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Best Spots for Dessert in Chinatown, Singapore

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Updated: 28 February 2017
Singapore’s vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood is a hit with locals and travellers alike. And while most locals avoid the tourist-trap souvenir shops on Pagoda Street like the plague, Chinatown’s popularity is the result of having a glut of excellent restaurants, cafés and bars all in close proximity. Here are some of the best places for getting dessert in this heritage district.

The Daily Roundup

Cafe, French, $$$
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Berries & Butter Sugar Crepe | Courtesy of The Daily Roundup
Berries & Butter Sugar Crepe | Courtesy of The Daily Roundup

We’ve all had those times when one friend wants to indulge in a rich dessert while another is trying to eat healthily. Enter The Daily Roundup at The Working Capitol. The diverse menu makes it a great crowd-pleaser, featuring sweet and savoury crêpes that incorporate internationally sourced ingredients, including organic buckwheat flour all the way from Brittany, France. To satisfy a sugar craving, try the salted-caramel crêpe drizzled in homemade sauce or the incredibly indulgent crêpe topped with seasonal berries, crème Chantilly and red fruit coulis.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 7:30 pm

Meal service:

Lunch

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

Cafe, Chinese, $$$
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Bird's Nest Soup | © Robert Staudhammer/WikiCommons
Bird's Nest Soup | © Robert Staudhammer/WikiCommons

Head to Mei Heong Yuen Dessert when you’re looking for a traditional Chinese sweet treat. This café specialises in various pastes and puddings; some of the favourites are the sesame and almond pastes. Another popular item on its menu is the Snow Ice from Taiwan – perfect in Singapore because of its refreshing qualities. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the bird’s nest soup, which is made with solidified bird’s saliva and considered a prized delicacy in Chinese culture. The dish is believed to have excellent restorative powers and to be great for boosting the body’s immune system.
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Les Délices

Cafe, Fusion, $$$
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When Georgina Sim opened the Les Délices shopfront, which is also its central kitchen, she wanted a way to bring her love of French pastries together with the Chinese heritage of the neighbourhood. To that effort, she pairs choux pastries with traditional Chinese teas, creating the ultimate ‘East meets West’ experience. Try a Thai milk tea-flavoured choux pastry washed down with a cup of Fenghuang tea, or a Valrhona chocolate pastry accompanied by Shuixian tea – all available to order online.
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Mon:
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue - Thu:
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Bibing

Cafe, Korean, $$$
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Indulge in your K-pop cravings without having to fly to Seoul at this cute Korean haunt. With the décor looking like something straight from the scene of a K-drama along with a range of colourful desserts, this café will be a hit with Instagram lovers. Bibing’s signature sweet – BIBIM – is modelled after the popular Korean dish of bibimbap (mixed rice), using a combination of fresh fruits, oreo crumbs and yoghurt. For the true Korean aegyo experience, try the marshmallow bingsu with heart-shaped marshmallows and triple chocolate ice cream.
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Tue - Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Banana Tree

Cafe, Korean, $$$
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Another Korean option, this chain is popular in South Korea because of its colourful interiors and for serving desserts in a plant pot. On the menu is an array of creative concoctions, from the Flower Paap, filled with a choice of banana, strawberry or espresso handmade pudding, to the Oreo Bomb – the namesake cookies and vanilla ice cream served on a hot frying pan. Embracing a recent drinks trend taking Singapore by storm, Banana Tree offers the Som Som Latte, a hot or iced coffee crowned with a puff of bright-pink cotton candy.
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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm