Get your hands on these 10 viral, stuffed croissants in Singapore

By Phyllis Leong December 22, 2023
Get your hands on these 10 viral, stuffed croissants in Singapore
Photos (clockwise from left): La Levain, Le Matin Patisserie, Mr Holmes Bakehouse, Alice Boulangerie

What is life, if not to live it to the fullest by indulging in guilty pleasures? There really isn’t anything more gratifying than sinking our teeth into viral, stuffed croissants that are chock-full of luscious fillings, especially for the sweet-toothed among us.

With its delicate and laborious lamination process, the croissant is one of the hardest French pastries to master. It requires precise measurements, temperatures and an accurate ratio of ingredients to achieve that addictive, oh-so-buttery goodness

If you’re looking for the best places with ’gram-worthy, loaded croissants, there are 10 of our favourite artisanal bakeries in Singapore that do these viral, stuffed croissants well, so be sure to check them out!

1. La Levain

23 Hamilton Road
Open: Tuesday to Sunday (8am to 6pm)

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How cute are these onigiri-shaped croissants?! Photo: La Levain

Why visit? It’s no surprise that La Levain has made it onto this list, especially when its stunning pastries regularly pop up on our social media feed. Known for its artisanal viennoiseries and hearty brunch fare, it’s a popular local bakery cafe that’s nestled along the cosy, cafe-lined Hamilton Road. 

The establishment is co-founded by pastry chef Wythe Ng, who cut his teeth at other big names such as Bakery Brera and Keong Saik Bakery. Chef Ng is a master at his craft, known for doling out innovative creations one after another. Some of his better-known inventions include oven-baked sourdough pizzas that riff on local favourites — such as nasi lemak and laksa (from S$13 a slice) — for the Singapore Food Festival, as well as onigiri-shaped croissants. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: The quirky, triangular-shaped onigiri croissants are the latest viral bakes to join the La Levain menu. Each treat resembles an onigiri to the T and even realistically comes with a seaweed wrap. Look forward to five newfangled flavours, such as lao gan ma (S$7.20), taro orh nee (S$7.20) and more.

2. Bakery Brera

8 Empress Road, 01-05
Open: Sunday and Monday (7.30am to 4pm), Tuesday to Saturday (7.30am to 5pm)

National Museum of Singapore, 01-06, 93 Stamford Road
Open: Monday to Saturday (9.30pm to 5pm)

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Sooo cheesy. Photo: Bakery Brera

Why visit? Tucked away in the quaint estate of Farrer Road lies Bakery Brera, a mom-and-pop bakery that has amassed a cult following for its artisanal French viennoiseries — specifically, its signature cruffins (a hybrid of a croissant and muffin). The best part? The folks here have kept its prices incredibly affordable, so pastry lovers get the most bang for their buck! 

A wide selection of tantalising pastries is available — sourdough bread, croissants, danishes, and cakes, among others. There is always a line of customers from when it first opens, all eager to get their hands on the treats, so get there early if you can, because we hear it tends to sell out by noon. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: Regulars come back for its viral, stuffed croissants. Made with premium French butter, the pastries come in a variety of tempting flavours. For sweet toothed, the almond croissant (S$5.30), packed with velvety almond paste and adorned with crunchy almond flakes, is a perpetual fan-favourite. The triple cheese & ham croissant (S$6) is another alternative, if you prefer a more savoury option.

3. Keong Saik Bakery

70 Bendemeer Road, 01-03
Open: Monday to Friday (8am to 7pm), Saturday and Sunday (8am to 6pm)

44 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-42
Open: Monday to Friday (8.30am to 7pm), Saturday and Sunday (8am to 6pm)

Jewel Changi Airport, 01-K214, 78
Open: Monday to Sunday (8am to 10pm)

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Passionfruit thyme cube. Photo: Keong Saik Bakery

Why visit? We all recognise Keong Saik Bakery — it’s a stalwart in the cafe scene, beloved for its burnt cheesecakes, tarts and cruffins. It’s also known for its one-of-a-kind, modern pastries where local meets traditional flavours

The outfit is helmed by chefs Tan Yuzhong and Ng Beng Soon, who met while working at Baker & Cook in 2013. The pair teamed up to start a bakery together and their passion certainly paid off. Now, the joint is wildly popular for its whimsical creations, such as its croissant eclairs and croissant cubes

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: If you haven’t already, then you should try the croissant cubes from Keong Saik Bakery — they’re on the savourier side, with options such as the truffle potato (S$6.90) and mentaiko (S$6.90). If you swing by the Bendeemer outlet, there’s also the outlet-exclusive muah chee (S$6.50).

