Escape the hustle and bustle of life and seek serenity at these traditional and contemporary teahouses.
Amidst the mayhem of the world, sometimes, all we need is a cup of tea to enrich our souls and help us reconnect with the present. Hidden in plain sight amongst the densely lined buildings and glass panes of our urban jungle, these teahouses will offer you a temporary, but much-needed, respite!
1. TEA CHAPTER
For a cup full of heritage, visit Singapore’s largest and oldest tea house, Tea Chapter. Slip into an era of forgotten Eastern nostalgia as you appreciate your tea in a quaint shophouse in Chinatown, while relaxing to classical Chinese music. The menu features 20 of the finest handpicked teas from various regions of China and Taiwan, with aromas ranging from floral to earthy. Tea-infused snacks like Tea Eggs, Pu Er Tea Jelly and Oolong Sweet Potato are also served here. If you’d like to gain a deeper knowledge of Chinese teas, attend a Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshop where you’ll get to immerse yourself in the history and brewing techniques of seven different types of teas.
Tea Chapter is located at 9 Neil Road, Singapore 088808.
2. ANTEA SOCIAL
Dedicated to curating the most palatable teas from all across Asia, Antea Social is a contemporary teahouse that hopes all their guests will have a reality-transcending experience through their teas. While you’re here, be sure to try their Signature Tea Collection. Comprises of traditional Taiwanese oolongs with a modern twist, resulting in flavours like Kyoho Grape Oolong, Lychee Oolong and Vanilla Oolong. Customers can also enjoy a simplified version of the traditional Chinese tea-making procedure and would only need to wait three minutes for the tea to be steeped. With a tranquil interior that exudes a cosy vibe, Antea Social would be the perfect place to chill with a cuppa and reconnect with your loved ones (despite what its namesake suggests).
Antea Social is located at 9 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207528.
3. YIXING XUAN TEAHOUSE
For Chinese tea sceptics who believe the beverage is nothing more than that common, bitter drink served at Chinese restaurants and wedding dinners, challenge your beliefs and participate in a tea workshop at Yixing Xuan Teahouse. In this unpretentious and comfortable environment, ignite your curiosity for the art-form that is tea appreciation and understand the pleasures, history and preparation methods of Chinese tea. While listening to the workshop, quench your thirst with a free flow of premium white, green, floral and oolong teas and sample a variety of dim sum. A stimulating and sensory experience, your trip to Yixing Xuan Teahouse would certainly enrich you in both body and mind. Virtual tea workshops are also available so you can learn about the beauty of Chinese tea from the comfort of your home.
Yixing Xuan Teahouse is located at 78 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088499.
4. TIAN FU TEA ROOM
If your idea of relaxation is a sumptuous meal, visit Tian Fu Tea Room for an indulgent gastronomic journey. Select from an exquisite range of handcrafted dim sum or enjoy a seasonal high tea set, and be even more spoilt for choice from their myriad of over 30 fine teas, including exotic variations like yellow, white and floral teas. Situated within multiple restaurants, Tian Fu Tea Room’s outlets are more accessible, but step into this ornately furnished tea room and you’ll instantly be transported into a realm of zen and harmony, still achieving the unique charm that is synonymous with tea houses. Have connoisseurs skillfully brew your pot of tea, and be charmed by their passion for these leaves and cups. Here, you’ll truly understand the allure of tea as an accompaniment to dishes, and also how they can shine on their own as the star of your meal.
Tian Fu Tea Room is located at three outlets: 80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624; PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533; PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591.
If you swing towards Matcha or Hojicha instead of Oolong or Pu’er, Hvala will be your cup of tea. With tatami seating, an internal rock garden and intricate teacups and teapots on display, the classically Japanese design of this tea house is as authentic as their tea. Committed to providing the highest quality tea, the Hvala team visits their tea farmers in Japan at least biannually. With them, they bring back Premium Grade Yuki Matcha and Ceremonial Grade Kaze and Hana Matcha. The flavour notes you’d get from these comprise of umami, mellow, bitter and robust, with varying degrees based on their grade. Complete the experience by sitting at the counter and watch the staff brew and hand-whisk your blend on the spot. For notes of familiarity, opt for Cold Brews, Tea Lattes or Ice Blends in Matcha or Hojicha or even a mix of both (appropriately named, Matcha Hojicha). This space of simplicity will surely evoke greater admiration towards the humble cup of tea!
Hvala is located at two outlets: Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street #01-04/5, Singapore 187996; TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road #01-10, Singapore 238164.