14 Affordable High Tea Sets At $35++ Or Less So You Can Lead The Tai Tai Life
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14 Affordable High Tea Sessions At $35++ Or Less So You Can Lead The Tai Tai Life

10th February 2022

Pamper yourself at an affordable high tea sesh

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 affordable high tea in Singapore list is for people like me who wish to step tai tai, but do not want to spend like one. Priced under $35++ per person, you definitely get value-for-money to go with those atas vibes.

1. Wildseed Cafe

Affordable High Tea - Wildseed Cafe

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 ($48++ for two).

Start off with some buttery Scones with Cream and Strawberry Jam, continue with their Mini Lemon White Chocolate Brownies before refreshing your palate with bites of their Salmon Mousse Broiche. End off your meal sipping a coffee, to go along with their sweet Macarons to complete your afternoon tea session!

Address: 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Drive, Singapore 798387
High tea hours: Daily 2pm to 5pm
Tel: 8126 7524

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 bites in the platter, including their signature Kuay Pie Tee, so you can definitely stretch your dollar.

Special mention goes to their Kueh Ko Sui. Sink your teeth into this soft and chewy steamed cake, made with pandan and coconut0infused rice and tapioca flour. 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 5.30pm
Tel: 9834 9935

3. 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 Afternoon Tea Set ($68++ for two). Have pots of Monogram tea to go alongside your Buttermilk Scones with Strawberry Preserves and Clotted Cream, as well as savoury Mini Sriracha Chicken Burgers and Truffle Egg Mayo finger sandwiches. Add on some of our top cupcake picks to make the meal sweeter, if you wish, of zhng up your experience with a glass of Lychee Prosecco at $10++ a pop.

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

4. 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 ($21++) tea set is best suited for you. Pair a cup of tea with your choice of two muffins or scones, served with TWG tea jelly and whipped cream. 

For those who prefer a more extensive selection, their Fortune ($50++) and Parisian ($84++) sets for two are better alternatives. Both come with an assortment of sandwiches, sweets, and tea, though in different quantities and variety. 

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #02-21, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
High tea hours: Daily 2pm to 6pm

5. 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 ($39.90++ for two). Housed in an intricate birdcage, this set offers a myriad of sweet and savoury treats, including mini burgers, tarts, and cakes, plus a pot of tea. End your afternoon with their Cooling & Inner Strength ($7.50++) tea and enjoy the reinvigorating notes of red dates and dried longan.

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

6. Cedele


Another inexpensive option at Marina Bay Sands is Cedele’s Afternoon Tea Set ($48++ for two). Look forward to interesting savoury options like Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Hollandaise Sliders and Smoked Salmon and Pancake Coins to fill you up. If not, those with a sweet tooth will love their Drop Scones With Homemade Fruit Jam or even their Dark Jamaican Rum Tiramisu!

Check out our Cedele Afternoon Tea review!

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-120/120A, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
High tea hours: Daily 2pm to 6pm
Tel: 6688 7345

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7. JUMBO Seafood

JUMBO Seafood doesn’t only serve crabs and seafood, they have a very affordable Afternoon Tea Set ($48++ for two) as well. Feast on their signature Pan-fried JUMBO Chilli Crab Buns or JUMBO ‘Siew Mai’ while looking out into the nice skyline view of Orchard Road from the higher floors of ION Orchard. End off your meal with sweet treats like Molten Salted Egg Yolk Lava Mochi.

Read our JUMBO Afternoon Tea review.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #04-09, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Afternoon tea hours: Daily 2pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6737 3435

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8. Arteastiq

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Right at the heart of Orchard Road rests Arteastiq, with their National Treasure AfternoonTea Set ($58++ for two). Other than a boutique teahouse, they are also an art studio that allows you to paint while sipping on coffee. Enjoy local bites such as Kueh Pie Tee and Satay Chicken, as well as sweets including Rainbow Kueh Lapis, while overlooking the view of Orchard Road.

Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867
High tea hours: Sun-Mon 1pm to 5pm
Tel: 6235 8370

9. L’Eclair Patisserie Cafe

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Fans of French eclairs rejoice, there’s something for you at L’Eclair Patisserie. Their Degustation High Tea Set ($68) is carefully prepared by chefs who have been trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Savour their Mini Savoury Scones and Parmesan Onion Crostini, then finish off with their signature 6 Assorted Mini Eclairs. This set requires reservations to be made in advance. You can book here.

Address: 190 Clemenceau Ave, #01-28, Singapore Shopping Centre, Singapore 239924
High tea hours: Daily 12pm to 1.30pm, 2pm to 3.30pm, 4pm to 5.30pm
Tel: 6635 7909

10. Fosters Steakhouse

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An OG in the Singapore food scene, Fosters Steakhouse has been around since the 1960s. Situated in Holland Village, their Devonshire Cream Tea Set ($11.50++) is one of the most affordable high tea sets around. 

Consisting of fresh scones with butter, fresh strawberry preserve and fresh cream and finger sandwiches, they come served with a pot of tea or cup of coffee. Fostering a sense of national pride is important, but so is remembering our colonial roots.

Address: 277 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278994
High tea hours: Daily 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6466 8939

11. Lime Restaurant

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Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering has a value-for-money high tea set at $68++ for two, served from Monday to Thursday. It includes free-flow Bacha coffee and TWG tea, plus a good mix of sweet and savoury bite-sized treats. Start with the Crab Meat Remolade and Parma Ham Sandwich, before moving on to classic tea-time favourites such as Scones with Clotted Cream.

If you prefer to visit on a Friday or the weekend, it’s $72++ instead. Elevate your afternoon tea with two glasses of prosecco with a top-up of $6 only!

Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
High tea hours: Mon-Fri 3pm to 5pm, Sat-Sun 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 3138 2251

12. The Hainan Story

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Enjoy the Hainanese High Tea set at The Hainan Story‘s two outlets: Hillion Mall and Hotel Boss. The locally inspired afternoon tea is affordably priced at $35.80 for two, which works out to just $17.90 per person! Each three-tiered high tea set comes with Hainanese teatime favourites including assorted cakes and cookies, as well as satay with a house special pineapple sauce.

If you’re heading to the Hotel Boss outlet, you can enjoy the set 24/7!

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Addess: 17 Petir Road, #01-15/16, Hillion Mall, Singapore 678278
High tea hours: Daily 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6291 1969

13. Sweetea Caffe

Chinatown has a hidden gem in Sweetea Caffe, selling affordable afternoon tea set amidst the ambience of a traditional Chinese inn, on a balcony overlooking the neighbourhood. Their High Tea Set ($38.80) serves two to three people, so we’d recommend coming with friends or family.

It includes cakes like their Ondeh Ondeh Cake and pastries like Chocolate Danish for those with a sweet tooth. If not, their savouries like their fried Luncheon Meat Sticks can fill you up. Their balcony view is delightful and the vibes there are truly laid-back, but you have to call in advance to book the balcony seat.

Read our Sweetea Caffe review!

Address: 15A/B Trengganu Street, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 058469
High tea hours: Daily 11am to 7pm

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14. The Coastal Settlement

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Head to The Coastal Settlement for afternoon tea that’s priced at $19++ per person. You’ll have to bring at least one other person with you, however, because there’s a minimum order of two for this afternoon tea set. Each diner gets a free flow of coffee or tea, as well as local delights such as beef rendang, siew mai, and prawn crackers, alongside assorted cakes and pastries.

Other than the afternoon tea set, The Coastal Settlement also has a selection of snacks, pizzas, and desserts that are available during the high tea hours of 3:30pm to 5:30pm daily. Get Spam Fries ($16++), or Portobello Fries ($16++): deep-fried panko-coated mushrooms dusted with parmesan and served with truffle mayo.

Address: 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
High tea hours: Daily 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6475 0200

Affordable high tea around Singapore

With these affordable high tea places, you no longer have to fret over where to hang out at with your girlfriends. For more affordable places to dine, check out our list of cheap dim sum in Singapore, as well as halal buffets in Singapore starting from just $7.90.

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This article was originally written on 21 June 2019.
Featured image adapted from L’Eclair Patisserie

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