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15 Best Spots In Singapore For Old-School And Modern Desserts! (2023 Guide)

As the saying goes, there’s always room for dessert. Be it modern desserts like ice cream and cake or old-school ones like Ice Kachang and Tau Suan, we can definitely agree they are all delicious in their own right. Where should you go for some then? Well, here are the top 15 spots in Singapore for old-school and modern desserts to check out!

Best Old-School And Modern Dessert Spots In Singapore!

1. Zheng Xin Mei Shi

 

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Starting off with a traditional dessert, Zheng Xing Mei Shi is definitely one of the best spots for a comforting bowl of Tau Suan. Tucked away at Albert Centre, this stall is known to be very generous with its ingredients. Made with split mung beans and topped off with you tiao, enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and savoury with a comforting taste of nostalgia!

Address: 270 Queen St, #01-64, Albert Centre, Singapore 180270

Operating Hours: Daily, except for Mon, Thurs & Sat, 10am to 6pm

2. Apiary

 

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For ice cream lovers, this popular ice cream cafe certainly needs no introduction. Said to serve one of the best ice creams and waffles in Singapore and even one of the top few in the world, enjoy incredible flavours like their Sicilian Pistachio, Blue Milk, Fererro Rocher, and Earl Grey. For ultimate enjoyment, be sure to pair it with their signature waffles that are beautifully crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Be sure to head down early to avoid the snaking long queues, especially during the evenings!

1. Neil Road Outlet

Address: 84 Neil Rd, Singapore 088844

Operating Hours

Sun to Thurs, 12pm to 10pm

Fri & Sat, 12pm to 11pm

2. Jubilee Square Outlet

Address: 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-02, Singapore 569814

Operating Hours 

Sun to Thurs, 12pm to 10pm

Fri & Sat, 12pm to 11pm

3. Joo Chiat Outlet ((Lab & Provision)

Address: 81 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427725

Operating Hours: Daily, except for Tues, 12pm to 9pm

3. Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert

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With over 100 authentic Chinese desserts to choose from, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy at Jin Yu Man Tang! Be sure to try their popular Taro Ball with Grass Jelly, Red Bean, and Mango, with each scoop giving you a delightful surprise.

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For Mango lovers, you definitely can’t miss out on the Mango with Mini Rice Ball, which is an elevated version of Mango with Sago. Not only are these insta-worthy desserts delicious and comforting, they are also wallet-friendly, making them the perfect dessert spot to check out!

1. East Coast Outlet

Address: 66 East Coast Rd, #01-03, The Flow@East Coast, Singapore 428778

Operating Hours

Mon to Sat, 11.30am to 10.30pm

Sun, 11.30am to 10.00pm

2. Chinatown Outlet

Address: 291 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058836

Operating Hours

Sun to Thurs, 11.30am to 10.30pm

Sat & Sun, 11.30am to 11.00pm

4. Kura Patisserie

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if pastries are one of your guilty pleasures, the newly-relocated Kura Patisserie at South Bridge Road is just the spot to check out. Serving up amazing tarts like their Genmaicha, Key Lime, and Dark Chocolate, these stunning and glorious pastries will definitely have you coming back for more.

For those who have never tried Genmaicha before, it is a fusion of green tea and roasted brown rice. If you don’t particularly enjoy matcha due to its strong flavour, this is definitely a good alternative.

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One of their best-sellers, the stunning La Vie En Rose Tart features a decadent dark chocolate cream that is balanced beautifully with a layer of sea salt chocolate. For those who enjoy sour flavours, the Key Lime Tart is certainly worth giving a try. Pleasing to the eye and to the palate, Kura is definitely one of the best spots for amazing tarts.

Address: 79 South Bridge Rd, #01-00, Singapore 058709

Operating Hours: Sun to Thurs, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fri & Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

5. Dessert First

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If you frequent Bugis often, chances are you would have definitely visited Dessert First at least once. Dessert First’s shaved ice is different from your regular shaved ice. On its own, their ice has a light, soft texture that holds its shape on the spoon but melts on the tongue. One of their best-sellers, the Durian Shaved Ice is the ultimate indulgence for durian lovers as each bite is filled with durian goodness that’ll leave you wanting more!

For something more traditional, Orh Nee and Pulut Hitam are also offered, allowing customers to enjoy both the taste of traditional and modern desserts. As they close at 12am, they are a good supper spot to head to for some amazing shaved iced or any local desserts.

