From sourdoughs to whole grains, and dainty tarts to pillowy puffs, there’re lots of confectionary options to entice us in Singapore. Whether you’re captivated by their eye-catching aesthetics or the amazing mouthfeel from each bite, here are some of the top places to satisfy that craving for a fresh loaf out of the oven.
Also known as ABC, this French bakery is run by Eran Mayer who bakes pastries like apple turnover, vanilla twists and loaves of bread with cinnamon. They even got a large, rustic Killiney loaf. Get a coffee to pair with your bakes while you’re at it.
This Japanese bakery takes cues from traditional European techniques of baking bread and pastries. This is a great place for those who like soft, fluffy and slightly sweet Japanese-style breads stuffed with items like ham and cheese. Yum.
This rapidly expanding bakery has outlets in many estates, but the flaghip in Hillcrest is still our favourite. The New Zealand bakery specialises in all sorts of sourdough breads, as well as pastries like croissants and cakes. Check out their gorgeous Dempsey outlet, open together with sister brand Plank Sourdough Pizza, if you’ve got a hankering for pizza and pasta.
Started and named as a tribute to Berthold Kempinski, the founder of the world-renowned Kempinski hotel chain, this German-style bakery and cafe is a quiet and sophisticated spot suitable for both an afternoon nip or for your morning fresh bake.
This industrial space on Keong Saik churns out hearty loaves made in the traditional European style using levain. All sorts of traditional and fusion loaves are available, though we recommend you start with the best-selling Pain de Campagne.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of cakes, breads, pastries and sandwiches on offer at any of their many outlets around Singapore. But whatever you fancy, be sure to try their chocolate truffle cake, a truly rich and well-textured creation that will turn any frown upside down.
This Bukit Timah bakery does 45 different types of organic breads, viennoiseries and other baked snacks. The kitchen is under the care of Katsuei Shiga, who has more than 40 years of baking experience thanks to stints at top Tokyo bakeries.
Baked by the chefs of The Regent Hotel’s Italian restaurant Basilico, this place does great ciabatta and focaccia. It’s also got an extensive range of Italian cakes and pastries, as well as warm paninis for a quick lunch.
French pastry master Eric Kayser is known to infuse international flavors into traditional French pastries. While his croissants are the star of the show, you can find pasties like pain aux yuzu and lots of varieties of bread.
Found at the quaint Serene Centre near Botanic Gardens, this charming little bakery offers handmade loaves baked fresh daily. They are perhaps best known for their organic sourdough, that hits home with just the right amount of tang. Their tartines and grilled cheese sandwiches are heavenly too.
Handcrafted from scratch, all breads at Mother Dough use flour sourced from reputable, environmentally-conscious grain millers and are baked daily. For those curious about their moniker, Mother Dough’s fermentation starter hails from a quaint bakery in Brooklyn, New York. It now resides in North Bridge Road, and is the basis of all their sourdough bread and pastries.
Part all-day diner, part bar and part bakery, it’s amazing how this multi-concept joint manages to do it all so well. They bake fresh everyday, so pop by this Tanglin haunt and grab loaves of malty beer bread, chocolate chunk cookies, kaya donuts, or even a canale that’s arguably one of the best in town. They deliver too, but you gotta pre-order, as they insist on delivering only freshly-made bakes.
No one does bread quite like Marina Bay Sands, and their Origin + Bloom deli takes it up another notch. Their European-inspired deli and patisserie offers the Sourdough, an enormous, fragrant and chewy bread that undergoes a 16-hour fermentation process. Meanwhile, the ‘Otah Otah’ Croissant is an ode to our local culture, that’s a well-spiced grilled fish cake encased within a fluffy, French croissant.
No longer at Telok Ayer, this hip bakery has since moved to River Valley. But fret not, it still brings to the table fabulous pastries like croissants, as well as the signature chou a la creme and fruit tarts.
The local outpost of the famed hole-in-the-wall Bali bakery has amassed a cult following for their breads even before day one of operations here, and we can see why. No one does it like they do with their bakes. From artisanal sourdoughs to miso baguettes, this cosy cafe is a bread lover’s dream.
Newly-opened confectionery The Fat Kid Bakery is a good place for fresh loaves as well. Here, pick up the Sourdough Loaf, Milk Loaf, or even some French Butter Croissants available in Plain and Chocolate too.
Known for their fresh and fluffy pastries, lovers of The Hainan Story’s signature Hainanese bakes and cakes can now rejoice with the opening of their own dedicated bakery. Located at Hillion Mall, you can expect both old-time flavours and new creations baked daily. The new bakery also features mini bite-sized versions of their buns and famed Swiss Rolls, and the exclusive Hainanese Curry Sourdough Bomb – a whole sourdough bread stuffed with generous portions of Hainanese curry chicken.
This one is a no-brainer. With a fourth-generation baker in the kitchen, the selection includes French breads and pastries. The award-winning croissants are a must-have but we actually prefer their delightful and downright decadent and buttery kouign amman, a spiral croissant-like creation stuffed with chocolate or savory hams and mustard.
This famed Taiwan import caused a huge buzz when it first opened, and understandably so. Their massive Lychee Rose Royale and Red Wine Longan breads are almost always sold out the moment they come out of the ovens, while their assortment of breads with flavours ranging from red bean to tom yam, mentaiko to green onions, ensures there’s something for any customer.