Do you long to see the grand Eiffel Tower and roam the Champs-Élysées? Even if you can’t jet off to Europe right now, you can enjoy Parisian vibes closer to home. This charming teal cafe in Geylang is like an afternoon in Paris.
La Boutique is a little hidden gem that recently opened on the first floor of a commercial building near Aljunied MRT station.
The charming café and retail store is the newest endeavour by the founders of The Wonderment Collective (TWC), known previously as The Wedding Chateau, purveyors of bespoke wedding gifts and timeless traditional bakes and confectionery.
From weddings to wonderments
Earlier this year, the company underwent a rebranding to mark its exit from the wedding industry.
Its focus is now on producing unique bespoke gifts called “wonderments” that would work not just for weddings, but also for other occasions where gifts are appreciated or necessary.
For the past few months, TWC has kept their operations primarily online, selling handcrafted confectionery like tarts, biscuits and cakes in their ultra fancy packaging that features delicate motifs like china and florals.
Just look at these pretty things:
These are definitely not your typical traditional baked goods, or at least the packaging is not.
In a world of clear plastic containers with red lids, TWC’s products are beautiful works of art.
Cafe an extension of gifting services
TWC first announced their cafe’s opening date on their Instagram page in August, and subsequently opened for business on September 14.
Along with the Wonderments that are available for purchase, La Boutique also offers a small menu of desserts for dining in — a warm touch that adds to the charming vibe of this new cafe in an unlikely location.
As several Instagram posts explained, TWC owners have been working on this concept for a while now and finally found the right space to make it happen.
It may be compact but La Boutique’s menu is just right, featuring items like assorted macarons, tea cakes, brownies, fruit tarts and basque burnt cheesecakes.
The macarons (S$2/piece, S$5 for 3) come in familiar flavours like lavender earl grey, chocolate ganache and blueberry cheesecake, perfect for a light tea-time bite.
The tea cakes (S$6.50) come in a set of 2: raspberry almond financiers and earl grey.
Focusing on small, fresh bakes, the food menu will change up weekly.
You cannot go wrong with any of their individual-sized cakes, pastries, or tarts. But for a real taste of Paris, you need to try their mouthwatering breakfast which is available on Saturdays only.
Early birds will get rewarded with delicious items like the French-style brioche toast (S$10), banana pancakes (S$10), eggs and hash with bacon bits (S$10) and cranberry buttermilk scones (S$3).
However, the cafe’s drinks menu seems to be lacking in variety — besides three espresso-based drinks, there is only one tea: English Breakfast.
Granted, TWC is not to be confused with TWG, but coffee and tea nerds like us would appreciate more beverage options.
Pretty and chic vibes
With a marble-like countertop, gold accent details, foliage murals, Parisian-style wall paneling and plenty of plant life, La Boutique has its chic ambiance down pat.
From the sign on the glass window to the glass etagere retail shelves, La Boutique looks like something out of a Parisian novel.
Plus, their signature blue serveware and gold utensils make for the perfect Instagram snap (if you’re into that kind of thing).
The only downside is the very limited seating available for dine-in, perhaps 10 people max.
The cafe is now open for dine-in as well as for self-collection of their bakes and retail items.
To join for the breakfast experience, you will need to make reservations ahead of time as we expect the place to be very popular soon.
Here’s where to find La Boutique by The Wonderment Collective:
90 Lorong 23 Geylang, #01-01 Agrow Building, Singapore 388393
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Closed on Sunday
Facebook thumbnail by @saltyaaron on Instagram.