Enter the shop to find a boutique on one side and a café wafting with the scent of warm, buttery croissants and freshly roasted coffee on the other. Decorated in bold red and black with rows of immaculately wrapped parcels of gourmet food along sleek black wooden shelves, this shop isn’t your typical hole-in-the-wall boutique. Selling gastronomic treasures that are hard to come by in this part of the world, Hédiard is not only gourmet, but chic and sophisticated. That said, with just a few tables, the café feels intimate, offering an opportunity to retreat from the throngs of Orchard Road.
Designed by Hédiard Paris chef Vincent Carayon, Hédiard’s menu is distinctly Parisian with a variety of tartines, foie gras, caviar, and of course, a generous selection of all-day sweets, like fondue, homemade ice cream, and of course, freshly baked pastries. Even in always-sunny Singapore, no gourmet Parisian café would seem right without offering a fine selection of tea and coffee. At Hédiard, the hot beverage menu is nearly as long as the food menu, making this café an ideal stop for afternoon tea or coffee. (Sep 2011)