Sugar high: 5 best dessert cafés in Singapore

Updated on August 17 2017

Picture this: You’ve had a rough week in the office, thanks to numerous looming deadlines, an ever-growing to-do list of work, and last-minute hiccups in massive projects — all of which are beyond your control. And there are the mountains of paperwork on your desk, waiting to be cleared.

In unfortunate situations like this, you’d most likely seek to drown your sorrows in your favourite poison or something extravagant like a fat slice of chocolate cake. While it hasn’t been proven that gorging on a sugary dessert can help alleviate stress, we’re pretty sure this beats tucking into a dreary salad or cardboard-tasting superfood on any given day. Still not convinced? Think about those times when scarfing down a whole pint of ice cream felt like the most effective remedy to getting over a romantic breakup. The likes of spirulina and wheatgrass probably never even came to mind.

Which is why we’ve put together this guide to the best dessert cafés that are worth visiting here. Serving up everything from tiramisu to affogato and cakes, these eateries are bound to hit the sweet spot. A few of them even offer some seriously photogenic and gorgeously assembled confections, so you can be assured of a feast for your eyes and stomach. Scroll down for our list of these 5 best dessert cafés around the island.

(Main and featured photos: Janice Wong)

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2am:dessertbar needs no introduction. Run by local pastry queen Janice Wong, it’s also one of Singapore’s finest dessert spots. Its extensive repertoire ranges from cheesecake and tiramisu to a Tsujirihei green tea tart (which features Kyoto green tea and jasmine rice sherbet) and Shades of Green — a beautifully plated composition of pistachio sponge, coco mousse and pandan ice cream.

A must-try is the unabashedly indulgent Chocolate H2O, which is composed of aerated, frozen 65 percent dark chocolate and water mousse set atop chocolate soil, and served with salted caramel and kochi yuzu sorbet.

2am:dessertbar, 21a Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733, +65 6291 9727


The Tiramisu Hero

It’s all about tiramisu at this casual joint, which offers the traditional Italian dessert in various flavours such as cinnamon, matcha, Baileys and Oreo. There are even local-inspired renditions such as Milo and kaya. Comprising fluffy layers of cream interspersed with soft ladyfingers, the tiramisu comes served in small jars. For first-timers, we recommend going for the original option, which carries a subtly boozy kick. Do note that the tiramisu here tends to be on the sweet side.

The Tiramisu Hero also serves other decadent treats such as waffles, chocolate lava cake, and ice cream. If that’s not enough reason to visit, it’s also an Instagram-worthy spot — its interiors are decked out with adorable murals of its feline mascot.

The Tiramisu Hero121 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207548, +65  6292 5271


Henri Charpentier

Founded in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, this French-Japanese dessert shop and patisserie opened its first Singapore outlet to much fanfare in 2014. It’s famed for its Crêpe Suzette, which consists of two silky smooth crêpes placed in a saucepan and set aflame in a luscious blend of orange juice, butter and Grand Marnier. Talk about Instagram-worthy.

Other menu highlights include strawberry shortcake, cheesecake and buttery financiers.

Henri Charpentier, 9A Dempsey Road. Singapore 247698, +65 6479 5518


The Affogato Bar

If you’re more inclined towards caffeine-based desserts, consider hitting up this newly opened café in Bukit Timah. As its name suggests, it focuses on affogato, which pairs coffee and ice cream for the ultimate indulgent treat. Signature items include Death by Chocolate, a diet-busting mishmash of chocolate sorbet and brownie chunks poured over with Grande Tazza, a coffee blend with a strong cocoa aroma.

Other intriguing options range from Carota Carota (a carrot cake ice cream-based rendition) to Pot of Honey, which incorporates vanilla sponge cake and whipped honey butter cream in the mix.

The Affogato Bar, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760, +65 9238 9005


Non Entrée Desserts

No, we didn’t use the wrong picture. This ordinary-looking serving of nasi lemak is actually a meticulously crafted, National Day-inspired confection by Non Entrée Desserts. The “rice” is made from coconut and comes soaked in pandan mousse, while yogurt and mango are combined and shaped to resemble the “egg”, and Gula Melaka sauce forms the “sambal”. The anchovies and peanuts, however, are the real McCoy.

This innovative concoction is just one of the café’s many unusual creations, which range from cakes modelled after Ang Ku Kueh and gem biscuits to “Avalanche” — a series of desserts comprising lava cakes stacked atop a glass bowl filled with ice cream and almond nougatine.

Non Entrée Desserts, 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451, +65 9878 6543






The Tiramisu Hero

Henri Charpentier

The Affogato Bar

Non Entrée Desserts

21a Lorong Liput, Holland Village 277733

+65 6291 9727

121 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207548

+65 6292 5271

9A Dempsey Road Singapore Singapore 247698

+65 6479 5518

501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court Singapore 259760

+65 9238 9005

204 Rangoon Road Singapore 218451

+65 9878 6543

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