Everyone loves a good pastry, and knows that dessert is the best part of any meal (you don’t have to lie to us). No matter how depressed we get over the day or the week, a good muffin or cupcake will just do the trick to cheer us up, whether we have it deep in the dark of the night or with sips of tea and a cup of good coffee. And there is bread…oh, good bread. We can have it at any time of the day on any day to curb our cravings for a good, savory or sweet sandwich or a buttery croissant.

Luckily for us, our tiny island is saturated with sweet and doughy bliss. The folks of the business set our island apart from the rest from giving us a wide spectrum of choices when it comes to fulfill our wishes. From traditional bakes and hidden baking hawker talents making baking miracles to artisanal and inventive bakery cafés, there shouldn’t be a worry about getting a good loaf of bread or piece of cake.

Old school bakeries are doing it well with traditional bakes and new flavors for the classic muffin, while new school bakeries are breaking new ground with inventive café concepts and products. The two schools are neck and neck in providing us with heavenly bakes and gastronomic experiences, and it is up to us to take on the hard job of making a choice between the two… or we can just really have best of both worlds. Whether we feel like sitting in a quaint café or seeking out local baking wonders in hawker centres, we would always have the privilege of being able to pick from an array of good choices.

With that, we decided that it would be essential to provide you guys with the below that feature some of the best from the two schools that we think that everyone should definitely check out.

Old School Bakeries in Singapore:

1. Balmoral Bakery

Step into the store and you would already be able to smell why this little neighborhood bakery made the list. The store is literally a tiny room packed with freshly baked goods, from delicately sweet Swiss rolls to delicious, fragrant butter cakes. One that should definitely make the tray is the Pandan Cake. As you open up the window to get yourself a slice, be prepared to be greeted with the strong Pandan fragrance that would certainly help top confirm your decision.

Balmoral Bakery is located at 105 Clementi Street 12, Singapore, 120105.

Balmoral Bakery, Bakeries of Singapore

There are no words to describe how perfectly made their Butterfly Cakes are- moist, buttery and soft, you will come to realise that one slice is never going to be enough.

2. Bliss Haven Muffins

Bliss Haven Muffins have been on the radar for local muffin-enthusiasts for a long time, and it surely lives up to the reputation. Don’t come expecting cute, perfect-looking muffins because that is the last thing you would get. What lacks in presentation is made up in flavor as these muffins are so packed full of it that you would forgo its less than perfect outlook. Buttery, moist and fragrant, these muffins are bought by regulars by the box.  Although being a small stall in a reasonably large hawker centre located above the wet market, don’t worry about not being able to find it because the smell of these tasty things will lure you there once you’re near.

Blue Haven Muffins is located at Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Block 127, #02-34, Singapore, 310127.

3. Ng Kim Lee Confectionary

This one is exactly the traditional bakery that would give you that feeling of nostalgia from the memory of having your childhood pastries like kueh neng gou. Ng Kim Lee does their egg tarts especially well, which explains why they are so popular among the locals. With a semi-sweet egg custard encased in a buttery tart, a bite would send you right back when you were getting a treat from grandma’s latest batch. They also have available tiny little muffins that have been transformed with a touch of tradition- these muffins come in metal foil cups that give them an additional rustic touch, and are so buttery they almost melt n your mouth. With an array of flavors (and colors) to choose from, they are tasty and also fun for everyone!

Ng Kim Lee Confectionary is located at 4 Chun Tin Rd, Singapore, 599591.

4. AJ Delights

Feast on eyes on the muffins that they have here and come to know instantly that you are in for a treat. It will also be hard for you to pick flavors and you will definitely leave with a box of them. The signature Chocolate Streusel muffins are to DIE for, with the moist, chocolatey interior and the added texture from the streusel. If chocolate is not your favorite (What?!?!), you can also try out the Blueberry Sterusel Muffins for a more sourish alternative. On the other hand, the caffeine addicts can give the Mocha Streusel muffins a try.

AJ Delights, Bakeries of Singapore

AJ Delights is located at Alexandra Village Food Centre, #01-82, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore, 150120.

