Bread: the shaker-upperer of the humble sandwich and the stalwart of a hearty bowl of soup. We’ve found the crunchiest ciabattas, best-ever baguettes and sassiest sourdoughs in Singapore to feed your mini bread monsters.
Freshly baked bread 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! However, 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 enjoy 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 pulled together this tasty list of where to buy fresh bread in Singapore. If you have little dough 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-plus years of bread knowledge to create THE perfect sourdough. You’ve got to eat it to believe it…
Baker & Cook, 10 locations around Singapore; www.bakerandcook.biz
Hailing from Paris (aka pastry capital of the world) Eric Kayser brought his boulangerie superpowers to Singapore (and 24 other worldwide 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 famous croissant – it’s been named as one of the best by none other than Paris’s Figaro newspaper!
Maison Kayser, five 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: curry donuts and the bacon quiche!
Boulangerie Asanoya, three locations around Singapore; www.asanoya.asia
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, 28 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 served up pre-Easter are also equally as amazing.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930; www.facebook.com/firebakesg
Smoked salmon, delectable cream cheese, a scattering of capers… we can’t help but drool every time someone mentions ‘bagel’ in the office. The team at Schmear get up early each day to bake the freshest NY-style bagels and, topped with some of the handcrafted cream cheeses on offer, they’re the perfect morning fix. They also boast ‘pizza bagels’. Taste one. You won’t regret it. One final thing: home delivery…
Schmear, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, #01-03, Singapore 098375; schmear.sg
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This iconic bakery chain is one of our top spots for French pastries, plus they make a mean cup of coffee. 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, six locations around Singapore; tiongbahrubakery.com
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. While we’re on that note, we’re going to take a moment to mentally devour one of its chocolate tarts…
Paul Bakery, six 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. It’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, sourdoughs to bâtards, this place is a must visit for real bread fans! It’s also a quaint cafe if you have time for a quick snack with the littlies.
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., six 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 yummy flavours are available for delivery.
The Whole Kitchen, online ordering; www.thewholekitchen.com.sg/collections/breads
Bread, cookies, pastries, cakes… this super-duper place has it all! East Coast residents will be no stranger to its lip-smacking wares, while the rest of us don’t mind making the special trip for a dark rye or spelt loaf. Keep an eye out for its seasonal offerings, too.
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754; bakerswell.com
Two Men Bagel House
Those little rings of doughy, bagel-y goodness keep us coming back for more… and more. With two locations in Singapore to get our fix, we’re making up any excuse to head back to Two Men Bagel House. They even do office catering if you’re in need of a bagel on business time. We’re all over the Avo-baco: bacon, avocado, greens, tomatoes, fried egg and lashings of aioli, or the Lox – a generous pile of smoked salmon with a thick smear of cream cheese, beetroot, pickled red onions, capers and dill. Nom-worthy.
Two Men Bagel House, two locations at Tanjong Pagar and Novena; twomenbagels.com
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