Having a mad craving for delicious Almond Croissants and Sour Dough of late, and became searching for “Best Bakery Cafes In Singapore”.
Despite our humid weather, we actually have quite many decent bakery cafes available in Singapore.
Here are 10 more under-rated Bakery Cafes in Singapore. I left out the big boys (Sorry Tiong Bahru Bakery, Cedele, Baker & Cook, Artisanal Boulangerie Co and SwissBake) as I wanted to do a shout-out to these cafes, some of them literally quite unknown.
Keong Saik Bakery
41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Keong Saik Bakery is one of the most under-rated bakery cafes in Singapore, and showcases glimpse of traditional vibes through their contemporary bakes and coffee.
Their range of bakes comes with interesting naming and oriental flavours. For instance, XO Lap Cheong (Cured Sausage) with cheese, Orh Tao Roti (Yam), and Pineapple Melon Pan.
They have recently launched a Laksa Lava Toast, co-conceptualised with Nicholas Tan @stormscape. When presented, it came in a ‘cute’ size meant for individual dining, topped with familiar ingredients such as sliced eggs, fishcake and prawns.
The moment comes when you cut the toast apart, it would come flowing out with the laksa gravy, and I wasn’t that ready to see laksa thick vermicelli within.
Crown Bakery & Cafe
557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-03 Crown Centre, Singapore 269694 (5-10 min walk from Botanic Gardens MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 7:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Located at Crown Centre along Bukit Timah Road, Crown Bakery & Cafe serves artisanal breads without the use of artificial food flavouring, colouring and preservatives.
Under the guidance of Master Baker Katsuei Shiga who had more than 40 years of baking experience from Signifiant Signifié, Japan’s top- notch artisanal bakery, Crown Bakery offers a fusion of Japanese’s baking expertise and European-styled breads.
Amongst the artisanal bread, I loved aromatic tea leaves scent of the Shizuoka Matcha Brioche ($3.20) and Earl Grey Cashew Brioche ($3).
The brioches were soft, fluffy and moist with distinct and non-overpowering matcha and earl grey taste.
My personal favourite was the innovative local rendition, Hainanese Chicken Bread ($4.50). It was made from chicken soup, skinless chicken thigh, garlic, ginger and shallots.
Not forgetting to dip it into the chicken rice chilli sauce, which was one of the key players in a successful plate of chicken rice. Crown Bakery & Cafe (Bt Timah)
Mother Dough Bakery
749 North Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 198717
Tel: +65 6909 6604
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Tues – Sat), 11am – 5pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Mother Dough Bakery had been appearing in various pop-up events previously, and has finally opened its own shop.
The term “Mother Dough” or pre-ferment, refers to the fermentation starter or sourdough culture used in bread making.
Owner and baker Naadhira started her bread education at The International Culinary Institute in NYC, and spent four years working in various bakeries in the Big Apple.
That includes Runner & Stone in Brooklyn, where she honed her skills in making baguettes and croissants.
I managed to get my hands on the best-selling Almond Croissant – crispy and fragrant, well-worth its popularly. Mother Dough Bakery (North Bridge Road)
Asanoya Bakery Singapore
Wilby Central, 15 Queen Street, Singapore 188537
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat), 8am – 8pm (Sun)
The Asanoya brand is 81 years old, founded in 1933 in Karuizawa Japan. The bakery is known for its rustic Japanese-style bread, with a European twist and baked in a traditional stone ovens (modern ones in Singapore).
Their top few bake include the Fruits Rye, a mixture of fragrant orange peel, rum infused raisins, lightly crushed walnuts and almonds mixed into a delicate rye bread.
Bread & Hearth
18 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089125 (10 – 15 walk from Outram Park MRT)
Tel: +65 65347800
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sat), 8am – 6:30pm (Sun)
The small outfit sells a huge variety for its size, with choices from Croque Monsieur, Pain au Chocolat ($2.80), Cream Cheese Sesame ($2.80), Brioche ($2.80), Chocolat Blanc ($2.80), Almond Croissant ($3.50) to Fromage Twist ($3.00).
The team is helmed by a dedicated chef who has more than a decade of experience in artisan baking, and starts work as early as 4am to get the bakes freshly ready for the office crowd when the shop opens at 8am.