Address: 8 Liang Seah St, #01-04, Singapore 189029

Operating Hours

Mon, Tues & Thurs, 1pm to 12am

Fri & Sat, 1pm to 1am

Sun, 12.30pm to 12am

6. Creamier

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From a humble ice cream shop at Toa Payoh to now having four outlets islandwide, Creamier has definitely become a popular go-to ice cream spot for Singaporeans. Known for their crispy and fluffy waffles, pair them with some of their popular flavours of ice cream like their Pistachio, Ferrero, Thai Milk Tea, and Earl Grey Lavender. For those who have yet to visit them, do be prepared to wait in line as the place gets packed especially during dinner time.

1. Toa Payoh Outlet

Address: Blk 131 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-02, Singapore 310131

Operating Hours

Sun to Thurs, 12pm-10pm.

Fri & Sat, 12pm-11pm

2, Gillman Barracks Outlet

Address: 5A Lock Road, Singapore 108927

Operating Hours: Tues to Sun, 12pm to 10pm

3. Tiong Bahru Outlet

Address: 78 Yong Siak St, #01-18, Singapore 163078

Operating Hours: Tues to Sun, 12pm to 10pm

4. Punggol Northshore Outlet

Address: Blk 418 Northshore Drive, #01-04/05, Northshore Plaza II, Singapore 820418

Operating Hours:

Sun to Thurs, 12pm-10pm.

Fri & Sat, 12pm-11pm

7. 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup

 

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Started by Mr Aw Kim Chye, 75 Ah Balling has been operating for over seventy-one years, serving up a classic and comforting favourite of Singaporeans. The heritage brand has been passed down from generation to generation, ensuring its legacy continues to live on. With over three outlets islandwide, enjoy delicious glutinous rice balls with different fillings such as Matcha Balling, Red Bean Balling, Sesame Balling, and Yam Balling with different soups!

1. Golden Mile Outlet

Address: 505 Beach Rd,, #01-75, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583

Operating Hours

Mon to Fri, 11am to 8.15pm

Sat & Sun, 10am to 8.15pm

2. Chinatown Outlet

Address: 335 Smith St, #02-113, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335

Operating Hours: Daily, 8am to 8pm

3. Bedok Outlet

Address:  Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-25, Bedok 85 Market, Singapore 460085

Operating Hours: Daily, 11.30am to 10.30pm

8. Windowsill Pies

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Specialising in pies, this is definitely the spot to head to for a delicious slice. With a wide array of flavours to choose from, be sure to head down in groups to try them all! Enjoy some of their popular flavours like their Banana Almond Cognac, Classic Pecan, and Grasshopper or classics like the Apple Frangipane & Rum Pie and S’mores.

For more unique flavours, you can also go for their Strawberry Lemon Meringue and Morello Sour Cherry pie which comes with a sugary butter cookie lattice. Serving up a plethora of amazing pies to choose from, you’ll surely be spoilt for choice here!

1. Joo Chiat Outlet

Address: 290d Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427542

Operating Hours: Daily, 10am to 6pm

2. JEM Outlet (Takeaway Only)

Address: 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #B1-K25, Singapore 608549

Operating Hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm

3. Great World City Outlet (Takeaway Only)

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-K114, Singapore 237994

Operating Hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm

9. Ah Chew Desserts

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If you’re looking to try out an array of different Chinese traditional desserts, Ah Chew Desserts is the perfect spot to head to. Available in two locations – Bugis and Novena, enjoy a variety of soup desserts, steamed egg desserts, paste desserts, grass jelly desserts, and many more.

For durian lovers, you definitely can’t leave without trying out their one-of-a-kind durian desserts. With both outlets opening till 12am, they are certainly a good alternative supper spot to check out!

1. Novena Outlet

Address: 181 Thomson Rd, Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307627

Operating Hours: Daily, 12.30pm to 12am

2. Bugis Outlet

Address:  1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11, Liang Seah Place Singapore 189032

Operating Hours

Mon, Wed & Thurs, 12.30pm to 12am

Fri, 12.30pm to 1am

Sat, 1.30pm to 1am

Sun, 1.30pm to 12am

10. Whisking Bakes

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For those who haven’t heard, Whisking Bakes, Singapore’s first taro cafe, has recently opened up at Crawford Lane, with amazing Taro-infused bakes and desserts to enjoy. One of the must-try items is definitely the Taro Mochi Swiss Roll – a delightfully soft sponge cake with yam paste, cream, and a milk mochi centre. Offering a unique take on the Italian classic dessert, the Tiramisu, the Taro-misu is made with ladyfingers dipped in house-made taro milk, yam paste, and mascarpone cream.

