Gone are the days of the humble coffee shop, gone too are the days of the standard café, these days, when it comes to tasty treats, it’s all about artisan bakeries. But what exactly is an artisan bakery we hear you cry? Well, although it’s a term that is thrown around quite loosely these days, an “artisan” is defined as ‘a skilled worker who makes things by hand,’ making artisan bakeries smaller-scale establishments that lovingly prep and provide delicious freshly baked goodies. What’s more, they’re free from artificial preservatives, using only top-quality ingredients and preferably enjoyed with a delectable cup of coffee. Sound good? Here are our top picks for the best Artisan Bakeries in Singapore
Artisan Boulangerie Co.
Started by French baker Eran Mayer, Artisan Boulangerie Co serves up delicious freshly baked loaves and pastries for its hungry fans in each of their five outlets. From sourdough to focaccias, brioche to every flavour of croissant you can think of, Eran Mayer’s team consistently deliver some of the tastiest baked goodies in the city. Sourcing top ingredients from around the world (their flour is imported directly from Paris), Artisan Boulangerie Co’s breads require at least 12 hours of fermentation before they head to the oven, guaranteeing that every item is a real labour of love. We adore their perfect baguettes and deliciously decadent chocolate eclairs!
Artisan Boulangerie Co., 5 outlets in various locations, www.artisanbakery.com.sg
Hours: 8am – 10pm
When your head baker has over 30 years experience, you know the bread is going to be of a standout quality. And standout bread is exactly what you get at this cute quayside café. With a gorgeous interior and relaxing al-fresco dining, Anthesis serves up delicious dishes throughout the day with the true stars being breads and pastries. Freshly baked every morning, chef Gan Eng Ling’s delightful goodies are also available for takeaway. Using seasonal ingredients, there is every kind of loaf you can think of from pumpkin seed to walnut, mixed herbs to dark rye. Make sure you leave room for dessert, Anthesis has some of the most moorish desserts around, we love their Almond Frangipane Fruit Tart and cult-following achieving Butter Croissant Bread Pudding.
Anthesis, 86 Robertson Quay #01-01, Singapore 238245, 6737 9873, www.facebook.com/anthesisRQ
Hours: Sun & Tues: 8:30am – 6pm, Wed – Sat: 8:30pm – 10pm
The ultimate “neighbourhood bakery”, baker-owner Pedro Muniz opened his quaint unassuming bakery in the heart of the Serangoon Garden residential estate several years ago, and it’s been attracting foodie fans from all over the Lion City. Putting out freshly baked goodies every three hours (giving new meaning to the term “freshly baked”), Pedro sources key ingredients from around the world, ensuring his breads and pastries are of the highest quality. Don’t miss his addictive croissants; made with imported French butter from Brittany, they are flakey, buttery and utterly divine!
The Bread King, 43 Burghley Drive, Singapore 559020, 6289 2508, www.facebook.com/thebreadking
Hours: Mon: 7:30am – 1pm, 5pm – 8pm, Wed – Fri: 7:30am -1pm, 5-8pm, Sat – Sun: 7:30am – 8pm
The Bread Table
This place is a bit off the beaten track but trust us, it is well worth the trek! Run by owner-head baker Joseph Lee, The Bread Table has garnered quite the foodie following thanks to the hand-crafted baked delights. Made with only the freshest ingredients, traditional bread making techniques and by allowing their breads to ferment naturally before baking, we can see why people flock from all across Singapore to get their paws on the pasteries. With a range of over 18 types of bread, The Bread Table offers us everything from crusty baguettes to soft brioches, sticky cinnamon buns and everything in between! Their signature sourdough breads are an absolute must-try; rustic, flavourful and totally satisfying.
