Bakeries in Edinburgh – Best For Bread

 

Looking for bakeries in Edinburgh? As an Edinburgh resident since 2007, I’m happy to report that the bakery scene has come on heaps and bounds over the last few years. There are lots of excellent bakeries here now and you can pick from a great range of baked goods and breads.

The best bakeries in Edinburgh

Here are my top picks of the best bakeries in Edinburgh – with a specific focus on suppliers of #realbread and sourdough – as chosen by The Bread She Bakes.

Breadshare – Community Bakery in Portobello & Leith

With their slogan ‘Real Bread For Everyone’, Breadshare is a social enterprise bakery with the noteworthy mission to bring affordable all-organic slow fermentation bread to the people of Edinburgh. Visit the Portobello bakery to see the place where all the real bread baking action is happening or pick up a loaf in their Leith branch. It’s the spirit behind the operation as well as the tasty breads that make Breadshare my top choice for the best bakeries in Edinburgh.

“Our social objectives are to promote the health benefits of real bread and make it accessible to everyone in the community; involve the community in everything we do; help other communities to establish community supported bakeries; be ecologically sustainable; actively support local organic food supply chains”

Favourite Breads: Organic Seven Seeds, Organic Borodinsky Rye, Organic Rustic Rye

Website: http://breadshare.co.uk/

Bakery Andante – Artisan Bakery in Morningside

A perfect range of artisan breads, baked lovingly in line with #realbread principles by marketer turned baker Jon Wood.

“Andante is a musical expression meaning ‘at a slower tempo’, which perfectly describes how we think bread should be made. “

Favourite Breads: 50% Rye Sourdough, Covenanter’s Loaf

Website: http://bakeryandante.co.uk/

Falko Konditormeister – German Bakery in Edinburgh

One of the longest standing bakeries in town, Falko’s Bruntsfield store lures bread and cake lovers alike. Offering excellent German heavyweight breads and perfection in cake baking, Falko continues to be one of the very best bakeries in Edinburgh. Step into the shop’s wood-panelled, high-ceilinged coffee house setting and indulge in Falko’s delectable bakes. Check out their bread baking schedule so you are first in line for the tasty loaves of bread, prepared with their sourdough starter Heinrich.
“We do things the old-fashioned way; hand-shaping each loaf, allowing the dough to prove slowly in baskets before turning it out onto a wooden peel and gently placing in our stone-laid oven.”
Favourite Breads: Jägerkruste (Hunters’ Crusty Bread), König Ludwig Dinkel-Roggen-Malz Brot (Spelt-Rye-Malt Bread), Hausbrot (House Bread)

Söderberg – Swedish Bakery in Edinburgh

A brilliant example of how a bakery can expand without losing its local and artisanal charme. Söderberg bakeries (the guys also behind the delicious Peter’s Yard rye sourdough crispbreads) can now be found in six locations across Edinburgh.

“Söderberg is an artisan Swedish bakery based in Edinburgh. Established by a quiet Swede who believes in making honest, well-crafted goods that are as individual as the people who create and enjoy them. Behind every loaf there is a pair of hands, kneading dough before dawn.”

Favourite Breads: Swedish Rye, Sourdough Pizza

Website: http://www.soderberg.uk/

Bakeries in Edinburgh: Söderberg on Broughton Street
Bakeries in Edinburgh: Söderberg on Broughton Street

Wee Boulangerie – French Bakery in Edinburgh

A charming neighbourhood bakery, offering great bread options including the best baguettes in town.

“We are a wee artisan bakery, born out of our love of real, good bread. We make bread slowly, using long fermentations and traditional techniques, to develop naturally the taste and qualities of our breads.”

Favourite Breads: Baguettes, French White, Rye Bread

Website: http://theweeboulangerie.co.uk/

All Night Bakery in Edinburgh?

Fancy a late night bakery snack? I’m afraid there are limited #realbread options for you but there is an all night bakery in Edinburgh! Head to Pieman’s Bakery on Morrison Street for a selection of pies, pastries and hot filled rolls 🙂

Best bakeries in Norway

 

During a 10-day trip to Norway, I took the opportunity to check out the country’s baking scene. My husband and I packed in some great outdoor experiences including the famous Rallarvegen cycle, kayaking on Styggevatnet, a walk on Austdalsbreen glacier as well as visits to Oslo, Bergen and Solvorn. Luckily, we were never too far away from a local bakery wherever we went although, disappointingly, I wasn’t able to make it to the one bakery widely heralded as the finest and best bakery in Norway – Bakeriet i Lom.

