The Perfect Loaf

Singapore's best artisanal bakeries

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013

Tired of heavy, stodgy, tasteless bread that makes your stomach groan? We hear you. 

Luckily artisan bakeries are all the rage in Singapore at the moment (yessss!). From ciabatta to foccacia to the perfect sourdough, we’ve got the lowdown on where to go to get the perfect loaf.

Get it while it’s hot!

Baker and Cook
The brainchild of New Zealand baker extraordinaire Dean Brettschneider, Baker & Cook is a wildly popular bakery, offering a range of homemade breads and baked goods. We love the German Vollkorn (full of wholegrains, it’s a top choice for the health-savvy) and the Sourdough loaf, which is light and airy with a crusty crunch.
Baker and Cook, 77 Hillcrest Road, Greenwood, Singapore 288951, p. 6469 8834. Open Sun-Thu 7am-8pm & Fri-Sat 7am-10pm. Also open at Martin Rd.

Carpenter and Cook
Although they’ve only been around a short while, Carpenter and Cook has made a splash with their super cool vintage store meets cosy café in a quiet corner of Upper Bukit Timah. Offering up a full range of sweet and savoury treats, their breads are made fresh onsite daily. Dessert lovers will be especially smitten with the selection of fresh tarts. The hardest part will be making a choice!
Carpenter and Cook, #01-06, 19 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598120, p. 6463 3648. Open Tue-Thu 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm & Sun 10am-7pm. 

Nick Vina Artisan Bakery
Dishing up some of the most affordable loaves this side of town, Nick Vina has you covered for crusty ciabattas, wholesome wholemeal breads and flavoursome foccacias. Sweet freaks can get their sugar on with any of the desserts on offer…macaron, anyone?
Nick Vina Artisan Bakery, #01-54/55, Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877, p. 6224 7848. Open Mon-Fri 730am-8pm & Sat-Sun 8am-3pm.

Maison Kayser
Serving up the some of the best French pastries in Singapore – the croissants are pure heaven in all their buttery goodness – Maison Kayser is the perfect pit stop for breadaholics. Baked fresh in-house everyday, you can expect the typical bakery culprits; baguettes, sourdough loaves and croissants are all on offer here.
Maison Kayser, #B1-09, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228209, p. 6636 3672. Open Mon-Sun 8am-10pm.

The Bread Project
Dubbed by many as the best bakery in the East (some say the whole island!), The Bread Project serves up a stellar menu of baguettes, ciabattas, and rye breads, with pain au cereal (literally a cereal explosion) for the health conscious amongst us. The scrumptious almond croissants are a definite must try.
The Bread Project, 174 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427445, p. 6440 9228. Open Tue-Fri 9am-6pm & Sat-Sun 9am-3pm. Closed Mon.

Tiong Bahru Bakery
We’re big fans of Tiong Bahru Bakery and not just for the coffee. Apparently the word is out because you’ll be struggling to get a table here on weekends – best to order a takeaway cappuccino and sample your croissants, brownies, or brioche from home. Just don’t forget to take home a baguette (or any of their artisan breads in fact) – they don’t disappoint.
Tiong Bahru Bakery, #01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 160056, p. 6220 3430. Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm.

Dolcetto by Basilico
Pick up the perfect Italian pastry at the new pasticceria, Dolcetto by Basilico, where freshly baked Italian breads, artisan pastries, and paninis all come out to play. We hear the fig cake is a winner.
Dolcetto by Basilico, Lobby level, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, p. 6720 8000. Open Mon-Sun 8am-9pm. 

Paul Bakery
Another contender for title of best French inspired bakery in Singapore, Paul Bakery, serves up all the classics (yep, that’s croissants, brioche, and the like), as well as a full range of artisan breads. Our tip? Best to grab a takeaway loaf: the queues for the restaurant are long and the service staff can be a bit hit and miss.
Paul Bakery, #03-16/17, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872, p. 6836 5932. Open Mon-Thu 9am-930pm, Fri-Sat 9am-1030pm & 9am-930pm.

Freshly Baked
The name says it all. Freshly Baked is the brainchild of Audrey Tan, owner and Head Baker, who creates some of the lightest and tastiest artisan breads on the island. We love the Walnut Raisin Loaf; it’s bursting with fruity goodness, whilst chocoholics will be smitten with the chocolate loaf (no one said we had to be well-behaved all the time!). Tanglin locals can drop by Nassim Hill – they also stock Tan’s signature breads.
Freshly Baked, 57 Killiney Road, Singapore 239520, p. 6735 3298. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm & Sun 8am-230pm.

 Image: Tiong Bahru Bakery

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