“Best Bread in Jakarta” is always a hotly debated topic and everyone has a personal favourite, but we’ll bravely throw in our stylish hats and declare the following six as the best of the best. What do you think? Did we get it right?
The cozy blue and white bakery Authentique is a staple for people who love carbs in Kemang. Every weekend you can catch fans spilling out of this charming café to get their hands on delicious pastries, but don’t overlook their breads. The crusts are firm while the insides are chewy and pillowy, amazing! Now you can beat the crowd and head to the more spacious Sophie’s Authentique on neighbouring Jalan Kemang 1.
Authentique Bakery, Jl. Kemang Selatan 1 no. 20A, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/718-0011. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 7.30am-5pm, Sun 8am-5pm.
Sophie’s Authentique, Jalan Kemang 1, Kemang, South Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm.
You can tell master baker Eric Kayser is serious about his craft by looking at his profile image. And by his process – all of the bread in his bakeries are kneaded, shaped, and baked onsite under the watchful eye of a head baker, trained by Eric Kayser himself. Still not convinced? How about the fact that it takes about 12 hours of love and work to produce a baguette? Or that there are more than 100 outlets located around the world?
Eric Kayser, Plaza Senayan, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5366-0821. Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30am-10pm.
PAUL Bakery and Patisserie
When French bakery PAUL came to town, it changed the whole baked-goods game! Their bread has different and strong textures and dimensions. Chewy, soft, flaky, substantial, perfect.
PAUL Bakery and Patisserie, Pacific Place Mall, Ground Floor, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3464. Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm.
Kempi Deli has about 30 variations of European-style breads on sale everyday. And as part of the European luxury hotel chain, Kempinski Group, you know this bakery will be on point with its breads.
Kempi Deli, Kempinski Hotel, Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2358-3985. Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-10pm.
Nothing says “welcome” like freshly baked bread. But in reality who has time to bake their own bread from scratch? Let Edelweiss Bakery help you! They specialise in delicious rolls, including mini laugen, butter gipefel wholemeal and rustic rolls, that are delivered straight to your door frozen so you can warm them whenever you need them!
Edelweiss Bakery, Jl. Ampera Raya No. 17H, Cilandak- Ragunan, Jakarta Selatan, p. 62-21/780-3887. Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm.
Passionée Bread and Pastry Shop
Blink and you’ll miss this unassuming shop on Brawijaya, and it will totally be your loss. This husband-and-wife-run spot is a great place for a cup of coffee and savoury pie or quiche, but before you leave, make sure to take home a crusty and crispy baguette Parisienne or fluffy loaf of pain de Campaigne – if there are any left!
Passionée Bread and Pastry Shop, Jl. Brawijaya Raya no. 4, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/722-1470. Hours: Mon closed, Tues-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.