Everyone loves dessert! From the delicious ice-cream sandwiches you get from your neighbourhood ice-cream man to fluffy Japanese pancakes and decadent waffles, there’s always something for everyone. Desserts have always been popular in Singapore, so it is no surprise that dessert cafes are undergoing a renaissance and serving up some delicious and unique offerings on their menu!
With so many amazing cafes all around the island, how will you know where to spend your money and calories? Here are our top picks, in no particular order, for the best dessert cafes in Singapore to indulge all your sweet cravings.
1. Sunday Folks
There are many reasons to love Sundays, but there are even more reasons to love Sunday Folks. Nestled in the quaint Chip Bee Gardens neighbourhood just across from Holland Village, this trendy dessert cafe offers handcrafted desserts with a unique twist. Opened back in 2014 by the same team that operates popular ice cream bar, Creamier, Sunday Folks is meant to emulate an easy Sunday afternoon spent with friends over good coffee and even better dessert.
The most popular menu items include their Belgian waffles and their ice-creams, which come in interesting flavours like sea salt gula Melaka and earl grey lavender. They also sell freshly-baked whole cakes, which you can usually find in their display counter, though the options vary depending on the day and season.
44 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-52 Chip Bee Gardens
+65 6479 9166
Tuesdays to Fridays: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Weekends: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
2. 2am: dessertbar
It is almost impossible to mention desserts in Singapore without mentioning Chef Janice Wong and 2am: dessertbar. An upmarket dessert restaurant in Holland Village, 2am: dessertbar is the place to go to if you want to have a fine dining dessert experience. The restaurant is thoroughly chic with a dessert menu that reinvents the wheel, including their ever-popular Chocolate H20 -- aerated, frozen chocolate and water mousse served atop chocolate ‘soil’
The desserts here are obviously on the more expensive side, but it’s not anything that will break the bank. If you are feeling like you could splurge, though, one of the best parts of the dessert menu is they pair all their desserts with a recommended drink. Fun fact? The 2am in their name refers to their closing time, so there’s ample time to enjoy their desserts and drinks!
21A Lorong Liput
+65 6479 9166
Tuesdays to Fridays: 3:00 pm – 2:00 am
Weekends: 2:00 pm – 2:00 am
Many people dispute if Marie Antoinette did indeed say, “Let them eat cake!”, but at this French-inspired patisserie, you will most definitely want to eat the cake. Antoinette is helmed by award-winning Singaporean patissier Pang Kok Keong who creates gorgeous French-inspired desserts inspired by the latest food trends.
Antoinette serves all sorts of desserts, but they are most popular for their picture-perfect pastries, including cakes, tarts, macarons, mousses, and more. Pang also tries to incorporate food trends into his menu, so you will see unorthodox offerings like a bubble tea-inspired cake. The best thing about Antoinette? It doesn’t just serve desserts, offering French dishes sure to satiate your appetite.
30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street)
Mondays to Thursdays: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fridays and Eve of Public Holidays: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
4. Plain Vanilla Bakery
Plain Vanilla started out small -- at a tiny takeaway shop in Holland Village that had barely any standing room, much less a place to sit and enjoy their menu. You can now find their delicious baked goods at four outlets across Singapore, including their flagship cafe at Tiong Bahru’s Yong Siak Street. They choose to focus on simple, uncomplicated flavours that are brought out by high-quality ingredients, which shows once you take a bite out of any of their desserts.
Plain Vanilla’s best-sellers are their cupcakes, including the much-loved Red Velvet and Salted Caramel. You can also find whole cakes, cookies, breakfast desserts, tarts, and more! The best part? Their Tiong Bahru location has ice-cream!
1D Yong Siak Street
+65 8363 7614
Mondays to Saturdays: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
5. Cake Spade
Cake Spade might just be the place to go if you love, well, cake. While Cake Spade is well-known for their decadent cakes, they offer dozens of other desserts on their menu. But that’s not the only reason you should check out this cafe! Their bright pink storefront and adorably quirky interiors are sure to brighten up your day and make the perfect setting to enjoy some yummy desserts.
