From plain to ham and cheese, and even matcha and salted egg yolk, here are some bakeries and cafes that offer deliciously baked croissants in Singapore
Are you a big fan of a certain French traditional viennoiserie-pastry that’s buttery, flaky, and crescent-shaped? If your answer is “oui”, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been sniffing out the best croissants (pronounced as kwa-san) in town and boy oh boy, we’re utterly thrilled to have found eight artisanal bakeries and hip cafes that can help you to satisfy your cravings for this delicious yeast-leavened dough.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This one’s a no-brainer. Owned by Spa Esprit Group, this bakery’s fluffy baked treats have won over loyal fans within months of the opening of its first Eng Hoon Street branch. Here, you can find croissants that are not only très authentic, but well-structured and have a lovely matte outlook with just the right tinge of egg wash.
The international outpost of France’s largest chain bakery in Singapore is great if you’re hankering for some delectable French croissants. Their croissants are crispy, flaky and absolutely tasty when having it fresh. They also offer a selection of dessert pastries to enjoy over a pot of tea or cuppa, at one of their lush tearooms if you feel like you’ve binged on too many croissants for a day.
We didn’t know that this little café and bakeshop on Telok Ayer Street, just a stone’s throw away from our office, offered deliciously baked croissants – until one fine afternoon when one of us made a random visit during his lunch-break and tasted Pantler’s version of the traditional French pastry. 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.
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. What’s more? Here, you can find dark caramel-toned croissants with a mildly burnt bottom that exudes an aromatic, nutty aftertaste – yummy!
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. But before you leave, make sure to pick up the freshly made croissants that are delightfully chewy and perfectly flavourful 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.
Artisan Boulangerie Co.
Speaking of croissants, Artisan Boulangerie Co. is definitely one name that you cannot miss. Rumour has it that the chefs prepare the croissants a day before, letting the dough rest 24 hours before they are shaped. The puff dough is then chilled for almost an hour before it is glazed with egg wash, prepped in small batches throughout the day and finally baked to la perfection. Apart from using flour imported directly from a traditional mill in Chartres, France, the recipe also features a special French butter that contains 84% butterfat – making it flaky, rich and wickedly sinful! Here, you can get the plain croissant, almond croissant, sweet ricotta croissant, and chocolate banana croissant.
Known to weave exotic and sometimes, unusual flavours into traditional French recipes, Eric Kayser’s namesake 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. If you like your croissants to be creamy and buttery, this is the place to go.
Maison Kayser, OCBC Center, 63 Chulia Street, Singapore 049514. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm, Sat 8am-7pm. Closed on Sun.
A famous spot for brunchaholics in Singapore, Symmetry also offers delectable pork kakuni croissants that you must try. Now now… do you really need another excuse to visit while they’re dishing out this meaty, fatty croissant? Didn’t think so.
Symmetry, #01-01, 9 Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199206, p. 6291 9901. Open Mon 10.30am-9pm, Tue-Thu 10.30am-11pm, Fri 10.30am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, and Sun 9am-7pm.
While this quintessential Parisian pâtisserie and salon du thé has often been revered for its fine-tasting, meticulously-crafted pastries, Antoinette has created a name for itself yet again by launching creatively-flavoured croissants. Hot on the heels of Flavour Flings, Antoinette introduces a contemporary cuisine-blending mix of salted egg yolk and croissants – certainly making salted egg lovers go cray-cray! If that doesn’t make you excited, we’re pretty sure its three new flavours at La Croissanterie Antoinette – matcha croissant, quatre fromages (4 cheeses) croissant and charcoal kaya croissant – will have you scrambling to Antoinette to devour them furiously!
If butter croissant with scrambled eggs and salad makes you jelly, then you should head over to Group Therapy, a cafe housed within a restored shophouse along Duxton Road. It gets better – they also provide a BLT croissant plate – freshly baked croissants stuffed with lettuce, baked bacons and tomatoes, that comes along with two sunny side-ups, a pork bratwurst and side salad. Talk about a full-fledged croissant meal!
Want something that’s not overly hearty for your lunch break? Then Kraftwich, a brand new concept by Swissbake, is your answer. They serve sandwich, salad, pastries and cakes all day. What’s more? During breakfast, they offer a delicious turkey ham and cheese croissant here – breakfast of champs!
Kraftwich, #B1-04/05, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, p. 6438 5730.
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 simply to die for. And if you dig matcha or salted egg flavoured items, you can get both of these flavours here on one croissant – proving that dreams do come true! Sweet and creamy custard with a tinge of matcha fragrance, its matcha salted egg croissant is definitely a pleasant surprise.
Asanoya, Wilby Central, 15 Queen Street, Singapore 188537, p. 6703 8703.