Just imagine sinking your teeth into a flaky croissant—crisp yet delightfully chewy, and baked to a breathtaking shade of golden-brown perfection. Those painstakingly laminated layers of butter and dough call for a solid cheat day indulgence, but I’ll do you one better—loaded croissants.
Yes, you may be a purist who likes their croissants as is, but here at SETHLUI.com, it’s maximalism all the way. Not only will this list include perennial sweet options such as fruits, chocolate, or mochi, but we’ll also be sharing with you 10 places to get these loaded buttery pastries topped with unconventional ingredients such as ham, mentaiko prawn, and salmon.
1. Mr Holmes Bakehouse
You might know them as the tried and true cruffin veteran, but their croissants aren’t worth passing up— they’ve got adorable YellowPink Croissants (S$7.50) that are mango-flavoured and chocolate-coated for a decadent fruity afternoon snack. It was created as part of the collaboration between Mr Holmes Bakehouse and toy design studio, Mighty Jaxx.
They’ve also got a California Roll Croissant (S$7.50) that’s stuffed with savoury salmon and topped with roasted seaweed for a buttery brunch that’s worth all the cardio you have to do to burn it off. If savoury is your speed, then opt for the Ham & Cheese (S$7) variant that’ll promise an umami-rich mouthful.
2. La Levain
Helmed by the ex-pastry chef of Bakery Brera and Keong Saik Bakery, La Levain’s croissants are held up to high standards, and I’m glad to say that they’ve won my loyalty. The Bobochacha (S$6.50) croissants were filled with huge chunks of sweet potato and mochi, making this an unexpectedly filling snack.
Cheese lovers won’t want to miss their Burnt Cheese (S$7) croissants, which marries the flaky croissant, basque burnt cheesecake, and a gooey lava centre. It’s a messy affair, but don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and make sure you soak up every bit of savoury cheese lava with the flaky pastry.
They’ve also got a Four Cheese and Ham (S$6.20) that’s no less satisfying, and perfect for a mid-afternoon bite to tide you over till dinner.
3. Brotherbird Milk & Croissants
If you’re a self-proclaimed croissant connoisseur, then Brotherbird Milk & Croissants won’t be unfamiliar to you. Explore their menu with an Assorted Box (S$32) that consists of unique savoury options—have you ever had a Mentaiko Prawn Twice Baked croissant? Are you curious enough to give a Toffeenut Escargot pastry a shot?
If you’re erring on the side of caution, the Classic Rocher Croissant will give your sweet tooth a run for its money. I’m sure the Cookie Butter Cruffin will also be immensely popular at dinner gatherings, seeing as Singaporeans do love a good Biscoff-flavoured dessert from time to time.
4. Le Matin Patisserie
The Black Forest from Le Matin Patisserie will be perfect for all chocoholics out there—their chocolate croissant dough is studded with Valrhona chocolate pieces, topped with cherries and filled with boozy mascarpone cream. Finished with an aged balsamic cherry glaze and topped with caramelised cacao nibs, this one will let you spend the rest of your day in a happy sugar high.
If you’re planning to pay a visit to USS, make sure you get your hands on the Croissant Amazake Soft Serve (S$10) which includes a croissant that doubles as a cone. It’s topped with ice cream and more croissant flakes with a sprinkle of koji for you to beat the heat. I’m not sure about you, but a croissant ice cream cone is definitely something I’d be down to try.
5. Keong Saik Bakery
Keong Saik Bakery is one of the few at the apex of Singapore’s baked goods and pastry scenes. Their unique croissants have captured the hearts (and tummies) of many pastry lovers out there, and one that you can’t miss is their Truffle Potato (S$6.20) flavoured croissant cubes. Yes, you’re getting buttery layers that exude the fragrant aroma of truffle, complete with potatoes for an extra hefty snack.
For your sweet tooth cravings, there’s the Orh Nee (S$6) croissant cube that houses Keong Saik Bakery’s homemade yam paste with yam chunks that are nestled between layers of buttery croissant. It’s the Chinese-French fusion dish that you’d least expect, but if you’re a fan of taro or yam, this one will be impossible to miss.
6. La Grigne Patisserie
This is the place to hit up if you’ve got a sweet and savoury tooth. La Grigne Patisserie is well-loved for its innovative croissant flavours, along with the incorporation of both French and Japanese techniques into the creation of their baked goods. Their Mentaiko Croissant (S$5.50) is topped with thick ropes of mentaiko mayonnaise and baked with an umami-rich piece of honey shoyu salmon on the inside.
They’ve amassed loyal fans for their savoury bakes, and another one to rival the Mentaiko Croissant is the Spicy Crabby Croissant (S$5.50). I know the words ‘spicy’ and ‘crab’ aren’t usually associated with French pastries, but this creation is stuffed with shredded crab meat and sriracha mayo. Are these croissants worth giving a shot, even just once?
7. Whitfield Street Bakery
The Za’atar & Gruyere Cheese Croissant (S$6.80) caught my attention first. This herbaceous and savoury pastry from Whitfield Street Bakery is baked with a Middle Eastern spice mixture of sumac, dried oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and more. Coupled with cheese, this flaky pastry would just make for the most delightful of midday snacks.
If sweet is the way to go, then we’re on the same team. The Lychee Rose Meringue Croissant (S$6.50) sounds like a dream come true—think of light and fragrant lychee rose and cream filling housed in buttery layers of pastry before it’s topped with swiss meringue and rose petals.
8. Au Croissant
For a uniquely Singaporean twist on the traditional French pastry, Au Croissant has come up with a Kaya Coconut Croissant (S$4.80) which combines the fragrant kaya with shaved coconut. They also have a Purple Sweet Potato (S$4.80) variation, that’s become immensely popular—proof that the unconventional works, and Au Croissant is clearly ahead of the game.
They’ve also recently rolled out a brand new line of premium croissants, and the Snickers Croissant (S$4.80) soared to the top of my ‘must-try’ list. Lined with peanut butter in the middle and topped with caramel and chocolate, this one practically guarantees a sugar high. Instead of two cheat days with a Snickers bar and a croissant, how ‘bout we kill two birds with one pastry?
9. Sugar Thieves
The croissants at Sugar Thieves come in a box of 12 for S$38, so there’s plenty to go around at your Christmas and New Year’s gatherings. And the best part? All their flavours are more unique and special than the last—have you ever tried a Maple Bacon croissant? This is an ultimate sweet-and-savoury combination that’ll let you have dessert for breakfast or vice versa.
They’ve also got a festive Spiced Pumpkin Latte flavoured pastry—how yummy would it be to wash one of these croissants down with a pumpkin spice latte as well?
The folks at Sugar Thieves caught my eye with their Goma Kinako Croissants. This one’s for all my fellow black sesame lovers out there; it’s going to be hard to say no to a flaky, buttery pastry filled with a fragrant roasted black sesame cream and topped with kinako crumble.
10. Bakery Brera
Bakes from Bakery Brera have grown immensely popular amongst Singaporeans, and for good reason. They’re most well-known for their Cruffins, which is the lovechild of a croissant and muffin. Their most popular flavours include the Matcha Cruffin (S$5.50), which is perfect for those who don’t want their desserts overly sweet.
If savoury is your speed, then opt for their Gourmet Bratwurst Sausage Croissants (S$5.50), where layers of buttery dough house a succulent pork sausage. It’ll make for a hefty snack or a light meal, and one that I think a lot of us would be eager to relish once we get our hands on these.
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