Don’t forget to indulge in one of their best-sellers, their Orh Nee Tarts. These adorable little treats are incredibly buttery and flaky, making them seriously addictive.  Being the first taro cafe in Singapore, this is a spot that taro lovers should definitely head to!

Address: 466 Crawford Ln, #01-08, Singapore 190465

Operating Hours: 

Sun & Tues to Fri, 10am to 5pm

Saturday, 10am to 9pm

11. House Of Dessert

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A cooling and refreshing dessert to beat the heat? Yes, please! Being one of the only few dessert stalls in Singapore serving Watermelon desserts, House of Dessert is definitely a must-try. Their Watermelon Ball is filled with watermelon pieces, coconut milk and corn bits, with everything blending together in perfect harmony. Do take note that this is a rather popular choice, so it can be sold out quickly.

Traditional desserts like Tau Suan and Longan and White Fungus are also offered here for those who prefer something a little more old-school. If you’re a big fan of old-school desserts and are ever in the East, do consider dropping by this hidden gem!

Address: 137A Tampines Street 11, #01-02, Tampines Round Market And Food Centre, Singapore 522137

Opening Hours: Daily, except for Mon and Thurs, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

12. Cafe Haichi

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If you’re a fan of all things Matcha, then this new Japanese cafe at Clarke Quay is just the spot to check out. With four outlets in Fukuoka, Japan, Cafe Hachi has recently opened its first international outlet right here in Singapore. Indulge in an array of amazing matcha delights like Basque Cheesecakes, Parfaits, and Affogatos for the perfect end to your meal.

Cafe Hachi also offers vegan desserts such as Sweet Potato Tarts and Carrot Cake, allowing everyone to enjoy a taste. Overall, the matcha desserts here are executed to perfection, giving an incredible balance of flavours throughout the dish, rather than simply tasting matcha.

Address: #01-01, 35 North Canal Rd, Singapore 059291

Operating Hours: Daily, except for Mon, 11am to 11pm

13. Thong Sum Hot & Cold Desserts

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Desserts cooked with claypot and charcoal? That’s surely something you don’t see very often! Located at Golden Mile Food Centre lies Thong Sum Desserts, where they are renowned for their unique method of preparing their desserts.

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Enjoy warm and comforting sweet offerings like Red Bean Soup, Ching Bo Leong, Sweet Corn Terigu, Snow Fungus with Red Dates, Sweet Barley with Gingko Nuts, and more. If these unique desserts are intriguing you, be sure to head down for a taste!

Address: 505 Beach Road #01-83, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583

Operating Hours: Daily, 10.30am to 8pm

14. Nesuto

 

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An underrated gem at Tras Street, Nesuto specialises in Japanese-French-inspired desserts and continues drawing customers with its stunning and delicious artisanal cakes. Made with premium French butter and cream, each slice is incredibly light and fluffy.

Enjoy a plethora of popular selections like Yuzu Raspberry, Konichiwa Hojicha, and Chestnut-Vanilla Brandy Gateau. For chocolate lovers, the Decadent Dark Chocolate is simply a must-try, with each bite bursting with chocolatey goodness. Hurry down and give them a try today!

Address: 53 Tras St, #01-01, Singapore 078992

Operating Hours

Mon to Sat, 12pm to 10pm

Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

15. DessertBowl

 

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Lastly, we have a dessert spot that definitely needs no introduction. Being one of the most highly reviewed dessert shops in Singapore, all you durian lovers have seriously been missing out if you have yet to check out DessertBowl.

 

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Well-regarded for their durian series, their best-seller is the Durian Mousse, a simple yet heavenly dish that comes with a thick cream at the bottom, topped off with fresh bittersweet durian on top.  Available in a single or double shot, we highly recommend going for the latter for ultimate enjoyment!

Address: 80A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555976

Operating Hours

Tues to Thurs, 3pm to 5.15pm & 6.15pm to 10.30pm

Fri to Sun, 2pm to 5.15pm & 6.15pm to 11.30pm

Hurry Down To All These Incredible Dessert Spots Today!

With a wide variety of desserts on this list, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Be it a traditional or modern dessert spot, one thing’s for sure, incredible sweet delights await! Hurry and try them all today!

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