The latter is our pick. We love how it’s served brimming with creamy black sesame paste and chewy mochi.

4. Brotherbird Bakehouse 

Multiple stores islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

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The Rocher croissant is an all-time favourite. Photo: Brotherbird Bakehouse

Why visit? Does Brotherbird Bakehouse need further introduction? The homegrown bakery is said to be the purveyor of viral, stuffed croissants in Singapore, known for its twice-baked croissants with a chewy, mochi centre. 

The brand rose to prominence during the height of the pandemic, when pictures of its loaded pastries were all that popped up on our social media feeds. Thanks to those viral photos, its preorder sets were constantly sold out and you had to be fast and sharp-eyed enough to snag a box.

Today, business hasn’t slowed down for the bakery. Its seasonal croissant boxes still sell out in the blink of an eye and snaking queues are the norm. Our suggestion? Head down or place your pre-orders early if you’d like to get your hands on a treat. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: Brotherbird Bakehouse has a solid lineup of well-loved flavours, but the Rocher croissant (a Ferrero Rocher-flavoured croissant, S$5.40) is an all-time favourite of ours. One bite into the pastry, and it oozes decadent hazelnut cream. The lemon meringue croissant (S$5.40) is also a joy to savour with its zesty lemon curd filling and torched meringue topping.

5. Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Multiple stores islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

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Spam and egg with kimchi croissant. Photo: Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Why visit? Sweet dreams are made of the luscious croissants at Mr Holmes Bakehouse, an internationally acclaimed brand hailing from San Francisco. When the bakery first announced its opening in Singapore back in 2021, the pastry lovers among us went wild

Everyone simply had to have a taste of its famous cruffins and viral, stuffed croissants — and yes, the pastries definitely live up to the hype. Over two years, the famed brand has garnered a cult following for its bakes and has quickly expanded to set up multiple outposts islandwide.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Go big or go home, they say. We’d go for chonky, loaded croissants all day, any day, so the spam and egg with kimchi (S$12.96) is our top pick with its seared spam slices, fluffy egg and cheddar cheese in a crisp butter croissant. One bite and you get a party of flavours in your mouth. For something a lil’ simpler, the hearty turkey ham & chutney (S$12.96) is a fantastic choice, too. 

6. Le Matin Patisserie

Ion Orchard, B2-49, 2 Orchard Turn
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

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We’ve never seen a burger-style croissant like this before. Photo: Le Matin Patisserie

Why visit? When Le Matin Patisserie opened its doors earlier this year, it generated a ton of buzz for its mouth watering pastries and desserts. Each treat is thoughtfully crafted and designed to evoke the quintessential French experience

Fuelled by his love for sweets, the outfit is the brainchild of chef Mohamed Al-Matin, who has worked with several world-renowned chefs like Adriano Zumbo of Adriano Zumbo Patisserie and Christopher The of Australia’s Black Star Pastry. He was also the pastry sous chef at Noma, one of the top-rated restaurants in the world. 

For those who haven’t gotten around to trying chef Matin’s intricate creations yet, the outlet is conveniently located in the heart of Ion Orchard. Both sweet and savoury delicacies are on the menu — pastries are served all day, while desserts are available from Wednesdays to Sundays between 6pm to 9pm.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The sourdough smoked cruffin (S$10) will please with its delicate blend of apple-wood smoked vanilla custard and fragrant eucalyptus meringue. The classic almond croissant (S$7.50) won’t disappoint either, with its toothsome roasted almond and vanilla cream.

7. Petit Pain

315 Joo Chiat Road
Open: Wednesday to Friday (11am to 5pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am to 4pm)

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Classic but gold. Photo: Petit Pain

Why visit? Those who frequently trawl through the Internet will be familiar with Petit Pain, a homegrown bakery that regularly makes the headlines for its queue-drawing croissants and bakes. It’s founded by husband-and-wife duo Mark and Regina, who share a love for artisanal pastries. 

The shop sits in a cosy, charming space that’s nestled in the heart of Joo Chiat. It might not be the rustic storefront that catches your eye at first glance, but rather the seemingly endless queue snaking around the outlet. More often than not, those who join the queue after noon walk away empty-handed, so avoid the heartbreak by heading down early.