This post contains some notes on the bakeries I was able to experience first hand in Norway. In general, most Norwegian bakeries showcase a beautiful range of buns (boller), which come with a variety of different fillings (raisins, cinnamon and sugar, custard and berries, nuts are all popular) and many use cardamom spice in the dough. Other common bakery staples are dark brown loaves baked in tins, seeded loaves and most bakeries also serve up crispbread (knekkebrød).

Kanelboller at Stockfleths, Oslo, Norway
Kanelboller at Stockfleths, Oslo, Norway

The best bakeries in Norway

Bakeriet i Lom

First of all, a bit more detail on Bakeriet i Lom. I didn’t make it to Lom, a small place in the foothills of Jotunheimen National Park, but if you are close (it’s a 5 hour drive from Oslo), go and visit Bakeriet i Lom next to the waterfall in the town centre. The bakery, founded by chef-turned-baker Morten Schakenda, has become a top place for foodies and bread lovers who flock to Lom to taste some of their real bread delicacies. Bakeriet i Lom has everything my real bread heart aches for. All the baking is based on slow food principles and pure ingredients. There are wood-fired ovens and plenty of sourdough breads.

Åpent Bakeri in Oslo

Åpent Bakeri was set up in 1998 by Norwegian bakers Emmanuel Rang and Øyvind Lofthus. The bakery has a focus on light and crusty long-fermentation sourdough breads, tradition craftsmanship and high quality ingredients. You can now taste their breads in twelve locations around Oslo.

The BBC’s Hairy Bikers visited the bakery in 2012, see the footage below.

Godt Brød bakeries in Oslo and Bergen

In business since 1995, Godt Brød is a chain of organic bakeries dotted throughout Oslo, Bergen and other locations in Norway. I enjoyed two lovely breakfast mornings at Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen savouring mandelboller and skoleboller (custard filled ‘school bun, topped with desiccated coconut and icing) in each sitting. Instead of their made-to-order sandwiches, I also picked up a sourdough walnut loaf for our day hike from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen. The use of exclusively organic ingredients is appealing and so is the Godt Brød mantra which is based around good taste and good conscience.

Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen
Godt Brød in Bergen Vetrlidsallmenningen
Mandelboller, Godt Brød, Bergen, Norway
Mandelboller, Godt Brød, Bergen, Norway
Mandelboller Godt Brød, Bergen
Mandelboller Godt Brød, Bergen
Walnut sourdough bread, Godt Brød
Walnut sourdough bread, Godt Brød

norð bakeri in Oslo

norð bakeri focuses on real food made from scratch and locally produced ingredients. We visited one of their coffee bars, located in Nygata near the central train station and purchased some kanelboller (cinnamon buns) and a hearty seeded rye tin loaf.

Local bakeries in Norway

If I’m honest, I was hoping for a more vibrant Norwegian baking scene. We had to research and specifically seek out bakeries when travelling outside Oslo and Bergen, rather than stumbling across them. Therefore, I would like to give a quick shout-out to some other local bakeries I encountered along the way. Keep up the good work!

Flåm Bakeri, Norway
Flåm Bakeri, Norway
Flåm Bakeri
Flåm Bakeri
Kanelboller baked at Lustrabui Bakery. Dampskipskaien, Sogndal
Kanelboller baked at Lustrabui Bakery. Dampskipskaien, Sogndal
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread with salt and caraway seeds
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread with salt and caraway seeds
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread bucket
Hemsedal Flatbrødbakeri, flatbread bucket
Hemsedal flatbread with cheeses and strawberry chutney, Pingvinen, Bergen
Hemsedal flatbread with cheeses and strawberry chutney, Pingvinen, Bergen
Nøtterø bakeri & konditori, bakery in Horten, Norway
Nøtterø bakeri & konditori, bakery in Horten, Norway
Skolebollar, Norwegian cardamom bun with creme patisserie and coconut
Skolebollar, Norwegian cardamom bun with creme patisserie and coconut

What are your favourite bakeries in Norway? Leave me a comment!

