Bread & Hearth
What you’ll loaf: bacon focaccia ($6.50), lined with streaky bacon on a homemade béchamel spread.

The Keong Saik neighbourhood may be saturated with hipster cafés, but it certainly has room for unpretentious listings like Bread & Hearth. Be greeted with a rolling pin for a door handle, and a palatable spread of fresh European pastries.

18 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6534 7800

 

Pantler
What you’ll loaf: sinful cream puffs ($5.50) chockfull of generous velvety filling in delicate airy choux cases.

Housed in a quaint shophouse, Pantler is home to a busy test kitchen that is constantly rolling out tempting goodies the likes of strawberry entremets, banana eclairs, pà¢te de fruits and the galette des rois, or kings’ cake.

198 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6221 6223

 

Mugiho Bakery
What you’ll loaf: Ojiisan A-ge Pan ($2) or ’grandfather’s fried bread’, a well-balanced and homey azuki creation topped with soy powder.

An inviting oasis amidst the hectic hustle of Lau Pa Sat, Mugiho Bakery stocks a delectable array
of Japanese-influenced bakes. The store is its first beyond Japan and is already a popular stop for the office crowd. Wash the azuki bun down with robust brews from its sister café, Delicius Pasticceria.

18 Raffles Quay. Tel: 6702 7430

 

3 Petits Croissants
What you’ll loaf: crumbly croissants ($2.70), which are hearty and satiating. We’re totally digging the not-so-petit gilded rolls.

Steps away from the popular Kki, 3 Petits Croissants is a gem not to be missed. The French-themed bakery prides itself on its quality viennoiseries, while serving up fresh coffees and sandwiches. Master baker Nicolas Moutalidis has 17 years of experience, and draws inspiration from his previous posts in Paris, Dubai, and North Carolina.

#01-01/02, 1 Zubir Said Drive

 

Chef Yamashita
What you’ll loaf: Sake ($7.50), a pillowy soft soybean mousse topped with sake jelly made out of liquor from Nara, chef Yamashita’s hometown.

Chef Yamashita was the maestro behind Flor Patisserie and Pà¢tisserie Glacé, before striking it out on his own with his eponymous cake boutique. Offering Petit Gateau (sliced cakes) and Grand Gateau (whole cakes), its cosy interiors are decked full of darling French-inspired creations–but pastries sell out way early.

#02-44, Block 1, Tanjong Pagar Plaza. Tel: 6604 9709

 

Asanoya
What you’ll loaf: Karuizawa blueberry loaf ($2.60 for 100g), a rye bread with fresh berries; crisp on the outside and soft within.

Asanoya boasts over 80 years of culinary excellence. This the brand’s first storefront outside Japan, and stocks a hearty range of breads, brews, salads, and soups.

#01-03, 15 Queen Street. Tel: 6703 8703

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