While cakes are typically the sweet treat that we look forward to having, I thought of focusing on cake cafes and patisseries in Singapore specialising in tarts.
A tart is typically baked consisting of a pastry base, filled with fruits, custard, chocolate and the likes.
Here are 11 places in Singapore where you can find tasty tarts:
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #02-05, Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 62353225
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Tarte by Cheryl Koh at Shaw Centre Level 2 started out as a takeaway retail concept by Les Amis Group’s Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh.
The store’s popularity went up, especially after when Chef Koh was named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef” in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
Chef Koh shared that she wasn’t aiming to be super creative nor complicated, just a simple goal to create the best version of classic desserts.
She hopes that if someone thinks of the best chocolate tart or strawberry tart, hers will be top of mind.
The tarts are available in three sizes and more than ten flavours – an individual tart size at 8cm diameter, regular size at 16cm diameter, and a large meant for 8 to 10 persons.
They are grouped according to “Fresh Fruit” – Cherry, Strawberry, Pear, Passionfruit Meringue, Clementine, Mixed Seasonal Fruit; “Chocolate & Nut” – Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Hazelnut Tart; and “Seasonal”.
I have tried a couple (maybe even at least 10 of them) over time, and personal favourites typically go to the fruit ones. I often find them of good quality, not overly glazed so that you can still appreciate the natural sweetness of the fruits. Tarte by Cheryl Koh (Shaw Centre)
(Photo by Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Paya Lebar Office Centre, 29 Paya Lebar Road, #01-01, Singapore 409005
+65 8127 3925
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), 11:30am – 5pm (Sun), Closed Tues
Located within Paya Lebar Office Centre, Patisserie CLÉ (which means ‘key’ in French) has shifted from an online platform to a brick and mortar shop within the compound.
It didn’t come as a surprise to me as the tarts here had a stark resemblance to the ones at Tarte By Cheryl Koh, since co-owner Germaine had worked directly under Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh herself.
The selection of Tarts ($8) include Lemon Meringue, Orh Blanc (Orh Nee + Mont Blanc), Strawberry, Tropico (Mango and Pineapple), Passion Sesame (passionfruit curd with black sesame) and Cognac Caramel Chocolate.
The Orh Blanc Tart ($8) caught my attention with the uncommon combination of oriental Orh Nee (Yam) and French tart pastry.
Piped with fresh yam on top in a single stranded hairlike structure like a Mont Blanc, a layer of vanilla chantilly is laid beneath it with another layer of yam on top of the tart shell that is baked with coconut cream. Patisserie CLÉ (Paya Lebar)
124 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1444, Singapore 530124
Tel: +65 6383 0803
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Ciel Patisserie is inconspicuously located at Hougang Ave 1, but it is quite popular among residents around for their cakes, bakes and tarts. (They used to have an outlet at Jalan Bukit Merah, but that has closed.)
In terms of tarts, the best-selling ones include Lemon Meringue ($4.50), Chocolate Caramel ($4.50), Chocolate Almond ($4.50), Fraiche Fresh Fruit Tart ($4.80), and Peche Sweet Peach Tart ($4.80).
The Lemon Meringue is a crowd pleaser with satisfying combination filled with luscious tangy lemon curd and topped with torched smooth Italian meringue.
I liked its tart base which is a crisp almond pastry crust – not too brittle and buttery sweet.
Drips Bakery Café – Tiong Bahru
82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05, Singapore 160082
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Drips Bakery Café located at Tiong Bahru is quite a survivor, considering many cafes there have come and gone.
The Mixed Fruit Tart with blueberries and kiwis is such a pretty darling, with a soft crumply crust, cool cream cheese and very fresh fruits.
Other tarts you can expect to find there include Baked Almond Tart, Matcha Yuzu Tart, Cinnamon Egg Tart, Choc Truffle Tart, Baked Crumble Tart, Fresh Avocado Tart, Fresh Yuzu Tart, Lemon Meringue Tart, Baked Lemon Tart, Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, and more.
1 Maju Avenue, #01-26/27/28, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel. +65 6509 8184
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Maison Kayser, founded by Eric Kayser in 1996, is a contemporary artisanal bakery that follows French tradition.
His bakeries are located all over the world, with one branch luring bread-lovers to myVillage.
Here you will find handmade bread baked in-house daily, early in the morning. What makes the bread special is the use of natural leaven and selected flours. The dough patiently undergoes a long fermentation process, resting for 12 hours before baking. It is this technique that keeps the bread in utmost quality days after days.
Whether you prefer the tang of Lemon Tart ($6.50) or the sweetness of Chocolate Éclair ($6.00) – of spongy pâte à choux with smooth cream in the centre, you can be sure each is a Maison Kayser must-try signature item.
(Photo by @__sy_g)
343 Jurong East Street 31, #01-59, Singapore 600343
Tel: +65 9183 8447
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
A very nice minimalist café located in the West, with quality pastries.
There are people who come all the way here to try their pastries and have not regretted it.
Gosh. Its Lime Tart is probably one of the best I had so far, the Tart ($9) with lime cream and crunchy hazelnut cake in a almon tart base garnished with fresh lime zest managed to achieve that balance.
Some lime tarts can end up tasting either too sour or muted, but this had just the right amount of tang, with a citrus burst of flavours.
Do note that its cakes and tarts are available seasonably (and may change at time of writing). Lee’s Confectionery (Jurong East)
9 Raffles Blvd, #01-40 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6338 7578
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 7:30am – 10pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun
Few would deny that Patisserie G serves some of the best chocolate cakes in Singapore. Their signature, aptly named “The G Spot” ($9) hits all the right notes with the dark chocolate mousse with chocolate meringue pairing.
The “Triomphe” is a salted slightly burnt caramel mousse cake with hazelnut sponge, makes a perfect pairing with coffee.
Tarts available include the Citron Tart ($7.50), Passion Cheese Tart ($6.90), and Chocolate Tart ($7.50) with chocolate sugar dough, dark chocolate crème, and chocolate crumble.
53 Amoy Street, Singapore 069879
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 7:30pm (Fri, Sat), 12pm – 6pm (Sun)
LUNA patisserie at Amoy Street known mouth-watering cakes and pastries, has launched a number of new buttery tarts in their menu.
Get the Goma x PB ($8.50), which is probably the most elegant looking tart of this range and my personal favourite. Swirled on top is a smooth Chantilly cream filling flavoured with black sesame.
Upon the first bite, the earthy and nutty black sesame flavour came out distinctly, then you get that slight peanut butter notes at the end of the palate.
The Dark Gallery has pioneered crafting artisanal dark chocolate desserts, becoming Singapore’s first dark choco-centric café and boutique concept.
It has launched its first triple concept at the revamped Great World.
Dig in the Single Origin Chocolate Tart ($9), as the crust is filled with 70% Cuba dark chocolate ganache. If you don’t want your desserts too sweet, this is a good option.
Consider pairing the intense chocolate dessert with coffee which will accentuate the intricate flavours of the single origin beans. The Dark Gallery (Great World)
(Photo by Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
772 North Bridge Road, Singapore 189868
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tue – Sat), 10am – 2pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Edith Patisserie is a small bakery that only offers takeaways, though they also just opened a Edith Patisserie Cake Bar at Penang Road.
Apart their original Bubble Milk Tea Tart, 2 other flavours such as: Matcha and Thai Milk Tea are available.
The pastry cream of the three different flavours with chewy tapioca pearls are piped into the almond pastry base and are best consumed within a day without refrigeration (in case the pearls turn hard).
While the texture of the pastry cream is smooth, the matcha flavour has the most distinctive taste with slight lingering bitterness whereas both the Milk tea and Thai milk tea are a tad too sweet.
In case Bubble Tea Tarts are not your thing, I heard that they have a full size Earl Grey Bubble Tea Tart-Cake ($34) for pure indulgence. Mini Bubble Tea Tarts in a box are available at $38. Often sold out.
MAISON de PB by Paris Baguette
#02-200 Jewel Changi Airport, 80 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819642
Tel: +65 6743 7900
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Maison de PB cakes and tarts are visual stunners and promises a sweet dose of happiness to anyone who adores French patisserie.
Start with The Fruitful Tart filled with a cream cheese flavoured mousse and bountifully topped with a myriad of daintily arranged fresh fruits.
It’s a celebration of different flavours, textures, and shape, and you’ll enjoy popping eating piece into your mouth, including fresh strawberry halves, mango chunks, blueberries, and blackberries.
If you have a liking for that unique melon taste, try the Melon Mountain Tart which uses the muskmelon variety. The mound of monochromatic chunks are mixed with fresh cream and a refreshing lime-flavoured jelly.
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