The (foot)hills are alive with the smell of baked goods as Tiong Bahru Bakery opens the doors to its newest outlet at Fort Canning Park.
It is no secret that Tiong Bahru Bakery is Singapore’s go-to for fresh croissants and with their seventh and newest outpost at Fort Canning Park, there’s plenty more to love.
Just a hop, skip and a leisurely stroll away from Fort Canning MRT station, you’ll find the bakery’s latest outpost housed in the repurposed River Valley Swimming Complex. An ode to its location’s history, Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills takes on a pool-inspired design: lifeguard chairs, swimming floats and a jocular “Pool Rules” sign are amongst some of the quirky embellishments here.
Like its other outlets, Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills exudes a breezy sense of joie de vivre. Opt to lounge on the patio or immerse yourself in the heady aroma of baked goods indoors (some air-conditioning wouldn’t hurt either). Apart from the proud display of golden, crusted pastries by the counter, their kitchen at the back gives you a peek at the craftsmanship behind the bakery’s widely celebrated croissants.
Our favourite drink is the Sourdough Kvass, exclusive to the outpost, which is infused with a choice of thyme or mint. Alcohol-free and brewed with sourdough yeast as it was in the Middle Ages, the Eastern European beverage offers the quintessential combination of sweetness and tang to your afternoon lunch run.
They say a good bread can be told not by its smell nor its look, but the sound its crust makes – and the Sourdough Croissant is nothing short of a symphony. The generous topping of sugared hazelnuts and sweet praline brings an extra crackle to its crunch, not forgetting the crémeux praline filling that lies within the buttery folds of the croissant.
Another exclusive is their Nutmeg Teh Halia, a step up from your traditional teh halia with a richer espresso-like consistency (sans the caffeine) and a generous dusting of the ground spice as a nod to the area’s history as a nutmeg plantation. Better yet, all their goodies are available for takeaway bundles should you so wish to dust off the ‘ol picnic mat.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills is located at 70 River Valley Road, #01-05 The Foothills at Fort Canning Park, Singapore 179037.