Here, the menu is streamlined and simple, yet refined. There are only a handful of croissants to choose from — think pain au chocolat (S$3.20) and raisin escargot (raisin bread, S$3.20) — but each treat is crafted to crisp, buttery perfection. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: The aromatic classic croissant (S$3.20) may seem run-of-the-mill, but it’s a signature item at Petit Pain. Tear it in half to reveal its beautifully laminated layers, which boast a soft and fluffy texture. The orange chocolate escargot (S$3.20) is another bestselling pastry that features rich chocolate and candied orange bits.

8. Cedric Grolet

Como Orchard, Level 1, 30 Bideford Road
Open: Wednesday to Sunday (8.30am to 6pm)

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Look at how gorgeous the layers are. Photo: Cedric Grolet

Why visit? Hands up if you haven’t been able to snag a reservation at the latest Cedric Grolet outpost in Singapore! Good news, we hear the queues have since eased, which makes it significantly easier to book seats in advance. 

We remember when it first opened in town. The turnout was astounding with excited diners queuing for hours just to savour Grolet’s world-famous croissants, and understandably so. The patissier is reputed for his trompe-l’oeil (illusion) bakes, which are gorgeous, exquisite works of art — ones that definitely look like they should be displayed at a museum! 

Price range: $$$$

Crowd favourites: For the true Emily in Paris experience, get the Sweet Breakfast set (S$60). It comes with a croissant (S$8 a la carte), a waffle flower (S$26 a la carte) and two beverages (one hot, one cold). You’ll be impressed with the crisp croissant, which is baked to an irresistible golden-brown perfection.

9. Alice Boulangerie

Icon Village, 01-05/11, 12 Gopeng Street
Open: Monday to Friday (8am to 9.30pm)

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Flaky croissants loaded with a ton of fillings? Yes please! Photo: Alice Boulangerie

Why visit? You’ve seen the gargantuan, life-sized croissants sold at bakeries in Paris and London, but did you know that you can savour this monster of a treat in Singapore, too?

Enter the gigantic XXXL croissants by Alice Boulangerie, one of its (pardon the pun) biggest culinary hits on its menu. The ginormous pastries are crafted with premium French AOP butter and baked over three days to achieve a satisfying crunch and airy texture. 

If size doesn’t quite matter to you, there are other “normal-sized” viennoiseries to pamper yourself with. Most remarkably, the eye-watering bi-colour croissants, which are heaped with a ton of fillings and toppings, are a treat for both the eyes and palate.

Price range: $

Crowd favourite: For a taste of local nostalgia, the chilli crab croissant (S$9.80) mustn’t be missed. Touting Alice Boulangerie’s iconic bi-colour stripes, the treat is filled with shredded red pepper and succulent crab meat slathered in a housemade chilli paste.

10. Le Petit Croissant

Mera East, 01-08, 338 Changi Road
Open: Monday to Friday (7.30am to 6pm), Saturday and Sunday (7.30am to 3pm) 

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Cheese lovers will enjoy this treat. Photo: Le Petit Croissant

Why visit? Helmed by chef Laura Dagoneau Landry, Le Petit Croissant was born of her love and passion for French pastries. She opened her first physical shop in Hong Kong in 2017 and subsequently set up her second outpost at Changi Road in Singapore when she moved here in 2019. 

At first glance, Le Petit Croissant looks like your average run-of-the-mill bakery, yet it’s anything but. As its namesake suggests, most of the pastries here are served in petit or bite-sized portions — which is great if you prefer dainty treats that can be easily enjoyed on the go. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: Despite its comparatively lower prices, the taste and flavour of the croissants match up to big brands in Singapore. The mini almond croissant (S$3.90) is a petite version of the signature French pastry and it’s chock-full of almond paste. A savoury option would be the mini ham & cheese croissant (S$4), which is laden with juicy slices of French ham and emmental cheese.

For new eats around town, check out the opening of the Mama x Hue pop-up restaurant and Canopy Garden Dining at Changi Village. Alternatively, read our guide on the latest joints to set up shop in Singapore. 

All bakeries except for Brotherbird Bakehouse, Mr Holmes Bakehouse, Le Matin Patisserie, Petit Pain and Cedric Grolet are on the GrabFood Delivery service and offer free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited. 

You can also book a ride to these spots for the best viral, stuffed croissants in Singapore. 

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

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The resident sweet tooth with a severe addiction to desserts.

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