The scent of fresh air, aromatic brews, and warm bakes mingle and come together at the seventh, and latest, Tiong Bahru Bakery outlet. The store comes nestled within the tranquil grounds of Fort Canning Park, and offers an idyllic escape to while the day away.
You might spot quirky motifs sprinkled around the space – a lifeguard stand, lifebuoys, and signage reminiscent of swimming pool rule boards. These design elements help pay homage to the location’s history as the former River Valley Swimming Complex.
Inside, an open kitchen provides a peep into the baking process, where fresh, flaky croissants are churned out every two hours. Also on display: a range of Tiong Bahru Bakery’s signature treats, both savoury and sweet. While the usual kouign amann deserves a spot on your tray, be sure to leave some space for the outlet-exclusive creations. Try the sourdough croissant ($4.80), with a crémeux praline filling, best paired with a cup of nutmeg teh halia ($7), a scented ginger tea concoction that will leave the belly feeling warm and satisfied. Or sip on the lesser-seen kvass ($5), a sparkling Eastern European beverage brewed with sourdough yeast.
If you’re hoping to dine closer to nature, head out to the 60-seater outdoor that comes flanked by manicured slopes and trees. Better yet, grab one of its picnic bundles ($22/$31) to enjoy a convenient outdoor meal within the expansive grounds of Fort Canning Hill. Available for breakfast or lunch, each bag comes filled with your choice of savoury sandwich, sweet pastry, alongside a drink.
Founder of Spa Esprit Group, which own Tiong Bahru Bakery, shares: “Just like the old River Valley Swimming Complex, we envision Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills to be an ideal meeting ground that brings generations of families and friends together – this time round over French pastries and freshly brewed coffee.”