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Silk printed draped dress, from Marni.

WALLS THAT SPEAK

Earthy, wooden tones and the neutral colour palette at Hashida Garo are interrupted only by the abstractionisms (pictured on preceding pages) of chef-owner Kenjiro Hashida. Named after the Japanese word garou or gallery, the exhibition space may be used by budding artists for free; Hashida having once been a cash-strapped, aspiring painter himself. The modern Japanese tea room is centred around an elevated hearth – a stage for the tea master to make his brew in view of guests. Complementing the elegant brews are a mix of traditional Japanese desserts and new creations such as a kaya and bean-paste monaka.

#04-16 Mandarin Gallery

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Traditionnelle Chronograph, from Vacheron Constantin.

 

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Wool sweater & leather blouson, from Hermes.

MIDDAY IN PARIS

Crossing the threshold of a TWG Tea salon is akin to stepping into a Parisian emporium of yore. French panelling and cornices, coupled with the thematic use of gold highlights and tableware, impart a certain opulence to an afternoon tea session. Tea infusions are to be found in many pastries and savoury dishes, and, while you tease your palate, feast your eyes on the tea collection – the largest in the world – lining the walls of the boutique.

#B2-89 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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Men’s Complications Ref 5170G-001, from Patek Philippe.

 


 

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Wool & cashmere coat, from Paul Smith. Leather pumps, from Marni.

COLOUR IT IN

Afternoons see Raffles Hotel’s Tiffin Room serving up a quintessentially English high tea, complete with several scone flavours and clotted cream. High ceilings from which lily-shaped chandeliers hang, together with the immaculately white, neo-colonial interior decoration style, convey a sense of vastness.

1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel


 

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Wool blend waistcoat & cotton Mandarin shirt, from Shanghai Tang.

TREAD INTO THE TIMELESS

A discreet and well-maintained pair of Emerald Hill shophouses make up the Tea Bone Zen Mind premises, which play host to small groups of appreciative tea-lovers on an almost daily basis. Distinctly Chinese elements such as intricately carved balusters and brass knockers, juxtaposed against modern interior design, form a calming backdrop against which one can savour high-quality Chinese tea.

(RELATED: The Peak’s article on ‘Tea Uprising: A Trending Culture in Singapore’)

By appointment only. 98 Emerald Hill Road

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Villeret Flyback Chronograph Pulsometer, from Blancpain.
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