Tiong Bahru Bakery

French baker and TV personality Gontran Cherrier ties up with the Spa Esprit group, producing freshly baked bread and pastries for lucky Singaporeans in the areas of Tiong Bahru or Raffles City.


The kouign amann is what we came for and so we tried it first. The exterior is crusty and sweet while the interior is soft and moist. It is no surprise that most of the fame the bakery got came from this little bread.

The croissants are worth a try too. The plain original version is buttery though a bit too oily but the chocolate one is had just the right amount of sweetness. Pair it with delicious coffee by sister cafe Forty Hands and you have got a good afternoon tea meal.

Next, we also tried the squid ink bun with smoked salmon and ham. It looks and sounds good but was too salty for us. The bun is also soggy by the time the not so efficient but friendly staff warmed it up and sent it over to us.


This is one very popular cafe whether during peak mealtimes or odd hours. If you are looking for a place to chill out or if you are in a big group, this is not one place you should try. The service is okay when the crowd dies out but, when it is peak, try to avoid getting anything that has to be served.

Related link: Tiong Bahru Bakery website

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