If you work in the CBD, then you know how important those coffee ‘meetings’ are, and nothing makes a coffee break better than a little something indulgent to go with your caffeine fix. We’re sticklers when it comes to quality coffee and pastries, so when our sugar levels get low mid-morning or mid-afternoon, we have a few spots that are guaranteed to give us the good stuff. From fluffy croissants to freshly baked cupcakes, and cocoa-rich brownies, these are our top picks for the best pastries and baked goods in Singapore’s CBD.
Common Man Stan
Common Man Stan has just launched a new line of sweet and savoury treats that pair perfectly with their excellent brews. Take your pick from sumptuous snacks designed especially for coffee breaks like the south-west honey cheesecake with pecan crumble, flourless Valrhona chocolate cake, Tiong Bahru Bakery croissants, and housemade sausage rolls. And don’t forget about Donut Fridays when you can grab delicious gourmet donut creations.
Common Man Stan, 11 – 12 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730. p. +65 6877 4855. Open daily 7:30am – 5:30pm
For those who don’t have a sweet tooth affliction, a simple fluffy croissant with a black coffee might be the perfect coffee break snack. If this sounds like your style, then Maison Kayser is your spot. Founded in Paris by master baker Eric Kayser, this artisanal bakery has four locations in Singapore that offer up authentic French classics like the humble, but heavenly croissant, tasty tarts, eclairs and loaves of freshly baked bread.
Maison Kayser, 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square #B1-25, Singapore 228209. p. +65 6636 3672. Open Mon – Sun 8:30am – 9pm. (Also locations at Raffles Place, Suntec City Mall, and MyVillage @ Serangoon Garden.
Park Bench Deli
When you think of Park Bench Deli, it’s probably huge, brimming over sandwiches that come to mind, but if you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, try the PB&J. Trust us, this isn’t the tired old PB&J you remember from your childhood brown bag lunches. Instead, their version comes jam-packed (pun intended) with crunchy peanut butter and mixed berry jam on a crunchy and chewy cornflake-crusted chocolate bread. Drool.
Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627. p. +65 6815 4600. Open Mon – Fri 7:30am – 9pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 3pm
You can’t go wrong with pretty much anything you order at Patisserie G as the coffee is solid and the cakes are all kinds of delicious. However, if there’s one thing you absolutely must try at least once in your life, it’s the G-Spot cake. This decadent dome hits all the right spots with an alluring combo of dark chocolate mousse, chocolate meringue, and dark chocolate hazelnut praline feuilletine.
Patisserie G, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-40/41 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596. p. +65 6338 7578. Open Mon – Thurs 7:30am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun 10am – 9pm & 6A Shenton Way, #01-30/34 Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815. p. +65 6222 0390. Open Mon – Fri 7:30am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 3pm
Plain Vanilla Bakery
The atmosphere at Plain Vanilla Bakery is super cosy with inviting wooden tables that are perfect for pulling out your laptop and catching up on work while you indulge in some of Singapore’s best cupcakes. There are tons of cupcake flavours to choose including earl grey lavender, milk chocolate banana, and cinnamon brown sugar. They also do fab cookies, cakes, and tarts.
Plain Vanilla, 134 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600. p. +65 8299 0674. Open Mon – Fri 7:30am – 6:30pm, Sat – Sun 8am – 5pm. (Also locations in Cluny Court, ION Orchard, and Tiong Bahru)
There’s no coffee at P.Osh, but you probably won’t mind once you take your first bite of one of their insanely good brownies. Honestly, we haven’t found anywhere else that does brownies this fresh and sinfully delicious. It’s a bold statement, but true. Choose from a variety of flavours including the classic chewy brownie, mint coco, or Oreo version. Pair it with a cup of joe from your favourite CBD coffee spot for a match made in heaven.
P.Osh, 11 Orchard Rd, #B1-40 Dhoby Xchange, Singapore 238826. p. +65 9007 0014. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 9:30pm
Set in the Telok Ayer hood, Sarnies is renowned for its superb signature coffees and tasty Aussie-style cafe fare. Most people come here for the hearty breakfasts and super stacked salads and sandwiches, but we’re telling you, the brownie is worth a trip in itself. We can’t get enough of this huge bad boy slab that melts in your mouth with an explosion of rich, chocolate-y flavour.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601. p. +65 6224 6091. Open Mon – Tues 7:30am – 10:30pm, Wed – Fri 7:30am – 12am, Sat – Sun 8:30am – 4pm