The Bread Table, 1010 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534748, 6282 3546, www.thebreadtable.com
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 8pm
Craft Bakery and Café
It’s a true family affair over at Craft Bakery and Café, run by siblings Celine and Kevin (the same team behind dessert mecca 3 Inch Sin.) This artisan bakery prides itself on creating and serving freshly “hand-crafted food from the heart” and boy do they deliver! With a relaxed, hipster vibe, this cute café serves satisfying dishes such as pastas, salads and sandwiches all day but their freshly baked bites really shouldn’t escape your attention. Enjoy buttery croissants, light-as-air chocolate doughnuts and their signature sinfully-sweet molten lava cake!
Craft Bakery and Café, 24A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277683, 6467 7710, www.facebook.com/CraftBakeryCafe
Hours: 9am – 11pm
Baker & Cook
The brainchild of international baking superstar Dean Brettschneider, Baker & Cook is one of the most authentically artisanal bakeries in the city. The breads at Baker & Cook are freshly handcrafted daily, using traditional techniques and only the finest ingredients from around the world. While it’s difficult to choose our favourite with every treat we discover being better than the last, they do have some of the most authentic bagels in Singapore. Made the traditional way by boiling and steaming before baking, they are deliciously dense and chewy with a light crust.
Baker & Cook, 77 Hillcrest Road, Singapore 288951, 6469 8834, www.bakerandcook.biz
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 7:30am – 8pm, Fri – Sat: 7:30am – 10pm
This quaint café is a charming little piece of Paris found near the Botanical Gardens, serving up appetizing brunch options. Popular choices include croque monsieur and eggs benedict, while their freshly baked breads and pastries are worth the visit alone. Flakey croissants, pain au chocolat and danishes are popular pastry choices, and for the sweet-toothed amongst us, don’t let a visit go by without trying their Millefeuille Framboise, layers of wafer pastry, custard and raspberries – just heavenly!
Coupinette Café, 607 Bukit Timah Rd #01-01, Bukit Timah, Singapore 269708, 6466 0613, www.facebook.com/ChoupinetteCafe
Hours: Tues – Sat: 8am – 7pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm
Nick Vina Artisan Bakery
Wanting to bring back the traditional process of bread making, chef Nick Chau opened Nick Vina Artisan Bakery to provide customers with handcrafted breads and pastries that are fresh, tasty and nutritious! From rustic and robust breads to dainty French-style pastries, Nick Vina’s edibles are all made with the same care, love and top quality ingredients, ensuring satisfying bite after bite. Keep an eye out for the new breads they introduce every month, Nick and his team experiment with different flavours and techniques, to bring customers unique, delicious and surprising goodies. Standout faves have been their chocoberry baguette (as delicious as it sounds!) and purple dinkelbrot (a crusty loaf made with spelt flour).
Nick Vina Artisan Bakery, 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, #01-54/55 Singapore 078877, 6224 7848, www.nickvina.com
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 8pm, Sat: 8am – 3pm
The Bread Project
Specialising in baking authentic, artisanal European breads, The Bread Project use old- world baking techniques and fresh ingredients that are all free from artificial additives, chemicals or flavouring. Freshly baked everyday, the breads at The Bread Project may not have all the bells and whistles in terms of flavours, but they do prove that sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the best. Favourites have got to be their pain aux cereals (multi-grain loaf), flaxseed loaves and crusty baguettes -simply delicious.
The Bread Project, 174 Joo Chiat Road, Geylang Serai Singapore 427445, 6440 9228, www.thebreadproject.com.sg
Hours: Tues – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat: 8:30am – 7pm, Sun: 8:30am – 3pm
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Yes, Tiong Bahru Bakery is already one of Sassy’s favourite breakfast spots, but their croissants are simply too good to be left off the list! Opened in collaboration with celeb baker Gontran Cherrier, this trendy bakery serves traditional breads and pastries as well as unique baked goodies infused with Asian flavours and ingredients. Don’t miss their famous almond croissant (some say the best in Singapore) or their kouign amann, a buttery pastry from Breton, loaded with butter, sugar and caramel and totally worth the calories!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056, 6220 3430, www.tiongbahrubakery.com
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 8am – 8pm, Fri – Sat: 8am – 10pm