5. Tong Heng Confectionary

In the mood for some egg tarts? What you’re looking for is Tong Heng Confectionary. The egg custard is superbly soft, and smooth, and the phenomenal tart is super thin and goes exhilaratingly well with the delicately sweet egg custard. Some folks might even say that they serve the best egg tarts in the island at this joint, and we’re not going to argue with that!

Tong Heng Confectionary is located at 285 South Bridge Road, Singapore, 058833.

New School Bakeries in Singapore:

1. Bread & Hearth

One of the newer entrants on the baked goods scene is Bread & Hearth. Located on Keong Saik Road, Bread & Hearth offers an excellent selection of classic French baked treats with some modern touches. If you’re in the CBD this might just be the best place to get your baguette or focaccia breads. However it was their incredible pain au chocolat that rocked my world. Perfectly buttery without being too rich, and gorgeous chocolate ganache filling.

Bread & Hearth, Bakeries of Singapore

Bread & Hearth is located at 18 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, 089125.

2. Strictly Pastry

This wonder popped up on my radar after I first met with Ugly Su, which is basically a baked meringue layered with Passion fruit Mousse and a choice of blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. It is a delicately balanced sweet and sour piece of heaven that would have you amazed at just how good it is. Another recommendation from their menu is the Strawberry Velure, which is a layered chiffon cake with fresh strawberries and strawberry mousse. This is a new member of the artisanal pastry crew that certainly promises to stay.

Strictly Pastry is located at 267 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore, 427521.

3. Artisan Boulangerie Co.

In trying to gather together a list of good artisanal bakeries in Singapore, I would probably be stoned if I didn’t add this one in. Perfect Croissants? Yep. Crunchy baguettes? Yepp-a-doodle-doo. Lemon tarts that would send you right up to heaven? YES. Drop on over to get a box full of goodies to go, and have seat with them accompanied with a good cup of coffee. An experience here will never be a bad one, especially if you’re having their delicious Lemon Sherbet Tarts or their impeccable Almond Croissants.

Artisan Boulangerie Compagnie, Bakeries of Singapore

Artisan Boulangerie Co. is located at #01-01, 118 Killiney Road, Singapore, 239555.

4. Freshly Baked By Le Bijoux

If you’re in the mood for some perfect sponge cakes, this is the place to go. Freshly baked is a humble spin-off of the French Le Bijoux bakery, and it serves up no less. The butter cakes here are delicious to the point of no return- these babies are made with butter of high quality, which you can taste from just a bite. It is no wonder why people come here to buy whole cakes at a go, because you would only be selling yourself short with a slice. Another one that would knock your socks off is the chocolate sponge cake, also aptly available in whole. Moist, buttery, chocolaty with a velvety texture, don’t be surprised to see that you would be able to finish the whole cake in a matter of days. It happened to me.

Freshly Baked, Bakeries of Singapore

Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux is located at 57 Killiney Rd, Singapore, 239520.

5. Anthesis (Permanently Closed)

If you’re looking for loafs of freshly made bread for the table or some artisanal breads that have you overwhelmed at how bread has never tasted so good before, Anthesis is the way to go. They have shelves filled with fresh, delicious loafs every day, along with beautiful cakes and tarts. They make a delicately soft and buttery Brioche, that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home when you get a loaf home for just $4.90.

Anthesis, Bakeries of Singapore

Also, try out the Earl Grey Raisin loaf if you’re in the mood for something different- the smoky and musky fragrance of Earl Grey goes perfectly with the sweet encounters of the raisins in the deliciously soft bread. They also make a line of beautiful tarts that are not all-too-sweet. For instance, the Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart is a beautiful package of balanced flavors, as the bittersweet chocolate dances on your tongue with sea salt crystals. If you’re lucky, you might even walk in on a day when the chef pulls up some specials, such as the Oatmeal Rum and Raisin Cake with Maple Cream Cheese.

As of 16 March 2015, Anthesis is permanently closed.

Other recommended bakeries include Simply Bread, Guthrie House, 1 Fifth Avenue, #01-03, and Carpenter & Cook, 19 Lorong Kilat, Singapore, 598120