This French inspired Japanese patisserie has long been the talk of dessert lovers in Singapore. Located on Tras Street just couple minutes walk from Maxwell Hawker Centre, this patisserie serves up beautifully presented sweets in a trendy café style eatery.
I decided to try their Le’ Chocolat because as a chocolate lover, I tend to go for these types of things first. However so many of their cakes looked so beautiful, like works of art you don’t want to break into.
The Le’ Chocolat has a base of a buttermilk chocolate sponge, a center of Valrhona Guanaja mousse, and Vanilla Valrhona Opalys Cremeux. Garnished with some gold leaf and raw chocolate atop a mirror glaze, this dessert is definitely a chocolate lovers dream. While their desserts are not necessarily cheap it isn’t overpriced. If you are on a date then Nesuto will make a really impressive finish.
Location: 53 Tras St, Singapore 078992
If you are a fan of éclair, then this shop is definitely a must go. During my most recent trip, this was the first of the Singapore dessert shops we visited (Cody really wanted some sweets). While we had just gotten lunch at Amoy food centre we decided to make the few kilometers walk to L’ÉCLAIR to burn off those hawker center calories. And then of course to regain them with some gorgeous French pastry.
While the selection was limited by the time we arrived, we still had our pick of some top choices. We opted for their Tiramisu éclair which aside from being beautiful, was delicious. The pastry was perfectly cooked, and the cream was just divine, with no overpowering flavors. This perfectly balanced dessert was a nice reward after our walk and I would definitely go back.
I do think L’ÉCLAIR is a bit expensive (S$7.80 for one), especially seeing as they are about half the price in Paris, but that does not make it any less good. It is a much more artful style of éclair than your standard patisserie so just like Nesuto, this place makes a great date place.
This is one that I haven’t seen on many dessert lists, and I can only assume it is because it is not considered “fine pastry.” The Ugly Cake Shop is more like a neighborhood bakery where instead of doing French patisserie inspired delicacies, they do cakes and cupcakes and cookies. I’m not an elitist when it comes to delicious food, so I think The Ugly Cake Shop is definitely a place to check out.
Their cakes are made to order, so there’s a chance you won’t be able to just walk in and get a slice. However they do have cupcakes that are available which are essentially just personal cakes. I opted for the Juliana, which is a Salted Caramel Cupcake that was so, so good. The buttercream frosting may have been some of the best salted caramel I’ve ever tasted. The cake part was a simple vanilla yellow sponge, which balanced the richness from the salted caramel frosting. Overall, the cupcake looked beautiful, tasted amazing, and at $S3.80, a great value.
This is another Japanese style dessert shop. It is actually located near Nesuto, so can also make a good option after lunch at Maxwell. Flor Patisserie focuses more on cakes, but has a great selection of tea as well. In fact, it is a good place to have an afternoon tea if that’s something you enjoy.
As it was our first visit here we decided to go for their signature Strawberry Souffle Cake. It was light an airy, and it just dissolved in my mouth. I haven’t been to Japan to try the cakes there, but Cody has many times and said this place would do great business there. I guess that means it’s authentic.
I found the serving size to be a great value, and the freshness of the strawberries really stands out. This is a great option for first timers, but I was still eyeing the other offerings because they also looked so good.
Location: 2 Duxton Hill, #01-01, Singapore 089588
This may just be my favorite patisserie in Singapore. Out of all the Singapore dessert shops I’ve been to, I’d say my top is split between Antoinette’s and Nesuto. While they have so many beautiful desserts, I feel for this list we should stick with talking about their signature dessert, the Antoinette.
This is another chocolate lovers dream with milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, a chocolate biscuit base, dark chocolate earl grey cremeux, Earl grey tea crumble, and topped with a raspberry coulis bomb. I know, it’s a lot of tea infused things, but the flavors are subtle and they really do work well together.
This is also one of the richest desserts on the list, which was nice because Antoinette’s is definitely a place that makes you feel like French aristocracy. From their gilded moldings, to the old fashioned mirrors, walking into this patisserie reminds me of a salon at Versailles. Service is great, and while the price is the highest out of all these featured desserts ($S11 for the Antoinette) I would say it is worth it for the amazing taste and atmosphere.
Location: 30 Penhas Rd, Singapore 208188