Here’s the tea: Singapore has ingrained the tradition of afternoon tea since it was brought over by the British many, many years ago. This culture of indulging in high tea was widely embraced all over the city, as food-obsessed Singaporeans gamely wash down their bite-sized chow with an aromatic hot tea.
And what good way to spend the holidays than to partake in this grand tradition? Gather old friends and family for a sweet tête-à-tête. Here, we list the top tea experiences you all must try in Singapore:
THE LOBBY LOUNGE AFTERNOON TEA, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SINGAPORE
Treat your senses to an afternoon tea at Shangri-La Singapore, with exquisite teas from The Rose Veranda. With a selection of succulent delicacies, this midday pleasure can be completed with your choice of tea, coffee, Kopi Tarik or Teh Tarik. Top tier includes strawberry & lychee quenelle, 64% chocolate truffle, and mango coconut tartlet; the middle tier: ondeh ondeh, kueh ko swee and kueh lavender; the lower tier offers chilli crab puff, smoked salmon canapé, and prawn roll among many others.
COLONY AFTERNOON TEA, THE RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA SINGAPORE
A lavish spread of various sweets and sandwiches awaits you at Colony in Millenia Singapore’s The Ritz-Carlton. Relish sweet and savory delights served in a five-tier ceramic tiffin, offering leisurely indulgences such as plain and chocolate scones, mini steak ale pie, tandoori chicken with yoghurt relish in pita bread, and grilled marmite cheese sandwich among many others. Pair these with Colony’s custom tea blend.
MO BAR AFTERNOON TEA, MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL SINGAPORE
Recognized as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, the MO Bar in the 5-star Mandarin Oriental, near Marina Bay, invites you to partake in a delectable afternoon tea while taking in the scenic views of Singapore’s skyline. The hotel takes pride in its popular afternoon tea, featuring artisan pastries and a myriad of accompanying delights.
HIGH TEA AT ANTI:DOTE FAIRMONT SINGAPORE
Wine, dine, and unwind. High Tea at Anti:Dote Fairmont charms in its stylish and modern cocktail bar for a perfect afternoon tea. Delicious refreshments and yummy concoctions are offered, from premium spirits and bitters to addictive tapas and bar bites.
THE INTAN PERANAKAN HOME MUSEUM HERITAGE TOUR WITH TEA EXPERIENCE
Level up your tea experience at The Intan, an award-winning lived-in museum in Singapore that features all things Peranakan. You’ll take a heritage tour where you’ll get a deeper appreciation of Peranakan history, culture, and traditions through the collections in the museum, while sampling delightful Peranakan and Nyonya desserts or kueh (cakes) with tea.
CHINESE TEA APPRECIATION AT TEA CHAPTER
The top tea experience is learning about how tea is made. At Tea Chapter, located in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, you can learn everything about tea from a tea master, while having a pot of their finest tea and your choice of snack.
MONSANCO TEA GIFT SET
A leisurely afternoon tea at the comfort of your home? We don’t see why not! Monsanco Tea, with original and special rose flavors, can be ordered and delivered straight to your doorstep for another top tea experience you’ll enjoy with friends or in solitude.
Words by Miguel Flores
Featured image via KKday Supplier