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11 Affordable High Tea Sessions At $30++ Or Less So You Can Lead The Tai Tai Life

27th April 2017

Pamper yourself at a high tea sesh with your girls  

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I imagined high tea to be a luxury only available for the rich and fancy. I would picture a group of tai tai clad in designer wear from head to toe, laughing daintily as they sipped on organic tea from a tiny silverware, and nibbling on canapés beautifully arranged on a floral tiered stand.

While our sunny island is home to many drool-worthy high teas spots, I find most of the prices bo hua given that we are being served morsels of food. Hence, this list is for people like me who wish to step tai tai, but do not want to spend like one. 

1. Wildseed Cafe

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Tucked away in Seletar Aerospace Park, Wildseed Cafe offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Make yourself at home in this charming colonial house, and pamper yourself with their Afternoon Tea Set ($40++ for two).

Affordable High Tea - Wildseed Cafe

Start off with some fluffy and buttery madeleines, continue with their Mini Brownie before refreshing your palate with bites of their Chicken Pinche Petit Sandwich. Interestingly, their afternoon tea set offers soft-serve as well. Whether its coconut or milk flavoured, the ice-cream is a sweet ending note to a restful afternoon.

Address: 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
High tea hours: Daily 2pm to 5pm
Tel: 9649 9116

2. Violet Oon

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Violet Oon is one of Singapore’s pre-eminent authorities in Peranakan food, so expect to find legit Nyonya kueh in their Singapore High Tea Set ($58++ for two). There are 13 different sides in the platter, including their signature Kuay Pie Tee, so you can definitely stretch your dollar.

Special mention goes to their Kueh Dah Dah. Sink your teeth into this fluffy pancake roll and savour the candied aftertaste of gula melaka. For those who prefer savoury flavours, their Chilli Crab Tartlet with Quail Egg will wow you with its spicy kick.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #03-28/29, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 9834 9935

3. d’Good Cafe

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Recharge with the high tea set, Interlude ($42++ for two) at d’Good Cafe! This three-tiered set features a plethora of treats which are handcrafted daily, including their Matcha Swiss Roll and Cranberry Scones. Dip the latter in their house-made Matcha Spread and relish in the bitter and grassy aftertaste.

Another reason to chill at d’Good Cafe is the diverse selection of brews, with 100 types of coffee and tea available here.

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B1-56, Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
High tea hours: Daily 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6694 1411

4. Hotel Fort Canning

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Hotel Fort Canning revamped their Signature High Tea Set ($28++), available at both The Salon and Tisettanta Lounge. Look forward to an assortment of mini sweets and savoury bites with your choice of coffee or TWG tea, while unwinding in their beautiful park. My favourites from this set are the Summer Berries Cheese Cake and Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese.

Address: 11 Canning Walk, Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore 178881
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 6pm
Tel: 6799 8809

5. LIME at PARKROYAL on Pickering

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If you missed LIME at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Christmas buffet, a cheaper alternative would be Tiers Of Joy ($52++ for two). Pick either a cup of coffee or TWG tea to pair with three tiers of mouth-watering savoury and sweet treats such as Snow Crab with Green Apple Open-Faced Sandwich and Coconut Pandan Mousse. The set also comes with unlimited coffee and TWG tea so self-declared caffeine addicts can drink to their heart’s content.

Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore 058289
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 6pm
Tel: 6809 8899

6. Beach Road Kitchen

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The Afternoon Tea ($25++ per person) at Beach Road Kitchen may not come with a fancy stand, but it does come with free-flow desserts. With assorted macarons, chocolate pralines, and tiramisu, the selection here will satisfy any one with a serious sweet tooth.

Other highlights include the Orange Ginger Muffin, which refreshes your palate with its earthy and citrusy zing. Thanks to the smoked salmon topping, the cake also leaves a savoury aftertaste.

Address: 30 Beach Road, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Singapore 189763
High tea hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6818 1913

7. EagleWings Loft

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Thanks to the influx of cafes, KAP Residences Mall is enjoying a mini-renaissance. Leading the change is EagleWings Loft, a nautical-themed cafe which boasts an impressive high tea selection. Share Duo on Deck ($45++ for two) with your BFF and treat yourself to Smoked Salmon Brioche, crunchy Raspberry Scones and more.

This value-for-money platter also offers a complimentary dessert from their premium selection, so take your pick from either their Berries Mille Feuille or Smoked Salmon Caviar!

Address: 9 King Albert Park, #01-14/34, King Albert Park Residences Mall, Singapore 598332
High tea hours: Daily 2pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6264 7787

8. Fresh Fruits Lab

Affordable High Tea - Fresh Fruits Lab

Chemistry was my favourite subject in secondary school. Thus, when Fresh Fruits Lab’s lab-inspired plating started making waves on Instagram, it immediately caught my attention and made it to my list of ‘must-visit cafes’. Satisfy your inner geek by drinking cold-pressed juices out of beakers, and digging into tiramisu served atop a tripod and wire gauze from their photogenic Hi-Tea Set ($38++ for two).

Address: 351 Changi Road, Lorong Marzuki, Singapore 419818
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 6pm
Tel: 6677 6741

9. The Marmalade Pantry

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I used to frequent The Marmalade Pantry for brunch, but next time, I’ll head down for their High Tea Set ($38++ for two). Choose two pots of Gryphon tea and any two cupcakes to go alongside buttermilk scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream, as well as savoury finger sandwiches. Some top cupcake picks are Lavender Sugee ($5++ a la carte) and S’mores ($5++ a la carte), so be sure to keep a lookout for these flavours that are on rotation!

Address: 8 Sinaran Drive, #01-02/04, Oasia Hotel Novena, Singapore 307470
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 6pm
Tel: 6664 0348
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10. TWG Tea

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TWG Tea is synonymous with atas tea blends, so it’s no surprise that their tea time set menus are just as classy and luxurious. If you’re a tai tai on a budget, their 1837 ($19++) is best suited to you. Pair a cup or tea with your choice of two muffins, one tea-infused patisserie, or two scones.

For those who prefer a more extensive selection, or with the budget of a Crazy Rich Asian, their Fortune ($39++) and Parisian ($68++) are better alternatives.

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-122/125, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: Daily 2pm to 6pm
Tel: 6535 1837

11. Brunches Cafe

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Exploring Brunches Cafe is akin to a treasure hunt. From the rotary dial phone to the gramophone, you’ll stumble upon a litany of old-school gems at this vintage cafe. The jewel in the crown is this refurbished Mini-Cooper, converted into a seating booth; every spot is simply too IG-worthy to pass.

However, this spot is highly coveted, so be sure to call in advance to chope it!

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Once you’re settled in, lean on the leather sofa and tuck into the Brunches High Tea Set ($36++ for two). Housed in an intricate birdcage, this set offers a myriad of sweet and savoury treats, including mini burgers, tarts, and cakes, as well as a complimentary pot of tea. End your afternoon with their Cooling & Inner Strength ($7.50++) drink and enjoy the reinvigorating notes of red dates and dried longan.

Address: 96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218381
High tea hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, 10am to 10pm
Tel: 8685 8488

Be a budget tai tai

With these affordable high tea spots, you no longer have to fret over where to hang out at with your girlfriends. Comment down below if your go-to high tea spot is less than $30++ per pax!


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