Sipping a fragrant cuppa on a slow afternoon and nibbling on small bites over light banter is how we picture a perfect afternoon tea to be like. Yet pampering yourself like that usually involves a splurge and we hear your woes.
Afternoon tea sets do usually come with a price tag that feels too heavy for a midday perk-me-up. For that, we have affordable alternatives so you can still be kind to yourself without hurting your wallet.
Here is a list of 10 affordable afternoon tea places in Singapore for under S$25 per person that you can take yourself and your friends to.
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Brunches Cafe is a chic spot with a retro vibe and is highly accessible being just minutes away from Farrer Park MRT Station along Rangoon Road.
Their High Tea Set is limited to 10 sets daily (S$36++ per set) and is made for two. Please your palates with their assortment of savoury and sweet bites which come with a pot of tea from their selection of House Blends.
96 Rangoon Rd
Tel: +65 8685 8488
Mon & Wed to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
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CHILLI PADI NONYA CAFE
If you have a hankering for Peranakan cuisine, Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe should be at the top of your list.
Substitute your usual cakes and coffee with an assortment of Nonya kueh. Their afternoon hi-tea buffet is only available during the weekends and public holidays, from 3pm to 5pm at S$14.80++ for adults, S$10.80++ for children.
29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
#06-21 (Ground Level)
Tel: +65 6872 2982
Mon to Thu: 11:15am – 3pm
Fri: 11:15pam – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm
Sat & Sun: 11:15am – 9:30pm
Nearest Station: Haw Par Villa
If you are looking for a light pick-me-up, treat yourself to a taste of Eaglewings Loft’s High Tea set for one (S$12++).
Choose four sweet or savoury classics from an assortment of bon bons, tartlets, scones, quiches and more. It comes with a EagleWings blend of coffee or tea. Their afternoon tea menu is available from 2pm to 5.30pm.
9 King Albert Park
KAP Residences Mall
Tel: +65 6264 7787
Mon to Thu: 10:30am – 12am
Fri: 10:30am – 1am
Sat: 8:30am – 1am
Sun: 8:30am – 12am
Nearest Station: King Albert Park
Fosters has a Devonshire Cream Tea Set at only S$11.50++ from 3pm to 5pm daily.
Expect freshly-baked scones served with butter, home-made strawberry preserve and fresh cream, as well as cakes, finger sandwiches, and a freshly brewed cup of coffee or pot of tea. The selection may be small but hey, it is very affordable!
277 Holland Ave
Tel: +65 6466 8939
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Holland Village
Java+ is one of the few restaurants within a hotel along Orchard Road that provides affordable high tea sets. It is little wonder they are ever popular.
With them, you can have your selection of cakes and coffee at $14++. Their delectable homemade cakes are crafted with premium quality. Spoil yourself in this cosy deli that boasts the best place for an afternoon unwinding sesh.
320 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6735 5800
Daily: 7am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
To idle away an afternoon in old-school feels of 1980s China, Lao Beijing has a hi-tea buffet serving up Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine from 3pm to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
Adults pay S$18.80++ each while children dine at S$13.80++ each so mark this place down as one to bring your grandparents to during your family gatherings.
238 Thomson Rd, #02-11/12
Velocity @ Novena Square
Tel: +65 6358 4466
Mon to Fri: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Newton
Swatow Seafood at Toa Payoh is a reliable restaurant where you can enjoy an afternoon of dim sum ala buffet style at S$19.80++ on weekdays and S$22.80++ on weekends per person.
Their plates and steam baskets of bites are served on traditional pushcarts so that’s something the old folks in your family might love!
181 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, #02-602
Tel: +65 6363 1717
Daily: 8am – 10:30pm
Nearest Station: Toa Payoh
Plan a girly afternoon session with your besties at The Marmalade Pantry from 3pm to 6pm where their daily High Tea Set goes for a very affordable S$38++ for two.
Enjoy an array of egg and cress, beef and horseradish and green land shrimp finger sandwiches buttermilk scones with candied orange and cranberry, strawberry preserve, clotted cream, and your choice of any two cupcakes. This is one place for afternoon tea we never get sick of!
8 Sinaran Dr, #01-02/04
Tel: +65 6664 0348
Daily: 6:30am – 10:30am, 11:30am to 10:30pm
Nearest Station: Novena
If you have a penchant for timeless teas, TWG should be a familiar brand name in Singapore to you.
TWG Tea has a 1837 tea-time menu (S$19++) that comes with your choice of two freshly baked muffins or scones served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream or a patisserie from their trolley. If you are willing to splurge a little, they have three other more premium tea-time menus too.
2 Bayfront Ave, B1-122/125
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6535 1837
Mon to Thu: 10am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am – 12am
Sun: 10am – 10:30pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront
Sit down at Wildseed Cafe & Bar from 2pm to 5pm to nibble on their afternoon tea set (S$40+ for two).
They have sweets such as madeleines, macaroons, mini brownies, and mini cheesecake as well as a chicken pinche petit sandwich for savouries. Slowly sip on a choice of two coffees or tea as you lounge the hours aways.
Level 1, 3 Park Lane
Seletar Aerospace Dr
Tel: +65 9643 9116
Mon to Thu: 9am – 11pm
Fri: 9am – 1am
Sat: 8:30am – 2pm
Sun: 8:30am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Yio Chu Kang