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On the hunt for the best croissant in town? Prefer your morning slice of toast to be artisanal? Look no further than these exceptional bakeries around Durban. From one-stop pies shops to corner cafés baking some of the best buns in town, here’s where to go when the baked-goods craving hits.
This one-stop bakery shop has been a Durban favourite for decades. The bakery offers a wide variety of goodies ranging from muffins and croissants to doughnuts and tarts, as well as the most glorious homemade pies, which make for a perfect snack for those after-school runs. The bakery is open 24/7, so you can pop in for a coffee and a slice of cake whenever the craving hits.
This classic cake shop has been keeping Durbanites satisfied since 1997. The cake fridges are always filled with sweet pastries and bakes, and the range on offer is impressive. Try a slice of Swiss carrot cake; Rococo chocolate with choc-chip cookies, ganache, and layers of chocolate torte; red velvet; or the walnut-truffle cake. There are also hot puddings, sweet pies, tarts and cheesecakes on offer.
It wouldn’t be a bakery round-up without mentioning the master baker himself, Adam Robinson. Treat yourself to the most glorious pastries and freshly baked breads from his corner café (the potato rosemary loaf is outstanding), or grab a quick croissant or bagel with some killer local coffee. Other interesting bakes include parmesan grissini, lavash, challah and focaccia. The team also fires up some of the best homemade pizzas in town on weekday evenings.
This little café and cake studio is incredibly popular with Hillcrest locals on the hunt for a good cuppa and a slice of cake or homemade pastries. Go for a slice of the intense chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream icing and chocolate shards, or a slice of butternut-and-feta quiche for something savoury. Also look out for the specials of the day. Think vanilla and strawberry mini loaf cakes, freshly baked scones, and pecan pie.
Umhlanga’s own Italian market-style eatery has a buzzing bakery counter that’s always filled with delicious baked treats. Think red wine and chocolate cake, carrot cake, pear-and-almond frangipane, and traditional Italian pannetone. Don’t pay this Italian gem a visit without trying an almond croissant or tucking into one of the pizzas that are handmade on site. Finally, grab a box of the famed bomboloni (Italian-style mini doughnuts filled with Nutella) to go, or some fresh baguettes or ciabatta to take home with some Italian-style deli items.
This well-known bakery and food retail space offers a variety of options – including breakfasts, light lunches, decadent pastries and a lunch harvest table – in an unpretentious space. Take your pick of treats with baked goodies like the blueberry, apple and almond tart; dainty Mauritian-inspired iced shortbread; savoury scones; hearty pies; and, of course, toasties and gourmet buns on homemade bread.
Situated inside the buzzing market at Ballito Lifestyle Centre, this artisanal bakery offers fresh daily bakes made with love. The breads here are made using stoneground Millstone flour with GMO-free grains. The sourdoughs are spectacular and come in ten different variations. There are also fresh bagels, baguettes, gourmet pies and quiches, as well as doughnuts and cupcakes. Yoli’s breads are always hot out of the oven and sell out fast, so pre-order to avoid disappointment. You can also grab a Science of Coffee brew to pair with your treat.
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