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.
(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 heavenly molten lava cakes in Singapore.)
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.
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.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
Helmed by owner and head baker, Audrey Tan, this homely bakery on Killiney Road does mean, gourmet sandwiches, such as pulled pork, smoked salmon, and beef brisket with melted cheddar cheese, which are prepared with homemade breads like focaccia, baguette, and ciabatta.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, 57 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239520, p. 6735 3298. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 8am-2.30pm.
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, 5 locations including Hillcrest Road, Chip Bee Gardens andInterContinental Singapore.
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.
Maison Kayser, 3 locations including Scotts Square and Raffles Place OCBC Center.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This one’s a no-brainer. Conceptualised by French master patisserie, Gontran Cherrier, who hails from a long line of artisanal bakers, and Spa Esprit Group, its fluffy baked treats have won over loyal fans within months of the opening of its first Eng Hoon Street branch. Cherrier has kept true to his roots and stands by the traditional techniques passed down through the generations, so you can be sure that his range of sourdoughs, brioches, and wholemeal loaves are très authentic. Following the success of its first branch, you can also locate this amazing bakery at Raffles City Shopping Centre and Orchard Road.
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.
Simply Bread, 2 locations at Fifth Avenue & Cluny Court.
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, 7 locations including Takashimaya, Ocean Financial Centre, and Paragon.
The Missing Pan
One of Bukit Timah’s hottest brunch hotspots, The Missing Pan is big on baking with organic ingredients – perfect if you’re feeling health-conscious. Breads are made strictly without preservatives, additives, or flavourings, and you can find their ‘selection of the day’ on the ground floor space. Head upstairs to the dining space on the second and third floor, where you can while your afternoon away with their specialty sourdoughs along with a range of vegan and diary-free loaves.
The Missing Pan, 619D Bukit Timah Road, #01/02-01, Singapore 269724, p. 6466 4377. Open Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-7pm.
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, 2 locations at Lorong Kilat & Alexandra Central.
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., 10 locations including Killiney Road, Great World City, and Asia Square Tower.
Previously known as Tachihara Bakery, Pullman Bakery was historically founded in 1978 in Enbetsu town of Teshio Province in Hokkaido by Mrs. Tachihara Sumiko, who had a burning passion for baking homemade breads leisurely. Soon enough, that passion turned into a well-known bakery chain that provides tantalising freshly-baked Japanese breads. What’s great here? Almost everything! But if you really have to choose, the must-tries include the butter and almond croissants, Hokkaido milk breads, and chocolate chip melon pan.
Pullman Bakery, #01-97/98, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. 6337357. Open daily 7.30am-9.30pm.
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.
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.
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.
Asanoya, Wilby Central, 15 Queen Street, Singapore 188537, p. 6703 8703.
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. Other highlights from Breadtalk include the snow white yam bun, mala chicken chicken bun and Himalayan pink salt roll.