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#TheBigList: 25 Iconic Bakeries In India To Cross Off Your Bucket List

We, for once, are sticking to what we know best about- Bakeries! We put all of our heads together and decided to come up with a bakery bucket list spread across India. Presenting iconic bakeries in India in alphabetical order of cities:

Albert Bakery, Bengaluru

Almost 114 years old, Albert Bakery is located on Mosque Road in Cleveland Town, and has no branches. The bakery is currently managed by the father-son duo — Nawab Jan and Sabir Faizan. Apart from croissants, pastries, cakes, and freshly baked bread, their Mutton Kheema Samosas, Kova Naan and Salt Butter Biscuits come highly recommended.

Explore them at 93, Mosque Road, Cleveland Town, Pulikeshi Nagar, Bengaluru

Thom’s Café, Bengaluru

Established in the 1960s, Thom’s Bakery is a favorite haunt for confectionery lovers and is quite famous for its plum cakes. You should make your way over to Thom’s bakery for all the yummy treats that they have to offer, and to fulfill your grocery needs, as they have a section where they sell hard-to-find varieties of locally produced cheese, and imported goods such as pasta sauces, pasta, salad dressings, and vegetables too.

Explore them at 1/2, Wheeler Road, Frazer Town, Bengaluru

OG Variar Bakery, Bengaluru

Variar Bakery opened in the 1950s and has been serving their loyal patrons freshly baked biscuits, tea cakes and other snacks ever since. The bakery’s menu is limited, but all of their treats are worth sinking your teeth into. The cashew, coconut, and butter biscuits come highly recommended and their tea cakes and plum cakes never disappoint!

Explore them at 68, 12 Main Road, 2nd Block, near ESI Hospital, Rajajinagar

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Nahoum and Sons, Calcutta

Walk into New Market during Christmas time and you’ll have entered one of the most beautiful maze-like shopping centrals. Started by a Jewish family almost 115 years ago, Nahoum’s is one of the most iconic bakeries in Calcutta, if not India. The warm aroma of plum cake during the winters (and the Lemon Puffs) have the power to lure you into the dungeons of New Market gullies.

#EatExtra: Look out for the Chicken Puffs, Chicken Samosas, Rum Balls and the exquisite marzipan.

Explore them at F20, Bertram St, New Market Area, Taltala, Calcutta

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Flury’s, Calcutta

A Park Street icon, Flury’s tearoom is practically legendary in terms of fame and iconic in terms of their menu. It has been around since 1927 and till date, has some of the most beatific dessert creations. The omelette and beans breakfast is what warrants us to wax poetic about this space. The old worldly charm of this European cafe is exactly what we love about Calcutta so much.

Explore them here.

Smith Field Bakery, Chennai

Established in 1885, this bakery still dishes out some of the best sweet buns, bread, and ‘T’ cakes baked with natural wood fire. It is the only bakery in the city to use this traditional method for baking. The bakery has seen two World Wars and even supplied bread for free at the time since there was a shortage of food. Cakes made with almond, plum, lemon, strawberry, chocolate and walnut, horse shoe cakes, puffs made of mutton, chicken, egg — the bakery satisfies every taste bud. The most favoured baked item in the shop continues to be bread.

Explore them here.

Benney’s Bakes & Cakes, Chennai

Benney’s has been serving since 1949 and is open in Royapuram, New Washermenpet, and Tondiarpet in Chennai. They introduced the city to cream biscuits and cakes with photographs on them. They are known for their signature wedding cakes and specialty cakes, and they produce their trademark baby rusks and coconut biscuits even today.

Explore them here.

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Glenary’s Bakery and Cafe, Darjeeling

Originally named Vado, Glenary’s has been an icon on the Darjeeling’s Nehru Road road since 1935. Now with a bar on the ground floor, this elegant white building with French windows has been renovated a year ago to a full restaurant, to accommodate people. Go there for their delectable cakes, Paneer Manchurian, marzipans and other seasonal delights!

Explore them here.

Ellora’s, Dehradun

Dehradun’s sweet gem, Ellora’s is known for their stick jaws. These sticky sweet caramel bars are unlike any other. Sinfully delicious, we assure you, you won’t be able to stop once you start eating them. Next time you find yourself in Dehradun, stock up on these because they’ll be over before you even know it.

Explore them here.

Defence Bakery, Delhi

Established back in 1962, this one is still a game changer in the capital with its extensive range of bread and cakes. This is one of those bakeries in India that has everything ranging from bread, cakes, tarts, mousses, cookies, pizza’s, focaccia and a variety of hummus available at their branches. This is a one-stop shop for all the sweet-toothed.

Explore them here.

Wenger’s, Delhi

Delhi’s most iconic bakery, Wenger’s till date is constantly bustling! No one minds waiting in lines to get a piece of their signature mushroom or chicken patty, along with the classic butterscotch cake loaded with buttercream. Their chocolate eclair has a special place in our hearts, comforting us whenever needed. They also have a deli now, incase you ever want to sit, eat paninis and people-watch.

Explore them here.

Anjlika, Delhi

Karol Bagh’s favourite, Anjilika has been serving delicious thick milkshakes since 1981. We can’t help ourselves from returning here day after day for their strawberry shake. Though it doesn’t taste exactly the same as it used to 10 years back, it is still one of the best.

