Best Japanese bakeries in Singapore
If Japanese doughnuts, shokupan, and mochi cheese bun make your eyes pop, then you’ve come to the right place. From neighbourhood gems to shopping mall finds, we’ve compiled a list of the best Japanese bakeries in Singapore for all bread lovers to get that dough.
Located in the heart of Singapore, Paaru is easily one of the best additions to Chinatown in 2023. The bakery is spearheaded by a Japanese baker with almost 20 years of experience, and you will find a range of cakes, breads, and pastries here.
For bread lovers, get their Nama Shokupan ($12+) and Matcha Azuki Shokupan ($16+). Many patrons dig their soft yet thick shokupan that is freshly baked on a daily basis! Else, their Rare Cheese Tart ($10+) and Strawberry Shortcake ($10+) are also must-tries.
Read more about Paaru bakery and cafe.
Address: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-18, Singapore 168976
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10:30am to 6pm, Thurs-Fri 10:30am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm
Paaru Bakery is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Gokoku Japanese Bakery
Recently, Gokoku Japanese Bakery announced the opening of their newest store at Wisma Atria, which marks their eighth outlet in Singapore. The brand has been around since 1961, and is one of the most famed Japanese bakeries on our island.
Many of us are into mochi bakes right now, and their Mochi Mochi Cheese ($2.80) does the trick to sort our mochi cravings. Each bun has milky and savoury cheese cubes within to make this snack all the more delicious. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend their Fuji Apple & Caramel Kouign-Amann ($3.20), which features chunks of apple slices, topped with a caramel icing glaze.
Find out our favourite breads at Gokoku Japanese Bakery!
You will find Kiroi tucked away under a HDB block in Alexandra Village. This homegrown bakery specialises in Japanese souffle cheesecakes, and is run by a middle-aged couple.
There are six different flavours of souffle cheesecake to choose from: Original ($9), Pandan ($10), Chocolate ($12), Rainbow ($12), Mocha ($10), and Raisin ($10). Each cake measures six-inch in diameter, which feeds about six to eight people—quite a steal given its generous portion. Cheesecake fans will surely fancy the textural contrast between the soft and airy insides, and a lightly caramelised top. Do note that their Japanese-style cheesecakes are lighter on the palate!
Read our Kiroi review!
Address: 123 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-118, Singapore 150123
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am to 3:30pm
Tel: 9845 9845
Kiroi is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Kamome Bakery
Kamome Bakery has two outlets situated in the trendy neighbourhoods of Joo Chiat and Thomson. It’s one of the Japanese bakeries in Singapore that doubles as a cafe, and it’s ideal for brunch dates with a good selection of unique baked goods to choose from.
Their Red Bean Butter ($3.40) sells like hotcakes, but you can also get a smaller version at $2.50—great for those with smaller appetites. You can expect a soft yet bouncy bun with a generous layer of red bean paste, and a slab of butter. For those who enjoy sweet and savoury combos, their Fig Camembert ($4) is a great choice. The baguette is packed with soft camembert cheese and a good amount of fresh figs!
Read our Kamome Bakery review.
Address: 169 Thomson Road, Goldhill Shopping Centre, Singapore 307621
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 8am to 5pm
Joo Chiat outlet
Address: 193 Joo Chiat Road, Illuma Health, Singapore 427464
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 11am to 5pm
Kamome Bakery is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Asanoya Boulangerie
Known for their adorable animal-themed bakes, Asanoya Boulangerie has three outlets across the island: Orchard, Bukit Timah, and Bugis. Their flagship store is located along Queen Street, and boasts a huge space that can accommodate many patrons at once.
We recommend their Turtle Matcha Pan ($3), which features a milk bun covered in a matcha-flavoured crust. There’s no filling within, but the soft bun and matcha flavour are good enough elements that make this treat a moreish one. Don’t miss out on their Chizu Bacon Croissant ($4), which showcases a flaky and buttery dough packed with cheese and bacon within.
Find out our top picks from Asanoya Boulangerie!
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Lesser known is LeTAO, a Japanese bakery situated in ION Orchard that specialises in cakes and cookies. You can also find shokupan, chocolates, and biscuits here.
