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8 BEST Japanese Bakery Shops In Singapore To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

From fluffy pancakes to soft cream buns, these Japanese desserts satisfy a discerning sweet tooth.

From matcha cakes to soft cream buns, Japanese bakery shops in Singapore do sweet treats in a unique way.

There’s just something about Japanese desserts and confectionery that we can’t get enough of. Perhaps it’s because Japanese patisseries insist on maintaining consistently high standards and using quality ingredients (not to mention pretty packaging), is it any wonder that we’re more than willing to splurge on sweet treats in these Japanese bakery shops in Singapore?

Good looks play a part. Be it a classic matcha cake or a wibbly wobbly Japanese soufflé pancake, the desserts at Japanese bakery shops in Singapore are like little works of art.

It used to be tough to find Japanese bakery shops and deor well-known bakery chains, from Japan. So here’s where to go to find original Japanese-style desserts that taste exactly like what you had in Japan. We present, with a flourish, our selection of the best Japanese bakery shops in Singapore.

1. Morozoff

Morozoff was actually founded as a chocolate shop, back in 1931, in Kobe. Now the chain is a leading luxury confectionery maker in Japan, with over 1,000 stores and 31 cafes in Japan, plus outlets all over the world.

Morozoff set up shop in Singapore from 1984 to 2003, then made a comeback in 2017. Now this popular Japanese bakery shop, chocolatier and confectionery chain is delighting fans with a range of sweet and savoury snacks including chocolates, cookies with roasted nuts, cookie sandwiches and packaged baked goods such as French-style madeleines.

Their signature confectionaries in Singapore include the Feuillage (thin leaf-shaped cookies topped with almonds or hazelnuts, from $15), Glace Au Chocolat (bite-sized chocolates, $1 per piece), and the Hokkaido mascarpone cheesecake ($35).

Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

2. Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory opened in 2011 and now has nine outlets in Tokyo. In November 2017 (yes, we counted) it opened in Singapore and has quickly become one of the most popular Japanese bakeries in Singapore. The confectionery chain specialises in sweets such as sweet and savoury cookies, cakes and soft serve icecream made of Hokkaido Jersey milk, plus cheesecakes make of French camembert cheese and guérande salt.

But the cheesecake is the real star here, and Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory take it seriously. It sources ingredients from various parts of the world, such as rosemary honey from Spain, sea salt from France, gorgonzola cheese and porcini mushroom from Italy. Fans rave about their Salt and Camembert Cookies (from $14.50), which has a savoury-sweet Camembert cheese white chocolate filling.

The Milk Cheesecake is another popular item ($29.50). Made of cream cheese from France and Hokkaido that’s blended with Hokkaido fresh milk, the cake comes with a crepe base layered with a cream cheese and milk mousse. Other must-tries include the Cow Cow Milk Pie, which is a choux pastry and pie combination with cream cheese filling ($3.80 each) and the Cow Cow Sundae ($8.80), a soft-serve icream that’s served in a crispy cup made from cream cheese and gouda cheese from Hokkaido.

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

3. The Maple Mania

Established in 2013 at Tokyo’s incredibly bust main train station, The Maple Mania is well-known for Maple Butter Cookies (from $13.50). For three consecutive years (from 2015 to 2017) the Maple Butter Cookies ranked as the best-selling product in Tokyo Station, according to the station’s annual Popular Souvenir Ranking. Considering that 3.5 million people use Tokyo main train station every day, that’s a lot of cookies.

The Maple Mania uses pure maple syrup sourced directly from Quebec, Canada to create their own mixture of maple syrup, toffee, herbs and spices, with a tinge of floral flavours. This sweet syrup is then incorporated into its products.

Apart from the Maple Butter Cookies, other crowd favourites in Singapore include the Maple Financiers (from $16.80) and caramel-topped Maple Baumkuchen ($29.90), a multilayered German-style cake shaped like a ring, to symbolise longevity and unity. The Maple Mania bakery in Singapore infuses the cake with maple syrup and sprinkles on crystallised maple sugar for a crunchy texture.

Fun fact: The Maple Mania is actually the sister company of Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory. The office pantry for this company must be like sweet-tooth heaven.

The Maple Mania
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-K2, ION Orchard, 238801
Tel: 9248 8475
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)

4. Châteraisé

The Châteraisé Japanese bakery chain in Singapore is in almost every corner of the island. Established in the Yamanashi prefecture in Japan, Châteraisé uses fresh eggs, milk and other ingredients from Japan to produce a range of Japanese-western cakes.

