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The best bakeries with pie and tart delivery in Singapore

You’d want a piece (or more) of these sweet treats

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo
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Here’s a sweet conundrum: What is the difference between a pie and a tart? For a start, pies are baked dishes with fillings encased within dough; they can come fully covered (double-crusted) or open-topped (single-crusted). Tarts, on the other hand, come shallower in-depth and are usually served as open-faced dishes. Tarts also usually feature unbaked fillings. Either way, both belong to the same family, and are, at their core, equally delicious. 

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Shio Patisserie
Photograph: Shio Patisserie

Shio Patisserie

Much like how a dash of salt can bring out the flavours in baked goods, online-only Shio Patisserie (which gets its name from the Japanese translation of the seasoning) hopes to showcase how the humble tart can also be elevated to new heights with the right ingredients. Founders of local ice cream shop Denzy Gelato taps into the skills of head pastry chef Sherylnn Teo (who used to helm positions at Michelin-starred Les Amis, Odette, and Garibaldi Restaurant) to create a sweet line-up of five different tarts. 

The offerings are best enjoyed in Box One ($36), which presents four creations; start with the zesty and bright lime basil, or dig into the aromatic earl grey pecan piped with pecan butter. Cheese brûlée boasts a rich, velvety cream cheese filling; and Mont Blanc gets a zesty, boozy lift from cassis coulis and rum-soaked sponge. For the ultimate indulgence, sea salt chocolate tart ($38) will not disappoint. Rich ganache is packed with Maldon salt on the side for a timeless combination that works. 

Order here shiopatisserie.com

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  • Geylang

The adorable bear mascot (goes by the name of Barry, btw) isn’t the only sweet treat at Wunderfolks. The tart-focused patisserie has some six different creations ($8 each, $42 for six) that sit proudly in the display fridge. Homemade tart shells, which come packing in more buttery flavour, are used to create well-loved options of Fruitilicious, with seasonal fruits atop vanilla custard; Valrhona dark chocolate; lemon meringue; and maple pecan. Other standouts: lychee, suffused with elegant flavours of raspberry and rose; and the nutty Hey Sesame.

Order here wunderfolks.com

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  • Kallang

These sweet treats from Elijah Pies can easily pass off as works of art. Take the Instagram-friendly wild berry lavender pie ($52) for example, which comes adorned with hypnotic swirls of fresh yoghurt and berry. Or the vibrant honey chrysanthemum pie ($52) with soothing floral notes. Beyond just photogenic pies, the bakery is also known for its rich Nutella creation ($45), layered with dark chocolate and roasted hazelnut. Only whole pies are sold – as a way to bring people together as they enjoy a sweet dessert – but you certainly won’t be blamed for wanting to keep the entire treat to yourself. We certainly would. 

Order here elijahpies.com.sg

Fanntasy
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Fanntasy

Beyond just gracing the screens, local actress Fann Wong can also bake up delicious tarts. Her latest venture, Fanntasy, is an online sweet shop dedicated to some of her favourite recipes. Chocolate, a well-loved ingredient in her family, is used as inspiration to create the signature valrhona tart ($58). Almond sponge and dark chocolate creme sit atop crunchy sable, then finished with a sprinkling of gold dust. Or try the Musang King gula Melaka tart ($68), fortified with desiccated coconut for extra oomph. Each 7-inch circle will come adorned with illustrations that are designed and drawn personally by Fann. 

Order here fanntasybakes.com.sg

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  • Orchard

Tarts are given the royal treatment at this homegrown patisserie. Owner Cheryl Koh taps into her experience as head baker at Michelin-starred Les Amis to transform the humble dessert into elegant treats. Popular options include the bright orbs of cherry ($7.50), laid atop homemade vanilla cream; and passionfruit meringue ($10.50). Aside from a stellar regular line-up, Tarte by Cheryl Koh also frequently changes up the menu by working with fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce unexpected surprises. 

Order here tarte.com.sg

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  • Rochor

Take a peek through the display window of this homegrown bakeshop and you’ll find a sweet range of pies – both classic and creative. What started out as a quaint joint at Jalan Besar has since grown into a pie-centric three-storey café along Haji Lane. At Windowsill Pies, each creation comes handmade with a signature dough – made to yield a buttery and flaky crust. It can come filled with sour cherry ($67), layered with chocolate pudding and toasted marshmallow ($67), or stuffed with creamy banana parfait spiked with cognac cream ($63). Choosing from its menu is certainly a difficult choice, but luckily there is an assortment option ($67 for 10 slices) jam-packed with all of its popular choices. 

Order here windowsillpies.sg

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  • Cafés
  • Hougang

Come for brunch, stay for the desserts. Lola’s Cafe might be a popular weekend spot known for hearty plates of scrambled eggs-filled croissants ($16) and mushroom truffle linguine ($16), but its sweet options are worth saving tummy space for, too. Lemon meringue ($6) and sea salt chocolate ($6) are signature treats with enduring popularity; one is bright and refreshing while the latter is rich and decadent. Black sesame tart ($6) is also worth a try, with smooth black sesame and white chocolate ganache filling finished with Japanese matcha cookie crumble. 

Order here lolascafe.com.sg

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  • Geylang

The key, or clé in French, to making good desserts: using fresh produce and flavours as much as possible. It is an approach that pastry chefs Germaine Li and Joy Chiam first discovered during their stints at top kitchens of Les Amis and Joel Robuchon Restaurant – and one that the pair continues to champion at their very own bake shop, Patisserie Cle. Available on the menu is the special Orh Blanc Tart ($8), which is a playful twist on the French Mont Blanc dessert where yam paste is used instead of chestnut paste; alongside a novel combination of passionfruit curd and sesame cream in another ($40). The easiest way to sample the pair’s creations is through a Tart Gift Box ($64) with a choice of eight tarts.

Order here patisserie-cle.com

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  • Tanjong Pagar

Luna is a sweet shop made for Instagram. While its all-white interior provides plenty of minimalist charm to those who swing by its Amoy Street address, it is the picture-perfect desserts that will steal hearts. And tarts are a recent addition to the existing menu of cakes and entremets. Tarte au Tropicale ($9.50) is a jazz-up take on pineapple tart, crowned with coconut mousse; while Hojicha-Kohi ($8.50) is suffused with toasty notes from the roasted tea. Equally a stunner: the pistachio raspberry ($9), and wild strawberry earl grey ($8.50) that comes with an oozy strawberry-filled sphere. 

Order here luna.sg

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  • Serangoon

Young baker Rachel Ng dreams up exciting bakes of ondeh ondeh-inspired tarts and mini boba-topped tartlets at her takeaway-only store. The self-taught baker filled dainty, coin-sized tart shells (from $14.80 for six) with fillings of rose-scented panna cotta topped with lychee boba, pandan custard with gula Melaka coconut flakes, smooth yam paste, and more. The menu also features a unique tart ‘cake’ (from $62) – 12 slices of tarts arranged to form a circular, celebratory dessert. 

Order here rachelraxcakes.com

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