Last Updated: December 26, 2016
What’s not to love about having a comforting cup of tea, accompanied by tiers of happiness that usually comes in the form of scones, pastries and sandwiches. Have it even fancier if we are speaking Parisien sweets and petit delices because the world’s really your oyster and you can have it any way you want it.
So while we already have an article on the 10 best afternoon tea, I’m proudly bringing a budgeted version 2.0, with a carefully thought out list of top 9 affordable high teas all around our little red dot.
So buckle up, or loosen your buckle cheekily for an afternoon of sinful indulgence.
Tea Time Temptation ($16.80++)
No frills sort of affordable comfort that is available from 3pm to 6pm daily, TCC serves up a tea set complete with tea time classics, glazed nibbles and bites that is just the right amount of satisfaction for a mid day perk.
TCC: Various Outlets
Devonshire Cream Tea Set ($11.50)
Ah Fosters Steakhouse, a good ol’ trusty name in Holland Village that has been serving us all.
From 3pm onwards, the Devonshire Cream Tea set comes with scones served with home-made strawberry preserve, butter and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, a cake and tea, which is pretty much what an English afternoon tea is all about.
Exceedingly satisfying, Fosters’ afternoon tea is one of the more affordably English one out there.
Fosters: 277 Holland Ave, Singapore 278994 | Tel: +65 6466 8939 | Website | Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
The Hummingbird ($8.00), D’Unknown Cold Brew Coffee ($7.50)
Located near Fosters at Holland Village, is D’Good Cafe that serves up your quintessential cafe food and some serious coffee business. If you’re looking to purchase the aeropress machine, you’ll be pleased to know you can do that there.
I thought D’Unknown Cold Brew Coffee was pretty interesting, apart from the usual black and white cold brew. D’Unknown Cold Brew is brewed with special beans and has a different roast compared to the white. So if you’re up for some fun, go for the great unknown.
On weekdays, order a slice of cake and top up a dollar for coffee or tea, how exceptional is that? Psst, more benefits if you’re a student, which I’m sadly way pass the age and youth is slowly leaking away. So I’ll have a cake to cheer myself up.
D’Good Cafe: 273 Holland Ave #02-01/02, Singapore 278992 | Tel: +65 6219 9807 | Website | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Afternoon Tea ($38 per set, serves 2)
Marmalade Pantry doesn’t really need any introduction considering how much of a sweetheart their cupcakes really are. So here’s their rendition of a perfect afternoon, filled with a selection of sandwiches, buttermilk scones served with clotted cream and jam and a choice of their highly coveted cupcakes.
Splash that on with Gryphon tea and we’ve got ourselves a fancy and affordable afternoon done right.
Read more: Best Afternoon High-Teas in Singapore
The Marmalade Pantry: Unit 03-22 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, 238801 | Tel: +65 6734 2700 | Website | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Gula Melaka Pandan Cake ($5.50)
Proudly made in Singapore, Joe & Dough has been around since 2009 and has been actively teaming up with other local food concepts to encourage more attention towards our local food scene.
I’ve been an avid fan of their Piccolo, quietly accompanying me through articles without a complain. Pair that with their Gula Melaka Pandan cake slice for that extra lovality lovin’ and my afternoon is pretty much sorted.
Joe & Dough: Various Outlets all over Singapore | Website | Facebook | Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm
Cake + Coffee Set ($14)
Fancy pansy, Java+ at Marriott offers an afternoon cake and coffee set at a whooping price of only $14. You no longer need to pay extravagantly to have a slice of cake in a hotel.
Psst, do try their Chocolate Praline cake that is exclusive to Java+.
Java+: 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865 | Tel:+65 6735 5800 | Website | Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 7am – 11pm, Thur – Sat 7am – 1am
Cake Set ($10)
Tucked away in an unassuming neighbourhood, The Daily Press is a nice little cafe that serves up artisan cakes to go with your preferred choice of coffee or tea. Psst, do look out for their Speculoos Biscuit Cake, mmhm.
The Daily Press: Block 126 Toa Payoh Lor 1, #01-561, Singapore 310126 | Tel: +65 6259 0167 | Website | Opening Hours: Tues – Sun 10:30am – 9:00pm
Each set is served with a choice of hot or iced TWG Tea* from their extensive tea list, and when I say extensive I mean out-of-this-world-comprehensive sort of list. Anyone who has been there’s gotta amen to this with their exceedingly informative tea booklet.
Choice of two freshly baked muffins or scones served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream or a TWG Tea pâtisserie from their trolley. All their cake slices promises tea infusion, staying true to their roots.
I love their scones — mini, warm and fluffy. I know some may question its size but I do think it’s a perfect portion for a light afternoon tea, satisfying with their speciality tea jelly, of which you can’t really get else where.
TWG Tea: 2 Orchard Turn, #02-21 ION Orchard, 02-20/21 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 | Tel: +65 6735 1837 | Website | Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm
Tea Set Promotion ($9.90)
Brunetti cafe at Tanglin Mall is a Italian cafe originating from Australia, for their casual coffee joint brunch concepts. A combination of Gelateria, Cioccolateria and Pasticceria, Brunetti offers a little of everything for everyone and is an excellent spot for families and friends alike.
The common Australian brunch actually only has desserts and coffee, unlike the meatier, heavier variation in Singapore. A quaint setting with old fashioned black and white tiles, Brunetti has a casual flair yet exudes a certain sophistication.
There were about a gazillion cakes we tried so I can’t really write all of them here. Highlights include the Flourless Chocolate Soufflé ($8), Limoncello ($8) and Pear and Cheese Crumble ($10).
Personally I found the larger cakes to be more moist and not as dry as the mignons (smaller ones). Do look out for their tea set promotion where you get a slice of cake to go with your coffee, tea or iced tea.
Read more: Brunetti Italian Tanglin Singapore Review
Brunetti (Tanglin Mall): 163 Tanglin Road, #01-35, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933 | Tel: 6733 9088 | Website | Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm