Christmas is a time to feast and be merry. Sometimes the traditional British and European treats can be hard to track down in Singapore. We’ve done the legwork for you – Merry Christmas!
It’s time to haul home your Christmas tree, get your Christmas day champagne brunch booked, and bring the kids to sit on Santa’s knee. We LOVE this time of the year! Except when it comes to food. We’re always too late, too disorganised and too sozzled (silly season style) to source all the necessary gourmet goodies in time. We’re talking Christmas hampers, traditional plum puddings (with the obligatory brandy butter), cakes, stollen, gingerbread people and more. So to save you from our past fate of circumnavigating the island on the traditional Xmas fare, we’ve done the research to bring you the best places to order your festive essentials.
For luxe Christmas hampers and second-to-none delicatessen cold cuts, cheeses and dips, you can’t go past The Providore. The cheese hamper with boutique crackers, wooden board and quince, truffle honey and other pastes is perfect for the die-hard cheese lover ($110). And do sit down and sample an antipasti platter while you’re there – you’ve earned it with all that hard shopping.
The Providore, Mandarin Gallery, Downtown Gallery, Raffles Place, Tangs, The Warehouse at Tan Boon Liat, PLQ, C Suites.
Dean & Deluca Singapore
Bring a little New York SoHo chic to your Xmas with any one of the outstanding hampers on offer at Dean & Deluca Singapore. If you’re anything like us you’ll probably already be there ordering your ready-to-eat feast for the big day. We’re thinking the Dean & Deluca Taste of Christmas Hamper will see us through the holidays with high end artisanal goodies like G.Cova Traditional panettone, Tasmanian Leatherwood honey, and TWG Christmas tea ($286.76).
DEAN & DELUCA Singapore, HillV2 and Far East Square.
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer has shipped in moist Christmas cake this year and we can’t wait to try a slice (or two). It also has neatly bundled packages of festive treats including macaroons, mince pies and a gingerbread house. You’ll also want to pay a little visit to their dedicated cheese room for that post-lunch platter, we reckon.
Jones the Grocer, Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, Great World City, #01-66/67, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Order a Il Migliore Christmas cake (500g, $28) from The Fishwives and what you’ll get is more than just a ridiculously rich, moist, plummy dessert. You’ll reap the rewards of years of fine-tuning in the kitchen by a properly Aussie born baker. Pop one of Mandy’s gluten-free Christmas cakes into your cart while you’re at it (750g, $42) and some brandy butter on the side (750g, $42). The traditional Breramilano Italian panettone will also be winging its way to our pantry this year (1kg, $56).
The Fishwives, #01-04A Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Baker & Cook
The bastion of all baked goodies has a full range of Christmas desserts including trad fruit cake ($48), indulgent fruit mince tarts ($25), classic German stollen ($25), kiddie-fave gingerbread cookies ($6.50) and delish Christmas biscotti ($9.50). And why not have the lovely B&C peeps whip up a personalised Christmas hamper for the foodie in your family? We’re all primed for a festive feast. And don’t forget to stock up on its delish ready-sliced bread, now available in selected Cold Storage outlets!
Baker & Cook at Hillcrest Road, Sunset Way, Dempsey Hill, Serangoon Garden, Chip Bee Gardens, Bugis, Opera Estate, Clementi Arcade, Holiday Inn Express, Eng Kong Park and Namly Estate.
Oh Deli’s gourmet Christmas fare is bound to get you feeling jolly. We know you’ll want to stock up on Aussie brand Phillippa’s to-die-for range of baked goodies including Christmas cake with unwaxed candied peel and Australian dried apricots (700g, $54.90), buttery short-crust organic fruit mince pies (six for $26.90) and gingerbread biscuits (from $17.90). For the friend who has everything, gift a wicker basket filled with festive treats and vino (hampers range from $165 – $500), wrapped with card for your convenience!
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Rd, Singapore 429008
Harrods in Takashimaya
When only the best will do, head straight to Harrods. In the basement of Takashimaya you will find a golden stack of luxury Christmas puddings consisting of cherries, nuts and other fruits soaked in French cognac, Thatchers cider, and brandy. Fancy.
Takashimaya, Basement 2, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Da Paolo Gastronomia
We must admit we’re regulars at Da Paolo all year ‘round for its artisanal breads, pre-made meals and sauces. The Christmas sweet offerings are arguably the best on the island – think a merry Gingerbread cookie stacked tree ($65) and Italian hazelnut cornflakes festive wreath ($39), a range of cute cupcakes including a Santa’s sled and Snowman cupcakes ($6.50 each) and a very good looking flourless chocolate log cake ($68). Check out its affordable yet decadent hampers too for that last minute tasteful gift.
