Check out our guide to the best French bakeries and sourdough spots in Singapore in 2020…
Is there anything more satisfying than a truly delicious loaf of freshly baked bread? That intoxicating scent…the comforting warmth…the perfect amount of crunch…nope, nothing tops it. Of course, going the DIY route is always great, but if you don’t have the time (or patience, or ability) to bake your own baguette or sourdough, we’re lucky that Singapore is chock full of outstanding French bakeries.
Did you know there’s an actual “French Bread Law” (aka “the Bread Decree”) that spells out which ingredients and methods are allowable in order for a bakery to call itself a boulangerie? French bread can only contain flour, salt, yeast, and water – no other junk allowed! And the type of flour (and even water) used in the baking process makes a huge difference, too!
We’ve rounded up all our fave French Bread Bakeries in Singapore and have enlisted the expert opinions of our Francophone Managing Director, Emilie. Click through our gallery for her top picks. If you prefer traditional sourdough to baguettes or croissants, we’ve got you covered there, too!
Lead image (Starter Lab) by Gunilla Lindgren of Sugarlight Photography
With four locations across Singapore, ABC surely must be doing something right. Their bread products are made using artisanal techniques with the highest quality ingredients from the best farms worldwide – including their flour imported directly from France! For takeaway you’ll find French classics like baguettes, croissants and brioche, many of which carry over to their scrumptious sandwiches and brunch dishes.
Emilie says: “This is a great place to buy good quality bread, with convenient locations all over Singapore.”
We hear great things about these artisan and sourdough loaves, which come in varieties like Olives & Za’atar and Brown Butter Polenta (yum!). They’ve also got different well-priced baguettes, too. To order, send them a direct message via Instagram; pre-orders are strongly encouraged, with at least a day’s advanced notice. Orders are only available via pickup and takeaway from their shop in Little India.
The Bakehaus, 130 Owen Road, Singapore 218934, @thebakehaus.sg
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It’s no secret that we are massive Baker & Cook fans here at Sassy Mama HQ (we love their baking classes, too!). In addition to their friendly bakery-cafes that are located in various residential neighborhoods, they serve up some killer breads and coffees. Not French perse, but Kiwi impresario Dean Brettscheneider (aka The Global Baker) employs European techniques and imports only top-notch ingredients.
Emilie says: “I love their Pain au Levain (sourdough) so much that every month I buy about 6 loaves! I split them in half, freeze them and take them out as and when we need them. Of all the breads I have tasted in Singapore this is my favourite.”
Delivery options: During the circuit breaker Baker & Cook has direct online ordering and islandwide delivery for a limited menu; you can also do takeaway from all their outlets, or order via Deliveroo and Food Panda (don’t forget to tip your driver!).
A popular café and bakery, Bread Yard handcrafts breads with a combination of Japanese and European techniques. You’ll find two sourdough varieties, a Hokkaido brioche loaf, and yummy pastries including cinnamon buns, pain au chocolat, and even a “Matcha Cruffin.”
Delivery options: Bread Yard offers both takeaway from their Fusionopolis location, and islandwide delivery via order.breadyard.com.sg.
Bread Yard, 1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-23/24 Galaxis, Singapore 138522, Tel: (+65) 9773 5318, www.facebook.com/BreadYard
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Besides serving up yummy brunch classics, this French café in Bukit Timah also offers delicious French pastries and breads.
Emilie says: “Excellent breads and baguettes. They sell fast though so you better get there early!”
Choupinette, 607 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269708, Tel: (+65) 6466 0613, www.facebook.com/ChoupinetteCafe
French bakery enjoué is known for their wonderful baguettes All products are handmade and freshly baked daily using only flour, salt and water (and their own natural starter where applicable). Those croissants…ooh la la! Order online here.
Emilie says: “If you love baguettes, look no further. They have perfected the art at enjoué, but if you like them crispy you’ll have to eat them quick – that’s the only way you can eat a baguette in humid Singapore!”
One of the many things we love about Singapore is how it brings in some of the best restaurants and food chains from around the world; yes, that means all the celebrity chef restaurants, but we don’t want to give short shrift to this iconic French bakery chain that French expats are known to flock to. As with the others, Maison Kayser keeps to a bare minimum and uses only the best ingredients. You’ll find breads, pastries, viennoiseries, baked goods, and delectable sandwiches, soups and salads. We love that their online shop also includes baking ingredients like yeast and bread flour in case you want to try the DIY route.
Emilie says: “Love their croissants; flaky without being dry, and just the right texture – yum!”
Our Insta always seems to be blowing up with someone sharing glamour shots of a handmade Sourdough loaf or delectable sandwich from this bakery in Kampong Glam. You’ll also find cakes, croissants, cookies and scones.
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Like Kayser, Paul is another fully French import that’s grown increasingly ubiquitous right here in Singapore, too. Look out for a variety of baguette variations (omg the Cheese Benoiton!), plus pre-made sandwiches, delicious coffees, desserts, and much more.
Emilie says: “Who doesn’t know and love Paul?! Great breads but also great sandwiches.”
PAUL, various locations, www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.singapore
Run by super cool mama Min Siah, Starter Lab serves up naturally-leavened, San Francisco-style sourdough that’s been fermented to create an unbelievable crust and depth of flavour. The menu features a number of sourdough variations (Rosemary, Danish Rye) along with Focaccia and a Miso Baguette. Starter Lab is also known for their sandwiches and “Posh Toasts” (Mascarpone, Walnut & Honey with Rosemary, OMG!), but sadly these are not available for delivery.
Starter Lab, 721 Havelock Road, Singapore 169645, Tel: (+65) 9839 0408, www.facebook.com/starterlab.sg
Image by Gunilla Lindgren of Sugarlight Photography
Tiong Bahru Bakery began as a collaboration between celebrity French pastry chef Gontran Cherrier and all-around fabulous lady Cynthia Chua; he’s moved on but the otherworldly croissants and incomparable Kouign Amann remain (thank goodness!). We’re also big fans of their sourdough, their sandwiches, and their creative coffees and teas, and adore the wholesome hot food menu at the Raffles City location.
Emilie says: “If you’ve never tried their Kouign Amann (pronounced queen-ah-mahn) you’re in for a treat! With its croissant-like dough and caramelized outer crust, you’ll definitely come back for seconds.”