From brewed teas on tap to private tasting sessions, clink your teacups to some of Singapore’s best tea salons.
There’s more to this reading room and tea salon than its charming pastel aesthetic – looksee looksee at the artsy titles lining the shelves while sipping on hot or cold brewed teas, procured from loyal specialty tea folks A.muse Projects. On your way out, pay as you wish into the tipping box (Be nice!).
267 Beach Rd, Singapore 199545
NEXT: Matchaya →
Call it what you will – dessert parlour, tea house, cafe – these folks are serious about their matcha. Different types of teas – Matcha, Houjicha (roasted green tea), Royal Milk Tea and Kuromitsu (unrefined black sugar) – are sourced from all over Japan, each luxuriously rich and distinct in their own way. These share the limelight with their soft serve desserts, decadently creamy and perfect for Singapore’s sweltering weather.
#01-72 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St, Singapore 078877
NEXT: Tea Chapter →
When in Asia, right? Right. Switch up your Earl Greys or English Breakfasts for some Pu-erh or Silver Needle at Tea Chapter’s Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshop that’ll take you through the different methods of appreciating tea, the different types of tea and more. Highlights include yellow tea, a luxury reserved only for the Emperor back in the day.
9 Neil Rd, Singapore 088808
NEXT: Arteastiq →
Arteastiq takes many things seriously, but most of all, art and tea. Unleash your inner artist on canvas at an art jamming sesh, or pick a tea-tox from its extensive tea menu, from Osmanthus Oolong Tea to caffeine free options like French Rose Tea. Or do both. Why not?
#04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238867
NEXT: The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. →
This brand’s flagship store houses a takeaway tea bar serving cold teas on tap, and hot teas prepared in steampunk brewers that yield deeper, keener flavours. Fancy schmancy, as are their tea-infused choux puffs perfect for teatime.
#B4-07 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
NEXT: Tea Bone Zen Mind →
Only the serious connoiseurs know about this well-kept secret – its shophouse entrance gives no indication of its existence. In this zen space, enjoy a by-appointment-only tea tasting session, perfectly paired with light bites. True to Tea Bone Zen Mind’s philosophy – that tea culture is as much about conversations and people as it is about the drink itself – you’ll come for the caffeine and stay for the experience.
98 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229374
NEXT: Mad About Sucre →
This patisserie might be known more for its pastries – we can’t blame them, they’re amazing stuff – but it also concocts its own unique blends of tea to pair with each sweet treat. Picked a creamy choux? Try a floral, nutty tea to go with. Fancy the booze-laced bake? They recommend the Nepali Earl Grey to strike a balance.
27 Teo Hong Rd, Singapore 088334
NEXT: TWG Tea →
And, of course, our homegrown brand TWG Tea. Sip on aromatic teas (Choose from over 1,000 of them!); here, tea is woven into every aspect of your meal as well, be it lunch or a plush afternoon pastry – a precious nuance that deliciously tantalises your palate.
#B2-65/68A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
NEXT: Chin Mee Chin Confectionary →
Ok, we might be veering a little off the mainstream track here, but it’s all in the name of discovering good food. If there were to be a Singaporean version of a tea house, this would be it: traditional Singaporean breakfast of kaya (coconut jam) on toast and soft-boiled eggs, best enjoyed with a cup of teh or kopi. Bonus points for the old school charm that the place understatedly exudes in its no-frills bustle. Nothing fancy, but it tastes like home.
204 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428903
NEXT: Looksee Looksee →
By Pinky Chng, August 2017
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