Romanians love their bread, as well as fine pastries and cakes. In Bucharest, the country’s most cosmopolitan city, French and German bakeries are competing alongside the locals to offer their best renditions of classic recipes, and to keep their demanding patrons guessing what’s next! Here’s our top 10 Bucharest bakeries.
Bakery, Romanian, Dessert, Vegetarian, $$$
This vintage-decorated high street bakery, located near the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall, specializes in tortes. Try their carrot torte with forest fruit, and the torte with meringue and chocolate. Do not leave without a piece (or two) of their strawberry cremșnit, a puff pastry filled with vanilla and custard cream. On a sunny day, enjoy the terrace that faces one of the quietest streets in Bucharest, and relax with a cup of frothy matcha tea.
Le Grenier à Pain
Restaurant, French, European
Another French-inspired option, Le Grenier à Pain serves some of the best croissants in town, as well as other classics, such as Pain au chocolat, and a selection of crispy rolls and buns. Desserts you must try include vanilla mille-feuille, Elisee, and anything that has a layer of the sweetest fresh fruit on top!
Bakery, French, Dessert, $$$
An artisanal bakery serving a variety of quality French breads and cakes, Pain Plaisir puts your pleasure first with everything they create. Their baguettes, with a soft belly and a crisp crust, are close to perfection, while the curry buns with fennel make a great alternative for a picnic. Additionally, their classics such as Tarte chocolat and Tarte citron, will make you fall more in love with Little Paris, a nickname Bucharest has been holding with pride since the interwar period. Keep an eye on their ever-changing selection, and consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to taste their flavorful Baba au rhum.
Bakery, Contemporary, Dessert, European
Head to Bread & Spices for breakfast or brunch and you will be greeted with delicious bread, coffee and a varied lunch menu. Alongside their classic version of cozonac, the most popular Romanian cake, this sunny bakery with a terrace offers delicious reinterpretations combining chestnuts, pistachios and candied fruit.
Bakery, German, Dessert
Siebenbürger © Brot Manufactur
An authentic addition to this list, this German bakery brings to Bucharest the longstanding German tradition of bread-making. Try their Zwiebelbrot, a traditional loaf with a thick crust containing golden, fried onion. Make sure to discover Siebenbürger, their most original bread. Meaning Transylvania in German, Siebenbürger combines wheat and rye flour using an ancient Saxon recipe.
MamaPan is a bakery with a double mission. Alongside of perfecting their craft and offering the healthiest bread options using the most original ingredients, they are a social business created and run by single mothers. Expect a wide selection of breads, including organic loafs, and several types of cookie,s as well as sweet and savoury biscuits. MamaPan products are delivery only, though they can be picked up at one of its several partners.
Rue du Pain - Boulangerie Artisanale
Bakery, French, Dessert
Located in Floreasca, one of the up-and-coming Bucharest neighborhoods, this boulangerie offers delicious French food in addition to a large selection of bread and cakes. Best time to visit? If you want to remain incognito, go early in the morning and sip your coffee on their terrace with a good book. For lunch, their daily menu offers plenty of choices among classic French recipes.
Brutăria cu Maia
Bakery, Romanian, French, Italian, Dessert, $$$
This is a bakery that goes back to the basics. Having at its core the mission to put on their shelves the healthiest bread, Brutaria cu Maia offers a well-curated selection of French, Italian and traditional Romanian bread. Their must-try loaf? The dark brown buckwheat bread made with egg,s walnuts, chia and quinoa seeds.
Bakery, Patisserie, French
Enter any of the locations of this French bakery chain and you’ll find yourself at the right place whatever your cravings for French pastries are. For a rich reinterpretation of the most famous classic dessert, try their oversized version of macarons, or go for a tart topped with fresh fruit, or more!
Demetra Organic Bakery
Bakery, Romanian, Dessert, Healthy, $$$
Demetra Organic Bakery sets the highest standard when it comes to Bucharest-made healthy bread. They use certified-organic Romanian flour for all of their products, alongside filtered water and sea salt. In addition, they make some of the healthiest versions of fursecuri, a variety of Romanian round-shaped shortbread, served either plain of with a hot drink.