If you love that kawaii Japanese style, or you’re hosting a children’s party, Châteraisé Japanese bakery chain in Singapore carries the cutest animal-themed mini cakes. When it comes to Japanese sweets, signature items include the Legendary Fresh Cream Cake ($5.10 a slice), Fresh Cream Dorayaki Red Bean Pancake ($1.90). For birthday cakes with a difference, try The Longevity Ring (from $19.00) a soft and buttery cake that’s shaped like a ring, and patterned like a tree, to symbolise a long and healthy life. The exquisite boxes of assorted sweets also make a good gift for a loved one with a sweet tooth.

Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

5. Kyushu Pancake

Established in 2012, Kyushu Pancake is famous for multi-grain pancakes, which are made with seven different types of grains grown in Kyushu (arguably Japan’s agricultural gem). The pancakes are free of artificial flavourings, additives and emulsifiers.

Some of the store’s highlights include the Berry-licious Pancake ($16.90), a stack of pancakes served with strawberries, blueberries & raspberries in a wild berries compote. Another winning dessert at this Japanese bakery in Singapore is the Matcha Montblanc ($18) – a stack of pancakes topped with fresh cream and green tea Matcha powder. Fans of savoury foods can try the Eggs Benedict Pancake ($18) which replaces traditional English muffins with pancakes, served with tomatoes, asparagus, a poached egg, bacon and topped with hollandaise sauce.

Kyushu Pancake
Address: 25 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, 277735
Tel: 6352 6265
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Daily)

6. Hattendo

Hattendo is a store in Singapore.

This chain of bakery shops in Singapore is known for impossibly soft cream buns that taste best when they’re chilled. The bakers swear they tried thousands of recipes before arriving at the final product. Even today, each bun is painstaking made from hand, from kneading the bread to whipping the cream. This is because the cream buns are so soft they tear if they’re handled by a machine.

The delicate sweet bread buns come in five flavours: whipped cream, custard, chocolate, green tea matcha, and Azuki red bean paste ($2.70). Custard and whipped cream are the brand’s bestselling flavours, but we’ve got a soft spot for the smoky Azuki. Made by simmering Hokkaido-grown Azuki beans with sugar, the bun filling is sweet without being overpowering.

Address: 331 New Bridge Rd., #01-02, Dorsett Residences, 088764
Tel: 8113 6096
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.); Closed on Mon.

7. Henri Charpentier

This sophisticated Japanese Bakery Shop in Singapore is famous for flamboyant Crepe Suzette and flambéed crêpes. These desserts are flamed at your table, so you get a real show with your afternoon tea.

First established in Japan in 1969, Henri Charpentier is a Japanese patisserie named after a famous nineteenth-century French chef who wowed the kings and queens of Europe with his fancy pastries.

The Henri Charpentier chain started as a coffee shop in Ashiya, a wealthy town between the Japanese cities of Kobe and Osaka. Unusally for Japan, Ashiya has many large homes featuring tennis courts, swimming pools and tea houses. So you know the residents here demand the best.

In Singapore, get ready to splash out on the exquisitely made signature cakes, pastries, madeleine, financiers and flambé desserts. Some of the signature items include the fragrant financiers ($2.90 for one), made with almond flour and an original cultured butter recipe; madeleines ($2.90 for one) made of Hokkaido flour, rum, honey and Japanese lemons, and the strawberry shortcake ($10.20 for a slice, from $44.90 for a whole cake), a light almond sponge cake layered with whipped cream.

Henri Charpentier
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

8. Chef Yamashita

Chef Yamashita is a japanese bakery store in Singapore.

This Japanese artisan patisserie in Singapore was established by Chef Yamashita Masataka, who was trained at the reputable Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka. Chef Yamashita is an esteemed patissiere who’s worked at many patisseries around Japan before moving to Nara to manage one the the top patisseries. Nara is both the ancient capital of Japan, and a top cultural tourist destination, so his delicate creations were a hit.

Chef Masataka’s search for a new challenge led to a move to Singapore, where he continues to create delightful treats. Signature items include the strawberry shortcakes (from $30), Japanese mont blanc cookies (from $38), Mille Feuille crispy pastries ($6.80) and premium choux pasty buns ($3.80).

If you’re a fan of French-Japanese pastries, you’ll enjoy the delicate taste and the presentation Chef Yamashita does so well.

Chef Yamashita
Address: 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-44, 082001
Tel: 6604 9709
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sun.); Closed on Mon.

By Joyce Chua, September 2019 / Images: courtesy of the respective business credited / Last updated by Sabrina Ng, August 2021

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