Traditional or tarted up? No matter how you like it, there's a pineapple tart here for you.
Pineapple tart season has officially kicked off in Singapore. Buttery, flaky, with a perfect balance of sweet and sour – these glorious Chinese New Year treats are pure gold. As with all things, go for the best in town, so you don’t waste your calories on unworthy contenders. Here are our top picks for the top pineapple tarts in Singapore…
Best pineapple tarts in Singapore
Remember the legendary Fortune Bo Lo pineapple tarts from Crystal Jade? As the name suggests, they’re made to resemble the popular Hong Kong-style pineapple buns, except Crystal Jade’s version are small, crumbly, bite-sized little wonders.
Crystal Jade, multiple locations including Ngee City, Tampines Mall and VivoCity
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel’s iconic gargantuan pineapple tart is back. Sink your teeth into Gong Xi ‘Huat’ Cai, a buttery pineapple crumble tart filled with almond cream and pineapple cubes caramelised with butter and brown sugar. At an astounding 14cm in diameter, this tart is best for sharing. Oh, and it’s also available as a petite pastry amongst other mini cakes and tarts in the hotel’s new Bountiful Box of Sweet Blessings.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry
Nicknamed “golf balls”, the pineapple tarts from Le Cafe are round, large and oh-so-tasty. The crust may be a little thin, but they make up for it by being super generous with the pineapple jam filling.
Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry, multiple locations including Mackenzie Road and Cambridge Road; or order online
The patisserie queen’s CNY collection boasts an assortment of this popular treat. Get the big cookie hamper to enjoy chocolate pineapple balls. Or the cookie hamper set for classic pineapple tarts and pineapple balls. The petite CNY tea time and CNY mini cookie hampers also feature flower pineapple tarts.
Janice Wong, multiple locations including Raffles City and Paragon; or order online
Teaspoon of Love
Made from real pineapple and infused with fragrant Earl Grey, there’s little wonder why this bakery’s tea-infused pineapple tarts are a crowd-pleaser. Oh boy, are they generous with the filling! These nuggets are small enough to pop in your mouth so there’s no need to worry about crumbs. Also check out the classic pineapple blossoms and golden pineapple balls.
Teaspoon of Love, order online
Old Seng Choong
Put your diets aside as Old Seng Choong has three flavours of pineapple tarts this year including a new sweet-savoury charred gold bak kwa flavour. If you’re a purveyor of these sweet gems, try the yuzu one. And for the classicists, the traditional pineapple tart never fails to satisfy.
Old Seng Choong, order online
Regent Singapore’s pineapple tarts are more than the average size. Though they look like any regular tart, the taste begs to differ. We’ve found ourselves reaching for it over and over again. Safe to say we emptied the jar sooner than expected!
Regent Singapore, self-collection at CNY Festive Lobby Booth, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715; or order online
Looking for something simple but delicious? Indulge in some signature Prosperity pineapple balls from Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore, which will also make pretty gifts for your friends and family.
InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966; or order online
Kele has been around for almost 30 years, so you know it must be doing something right. We like the open-face pineapple tarts and how everything’s delicately balanced – from the butter to the texture of the pastry and the sweetness of the pineapple filling.
Kele, 2 Smith Street, Singapore 058917
Pineapple tarts get a contemporary spin into Sucre’s signature pineapple truffles. Made with fine Australian butter, these handmade treats are a modern take on the traditional pineapple tart recipe but served equally aromatic and savoury. Looking for more flavours? Go all out and try the blueberry and cheese lite pineapple truffles.
Sucre, order online
Keong Saik Bakery
The next time you visit Keong Saik for breakfast, look out for these handmade pineapple tarts at the bakery, where nostalgia meets contemporary vibes! The crust is buttery and rich, and we can never get enough of them pineapple balls.
Keong Saik Bakery, 41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146
Chunky and rectangular, Taiwan’s famed SunnyHills pineapple cakes are a delicacy and for good reason. Packed in a red box with a sweet ox illustration, these individually wrapped pineapple cakes are heavy on the filling. The dense and textured pineapple jam is not too sweet and sufficiently tart. Plus, the pastry isn’t too crumbly so you can have a mess-free binge session.
SunnyHills, #B2-27A, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
The Pine Garden
Heartland bakeries are always the go-to for a familiar taste. Here, the homemade pineapple tarts are created from a family recipe and pineapple jam is made using fresh pineapples. If you’re looking for something less sweet, the yuzu pineapple rolls are made with reduced sugar so you can happily indulge in pineapple goodness over the CNY period.
The Pine Garden, multiple locations including Ang Mo Kio and Tampines
Makko Teck Neo
The restaurant’s famous for its authentic home-style Peranakan cuisine, but these pineapple tarts are not to be belittled. Long queues are expected over the CNY period.
Makko Teck Neo, #01-303, Blk 35 Telok Blangah Rise, Singapore 090035
Joe and Dough
Coffee and cakes are not the only things we visit Joe and Dough for. Look out for the pineapple tarts! Think melt-in-the-mouth pastry and pineapple jam that is mixed with coffee-infused cranberries for a tangy, unique taste. Plus points for the beautiful packaging!
