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Indocafe, Singapore

35 Scotts Road
Singapore 228227
Tel. 6733 2666

Try some high tea Peranakan style at Indocafe. Peranakan is a blend of Malay and Chinese cuisine that is delicate, subtle and fragrant. Served with a choice of teas (black, oolong or flavoured) or unique home blended Indonesian drip coffees. Cultural performances are also on offer as a special treat, every day from 3.30pm
to 4pm with high tea. SGD $38++ per person.

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I didn’t, until last week at Singapore’s Conrad Hotel. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

1. The teapot asleep.

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2. Wake the teapot and the water drains downwards, leaving the tea bag high and dry.

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3. Pour and enjoy!

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Clever! Now I need to find the same design for loose leaf tea, because, really ….. tea bags? Honestly!

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Darjeeling Nouveau 2013 from TWG

Darjeeling Nouveau 2013 from TWG

Spring on the Equator is a bit of a non-event, so when the Darjeelings arrive, it’s like spotting the first blossoms on bare trees.

TWG in Singapore has just received the new first flush 2013 harvest of Darjeeling teas, air-flown from India. There are 12 single estate teas plus this “Darjeeling Nouveau” blend to taste and compare. I hope to try them all…

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Antoinette, Singapore

I stumbled upon this tearoom and patisserie in the most unlikely location at Penhas Road, near Lavender MRT, when two girls asked me to take their picture in front of the window full of cakes. Behind the enticing display lies a world full of pastries, macaroons, savoury dishes and all things high tea, served until 10pm. Some of the furnishings are slightly Louis XVI and Kirsten Dunst’s Marie Antoinette would certainly not feel out of place here.

The loose leaf teas are served in teapots in hand filled bag. The quality is average and many are flavoured, but the overall experience aspires towards afternoon tea at La Durée on the Champs Elysées, and is definitely worth the trip.

Antoinette has four addresses in Singapore: Penhas Rd, Mandarin Gallery and Palais Renaissance at Orchard, and the Scarlett Hotel in Chinatown.

30 Penhas Road
Singapore 208188
Tel 6293 3121
MRT: Lavender 
www.antoinette.com.sg

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Yixing Xuan Teahouse, 30/32 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore

Oolong tea and dim sum

Founded by a former investment banker who saw the light and packed in trading for tea-making, this teahouse is where I finally understood the ins and outs of how to prepare Chinese tea. The explanation was detailled and passionate and the waiter even refused to look shocked or disappointed when I said I usually drunk Japanese tea!

For setting and ambiance, head for Tea Chapter. To really learn about tea and enjoy some great dim sum, try the Yixing Xuan Teahouse.

We did both on the same afternoon, a recipe for insomnia!

There’s lots to see at the huge Buddha Tooth Relic Temple nearby, which has 4 floors and a roof garden, and the library / gift shop also serves tea.

The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore is just around the corner and up Neil Road.

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The Coffee Connoisseur (tcc), around Singapore

If you find yourself downtown and in need of an urgent remedy for a sudden attack of “shopping-mallitis”, head for The Coffee Connoisseur.

This chain is present in or near most malls and, although coffee is their big item, they have a delicious Nuwara Eliya OP black tea. Their scones do not figure on the menu but ask anyway, you may be in luck. They taste just like home!

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Tea Chapter, Singapore

Tea Chapter, 9A / 11 Neil Road, Singapore, Open daily 11am – 11 pm

Just around the corner from the Yixing Xuan Teahouse in Chinatown, The Tea Chapter is a complete immersion experience. The choice of teapots makes the ground floor shop seem like an Alice in Wonderland adventure, ranging from minute one-cup yixings to a larger than life giant pot.

The tearooms are upstairs, where you’ll be asked to remove your shoes and given a choice of seating: regular chair, lowish tables where you sit on a step, or cushions on the floor. For an extra fee, you can even have the chair Queen Elizabeth II sat in for a nice cuppa during her 1989 visit!

The tea-set lesson was a little less personal here than around the corner, and a bit fast if you are an absolute beginner, but the Zen- like setting is a must for recharging the batteries and re-centering.

Zen!

A huge plus of both these Chinatown tea-houses, the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Singapore is just up the road.

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