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5 new afternoon tea spots to check out

While away a leisurely afternoon amid good vibes and great food at these new afternoon tea lounges.

01: Renku Bar & Lounge 

  • Renku Afternoon High Tea
    Savour a luxurious afternoon high tea at Renku, MBS

A new face among the bustling line-up of culinary offerings at Marina Bay Sands, Renku enchants with a bespoke high tea experience that invites diners to craft their own artisanal tea blends using fresh botanicals from the resort’s herb garden. The aromatic brews are then paired with a three-course menu that runs from gourmet sandwiches, like prawn avocado with tobiko aioli, to freshly baked scones, and ends with sweets, such as the yuzu cream cheese millefeuille. Renku also runs an all-day bar programme with tea-infused cocktails and craft beers. There are two seatings for the high tea: 1st seating: 2pm – 3.30pm and 2nd seating: 4pm – 5.30pm.

Tel: 6688 5535
Renku Bar & Lounge

02: Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore

  • Regent Singapore's Tea Lounge interactive dessert Golden Apple
    Regent Singapore's Tea Lounge individually plated interactive dessert: Golden Apple

If ambience defines a high tea affair, the colonial garden of the recently reopened Tea Lounge at Regent Singapore scores bonus points. On weekdays, the Three-Tier Afternoon Tea features seasonal sandwiches, the chef’s signature scones with all the trimmings, and a sweet ending served à la minute for a uniquely interactive element. Options include the Dark Chocolate Forest – an edible garden of bananas and chocolates featuring caramel cream, banana chocolate gelato, pecan brownie, chocolate choux puff, banana coulis and chocolate crumble. Another eye-catching individually plated dessert to look forward to is the Golden Apple, a delicate masterpiece that cracks open to reveal a tangy iced yuzu apple compote, yoghurt espuma, hazelnut molasses crumble and olive oil sponge with vanilla fromage blanc sorbet. Savoury highlights on the weekend high tea buffet roster include chilled soba noodles with truffle paste and scallop tartare, lobster laksa, Peking duck, and a dedicated caviar station. The weekday three-tier afternoon tea is available from Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 5 pm. The weekend high tea buffet is from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and 3pm to 5.30pm.

Tel: 6725 3246
Tea Lounge at Regent

03: The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel

  • Lobby Lounge - Local Three Tier Afternoon Tea
    Shangri-La Lobby Lounge - local three tier afternoon tea

Shangri-La Hotel’s newly revamped The Lobby Lounge offers a three-tier local signature afternoon tea set Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5.30pm. Enjoy the hotel’s elegant and relaxing setting as you tuck into Nonya kueh by HarrisAnn and pastries by Shangri-La. The afternoon tea also comes with bo bo cha cha, pulut hitam as well as chicken satay and homemade kaya and pulut tai tai. Aside from the usual coffee or tea, you select a local beverage such as teh tarik, chin chow drink, and Milo Over-The-Top, an elaborate chocolate and malt extravaganza.

Tel: 6213 4398
Shangri-La The Lobby Lounge

04: The Lounge Lobby at InterContinental 

InterContinental Singapore’s classic afternoon tea – straits heritage

From now until 19 November, 2-5pm daily, The Lounge Lobby at InterContinental Singapore is serving a local-inspired three-tiered Classic Afternoon Tea: Straits Heritage, which pays homage to Straits-Chinese cuisine. Peranakan favourites are reinvented as delightful morsels, which include savouries, like ayam buak keluak crostini, kurobuta pork ngo hiang, and otak quiche, as well as tempting sweets, like pulut hitam chiffon cake, and chendol agar jelly. If teas and coffees don’t tickle your fancy, try the more potent Blue Ginger cocktail infused with galangal, kaffir lime, and gula Melaka.

Tel: 6825 1008
Lobby Lounge Intercontinental Singapore

05: TWG Tea on the Bay

  • TWG Tea on the Bay - Salon
    TWG Tea on the Bay - Salon

The latest addition to the brand’s collection of salons, TWG Tea on the Bay is decked in antique furnishing against an opulent palette of red, emerald, and amber, which lends it an elegant yet whimsical charm. The shelves of blond tea tins and dark wooden patisserie counter are not to the only recognisable signatures at the new salon. You’d also find the well-loved selection of tea-spiked sandwiches on their teatime menu, including smoked salmon with Gyokuru Samurai tea leaves, Boston lobster with Genamicha furikake, and portobello with Emperor Pu-Erh.

Tel: 6535 1837
TWG Tea on the Bay