Joe and Dough, multiple locations including Capital Tower and Duo Galleria; or order online
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Pineapple tarts from the award-winning Jiang-Nan Chun are a treat. They’re homemade to perfection with each bite a lovely mix of buttery goodness and tangy sweetness. You’ll wanna pre-order this for the fam!
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Creme Maison Bakery
For adventurous foodies, Creme Maison Bakery’s signature pineapple truffles come in six flavours including original milk, French cheese, Earl Grey, miso-glazed chicken bak kwa, pandan ondeh and rose lychee cranberry. Bite into the buttery crust and feel it melt in your mouth. Absolutely delish! Can’t decide which to get? Good news: the bakery has a Prosperity Bundle that gives you the choice of two flavours.
Creme Maison Bakery,#08-03C, 30 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 534013; or order online
Handcrafted pineapple tarts at this Chinese dining establishment come in the shape of flowers. Each bite is a melt-in-the-mouth kind of buttery goodness. The tanginess of the pineapple jam provides a nice balance to the richness of the pastry, and we love how beautiful these tarts look on our dining tables.
Peach Garden, order online
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
A best-selling Golden Peacock Pineapple Cookies from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore might not take on the shape of an ox but they taste just as good!
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Thye Moh Chan
Serving handcrafted Teochew baked goods since 1943, this well-known confectionery also dishes out delectable pineapple pastries as part of its colourful CNY festive offerings. If you’re a fan of local flavours, don’t miss out on the mini pineapple pastry with gula melaka-infused pineapple filling.
Thye Moh Chan, multiple locations including Chinatown Point and Paragon
The small shop at Depot Road whips up a beautiful collection of cakes and macarons. But you can also get your hands on the rich, handcrafted pineapple tarts made from fine French butter and top-notch flour. In addition, the tarts aren’t your usual sweet treat. They come in a unique oblong shape with a signature tart design.
Pulse Patisserie, #01-06, The Interlace, 180 Depot Road, Singapore 109684
Feng Shui Inn
Enjoy Feng Shui Inn’s traditional low-sugar pineapple tarts that taste just as spectacular as the usual snack.
Feng Shui Inn, #B1M-125- to 127, Level G2, Resorts World Sentosa (via Crockfords Tower), 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138; or order online
If you’re working near the Tanjong Pagar area, here’s another place to get your CNY goodies. These traditional pineapple tarts are sold in tubs or box sets, with a crisp biscuit base and handmade filling.
Joyus Pastries, multiple locations including Tanjong Pagar XChange and Ang Mo Kio
Going beyond customisable home bakes, Butter Studio’s artisan handcrafted pineapple tarts are out to win us over. You can’t help but love the oh-so-flavourful yuzu pineapple tarts and parmesan cheese pineapple melts.
Butter Studio, multiple locations including Bugis Junction and Joo Chiat
One of our go-to brands when it comes to purchasing festive cookies, Home’s Favourite has three types of pineapple tarts. Think traditional pineapple tarts, pineapple balls and the visually appealing black and gold pineapple tarts. There’s something for everyone!
Home’s Favourites, multiple locations including Takashimaya and VivoCity
Pineapple tarts sold here come in thick, buttery goodness. But let’s not forget that sweet, tangy pineapple paste. Select from open face pineapple tarts, pillow pineapple tarts, and pillow pineapple tarts with cheese.
Emicakes, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Tampines 1
As a family-run business specialising in Peranakan cuisine, these pineapple tarts are some of the brand’s signature goodies. They’re available either open or closed, but both are just as flavourful with a buttery cookie dough that’s aromatic with every bite.
HarriAnns, multiple locations including Ocean Financial Centre and Bugis Junction
If you’re more of a traditionalist, opt for PrimaDeli’s time-tested pillow pineapple tarts. This well-loved classic is prized for its rich, crumbly crust and fresh pineapple filling. It’s also available with a hint of orange for a zesty twist.
PrimaDeli, multiple locations including Chinatown Point and Changi Business Park
This is a homegrown Singapore brand with pineapple tart family recipes handed down over the years. The traditional premium pineapple balls are all-time favourites. Bite-sized and packed with more than 70 in a box, everyone can join in the eating fun!
Yang Yang, order online
For the calorie-counting lot, CNY is exceptionally hard with all those delicious carb-laden treats teasing you wherever you go. So try a healthier version of the pineapple pocket pie by Cedele that’s worth the bite. Soft and easy to eat, these tarts don’t make a mess, they aren’t too sweet and they taste healthy (in a good way). Above all, the filling to pastry ratio is good and they’ve got a pleasant hint of tartness.
Cedele, multiple locations including Raffles Xchange and Republic Plaza
It’s pineapple tarts and pineapple pillows galore at this cosy shop off East Coast Road that specialises in homemade baked goods. Besides these signature products, you can also get apple-shaped Nonya pineapple tarts or pineapple tarts with cheese.
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754
It hits you when you bite into one – so much butter! But for these, we’re more than willing to spend an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill. Bengawan Solo’s pineapple tarts have been around for the longest time, and we love that they haven’t changed one bit.
Bengawan Solo, multiple locations islandwide including Ang Mo Kio and Takashimaya
Congrats, you’ve come to the end of our mega round-up of the best pineapple tarts in Singapore. Time for some snacking, CNY-style!