Their Le Croissant ($2.80) is evidently their signature, made with unbleached flour from France to produce the croissant dough (detrempe) used to laminate the fats (beurrage).
Emphasis was placed on the lamination and folding technique to achieve the best honeycomb pockets within the croissant, in order to be “as European as possible”.
My verdict: There but not quite there yet. Definitely better the average brands, but without the oomph and flakiness of the buttery crust, that to me, defines a good croissant.
Micro Bakery & Kitchen
Serene Centre 10 Jalan Serene #01-05 Singapore 258748
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon – Tues
Micro Bakery and Kitchen has taken over the space left behind by The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough (unfortunately they have closed).
Their previous partner has continued the business, while maintaining the same philosophy of making small batch, hand-made breads.
Their breads are naturally leavened using organic and sustainable flour, using natural ingredients and no additives.
From 9:30am to 3pm, you can also get your fill on sandwiches such as Grilled 3-cheese with Sauerkraut ($12) Charred Cauliflower ($12); Mushroom Tartine ($10), or House Ricotta ($12).
Look out at the board for fresh bakes of the day. Microbakery Bakery & Kitchen (Bukit Timah)
182 Jalan Jurong Kechil, The Hillford, #01-51, Singapore 596152
Tel: +65 9179 5804
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The small shop offers a wide selection of freshly baked bread and pastries, prepared using quality ingredients.
It looked like a family-owned place, with personable service. Except that the space could be a bit cramped.
Some of their recommended include the Kougin Amann ($3.30) which uses brown sugar; Chocolate Almond Banana ($4.50) which has the fruit blended into pain aux chocolate – thus quite special; Traditional Baguette ($3.20) with starter cultivated in-house; and Sourdough ($3.50) with tangy texture.
Had their Charcoal Bacon & Cheese ($5.50), which had quite a likable, doughy-chewy texture with creamy, savoury fillings. Bread Createur (Jalan Jurong Kechil)
Lowe’f Artisanal Sandwiches. Pastries. Coffee
1 Queen Street Singapore 188534 (Bras Basah MRT Exit A)
Tel: +65 87674859
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun
The bakery cafe is located at Queen Street Singapore, a short walk from Bras Basah MRT and Art Museum.
However, it is slightly inconspicuous and so there is always a likelihood of people walking past without taking notice.
The menu certainly looks promising. Recommend items include Citrus Cerviche Salmon, Avocado & Ikura ($15); Queen St Chicken Sandwich added with Don’s mom’s Hainanese chilli sauce ($14); Good Morning Burger ($7.5) – brioche burger bun, cage free scrambled eggs, UK aged orange cheddar, pickled shallots & coffee mayo; Lowe’f Big Brekkie ($14) which includes brioche pullman, egg confit, roasted cherry tomatoes, edamame, bacon, brown button mushrooms and choice of spicy pork sausage or smoked beef sausage.
I had the Cawa-Banga Mango Roll and Lowe’f Toast.
The former had a delicious fluffy texture matched with soft-tangy sweetness; while the other had a likeable chewy texture. Lowe’f (Queen Street)
[Closed] Do.Main Bakery
226 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015
Tel: +65 63481406
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 8am – 10:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Do.Main is a combination of two words – dough and main which means ‘hands’ in French.
With a French baker Chef Frédéric Deshayes helming the kitchen, the bakery is inspired by the patisseries of Paris and the rustic cafés of Montmartre.
Also available is an Afternoon Tea Set for 2 pax ($32) which include a selection of pastries, sandwiches, 2 savouries, coffee or tea.
There were some good stuff in that mix (though not all), particularity the financier and broken eggs. Considered quite value for money.
Chef Icon Nature Bakery
5 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169341
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
Chef Icon calls their desserts and cakes “natural”. It was assuring to find out that their objective is to move from artificial ingredients, with their bakes free from animal meat, rennet and gelatin.
The café with a small seating area also offers a selection of bread, desserts, sandwiches and burgers.
The recommended is the Pistachio Tart ($8.80). Also called the “Chef Tart”, this is Chef Icon’s top-selling piece. I liked that the tart tasted smooth with chocolate, had a buttery crust-topped crunchy pistachio nuts.
As the tart is made “healthier”, you don’t get that super-rich feeling after having one.