Supermarket bread just doesn’t cut it for you? Here are our picks of the best bakeries in Singapore for croissants, baguettes, and all things in between
Are you a big fan of carbs, particularly bread? So are we. Nothing could possibly get in between our baguettes, buns, croissants, pastries and all that jazz. Sourdough your thing? We feel you. Lucky for us, food-crazy Singapore just keeps evolving with top-notch bakeries offering high quality breads and artisanal loaves. Now we’re seriously hungry…
Mother Dough Bakery
We’ve been following Mother Dough’s pop-up bake sales for a while now so it excites us to see them opening their very own store. “Mother Dough” refers to the fermentation starter or sourdough culture used in bread making. Trust owner and baker Naadhira, who perfected her bread making skills in New York to make a dough reference in her store name. We implore you to check out their Instagram feed and not get hungry for some fresh bakes, from cookies to beautiful looking baguettes. Plus, now we can get our pains au chocolat straight from the source anytime.
Mother Dough Bakery, 749 North Bridge Rd, Singapore #01-01, Singapore 198717
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 bakery concept in the East Coast. Have look at that time Firebake was our Brunch of the Month and you’ll see why.Firebake’s hand-built brick ovens allow the restaurant’s bakers to utilise classic European bread making 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 bake house’s signature sourdough.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930
Artisan baker Nick Chua was trained in Hanover and took it on himself to master the art of bread. It has definitely paid off though, they have amazing bread here – and yes we’ll make a trip to Tanglin Mall just so we can stop by the branch next to Market Place and load up on the amazing loavesOur personal fave is the ‘Rusti’ bread which is sprinkled with seeds and always gets gobbled up the same day They also do great wholemeal pita bread, chocolate buns for the kids and excellent baguettes. Heads up: It’s cash only so you need to be prepared!
Nick Vina, 12 Gopeng St, Icon Village, #01-54/55, Singapore 078877; Tanglin Mall (next to Market Place) 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933
Bread & Hearth
Adopting age-old bread making techniques, the bakes and goods of Bread & Hearth yields real and a distinct flavour. Besides good focaccias and ciabattas, it’s also a good place to have a good and hearty breakfast. Steak sandwiches, BLTs, and bacon focaccias – you’re pretty set for the weekend.
Bread & Hearth, two locations including Keong Saik and Katong.
Simply Bread may be named as such but simple is not what they do. A great place to grab loaves and buns, this place is also 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. Our personal favourite? The guilty pleasure that is the sticky cinnamon bun.
Simply Bread, two locations at Fifth Avenue & Cluny Court.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This iconic bakery first opened in the neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru and remains one of our top spots for pastries. Hot sellers such as their butter 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, various locations
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’ Figaro newspaper.
Maison Kayser, various locations including Scotts Square and Raffles Place OCBC Center.
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, various locations
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
Have a slice of Paris at this decade-old French cafe 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
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.
Carpenter and Cook, two locations including Lorong Kilat & Alexandra Central.
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!
Baker & Cook, various locations
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.
Paul, various locations
This unique Japanese style bakery and cafe in Singapore offers a selection of breads that are handmade 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.
Provence, two locations at Holland Village and JEM.
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!
Artisan Boulangerie Co., various locations
It’s hard to miss Konditori while on Bussorah Street – simply follow the glorious scent of baked dough and freshly brewed coffee. Brought to you by the same people behind Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, Konditori serves up artisan bakes alongside comforting cuppas. Take your pick from croissants (there’s even a red velvet version) and crusty loaves, to cinnamon buns and delectable tarts.
Konditori, 33 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199451
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