You can give their Jersey Milk Swiss Roll ($19.90) a shot. Though simple in appearance, their swiss roll is said to be sophisticated in taste. The milk flavour is light on your palate, while the sponge cake remains soft and fluffy with every bite. Also, their cookie boxes make for a great gift idea; go for the Otaru Rue Ironai Fromage Cookies ($16.50) and The Noir Darjeeling Chocolate Cookies ($15.50).
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-05, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 8799 3551
LeTAO is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Donatzu is a small Japanese bakery in the West specialising in baked ring pies that look like doughnuts. The brand started out as a home-based business, and they now have a physical store amidst a residential area in West Coast!
The flavours change up from time to time. They currently offer a total of eight flavours: Signature Apple, Crispy Pineapple, Japanese Sweet Potato, Awesome Durian, Mix Berries with Cheese, Apple Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, and Lemon Mango. Each piece is priced at $3.80, while a box of six costs $20.80.
Address: 1 West Coast Drive, #01-42, NEWest, Singapore 128020
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 6pm
Tel: 8123 9098
Donatzu is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Morimori Yogashi
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A hot favourite is theJapanese Mentaiko Seaweed Cheese Bread ($9), which you can get in a bundle of eight pieces at $25. It features a soft bun brimming with mozzarella cheese, Japanese mentaiko mayonnaise, and roasted seaweed. Alternatively, try their Taro Milk Roll ($15), a sponge cake rolled with a beautiful layer of rich taro filling. This is perfect for those who appreciate taro-infused desserts that are not excessively sweet.
Address: 1 Everton Park, #01-31, Singapore 081001
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 4pm
Tel: 9387 1494
Morimori Yogashi is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Oishi Pan Bakery
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Oishi Pan Bakery is a hidden gem in Toa Payoh with a good variety of bakes and breads, such as Black Sesame Japanese Milk Bread (price TBD), QQ Mochi Bread ($2.20), and Earl Grey White Chocolate Bread ($4.50).
For something substantial, there’s the Banana Walnut Loaf ($7.80) which has a good balance of sweet and nutty flavours, along with a slightly chewy texture. If you’re a fan of savoury breads, get their Mochi Cheezy Bun ($1.60) and Sundried Tomato bread ($2.20) instead. The latter is said to taste similar to a pizza bread with a relatively strong herb flavour.
Address: 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-572, Toa Payoh Mall, Singapore 310190
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6254 5994
Oishi Pan Bakery is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Chef Yamashita
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Known for their whole cakes and ring doughnuts, Chef Yamashita has outlets in Tanjong Pagar, Great World, and Millenia Walk.
For whole cakes, the bakery is best known for their Lychee Strawberry ($43), which presents a strawberry-flavoured sponge cake with layers of lychee cream, topped with sliced lychee. If you prefer something fancier, get their Ichigo Souffle ($55), which is essentially a Japanese-style strawberry shortcake with a mild cheesecake taste. We also recommend their gluten-free Kome Kome Ring series that comes in six different flavours: Coconut, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cinnamon, and Original. Each doughnut is priced at $3.80!
11. Pullman Bakery
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Fun fact: Pullman Bakery opened their very first bakery in 1978 in Hokkaido under a different name. It was only in 1986 that the family-run business launched their current brand!
Their Curry Hokkaido Bun ($3) is a popular choice as the crispy bun is packed with curried potato chunks that is said to be mildly spicy. If you can’t tolerate spice, you can opt for their Sweet Potato Donut ($1.70) instead. This airy and soft bread features sweet potato chunks and paste with the right amount of sweetness! The bakery also offers a good selection of trendy beverages, such as iced Matcha Latte ($5.50), Black Sesame Latte ($4.50), and Earl Grey Milk Tea ($4.50).
Best Japanese bakeries in Singapore for bread lovers
The next time you’re craving fresh Japanese-style bread or pastries, we hope this list of the best Japanese bakeries in Singapore will come in handy in finding a new go-to!
For more must-try bread shops, read our guide to the best sando cafes and restaurants in Singapore. Alternatively, find out the best bagel places in Singapore including Two Men Bagel House, Onalu and more.
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