Da Paolo, various locations.
While clearly the focus is on meat at The Butcher, being a supplier of fine eats, also has a respectable range of premium cakes and Christmas goodies. Load up on Georgie Porgie round Christmas pudding ($22), dipping crackers ($7.80) and why not pick up some fruit sauces ($7.90 a jar), put on the Michael Bublé carols and have an afternoon baking with the kids?
The Butcher, Holland Village, Parkway Parade, River Valley and Suntec City Mall.
Marks & Spencer
British household name Marks & Spencer’s food is always top notch. When we need a crumpet fix or mince pies, we head here. And with its fab cafe in Wheelock Place, to say you can rely on Marks and Sparks for Christmas would be an understatement. It’s classic Christmas pudding is not only ridiculously delicious, but reasonably priced too ($7.90/400g). We’ll be stocking up on the Marc De Champagne truffles ($16.90) for sure, but how cute does the London Bus biscuit tin biscuits sound? ($19.90).
Marks & Spencer, 10 stores in Singapore but the biggest is at 501 Orchard Road, #01-01 Wheelock Place, Singapore, 238880
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
There’s a reason people flock to the Fullerton Hotel Singapore for Christmas brunch. The quality and range of sinful desserts are mind blowing. Thank your lucky stars that the takeaway range is almost as extensive with crowd-pleasers like the yuletide Christmas log cakes ($69), darling Christmas chocolates, rum cake ($28) and a solid range of Christmas hampers brimful of festive treats and a souvenir Fullerton Merlion plush (from $22).
Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore, 049178
Cold Storage has a huge selection of Christmas baked goodies, and even has options for those with food allergies. In stock this silly season you’ll find meat platters, puds, Christmas cakes, mince pies, panettone and stollen from English, German and Italian brands including Matthew Walker, Waitrose, Whittings, Walkers and Glenfiddich (whisky cake anyone?). Our kids are also quite taken with the Tom Smith red and white Christmas crackers ($9.90). Keep it in mind for those last-minute purchases…
Cold Storage, stores islandwide.
Have a sparkling Christmas with Antoinette’s Christmas hampers! We love the fact that they’re stuffed to the gills with our fave Xmas goodies from panettone to cookies and chocolate – so. Much. Yum. Our festive picks? We’re digging the Bisou Gift Box, perfectly spruced up with a rich burgundy red velvet coat and the equally pretty Saint Honoré Gift Box with a fresh coat of blue complementing its signature floral details. Don’t forget to check out the glittery champagne Elysee Gift Box line with black edges. So pretty!
Antoinette, 30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street), Singapore 208188; 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-28 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Little House of Dreams
The holiday season just got a little bit cuter thanks to all the adorable Christmassy fanfare from the folks of Little House of Dreams. We’re talking Rudolph cakes ($50), Poinsettia bloom pots ($7.90) for that perfect Xmas party giveaway and an Instagram-worthy Christmas chocolate salted caramel tart ($35.90) that’ll look amazing on your dessert table. Kind of makes us wish it were Christmas all year round!
Little House of Dreams, e. [email protected]
… and don’t forget your log cake!
A Christmas party wouldn’t be the same without some good ol’ log cake and for us, the prettier and yummier, the better! After all, the log cake always takes centre stage during the festive season so why not go for gold? From chocolate classics to more contemporary, local flavours we’ve got our faves right here:
Goodwood Park Hotel
We think Queen Elsa would love this cake as much as we did. Collective ooohs and ahhs were abound at the HoneyKids office when this beauty came in. This crystal glacier creation is filled with mascarpone, apple mousse and lingonberries generously topped with sugar crystals and slabs of white chocolate. Nomz!
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
The Marmalade Pantry
Looking for a log cake you know everyone will love? We suggest popping over to The Marmalade Pantry for their uber classic black forest log cake. After all, who can resist the traditional combo of chocolate sponge, cherries and whipped cream?
The Marmalade Pantry, various locations.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Remember those child-free days when we used to carelessly walk around the snow-covered streets of Champs-Elysées during winter? No? Well, whether you’ve been there or not, the folks over at Sofitel have used the City of Lights as inspo for its holiday treats. This log cake, in particular, pays homage to the snow-covered streets of Paris with its pillowy ivory chocolate frosting and yuzu-infused mascarpone. On the inside, it is a beautiful, tasty layer of blueberry compote, vanilla creme and coconut dacquoise. So much yas.
Sofitel Singapore, 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885