There’s nothing a good carb can’t fix. 

Sure, keto diets have taken the world by storm, but during these trying times of isolation, we all need a little cheat day (or days, or weeks) to feel a little better.

Reasearch has proven that carbohydrates promote the production of serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone, which is why we get a sense of comfort from pigging out on a good carb-rich meal. 

Today, we’re championing one of our favourites: bread. No, we’re not talking about the white, packaged bread you can get from the supermarket. We’re dreaming about loaves of sourdough, baguettes and rows of freshly buttered buns. 

If you’re not particularly keen on making your own, you’re in luck. These bakeries are serving up artisanal loaves and quality buns right to your doorstep.

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Starter Lab

Trust us when we say stepping into Starter Lab is like stepping in sourdough heaven. Following its immense popularity of its flagship store in Canggu, Bali, they’ve brought their signatures to our shores last year. During the circuit breaker, they’re sending over some of their precious, naturally leavened loaves to you. There is a S$15 drive-by delivery fee to selected areas, but if you’re hankering for some of their signature sammies (which includes a beautiful three-cheese toast, sandwiched between two slices of rosemary sourdough), you might want to order online and head over to their store for pick-up.

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Tiong Bahru Bakery

For some sweet bread, head over to the iconic Tiong Bahru Bakery. Here, we’re dreaming of their amazing buttery brioche that comes with a flaky crust and a soft, fluffy inside. Looking for more? Their croissants and Kouign Amann are crowd favourites too. Order online for island-wide delivery via Deliveroo, Foodpanda or GrabFood.

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Firebake

Sourdoughs made from organic flour and sent to a wood-fired oven to bake? Yes, please. From wholemeal to white and rye flours, Firebake is serving up six different types of sourdoughs that’ll be perfect for every taste and preference. We enjoyed the Wave (regular white sourdough) as a foundation for dips and dishes like hummus or shakshouka, and the Valley, made with honey, cinnamon, dried apricots and sultanas, on its own. Island-wide delivery is free for orders above S$80, otherwise, a flat fee of S$10 applies.

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Bread & Hearth

Nothing appeals to us more than a bakery that takes pride in their work. Bread & Hearth emphasises on serving freshly baked bread every day, all made with time-consuming, age-old, bread-making techniques. Expect only quality ingredients and hearty flavours here as you pig out on their bread this week. Besides savoury focaccias and soft, chewy ciabattas, they also dish out beautiful olive bread and buns as well. Islandwide delivery is available.

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Maison Kayser

Artisanal French bakery Maison Kayser was founded by Eric Kayser in 1996, and is now complete with stores across more than 20 countries around the world. Each morning, the artisan bakers from Maison Kayser begin their day by using natural leaven and a long fermentation process to create their addictive treats. These include savoury goods like their sourdough and quiches, as well as sweet, flaky pastries such as danishes and chocolate croissants. Delivery is free for orders above S$150.

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Boulangerie Asanoya

Japanese bakes champion, light, fluffy textures and unique flavours that cater to the Asian market, which is why we like to head to Boulangerie Asanoya for their bakes. Find interesting treats like the Strawberry and Green Tea Karuizawa, or stick to classics like the Potato French and Melon Pan. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely be able to find something you like here. Delivery is available via Grabfood and Foodpanda.

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Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.