There's no better way to spend an idyllic afternoon than to be sipping on a piping hot cup of tea, snacking on some sweets and savoury treats, while enjoying an intimate chat with your BFF. The only thing stopping us is that high tea can be a pricey affair. Not to worry, because we have compiled a list of affordable high tea spots, so we can all experience the taitai life without spending like one!
The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry might be better known for their cupcakes and brunch items, but their Afternoon Tea Set ($48++ for two) deserves a shoutout with a fulfilling selection of smoked salmon, roast beef, sandwiches, scones, signature cakes and more. To make it extra atas, you can also add on a 200ml Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial for a top up of $28!
Do take note that this menu is only available on the weekends from 3pm to 6pm, at their outlets in Oasia Hotel Novena and Oasia Hotel Downtown.
From the old-time displays to rustic wooden furnitures, this vintage-themed cafe will transport you to another time and place. If you're lucky, you'll get the seating booth that was converted from a Mini Cooper! After you're done snapping photos in this IG-worthy cafe, get settled in and satisfy your tummy with the Brunches High Tea Set ($36++ for two). Served in a beautiful birdcage, the set includes a myriad of sweet and savoury treats such mini burgers, tarts, and cakes.
Available from 11am to 10pm on weekdays (closed on Tuesdays), 10am to 10pm on weekends. High tea sets are limited to ten sets daily!
We all know (and love) TWG Tea for their classy and luxurious tea blends, so you might think that their high tea menu would come with a hefty price tag. Thankfully for all of us taitais on a budget, the homegrown brand offers high tea sets at different price points. Take your pick from the 1837 ($20++) where you can pair your choice of tea with two muffins, one tea-infused patisserie, or two scones. Or for a more indulgent treat, check out their Fortune ($44++) and Parisian ($72++) sets.
Available daily from 2pm to 6pm.
Tucked away in Seletar Aerospace Park, Wildseed Cafe offers a quiet retreat away from the city's hustle and bustle. Pamper yourselves with their Afternoon Tea Set ($40++ for two) which includes madeleines, macarons, mini brownies, mini cheesecakes, a chicken pinche petit sandwich and two cups of coffee or tea.
Available daily from 2pm to 5pm.
A pioneer in Singapore's food scene, Fosters has been around since the 1960s, so you know they must be doing something right. You might know them as a steakhouse, but did you know that they offer a pretty kickass high tea as well? Priced at $11.50, the Devonshire Cream Tea Set is one of the most, if not the most affordable high tea sets around. Enjoy freshly baked scones with butter, fresh strawberry preserve and fresh cream and finger sandwiches, along with a pot of tea or cup of coffee.
Available daily from 3pm to 5pm.
High tea with a Peranakan twist, anyone? As the grande dame in Peranakan cooking, you can expect bold, authentic flavors and twists to the traditionally English items. Think Chilli Crab Tartlet with Quail Egg, Mini Gula Melaka Cupcakes, Sugee Financiers and more. Depending on which outlet you visit (National Gallery or ION), the menu in the Singapore High Tea Set ($58++ for two) will differ slightly, but both will definitely impress you.
Available daily from 3pm to 5.30pm.
You might know Arteastiq as the art jamming studio and cafe, and true to its name their Signature High Tea Set ($48++ for two) is just as artistic. Enjoy treats like the savoury Foie Terrine On Toast Bread, Truffle Shell Pasta, as well as sweets such as Chocolate Cone With Banana Custard, macarons and Mini New York Cheesecake.
Available daily from 1pm to 5pm.