Best bakeries in Ireland

 

My second post in the series of ‘Best Bakeries in…’ will actually attempt to cover a whole country. I spend a lot of time in Ireland, vising family and friends, so I have started to compile a list of my favourite bakeries in Ireland. As always, the focus is on #realbread bakeries. For a more comprehensive overview, have a look at this bakery map put together by the guys at Real Bread Ireland.

Best bakeries in Ireland

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin
Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

Fallon & Byrne (Food Hall)

11 -17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
The shop has a state-of-the-art bakery at its premises and makes bread for its shop. The breads use only flour, water, yeast and salt, plus natural flavourings such as seaweed.
http://www.fallonandbyrne.com

Firehouse Bakery

Old Delgany Inn, Delgany, Co. Wicklow
Award winning bakery, great sourdough loaves, lots of passion for real bread.
Should you find yourself around Skibberean in West Cork, head to their bread school on Heir Island.
“Our philosophy is simple – bread is non discriminative therefore it is something for all. Artisan does not mean over pricing. The only additives bread should contain are time and passion.”
http://www.thefirehouse.ie

Arbutus Bread

Wholesale bakery, producing over 2000 loaves each night while using traditional artisan methods. Sourdoughs and yeasted breads are available from many stockists. I found it in O’Keefes, St Lukes, Cork but here is a list of all their stockists (also outside of Cork).
http://www.arbutusbread.com/

Riot Rye

The Eco-Village, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
Breads using organic flours, natural and wild ingredients, and sustainable production methods
“We exclusively use organic flours, natural and wild ingredients in our breads. We employ sustainable production methods with our highly energy efficient wood-fired oven, fuelled by locally sourced timber.”
http://www.riotrye.ie/

Best bakeries in Rome

 

Any city break for me these days includes a tour of the city’s best bakeries. Finding the bakeries isn’t always easy, so I’ve decided to start a series of “Best Bakeries in [City]” posts to make research for other travelling bread enthusiasts easier. A bakery tour of a city is also a great way of exploring a place in a different way, discovering neighbourhoods you may not have otherwise stumbled upon, meeting fellow bread bakers and tasting delicious local bakes along the way. Here is my pick of the best bakeries in Rome.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona

Best bakeries in Rome

Having just spent a weekend in Rome, my Airbnb hostess was hugely helpful in finding two of the three bakeries I would like to recommend here as the best bakeries in Rome. I discovered the third bakery while exploring the historic centre by bike.

Dall’Antò
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 16

A wonderful bakery in Monti, central Rome’s urban village, dedicated to the rediscovery of heritage grains and old-fashioned, rare, artisanal flatbreads and pancakes. You will not find typical leavened bread loaves here. Instead, come here for rustic snacks made from chickpea flour (farinata), chestnut flour crepes (necci) and wheat flour pancakes which are first cooked in a flat pan called “testo” which is traditionally made of terracotta or cast iron and then boiled in salted water (testaroli). There is also an impressive library full of Italian bread books in the back of the shop. This is the place to come to for anyone interested in pure artisanal heritage baking.

Farinata with capers from one of the best bakeries in Rome
Farinata with capers from one of the best bakeries in Rome
Chestnut flour pancake with soft cheese
Chestnut flour pancake with soft cheese

Panella – L’Arte del Pane
Via Merulana, 54

An impressive bakery and pastry shop with a wide variety of breads, pastries as well as baked and fried snacks such as arancini and fried pumpkin flowers filled with rice, pancetta and mozzarella. Perfect for a treat any time of the day with a nice outside seating area to enjoy your snacks.

Pasticceria il Boccione
Via del Portico D’Ottavia, 1

Also known as ‘Il Forno del Ghetto’ and situated in the Jewish district of Rome, this kosher family-run bakery sells Roman Jewish classics which includes cookies like the biscottini (cinnamon and almond biscotti), crostata (sweet baked fruit tart), pizza ebraica (‘Jewish pizza’ – a sweet nut cake made with almonds, raisins, pine nuts and candied fruits) and torte di ricotta (ricotta cake). The Savour has a delicious recipe for pizza ebraica here.

There are of course other bakeries in Rome which deserve a mention here, so feel free to give a shout out to your favourite bakery in the comments!