Tea appreciation is a proper art form and a tradition that dates back centuries. Many of the most intricate ceremonies in the world are based around tea – preparing, brewing, and drinking loose-leaf tea. Some teahouses in Singapore dabble in the art of tea appreciation, be it Chinese, English, or Japanese matcha. Step into the world of tea culture with these 15 teahouses in Singapore!
Housed in a pre-war shophouse along Neil Road, Tea Chapter has seen a range of esteemed guests that includes ministers, foreign dignitaries, and even Queen Elizabeth II. Here, the range of handpicked teas hail from China, and through their tea appreciation workshops you’ll get to try various Chinese teas, learn about their characteristics, styles of appreciation and the proper way of brewing tea. And finally, you can also buy a variety of Chinese tea ranging from Dragon Well, Scarlet Robe to top-grade Pu’er!
Address: 9 Neil Rd, Singapore 088808
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM Sun to Thurs, 11 AM–10:30 PM Sat & Sun
What was once the home of wealthy Straits Chinese merchants has since been transformed into an appointment-only tea house. Tea Bone Zen Mind prides itself on fine quality Chinese, Japanese and English teas. Book a tea sampling session to enjoy a unique omakase-style tea pairing, then visit the gallery to view the exclusive, collectible wares on display. If you’re a tea connoisseur, the tea studio also has rare old matcha, white mountain tea and pu’er available to taste!
Address: 18 Jln Lada Puteh, Singapore 228930
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
With nearly a century of heritage, Pek Sin Choon is the oldest tea merchant on this list. They’re known for being the suppliers to almost all the bak kut teh stores in Singapore, and have over 100 varieties of tea available. Each order is packed by hand in traditional paper, which you can purchase and bring home. You can also arrange for a tea-tasting session to learn more about Nanyang teas!
Address: 36 Mosque St, Singapore 059514
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM–6:30 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Love dim sum and tea? A veritable tea institution, Tian Fu Tea Room offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can gain an appreciation of each region's distinctive teas, their elegance and unique characteristics. They have a range of over 30 different Chinese teas, from the usual green and red varieties, to more exclusive, yellow and white unfermented versions. Each comes brewed by an in-house expert, which you can enjoy with small bites like dried olives. Tian Fu also has an Imperial High Tea set, which pairs nine types of dim sum with three different teas!
Address: Multiple outlets
This quaint tea bar in Katong specialises in Wuyi rock tea, a loose-leaf oolong that hails from the Wuyi Mountain ranges and was once employed as an imperial tribute. You’ll also find a variety of interesting teas such as a yellow Meng Ding Yellow Bud tea that’s wrapped in straw paper, to a Stone Village raw pu-er that exudes honey and rock sugar. You can expect the leaves here to be of unparalleled quality. They also have a hands-on tea workshop where you can learn how to brew six different types of Chinese tea.
Address: 86 E Coast Rd, #01-08, Singapore 428788
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM Thurs to Tues. Closed on Wed
Despite its name, Antea Social provides a cosy and tranquil space where you can relax and catch up with friends over a cup of tea. Bringing together old and new traditions, their signature is the Oolong collection which is primarily fruit and floral-based, and uses a special tea-making method that involves a two-month-long drying process. You’ll also find green, black, pu erh, and even caffeine-free blends, as well as a selection of cakes to go along with your tea!
Address: 9 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207528
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–7 PM Tues to Fri & Sun. 11:30 AM–10 PM Sat
Nestled along the streets of Joo Chiat, Phoenix Hill Tea Merchant offers an intimate tea appreciation space filled with heritage pieces. Unlike other teahouses that import their tea, Phoenix Hill Tea Merchant has their very own tea plantation located at Phoenix Hill in Guangdong. A family-owned business, they specialise in traditional oolong, and every step of the process is monitored from the growing to charcoal-roasting, so as to ensure that their leaves are of impeccable quality.
