastry tart shell) with crab stick, as well as sweet treats like rainbow kueh lapis (layered cake) with kaya and rich baked tapioca kueh with lychee.
Done with your tea? Unleash your creativity at Art Jam, the tea house’s enclosing art workshop. A free canvas, unlimited paint and brushes, as well as a free beverage from Arteastiq is included in the package.
Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15, Singapore 238867
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily (High tea sessions are from 1pm to 5pm)
Telephone: 6235 8370
Tucked away in the midst of the floral oasis on the second level of the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, sip your tea as you savour the panoramic view that consists of lush greenery and blooms set against the backdrop of the Marina Bay waterfront.
For the festive season, this Mediterranean-style café has a Festive Afternoon Tea menu ($45 per person), which offers sweet and savoury bites in the form of smoked salmon cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, pumpkin pie with cream cheese frosting, and more.
The café also caters to those on a plant-based diet with their Festive Vegetarian Afternoon Tea menu. Highlights on the menu include salt-baked beetroot tart, raspberry shortbread with coconut marshmallow, gingerbread macarons and more.
Flower Dome, Level 2
18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-09, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm daily (Afternoon tea sessions are from 3pm to 5pm)
Telephone: 6702 0158