At Cake Spade, you can indulge in all sorts of cakes, including chocolate cakes, cake shakes, and even tofu cheesecakes! Their bestsellers include their Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake, which perhaps sounds a bit too healthy for a dessert, but is definitely a must-try.The best part? You can get cakes by the whole if you’ve got a birthday coming up, or just really want to treat yourself.
83 Tanjong Pagar Road
+65 6444 3868
Mondays to Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
6. The Fabulous Baker Boy
There is a lot to love about The Fabulous Baker Boy. Its central location at River Valley Road, just across from Clarke Quay, means that it’s usually quite easy to drop by and enjoy your selection of delicious cakes and bakes. But what we adore about this bakery is that their chef and co-owner, Juwanda Hashim, is a self-taught cook and baker who, in his own words, bakes with his heart.
If you’re sold, then head on down to their cafe and sample some of their classic desserts, including their Valrhona Chocolate Cake and the Big Lub's Carrot Cake. The Fabulous Baker Boy doesn’t just sell desserts though -- they have a savoury menu that offers pasta, beef short ribs, and more. What’s more, while not halal-certified, they source halal ingredients for their dishes and even offer gluten-free options.
70 River Valley Road #01-15
+65 6694 8336
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Sundays: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
7. Carpenter & Cook
Carpenter & Cook is what happens when you combine two things you really love and make it work for you. When you first step into this kitschy cafe on Lorong Kilat, you’ll be greeted not just by the enticing smells of freshly-baked tarts, but also a selection of curated vintage home goods. The unique artisan bakery and vintage home goods store was started by friends Shenn, Phoebe, and Eunice, in June 2012 and has been a favorite of cafe-hoppers ever since.
The must-try desserts at Carpenter & Cook are their tarts, especially their salted caramel chocolate and passionfruit meringue. They also offer brunch up till 2.30pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends, serving gluten-free potato waffles, eggs benedict, and more.
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
+65 6694 8336
Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sundays: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
8. Flor Patisserie
Flor Patisserie specializes in creating Japanese-inspired French bakes, sourcing the freshest and highest-quality ingredients straight from Japan, France, and other countries. Flor combines the lightness of Japanese desserts with the creaminess of French pastries in their decadent creations, often incorporating fruits and other seasonal ingredients.
Some of their signature items are their strawberry shortcake, which uses a sponge cake base, as well as their different flavors of chiffon cake. One thing to note is that their bakes do not contain any preservatives or artificial agents, which means they would not keep very long if you are hoping to buy an entire cake and eat it throughout the week!
2 Duxton Hill #01-01
+65 6223 8628
Everyday from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Pantler is a quiet respite amongst the bustle of the Central Business District (CBD), a stylish yet quiet cafe tucked away in Telok Ayer. Started by chefs Matthias Phua and Tomoharu Morita, both of whom spent time in the kitchens at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joël Robuchon Singapore, this cafe offers Japanese-French desserts like cakes, tarts, and pies.
What might be surprising is that many visit Pantler to eat their choux cream puffs, which are not a typical dessert that one travels to eat. One bite of Pantler’s cream puffs might just change your mind though. But if not, try out their Strawberry Shortcake (made from strawberries sourced directly from Japan!) or their Instagram-ready fruit tarts.
198 Telok Ayer Street
+65 6221 6223
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Closed on Sundays.
10. Tarte by Cheryl Koh
Started by the Les Amis group, Tarte is helmed by their head pastry chef Cheryl Koh. It was never meant to be a full-fledged cafe, but their artisanal tarts were so popular that it was almost inevitable. Nestled right at the heart of Singapore’s shopping district at Orchard’s Shaw Centre, Tarte is a fantastic place to take a breather and enjoy some classic tarts alongside a selection of coffees and teas.
Indulge in their fruit tarts, which are usually made with the freshest fruits in season such as apples and peaches, as well as their coconut pandan, and dark chocolate flavors. Their tarts come in various sizes, depending on whether you are eating individually or sharing, while their cakes can be bought by the slice or whole.
1 Scotts Road
Shaw Centre #02-12
+65 6235 3225
Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm