Got bread on the brain? Check out our guide to the best French bakeries in Singapore!
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, mama.
Swipe through our gallery for some major tummy rumbling…
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Having grown to eight locations across Singapore since launching in 2013, 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.”
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.”
East Coasters were saddened when the old artisanal bakery The Bread Project closed down a couple years ago, but happily French bakery enjoué has moved into its old premises on Joo Chiat Road to carry the baguette torch! All products are handmade and freshly baked daily using only flour, salt and water (and their own natural starter where applicable).
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!”
Enjoué, 174 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427445, Tel: (+65) 9191 6145, www.enjouebakery.com
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 0612, www.facebook.com/ChoupinetteCafe
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.
Emilie says: “Love their croissants; flaky without being dry, and just the right texture – yum!”
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
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.”
Tiong Bahru Bakery, www.tiongbahrubakery.com