Address: 52 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427776
Opening Hours: 11 AM–6 PM daily
A quiet reprieve in the CBD, Yixing Xuan Teahouse is run by a father-daughter duo. With more than 70 tea varieties to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. They also have three kinds of tea appreciation workshops with varying options of premium tea, as well as delicious dim sum to enjoy. A visit here is much like visiting a friend’s dining room; unpretentious and familiar, allowing for an informal and comfortable environment to learn and enjoy what could be an intimidating art.
Address: 78 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088499
Opening Hours: 10 AM–8 PM Mon to Thurs, 10 AM–9:30 PM Fri & Sat, 10 AM–7 PM Sun
While many teahouses focus on tea appreciation, Hvala appeals to all with their premium quality matcha leaves that are all imported from Japan. Their signature Matcha Latte is a must-try, however, there are also all kinds of Japanese desserts and beverages to try, including cakes, mochi, waffles, pastries, gelato and coffee. Hvala also offers customers a chance to appreciate tea through their very own Tea Experience. Find out how various aspects of tea cultivation and processing influence the flavour profile of each brew!
Address: Multiple outlets
Tucked away in a row of unassuming shophouses in Chinatown is SILK Tea Bar, it’s all about appreciating the flavours of loose-leaf Chinese teas here. They constantly change up their menu, so you can look forward to trying different types of brews each time you’re here! Enjoy your tea in two ways: Session Brews, featuring progressive brews of your choice of tea, or Single Brews where you get a glass of tea in both hot and iced.
Address: 26A Sago St, Singapore 059021
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
A brand that's all about celebrating the ancient and artistic practice of tea-making, The Tea Crafters source only the finest, hand-picked tea leaves from reputable farms in India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, South Africa, and Taiwan, offering custom blends that are a true pleasure for the senses. Apart from their unique blends, Tea Crafters also hosts regular workshops where you can learn the basics of tea-making or even curate your own unique blend. Whether you're a tea connoisseur or just someone who appreciates a good cup of tea, The Tea Crafters has a way for you to enjoy an exquisite and enriching tea experience.
Address: 65 Ubi Rd 1, #04 39, Singapore 408726
Opening Hours: 10 AM–8 PM daily
Nestled in between a bustling historical neighbourhood is a calming sanctuary. Serving some of the best Chinese teas in the world, Tea Time takes pride in carefully sourcing and curating an exclusive menu comprising premium leaves of various flavours and origins. Apart from their teas and tea appreciation workshop, they also offer tea snacks, dim sum, mains and more on their menu. For something filling, go for their Unagi Rice or Spring Onion Oil Noodle!
Address: 280A South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058829
Opening Hours: 11 AM–9 PM daily
In case you didn’t know, there’s a Chinese opera theatre in Singapore which contains a teahouse where patrons can enjoy their tea to live professional showcases! Bask in the cosy tea spaces which are reminiscent of the mid-90s era and take time to learn and appreciate a part of Chinese culture and history that we rarely come into contact with. Take the chance to get up close and personal with the intricacies of the rapidly disappearing art that is Chinese opera!
Address: 5 Smith St, Singapore 058919
Opening Hours: 12–5 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
At this zen teahouse, take a break from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Chinese tea at Enjoy Tea. A tea appreciation session here runs for roughly 90 minutes, but it’ll go by in a flash with owner Michael Teo sharing his detailed know-how on tea and tea culture. You’ll learn that even the pot itself can affect the taste, aroma, and smokiness of the tea!
Address: 32 Sago St, Singapore 059025
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM daily
San Yuan Tea House was started from an appreciation of authentic Chinese tea and a desire to share the art and culture. Sourcing for teas to impress and pots that brew teas better, brewing methods, storage methods or anything that might affect the tea is experimented with here. From Pr Er to special grade Long Jing, all the teas here have their own unique character.
Address: 321B Jln Besar, Singapore 208979
Opening Hours: 9 AM–5 PM Fri to Sun. Closed Mon to Thurs