Meet Antea Social Teahouse with new age aesthetics and twists on traditional tea.
Antea Social is its own cosy little pocket universe. With gentle pink accents, warm trendy furnishing and elegant teaware, it looked like a set out of a Kinfolk Magazine shoot. Perhaps the most aesthetic cafe in Singapore.
They’re also my favourite teahouse in Singapore. I find their attention to detail and charming personality truly impressive. it’s one of the rare places that I’d revisited more times than I can count.
Antea Social’s eye for aesthetics is evident. It’s minimalist and gorgeous in its own quirky way and not falling in line with other hip cafes. Even the crockery has their own unique vibe. For example, the immensely adorable cup collection was born from the owner’s travelling and collecting.
Creative Menu Selections
Their extensive menu was bursting with creativity. Besides traditional offerings like Oolong and green/black teas, the menu was supplemented by cooler cousins like Kombucha and their speciality infused Oolong teas. Truly, it’s their infused Oolong teas that are the true draw. Having tried more than half of the line, I can attest for the ingenuity in infusion.
Place your order at the counter, choose and cute teacup and wait for the order to be served then patiently stare down the sleek hourglass.
Order it hot if you wanna chill in the cosy space —and you’d wanna, it’s that nice— as you can steep the tea leaves again. Steeping it more than twice does leave the tea thin, so order more.
One of my favourites was their Peach Oolong Tea ($6). Nothing like typical syrupy dross, and instead a balanced blend of earthy Oolong, gently perfumed by a peach aroma that didn’t add unnecessary sweetness. It was exquisitely different from typical Oolong, but still possessed the characteristics that make traditional tea so good.
Another was their Rose Oolong Tea ($6), with delicate rose aroma deftly melded into the Oolong’s own fragrance. It bore an uncanny resemblance to mild Bandung, but containing a much crisper rose aroma.
If you’re smitten with their tea, they also offer delivery on their e-shop.
Equally Great Traditional Oriental Teas
Traditional offerings were great too. I have at times decided to go traditional and it was exceptional like the exciting find of Duck Shit Dancong, an extremely high quality tea from Phoenix Mountain in China. I tried it once and was eternally smitten by its complex and incomparable fragrance.
They also have other offerings like matcha and bakes for a more typical cafe experience, but if that was your objective you’re really letting yourself down by not trying their brilliant teas.
Located in the proximity of hip hotspots like Chye Seng Huat and Apartment Coffee, Antea Social teahouse nestles seamlessly into the neighbourhood of cool kids. Or perhaps, they are already one of the cool kids themselves at this point.
They are truly a hidden gem, and one of the best cafes in Singapore.
Antea Social Teahouse
- Address: 9 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207528
- Getting There: Alight at Farrer Park MRT or Lavender MRT; Approx. 10 mins walk
- Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11:30am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am to 10pm
- Price Range: Approximately $6-$10 per pax