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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Luxury High Tea in Singapore: A Time-Honored Tradition

There's more to Singapore's culinary scene than the iconic hawker centers; the city-state is a haven for luxury experiences, and one such delight is the tradition of high tea. First popularized during the British colonial rule, today high tea in Singapore represents a blend of cultural history, gourmet delights, and luxe settings. In this guide, we take you through the top spots in Singapore to savor this elegant mid-afternoon tradition.

photo: High Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel

Fullerton Bay Hotel

High Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel's Clifford Pier melds history with luxury. In a stunning waterfront setting reflecting Singapore’s rich heritage, enjoy an eclectic spread of local and international delicacies accompanied by a specially curated selection of teas.

These establishments underscore the prominence and evolution of high tea tradition in Singapore, offering not just a refined dining experience, but also a rich taste of the country’s history and evolving cultural landscape. As you plan your luxury trip to Singapore, ensure that these high tea experiences are on your list. Make sure to make reservations in advance. Seeped in tradition and elegance, they're a reflection of Singapore's endearing charm and its affinity for the finer things in life.

Raffles Hotel Singapore


Take a step back into Singapore's colonial past at Raffles Hotel Singapore's Grand Lobby, where High Tea is a grand affair. Be sure to indulge in their premium selection of tea options, expertly paired with finger sandwiches, scones, and a variety of sweet and savory pastries.


Or enjoy lunch or dinner at the Tiffin Room for authentic North Indian delicacies inspired by the royal culinary heritage of the Maharajas. The Singapore Sling is the most famous cocktail served at the Long Bar.


Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore


The Fairmont's Anti:dote puts a modern twist to the conventional high tea with its novel menu of tapas-style offerings. Expect a range of specialty teas and a unique serving of finger sandwiches in black charcoal squares.


Violet Oon Singapore


The traditional refinement of high tea finds a new dimension at Violet Oon. Famous for its Peranakan-influenced offerings, the menu features locally inspired treats like Gula Melaka Cupcakes and Chili Crab Tartlets — a high tea experience is as unique as Singapore itself.


Axis Bar and Lounge at Mandarin Oriental


The Mandarin Oriental's Axis Bar and Lounge offer not just a menu of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and delightful chocolates paired with a wide-ranging tea selection, but also a panoramic view of Singapore's skyline.


The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel


The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel is a high tea institution in Singapore, offering more than 25 years of tea tradition. With a premium selection of teas and a buffet-style spread of pastries and sandwiches, luxury meets variety here.


TWG at The Stamford

photo: Tea themed lunch at TWG at The Stamford

Another marquee venue for enjoying high tea is TWG at The Stamford. This salon and boutique's tea-infused menu boasts a flavorful variety of sandwiches and warm baked scones that pair enticingly with TWG’s extensive catalogue of fine tea.


Here are a few travel tips to make a luxury trip to Singapore even more enjoyable:


1. Currency: The local currency is Singaporean Dollar (SGD). Most of the places accept major credit cards, but it's always handy to keep some cash for hawker centers or small shops.


2. Language: While English is widely spoken in Singapore, don’t be surprised to hear 'Singlish', a colloquial mix of English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.


3. Public Transport: Singapore boasts one of the most efficient and clean public transport systems in the world. Instead of hailing taxis, consider getting an EZ link card and use the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) and public buses.


4. Culture and Etiquette: Singapore is a multicultural city with a strict code of etiquette. Chewing gum is banned, and littering carries strong penalties. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, and always remove your shoes before entering someone's home.


5. Climate: Singapore is typically hot and humid all year round, so pack light, breathable clothing. Carry an umbrella or raincoat, as short showers are a regular occurrence.


6. Tipping: Service charge of 10% is typically included in your bill, so tipping isn't necessary, but always appreciated.


7. Stay Connected: Keep your international roaming on or consider getting a local SIM card upon arrival at the airport to stay connected.


To truly experience Singapore, it's worth keeping an open mind and a flexible itinerary. Make sure to explore the many local food markets and neighborhoods, in addition to the luxury experiences. Enjoying your high tea one afternoon, then tucking into a bowl of laksa at a hawker center the next - this contrast is part of what makes this city so special!

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