Supermarket loaves just don’t cut it for you? Here are our picks of the best bread bakeries in Singapore for croissants, baguettes, and all things in between
Are you a big fan of bread, loaves, pastries and all that jazz? If yes, this one’s for you. Singapore is certainly decked with bakeries that provide top-notch, high quality breads and artisanal loaves – catering to those with exquisite taste. But while bread is a food staple prepared from just a dough of flour and water, prep and bake them with a special touch, and these can definitely send you to gastronomy heaven! Here are 16 bakeries in Singapore that you must check out.
Known to weave exotic and, sometimes, unusual flavors into traditional French recipes, Eric Kayser’s eponymous bakery, famous for its use and invention of Fermentolevain (a machine that creates and maintains liquid leaven) rolls out a wide range of savoury and sweet baked goods. Try their famed croissant, which has even been named as the best by Paris’s Figaro newspaper.
Take a stroll down to Cedele, a proponent of healthy food, and scratch your itch for fresh-from-the-oven breads that are handmade with traditional and time-honoured techniques, containing no improvers, emulsifiers and artificial ingredients. Lucky if you’re a bread lover, ’cause you can choose from three types of bread: sweet, savoury and organic. And if you’re done with bread shopping, catch a brunchy bite with their eggs Benny and selection of gourmet sandwiches and soups.
Cedele, 29 locations islandwide.
We were overjoyed when super popular Japanese bakery chain, Asanoya, decided to set up its first overseas outpost here in Singapore. Their range of baked treats are nowhere near simple, and they’re absolutely to die for. We’re loving the hotsellers like the sweet potato yuzu Danish, the bacon quiche, and the decadent cream cheese and ham-stuffed crispy donut.
Boulangerie Asanoya, Wilby Central, 15 Queen Street, Singapore 188537, p. 6703 8703.
To the initiated, baking the perfect loaf of bread is an artform of its own. If you want to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, pay a visit to this new bakery concept in the East Coast. Firebake’s hand-built brick ovens allow the restaurant’s bakers to utilise classic European breadmaking techniques, and ties into the restaurant’s traditional approach to making bread. While bread is certainly the highlight here, Firebake is also a full-service restaurant offering tartines, sandwiches, salads, soups, stews, grilled and smoked meats and fish, as well as baked desserts – all of which complement the bakehouse’s signature sourdough.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930. p. 6440 1228.
Offering freshly baked croissants, Pantler does a rendition of the traditional French pastry that consistently wins us over. Beautifully crusted with buttery texture and a soft, fluffy consistency, Pantler’s croissants – priced at $3 – are definitely worth a try!
Pantler, 198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637, p. 6221 6223.
Have a slice of Paris at this decade-old French café along Bukit Timah Road. Popular breakfast items include the famous egg Benny – one of the best in town – and the croque monsieur. Before you leave, make sure to pick up the freshly made croissants and deliciously sweet pastries like danishes and macarons for an extended brunch at home.
Choupinette, 607 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269708, p. 6466 0613. Open Tue-Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 8am-6pm. Closed on Mon.
Carpenter and Cook
Co-owner and chef Shenn, a graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London and a former apprentice at Cocomaya, helms the kitchen at this lovely spot, churning out excellent bread, packaged jams and desserts daily. Phoebe, on the other hand, curates the vintage European furniture at the quaint dual-concept venue. So even if you’re not here to shop, the lovely furnishings around the cafe provide a charming, laid-back ambience perfect for those lazy off-duty afternoons.
Baker & Cook
More than just a bakery, this Greenwood hotspot is also a gourmet food store, helmed by renowned baker Dean Brettschneider. He brings to the table 25 years of experience and a strong love for the perfect sourdough. Choose from a spread that includes whole-wheat farmhouse toast, olive bread, and fig and aniseed sourdough. Don’t forget to grab jars of their homemade chutneys and jams while you’re at it!
France’s largest chain bakery is great if you’re hankering for some country-style breads, like the pain croquet fruits and – obviously – the baguette Charlemagne, though there is also a selection of dessert pastries to enjoy over a pot of tea or cuppa at one of their lush tea rooms. Takeaway service is available, too, for those who grab and go.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This iconic bakery at Tiong Bahru is one of our top spots for French pastries! Hot sellers such as their butter croissants and chocolate croissants look almost too good to eat – the layers are distinctly fanned out and provide a great crisp to the pastry. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to give the Kouign Amann a go; and don’t get us started on their rich, fudgy brownies!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056, p. 6220 3430.
This unique Japanese style bakery and cafe in Singapore offers a selection of breads that are hand-made from scratch. Decked with necessary baking tools for in-house made-from-scratch products, you can definitely enjoy the freshest bread hot off the oven here. Whether you’re eating in or taking out, sweet or savoury, Provence is one bakery that you cannot miss. The milk buns and koshi an pans (smooth red bean paste) are simply divine.
Just a short walk down from The Missing Pan, Simply Bread is another great place to grab great loaves. A wonderland brimming with pastries, sliced breads, and large loaves, this quaint café puts out the good old ciabatta, sourdough, rye breads, plus some unusual creations like pesto, garlic, and green curry renditions.
Artisan Boulangerie Co.
Award-winning French baker, Eran Mayer, uses flour imported directly from a traditional mill in Chartres, France, and the highest quality natural ingredients to make some of the finest gourmet pastries in town, all baked fresh daily in-house. We swear by his challah bread and baguettes, though it’ll be hard to resist the flaky, buttery croissants too!
The Bread Table
Opened by self-proclaimed bread lover and former engineer, Joseph Lee, this heartland gem boasts a strong team of Le Cordon Bleu Australia-trained bread masters, who use traditional bread-making techniques and natural fermentation for their freshly baked creations. The must-try has to be the sourdough, with its thin caramelised crust and soft, chewy interior.
The Bread Table, 1010 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534748, p. 6282 3546. Open Mon-Fri 10am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun & PH 8.30am-9.30pm.
16 years and still running, Breadtalk is a homegrown bakery that uses ingredients in its finest natural forms – providing customers with great-tasting breads, and even seasonal variants specially made by international Master Chefs. If you’re a big fan of toast, prepare to try some of the more unique toasts you’ll ever find in Singapore: think sweet potato toast, yam toast and pumpkin toast. In addition to their more unique offerings, the classic tuna bun is quite the treat especially if you manage to get it fresh out the oven!
Psst..don’t just stop at bread. Also take a look at our guide to Hong Kong bakeries where you can get your egg tart, wife cake and bo lo bao fix, or our piece on where to devour molten lava cakes in Singapore.