Best high tea buffets in Singapore
Like many out there, I am guilty of spending my afternoons as a kid “drinking tea” with my Barbie dolls. Yet, growing up made me realise how high tea sessions are so out of my reach, simply because they are too atas and expensive. That is, until my best friend recommended Chilli Padi Tok Panjang, which offers an affordable Peranakan high tea buffet. Since then, I’ve sifted out more high tea buffets that can fulfil my inner tai tai and yours too. Here are 11 high tea buffets in Singapore that you should try if you’re looking to pamper yourself.
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1. Chilli Padi Tok Panjang
Chilli Padi Tok Panjang—a Peranakan restaurant tucked away in NUS—offers a range of traditional Peranakan dishes that reminded my mama of her younger days back in Melaka. Go for their Weekend High Tea Buffet, priced at just $22.80++ per person! Many have sung praises about their laksa and kong ba pao—a steamed leaf-shaped bun sandwiching together a slice of juicy braised pork and lettuce. Besides the savoury treats and variety of kueh available, you can also round your meal up with a bowl of Chilled Soya Beancurd.
Check out our full Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe review!
Chilli Padi Tok Panjang is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Lao Beijing
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The gu zao (old-school) feels of this place will transport you back to 1980s China. Sip on some Chinese tea from a bone china cup, while indulging in Lao Beijing’s High Tea Buffet ($21.80++). Bring your grandparents here to talk about the good ol’ times and help yourself to five different kinds of noodles and an array of appetisers in addition to the dim sum ready to fill your tum tum. Check out more dim sum buffets to visit!
Lao Bei Jing is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant
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Just a stone’s throw away from the Singapore River lies Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant. Their Weekend Hi-Tea Buffet ($28++) may have a spread of English and Asian cuisines, but what draws returning customers is their Durian Pengat—a creamy, fragrant durian bomb that explodes with rich flavours in your mouth. If you don’t eat durian, don’t fret as they have a range of other desserts available as well.
Address: 60 Eu Tong Sen Street, Furama City Centre, Singapore 059804
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun 3pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6531 5366
Tiffany Cafe & Restaurant is not a halal-certified restaurant but serves no pork or lard.
4. Yum Cha
Located within Chinatown, Yum Cha offers a whole range of Cantonese dim sum for you to feast on. Their Weekday High Tea Buffet ($32.80++) will spoil you with their menu of over 60 dishes, including crowd-favourites such as XLB, siew mai, and liu sha bao!
Yum Cha is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Swatow prides itself on serving good quality dim sum and Teochew dishes. Drop by for their High-Tea Dim Sum Buffet ($28.80++). Be attentive to the bell that indicates their pushcarts coming out, otherwise, all the goodies will get snatched by other diners! Do note that this high tea buffet is exclusively available at their Toa Payoh outlet.
Address: Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #02-602, Singapore 310181
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 8am to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6363 1717
Swatow is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Royal Palm Meet & Dine
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Indulge in the Freeflow Hi Tea (from $75.70++ for two people) session at Royal Palm Meat & Dine, and treat yourself to smoked chicken sandwiches, mini beef sliders, grilled prawns with peri-peri sauce, seafood on ice, Danish pastries and more! Drinks-wise, you get a bottle of still or sparkling water, your choice of tea, and your pick of fruit juice.
Address: 390 Victoria Street, #03-12A, Singapore 188061
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Tel: 6339 7766
Royal Palm Meat & Dine is a halal-certified eatery.
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A scrumptious affair, Carousel’s High Tea Buffet ($53++ per person) offers an array of fresh seafood, Western fare, and some classic hawker dishes. After indulging in their fresh salmon and tuna sashimi, wrap the meal up with their wide selection of desserts, such as Bread and Butter Pudding With Vanilla Sauce, and Shaved Ice Kachang.
Address: 25 Scotts Road, Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore, Singapore 228220
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 10am, 12pm to 2pm, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
High tea buffet hours: Daily 3pm to 5pm
Tel: 6219 3780
Carousel is a halal-certified eatery.
8. Ellenborough Market Cafe
Vintage tiles, blue walls, and chic tables and chairs all play a part in making Ellenborough Market Cafe the classy restaurant it is. Besides offering DIY kueh pie tie, Nyonya laksa, house-made otak, and other traditional Nyonya dishes, their Weekend High Tea Buffet ($48++ per person) also includes fresh sashimi, seafood on ice, and desserts! You’ll be filled to the brim with all these options.
Address: 20 Merchant Road, Paradox Singapore Merchant Court at Clarke Quay, Singapore 058281
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 10pm
High tea buffet hours: Sat-Sun 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6239 184
Ellenborough Market Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel
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High tea at L’ Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel is an elegant affair. Here, you’ll be pampered with a pool view and a collection of desserts including a chocolate fountain. Release your inner tai tai and goy for this English Afternoon Tea Buffet ($65++ per person) to show yourself some love. Expect local dishes such as laksa and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, a carving station with Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin, a selection of steamed dim sum, open-faced sandwiches and more!
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
High tea buffet hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 3pm to 5:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 1pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, 4pm to 6pm
Tel: 6730 1743
L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Tea Lounge
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Located at Conrad Singapore Orchard is Tea Lounge, known for their delectable high tea buffet priced at $78++ per person—this will get you a variety of English and locally inspired treats, along with your choice of Gryphon Tea and Illy coffee. For a more atas experience, consider topping up $48++ for free-flow Prosecco.
Tea Lounge also has a similarly priced Festive Weekend High Tea, featuring seasonal items such as Beef Wellington with Bearnaise and Red Wine jus, Caramelized Kurobuta Pork Char Siew, and Crispy Pumpkin Rolls. Make a reservation here before 17 December 2023!
Tea Lounge is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Priced at $75++ per person, The Journey Afternoon Tea offers a five-tier Asian-inspired menu presented in a ceramic tiffin, accompanied by a flute of champagne or prosecco, or a jug of tea. While diners only get one serving of savouries per person, you can enjoy unlimited desserts from The Patisserie, featuring assorted scones, sandwiches, chocolate pralines, cookies, and ice cream.
The Colony is not a halal-certified eatery.
High tea buffets in Singapore with free-flow food
Make your childhood dream of being a tai tai come true for a few hours at these high tea buffets. If buffets aren’t for you, here are some affordable high tea sessions to check out instead. Otherwise, check out Le Matin Patisserie’s new brunch menu at ION Orchard for crab waffles, lemon thyme madeleines and more.
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