Explore them at Shop 78 Block 6, WEA, Karol Bagh (state), Ajmal Khan Road, New Delhi

Shaikh Brothers, Guwahati

About 125 years old, Shaikh Brothers is perhaps the oldest and the absolute favourite bakery in all of Guwahati for the locals as much as it was for the British. Not very fancy in terms of interiors, the bakery is fairly small and is best known for its fancy-shaped cream covered cakes. Go there for their eggless cakes, pastries, cupcakes, vegetarian/ chicken patties and jam rolls.

Explore them here.

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Karachi Bakery, Hyderabad

Started by a Sindhi Merchant who left for Karachi in 1947, this is one of the pre-independence bakeries in India, which now surprisingly has an online cake delivery service. We recommend you sink your teeth into the Plum Cakes, Fruit Biscuits, and Dil Kush (Hyderabadi speciality). They’ve recently opened in Dubai too!

Explore them here.

Nafees Bakery, Indore

Nafees was established in Indore in the year 1965 as a small bakery unit. Over the years, as the demand for their delicious treats have increased, they have always delivered the best quality baked products time after time, at the lowest prices. One must try their Chocolate Panipuri, baked kachoris, cakes, and the variety of cookies and biscuits that they have to offer. They’ve been exporting their products abroad, and they even have an Android app for you to place your orders!

Explore them here.

Kyani, Mumbai

This is one of those restaurants from the 1950’s which your grandparents told you about. With its old world charm and mouth-watering bakes, this is a must visit, at least once if not more and gorge on their delicious Shrewsbury Biscuits, cookies, Cheese Papdi and creamy cakes. Still pretty popular, this is one of those bakeries in India that you can still visit for the nostalgia.

Explore them at Ratan Heights, Dr DB Road, Opposite Navjivan Society, Mumbai

Hearsch Bakery, Mumbai

Hearsch Bakery in Bandra is almost like a pilgrimage in this list of bakeries in India. People keep making the trip over and over again to get some fresh lemonade, burgers and cakes. The creamy mousse is one of a kind and the mayonnaise remains, till date, a trade secret. The goodies fly off the shelves at the speed of light, so we recommend you get there early.

Explore them here.

Gaylord, Mumbai

Making history since 150 years, they’ve got a variety of cakes and tarts in their bakery section at the restaurant. One must absolutely try their Baklavas, Lemon Tarts, Chocolate Mousse and Crème-Filled Donuts. A landmark in itself, their iconic bakery pulls you in with their aroma of all things baked.

Explore them here.

Yazdani Bakery, Mumbai

Back in 1951, Zend Meherwan Zend opened Yazdani Bakery and Restaurant in place of a Japanese bank that stood there through World War II. The bakery still uses a wood-fired oven to bake all their famous bread. The sheer size of the ovens and bags of flour are enough to leave you speechless. Yazdani makes 1,000 laadi pavs each day (that would be 6,000 individual pavs). The regulars swear by their multi-grain bread, Brun Maska slathered with copious amounts of butter, their ginger biscuits, and the special rum-soaked plum cakes available during Christmas.

Explore them at Charni Road East, Girgaum, Khadikar Marg, Ambewadi, Girgaon, Mumbai

Lucky’s Bakery & Patisserie, Panipat

Started relatively recently in 1991, Lucky’s is known for their signature date and walnut cake. Chocolate, dates, walnuts in one cake, it had to become a hit. We love this sticky sweet cake after a filling meal or with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Explore them here.

31 De Janerio Confeitaria, Panjim

Tucked in the quite Latin Quarters on Panjim, 31 De Janerio Confeitaria literally translates to 31st January Confectionery. It is the oldest bakery in town and boasts of an earthen oven still in use. It is famous for its menu filled with traditional Goan sweets, rich cakes, and savoury snacks. We recommend their date and walnut cake, bebinca, KitKat cake, tea cakes and prawn rissois and freshly made paos.

Explore them at Corte De Oiterio, 31 January Road, Panjim, Goa

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German Bakery, Pune

It’s been in the news for not-so-appetising things but we can assure you that the two-decade-old establishment does breakfasts perfectly. Placed right next to the Osho Ashram, the spot does Keema Pav like a boss and we’ve heard absolutely tempting things about the Mango Cheesecake. German Bakery has revamped almost everything since it first began and we can’t stop ourselves from visiting overtime we are in town.

Explore them here.

Royal Bakery, Pune

Satisfying patrons for more than a century, Royal Bakery is where you can find Broons and Milk Bread. Sweet rolls, hot cross buns and other bakery items apart, this is one of the oldest names in the business with recipes passed down through the generations.

Explore them at: 200, MG Road, New Modikhana, Katad Khana, Pune

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Marz-O-Rin, Pune

If you haven’t jostled with people to get hold of their Chutney Sandwich, then you’ve missed out on much. The green chutney and soft bread is a treat to bite into. It’s been around since 1965 and we now usually go to sit on the balconies and people-watch through a nice rainy day. An Irani cafe to boot, we love their coffee, sandwiches and chicken rolls.

Explore them here.

Krishna Bakers, Shimla

The oldest bakery and confectionery shop in Shimla, Krishna Bakers (also known as Krishna Bakery) is situated on the famous Mall road. Best known for fresh morsels of burgers, rolls, pastries, and patties. Their menu filled with traditional bakery goodness is something one must not miss. Go there for chicken burgers, chocolate eclairs, vegetable patties, and momos.

Explore them at Mall Rd, 4, Exchange Building, Ground Floor, Shimla

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