Calling all dessert lovers — chase that sugar rush with this guide to Singapore’s most well-loved confectionery treats.
From go-to classics like waffles and ice cream to food trends like Korean bingsu, we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of the most popular desserts in Singapore and where to enjoy them.
Warm, fluffy waffles are certainly a crowd-pleaser in Singapore, especially when it comes to everyone’s favourite meal of the day: brunch.
For waffles with a creative twist, head to Montana at PoMo on Selegie Road. This waffles specialist serves up intriguing fusion editions: think Peking chicken confit with waffles and even assam crab waffles.
What Montana’s missing out on, though, is the salted egg yolk trend. This trend of combining traditional salted egg sauce with all sorts of edible goodies has seen the likes of salted egg fish skin, salted egg donuts, and more in eateries all over the country. For waffles, head to Fatcat Ice Cream Bar – their signature charcoal waffle with salted egg yolk sauce and butter beer ice cream is a real treat.
Tuck into a classic American diner-styled brunch at Clinton Street Baking Company. The eatery brings authentic New York flavours to Singapore’s shores with their iconic fried chicken and waffles dish topped with warm maple butter — a must-try if you fancy something savoury and sweet.
Who can resist good cake? Get your slice of happiness at Kki and Chef Yamashita, bakeries that specialise in Japanese-inspired French cakes. Kki serves up a variety of mousse cakes with delectable centres — try the chocolate and raspberry-flavoured Little Red Riding Hood. Chef Yamashita’s outlets are known for their French-style gateaux (light sponge cake), with their specialty being the chocolate and chestnut Mount Fuji sponge cake.
New York-based cake shop, Lady M, claims to be the pioneer of the well-loved Mille Crepe cake, and it lives up to the hype with its handmade 20-layer mille crepe cakes that come in flavours such as green tea and chocolate. Lady M also does monthly specials, with variations such as chocolate banana and earl grey making the occasional appearance on its menu — you’ll find something new to excite your tastebuds at every visit.
For a really indulgent snack (or breakfast, who are we to judge?), chow down on the Shibuya toast – a hearty slice of milk bread toast that’s drizzled with honey and a wide variety of toppings that ranges from fruit to torched marshmallows.
Stateland Café’s Shibuya toast is the perfect balance of texture — the bread is baked in-house for a crisp, honey-coated outer “crust”, while the inside remains soft and warm. Go for the TAN, which is chorcoal toast topped with malt sugar, liquid marshmallow, coconut ice cream, salted caramel, and pistachios.
For Shibuya toast with more local flavour, hit up the Dessert Project. We hear they make a wicked gula melaka (coconut palm) coconut toast. Don’t forget to save some room for their Nutella toast too, which comes with several scoops of ice cream and, of course, a generous helping of the rich hazelnut spread.
A fried-dough pastry snack that’s traditionally tossed in cinnamon sugar, churros are a well-loved Spanish dessert that are also a hit in the Lion City.
Sample some from wildly successful Korean chain Mr Churro, which operates as a takeaway joint at the basement level of shopping mall ION Orchard. Their main star? The 50-centimetres-long original churros. If you like an extra dollop of flavour, take your pick from their wide variety of dips such as milk custard and blueberry.
Another hot Korean chain, Churro101, launched their first outlet in Singapore in 2015. Bite into their chocolate-coated churros or opt for ones with milk custard, chocolate or cream cheese fillings. You can also pair your churros with a serving of ice cream for that extra sugary kick.
There's no better way to cool off than with a big bowl of bingsu — a Korean dessert of ice shavings, condensed milk, and toppings such as fruit and ice cream.
For a taste of this ice-cold creation, check out Nunsongyee for their sweet rice cake injeolmi bingsu, Nunsaram for the refreshing green tea bingsu topped with almond flakes and red bean paste, as well as O'ma Spoon, where the mixed berry milk bingsu tastes as luscious as it looks.
Your sweet tooth will be more than satisfied with the many incredible desserts found in and around the city! Need more ideas? Plan your 1-day food tour around Singapore with this gastronomic guide.