Freshly-baked breads may be a diet downfall, but we think crunchy baguettes, fluffy ciabattas and banging bagels are worth the potential muffin-top – we’ll go to the gym tomorrow, honest! Yet, we’ve struggled over the years to find high-quality loaves in Singapore that don’t taste sweeter than a chocolate bar, and that actually mould after a few days. We’re all about the mould, by the way – the ones that don’t mould despite being eight months old are not our idea of a healthy snack!
In a bid to make the perfect loaf, we’ve even had a stab at a spot of home baking. Needless to say that didn’t quite pan out, which is why we’ve found this tasty list of where to buy fresh bread in Singapore. If you have little bread monsters in the house, you’re going to love this list as well! But fair warning – one slice is never enough…
Baker & Cook
More than just a bakery, this bread hotspot is a gourmet food store that also opens early for a great cup of coffee and kid-friendly bites. Helmed by renowned baker Dean Brettschneider, he’s used his 25 years of bread knowledge to create THE perfect sourdough. You’ve got to eat it to believe it…
Baker & Cook, seven locations around Singapore; www.bakerandcook.biz
Hailing from Paris (a.k.a pastry central of the world) Eric Kayser brought his boulangerie superpowers to Singapore (and 24 other world-wide locations) with his artisanal French bakery, Maison Kayser. Baking starts early and uses long fermentation processes to ensure a great flavour in its top quality range of breads, pastries and snacks. Its Chocolate & Hazelnut Ekmek bread is (pictured up top) quite simply amazing. Make sure to try its famed croissant – named as the best flaky perfection by Paris’s Figaro newspaper!
Maison Kayser, three locations around Singapore; www.maison-kayser.com.sg
With three bakeries to pick from, super popular Japanese bakery chain, Asanoya, whips up a range of baked treats that hit the doughy spot. On the must-try list – sweet potato yuzu danish, bacon quiche, decadent cream cheese and ham-stuffed crispy donuts!
Boulangerie Asanoya, three locations around Singapore; www.asanoya.asia
Not only is this one of our favourite butchers, and a go-to for a babyccino with the ‘lil ones, it also bakes up a great range of breads! The ciabatta is a staple sandwich necessity in our own home. Another added bonus – they deliver!
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore, 429008; www.ohdeli.com.sg
The beauty of Cedele is that they are everywhere, so you’re never too far from a top notch farmer’s loaf, a fresh ciabatta or a light and lovely baguette. Stay for lunch and make the most of their ‘eat all you can bread bar’ when you order the delish homemade soup! Fresh-from-the-oven breads are free from nasty emulsifiers and artificial ingredients, which means they will mould… hurrah!
Cedele, 25 locations around Singapore; www.cedelegroup.com
Firebake’s hand-built brick ovens allow the restaurant’s bakers to perfect classic European bread making techniques, and the result is bread heaven! The organic white sourdough is our fave, but the hot cross buns currant-ly being served up also equally as amazing.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930; www.facebook.com/firebakesg
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This iconic bakery at Tiong Bahru is one of our top spots for French pastries. Kids will love the butter or chocolate croissants, and the cereal rye sourdough gets our seal of approval for a healthy bread that tastes as fantastic as it looks.
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056; www.facebook.com/tiongbahrubakery
We often pop over for a lunchtime chat with Aunty Nancy, one half of the Werner’s Oven husband-wife-duo who set up this German bakery back in 1988. As well as pretzels, pies and mouthwatering pork knuckle offerings, it also bakes up a great range of breads that include gluten-free options.
Werner’s Oven, 49 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427773; www.facebook.com/wernersoven
France’s largest chain bakery (established way back in 1889!) cooks up fresh loaves, perfectly-flaky pastries and beautiful baguettes right here in Singapore. Worth a special mention is the Charlemagne, and while we’re on that note, we’re going to take a moment to mentally devour one of its chocolate tarts…
Paul Bakery, seven locations around Singapore; www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.singapore
Indulge in a slice of Paris at this cute French café nestled along Bukit Timah Road. Our advice? Pop on over for some bread, but stay for brunch! The eggs Benedict and croque monsieur are superb. Don’t forget to bag danishes and macarons to go with your take-out bread!
Choupinette, 607 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269708; www.facebook.com/ChoupinetteCafe
Carpenter and Cook
Co-owner and chef Shenn (the Cook), a graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London and a former apprentice at Cocomaya, helms the kitchen at this lovely spot, whipping up excellent bread daily in an artisan cafe. You won’t just find baked goodies here. Itt’s also a cute-as-a-button vintage home store run by Phoebe (the Carpenter)!
Carpenter and Cook, 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120; www.carpenterandcook.com
Simply Bread is another great place to grab great loaves. From rye breads to pesto ciabattas, sour doughs to bâtards, this place is a must check out for real bread fans! It’s also a quaint cafe if you have time for a quick snack with the littles.
Simply Bread, 2 locations at Guthrie House, 1 Fifth Avenue & Cluny Court, 510 Bukit Timah Road, 02-07; www.simplybread.com.sg
Artisan Boulangerie Co. (ABC)
We think we’ve already established that the French really bring banging bread to the table, and here’s another French baker who really knows a challah bread from a croissant – Eran Mayer and his Artisan Boulangerie Co. You’ll find tasty loaves including olive bread, walnut sourdough, gluten-free bread, country white and pavé on the extensive bakery menu.
Artisan Boulangerie Co., nine locations around Singapore; www.artisanbakery.com.sg
The Whole Kitchen
Lunchboxes have well and truly been jazzed up in our household thanks to The Whole Kitchen, but did you know it also bakes up gluten free sourdough bread too? Fermented overnight then baked to give a golden crust, the soft chew and yummy flavours are available for delivery every Tuesday and Friday.
The Whole Kitchen, online ordering; www.thewholekitchen.com.sg/collections/breads
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Top image: Maison Kayser via Facebook