In Singapore, options for good food are never in short supply. Some of these desserts are household names and local favourites, while others are more experimental, up-and-coming gastronomic delights—either way, they’re all crave-worthy and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Durian–Singapore’s king of fruits. If it doesn’t suit your palate, don’t knock it just yet—try it in other variations, such as a durian sago from the famed Ah Chew Desserts. This dessert’s made of a melt-in-your-mouth durian purée and chewy sago pearls in a milky broth, served up in a classic Chinese ceramic bowl for that extra bit of authenticity. You can also order the alternative mango sago dish if durian isn’t your thing.
Ah Chew Desserts, Liang Seah Place. 1 Liang Seah Street #01-10/11, Singapore 189032.
Mon-Fri 12.30pm-midnight; Sat & Sun 1.30pm-midnight.
This one’s for those who really have a sweet tooth. A milk-solid-based South Asian dessert, deep-fried and often served garnished with dried nuts and sugar syrup—this dessert can be sweet to the point of cloying to some, but it’s got a real kick of sugary goodness. Swing by Moghul Sweet Shop in the heart of Little India to get your fill of gulab jamun and other traditional Indian sweets.
Moghul Sweet Shop. 48 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217959. +65 6392 5797.
Kaya swiss rolls
You might’ve already heard of or tried kaya toast, which is a breakfast staple for most Singaporeans. Enjoy kaya (traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) with a twist, in the form of the famous kaya swiss roll from Rich & Good Cake Shop. True to its name, the bakery doles out rolls of cakes that are rich and good in flavour.
Rich and Good Cake Shop. 24 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198887. +65 6294 3324
We already love Cake Spade for the pun in their name. Plus, their cakes are as colourful and bold as you’d imagine Kate Spade baked goods would be like. We recommend their signature Hummingbird Cake, which is a soft sponge cake that bursts with flavours of banana, pineapple and coconut—like taking a bite out of a tropical summer vacation.
Cake Spade. 83 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088504. +65 6444 3868
Mon-Thu noon-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm.
The perfect remedy for Singapore’s warm, tropical weather: a hearty serving of bingsu. This shaved-ice dessert originates from South Korea and is served with toppings such as condensed milk, chopped fruits, red beans, and more.
Nunsongyee. 534 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188749. There are also other outlets islandwide.
North Bridge Rd outlet: Daily 24 hours.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant
Head to the one Michelin-starred Rhubarb Le Restaurant and order a Rhubarb&, a classic ice cream crumble dessert made of rhubarb (an ingredient often used in tarts and cakes to give them a sweet flavour and purple shade) sorbet, vanilla ice cream and warm, toasty crumble. This comes beautifully plated and topped with fruits for extra zest.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant. 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089589. +65 8127 5001.
Mon-Fri noon-2.15pm, 6.30-9.30pm; Sat 6-10pm.
Experimental desserts with a Singaporean twist
The go-to place for Mod-Sin (modern Singaporean) desserts, 2am:dessertbar is the brainchild of one of the country’s most celebrated dessert chefs, Janice Wong. Sample the Shades of Green, which uses traditional ingredients such as pandan and gula melaka (palm sugar), turned into a sweet custard served with pistachio sponge.
2am:dessertbar. 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733.
Tue-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat & Sun 2pm-2am.
Non Entrée Desserts
Bite into a serving of bak chor mee (minced meat noodles), except it’s not warm or savoury—it’s chilled mango jelly shaped like noodles and sea coconut disguised as mushrooms, topped with a raspberry reduction ‘chilli’. This is just one of Non Entrée Desserts’ playfully disguised dessert dishes. Their unique dessert creations are made to resemble traditional Singaporean food with a quirky twist.
Hong Building. 204 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 21845.
Tue-Thu 2-10pm; Fri 2-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm.
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
Indulge in Singapore’s salted egg yolk food trend—drizzle salted egg yolk sauce over charcoal waffles at Fatcat Ice Cream Bar, known for their array of unconventional waffle flavours. The bright yellow salted egg yolk sauce and charcoal waffles, plated with salted caramel syrup, make for an Instagram-worthy meal.
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar. Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416.
Mon & Wed-Thu, 1-10pm; Fri 1-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm.
Sample traditional Peranakan* flavours at Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, helmed by Singapore chef stalwart Malcolm Lee. Treat yourself to a serving of buah keluak ice cream, a combination of black nuts indigenous to Southeast Asia, dark chocolate and chilli specks that come together in a rich, earthy dessert.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Candlenut. 17 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. +65 1800 304 2288.
Mon-Thu & Sun noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm.