The Tea Party Hot
As you might expect from its name, top-grade tea is the specialty of this laidback café. Low tables and comfortable sofas make it the perfect chill-out spot.
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Ditch the tea dresses and get comfy in this cafe
Maybe it’s my demographic - a Bukit Timah student - but I’ve always loved coming here for lunch or dinner. A filling, western meal at a crazy affordable price isn’t something you could simply come across everyday!
The ambience is what’s most inviting to me, drawing me into the cafe time and again. Although its small size may prove burdensome during peak hours, it contributes to the coziness I adore. I’ve spent many rainy afternoons chatting away with my friends here, and those days have always formed the fondest memories. There’s nothing much to complain about the food - the pastas bear a taste reminiscent of Pastamania, which is simple-tasting but good.
This cafe is the perfect chill-out hang-out for groups of friends, even providing board games and card games for entertainment. Ditch the games if you’re here with your close buddies though. Instead, grab some dessert, and cosy up for a long, relaxing, afternoon of unwinding.
Lovely ambience, average food
Packed with plush, large sofas, dim lights and throngs of students (usually from Hwa Chong), the Tea Party Cafe is a nice and cosy cafe to hang out and is especially popular among students studying around the area.
While their dishes are affordably priced and relatively tasty, I found the service during my visits poor - the servers often forgot about even simple orders and it once took about 45 minutes for my plate of pasta to come, even when the cafe was quite empty.
The food and service aside, I find the ambience of the Tea Party Cafe quite cosy and inviting. It's not surprising that it's a hotspot for student-couples to cuddle up in one of their sofas in a corner of a cafe and exchange vows of love. However, the cafe doesn't just attract the couples; the free wifi and warm ambience make it a popular spot for students to study, though the place can get quite noisy when student start filing into the cafe right after school hours.
If you're looking for a place with good food and service, I wouldn't recommend the Tea Party Cafe; however, if you're just looking for a place to chill, hang out and catch up with friends, I think the Tea Party Cafe is a suitable venue.
One of the best cafes
I absolutely love the Bukit Timah branch of The Tea Party Cafe. I still remember that it was the first place I've ever had a meal with my JC mates; it was late at night, we were all tired from orientation, but we had the most wonderful time chatting and bonding over a good meal.
The ambience is really soothing. Plush sofas just invite you to lounge on them all day, and there is also a selection of magazines and board games that are perfect companions during a lazy Sunday with family and friends.
Taste-wise, the food is pretty good, but perhaps the best part is the price. A set consisting of a drink, soup and pasta averages about $8, which is much cheaper than the usual $10+ elsewhere. The place also provides free Wi-Fi, which explains why it is such a popular spot for students to study and hang out. Worth a visit.
affordable and a good place to chill
Entering this cafe, I noticed many groups of friends sitting around chatting and also many people doing projects or simply studying. The Tea Party is a popular hang-out for students needing a place for affordable food and a cosy environment to chill or do work in.
My friend ordered a pasta and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was served with a soup and drink. The pasta was well-cooked with chorizo and QQ spaghetti. The soup was also surprisingly nice, and not one of those cheap watered-down ones. I ordered a slice of oreo cheesecake which was very creamy and rich, just the way I like it. On weekdays, there is also a promotion for a tea set which includes a slice of cake with a tea or coffee. A person ordering a main can also get a $1 discount when purchasing a dessert. You might also be happy to know that their prices are charged nett with no service charge or GST.
Whiling away time in Bukit Timah
Two things I love about this place: the ambience and the scones.
I wouldn't say it's tucked away in a corner since it's along the main road but it's rather discreet. It can get noisy at times when there are too many students but it's otherwise a nice chill out spot. The menu is pretty limited to be honest and sometimes they're out of what I want to order. So sometimes my friend and I would just share a main and enjoy more scones instead. I always have the scones with the strawberry cream, which is their specialty.
Where I think they can really improve though is in the interior. While it's supposed to be cozy, I sometimes wish it weren't so dim. Also, the "balcony" facing the road is not decorated at all, which makes it seem like little effort has been put in. Where people would normally grow plants, all you can see is soil, which is an eyesore. While I appreciate that there's a clean toilet for all to use, the toilet flush was spoilt the past two times I went. Surely it shouldn't be too difficult to fix?
It's a nice place but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I would only recommend it to people who happen to be in the area.
Cosy and Comfortable
You are missing out on something if you have not already visited this hangout.
I was first introduced to this place by a friend of mine. We came here to chill out, eat, read and play games. There are two levels to this cosy joint, with shelves of games, magazines and a collection of Reader's Digest. Soft plushy sofas are situated on the second level, with two long tables to accommodate big groups. There are normal tables and chairs for the comfort of students. My friends and I had so much fun playing charades and savoring the Aglio Olio pasta. Their muffins comes with cream cheese and they are so heavenly.
So do consider this your next hangout where you can study here, read here, play here and eat here!
If you were driving along bukit timah, chances are you won't sport this hole-in-the-wall cafe. The signboard isn't lighted up, in the day, it is rather difficult to spot, much less in the night, where the area is pitch black, and the black background of their signboard not helping the least. When i wanted to visit this place, I hesitated outside, wondering if they were open or closed.
Not only the exterior was dark, the interior too. It wasn't the "romantic" kind of darkness, but the kind you would see if someone forgot to pay their utility bills. There are two floors to this cafe. This place mainly sells pastas and pizzas and some finger food. Judging by the prices, they should be targeting the youths from the nearby elite schools to hang out in the afternoon with some frozen food snacks.
Everything tasted frozen there. The pizza, the bites. The coffee was nothing to shout about. Except the scones. The scones were the only saving grace. Served with EITHER their strawberry cream or jam, you can't have both. Go for the strawberry cream, that's their specialty. The cream adds a nice textural contrast to the buttery and bready insides of the scone.
All in all, this is a place to go if you want to chill but on a tight budget. Just that you may not be very satisfied after leaving this place.
Located on Bukit Timah Road, this cafe is a popular spot for students whose schools are along the stretch - you can see anything from Ngee Ann Polytechnic young adults to secondary one students from SCGS.
I've been here a number of times, normally to chill and relax with my friends after a long day at school. For some reason,this cafe is popular with the fairer sex, as they have an assortment of pastries. Personally, I feel that the menu is rather limited, and being quite a foodie, I don't fancy having cupcakes day after day.
Not a bad place, but not my cup of tea.
Quaint place for a quaint day
This is my best friend's favourite hide-out.
She is a criminally insecure person and would not be caught dead waiting for a friend alone outside so she usually retreats her to wait for me to head over to work together. So I've grown to call this place her witch's cave.
The food here doesn't appeal to me at all. It's just pastries after cakes after cupcakes and after a while, you'll get sick of all that dough and cream that you'll walk around, take a fresh breath of air, and grab the nearest tree and chomp it down to balance the sugary sickness in your tummy.
I have lost track of the number of times I gave her an ":/" face whenever I walked in on her with yet another cupcake. They also serve good tea but I wouldn't appreciate that because I am a juice person so this place once again disappoints.
Come here if you have no where else to go.