Formally known as the V Tea Room, this room is one which I would automatically skip as I get to Esplanade via the Marina entrance. Strange, it’s as if the shop is on my blind-spot, and especially when I go to Max Brenner’s occasionally.

Perhaps such class and grandeur was never meant for me. The Victorian style décor, screaming with Baroque furniture, and big gold plated chairs specially chosen and brought over by the owner from Italy. There are very friendly service staffs pushing sample-sized cookies in trolley for your sampling, and very willing to answer any queries you have. And it doesn’t come across being prententious.

I asked this question straightforwardly, “Who’s your target customers?”
”Oh, that’s a very smart question……”
“I mean, I think mainly tai-tais will come here right?”
”Yes…. And no. There are foreigners, businessmen who like to have a cup of tea here.
The CEO of Esplanade just had a meeting here, right at that very seat.”
“Ok… I get the point.”

The Cookies
Their signature cookies are the local delights, such as the hae bee hiam, nasi lemak, chicken rice and ikan bilis cookies etc, priced at a hefty $35 a tin. The staff explained that these were a very popular choice among the tourists, endorsed by the Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore best souvenir gifts.

I was initially skeptical of a salty and spicy cookie, but didn’t find the taste that bad after all. You could taste traces of spices and fillings here and there, fragrantly baked with a light crisp, but savory cookies may not be everybody’s cup of tea.

I first got to know about their cookies as a birthday gift from a friend – a tin of Cran Mango cookies. The cookies are tastefully baked with cashew nuts, with light bits of cranberry and mango that makes it just pleasantly sweet. With a fluff and crumply texture, it’s not like the usual Famous Amos cookies that people may be more used to. I won’t say that I am a convert, but I now appreciate my friend a lot better. It’s close to $40 a tin, mind you!

But my friend can consider it money well spent as it is ‘limited edition’ – meaning they only produce 100 tins ever, each beautifully packed with an elegant design.

The Experience
If you are in a chi chi tai tai mood, and want to indulge yourself in simple pleasures, you can consider some of the premium cakes such as Liqueur Wild BlueBerry, Honey Mango and Creamy Durian along with a aromatic cup of tea.

It would be an absolute-fabulous-delight to just sit on a thickly-padded-wonderfully designed chairs, looking at the gold-carved mirrors with ever-zealous staff explaining every wonders of a simple cookies.

The Verdict
I can see why the Cookie Museum works for some; it does have a unique class on its own. As for me, I am still the usual kopitiam and teh-c kind of person for my tea time snack.

Cookie Museum
The Cookie Museum @ Marina Square (Opening in Nov 2014)
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-280, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6333 1965 / 6749 7496
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm

Other Outlets
The Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-49, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6749 7496
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm

391 Orchard Road, #B209-3 Takashimaya (Singapore) Shopping Centre Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6749 7496
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm


  1. In a way, I do share the same sentiments as you. I will usually head straight for Max Brenner Chocolate and deliberately miss this place out…

    Anyway, eventually visited this place and the stuff here are very expensive…


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