Bakeries have been my favourite place for food since my childhood days. The fascination never diminished even when I stepped into my college life and then proceeded into my professional life and married life. The passion for bakery food items is endless and limitless for me. The fact that I today planned to write an article on the bakeries in India which I have visited so far fills me with ultimate pleasure. The aroma of the fresh-baked products from the oven is unique and the delectable taste of the food items at each bite is priceless. Sharing with all my readers a list of 6 bakeries in India, that you must visit if you ever happen to visit the hosting cities.
Glenary’s in Darjeeling
A trip to Darjeeling in West Bengal (eastern part of India) and not savouring the delectable bakery food items in Glenary’s is an absolute miss. It is one of the oldest bakeries in India, operational since 1935. The iconic bakery was started by Jater Pilva, an Italian and was initially named as Vado. From 1959 the bakery is being maintained by the Edwards family which also resulted in the change of name as Glenary’s. The exotic aroma fills the air with the freshness of the foods enticing the foodies like a magnet. The backdrop of the mountain ranges visible from its windows is bliss and adds to the charm of the place. The food spread is huge, with cakes, sandwiches, buns, bread, pies and so on. You can even sit for your lunch as it offers a delicious spread of Continental, Chinese and Indian dishes too.
Flury’s in Kolkata
Kolkata, my hometown in West Bengal is phenomenal in hosting several prominent bakeries. An influence from the colonial British era which continues even today. In this article, I want to mention specifically about Flury’s one of the most popular bakeries in India. Located in Park Street, the happening part of the city, similar to that of Oxford Circus in London or Times Square in New York; the bakery has now opened branches in other parts of the city too. Flury’s started way back in 1927, still upholding the age-old tradition of the awesome list of bakery food items, unique taste and epic interiors. You must definitely try out its breakfast menu; lips-smacking dishes to entice you back again into the place.
Wenger’s in Delhi
Another one of the oldest bakeries in India, upholding its age-old charm with its authentic food and exotic interiors. Established way back in 1933 during the colonial British era and designed by Sir Robert Tor Russell; its bakery food items are tasty and unparalleled. Currently, it is being owned and maintained by the family of Brij Mohan Tandon. You must not miss its apple pies. doughnuts, waffles, milkshakes and sandwiches. Delhi, the capital city of India, is gifted with a plethora of ancient monuments and buildings. But a visit to Wenger’s in the city is something you must not miss out. The bakery has undergone several transformations to impart an elegant look, enticing thousands of food lovers all throughout the year.
Albert Bakery in Bangalore
The bakery is a bit Indo style in its choice of foods and decor. That keeps it unique from other bakeries in India. Opened to the public in 1902, the shop opens right at 5 AM daily. Surprisingly, the demand for its food items are so huge, you need to visit it as soon as possible. Most of the days they are out of stock by 9 to 10 AM. But the best part you will receive fresh and hot baked foods every day. Chicken puffs, baked bread, cocktail samosas, khova naan (khoya is reduced milk and naan is a sort of a pastry made with flour, butter and sugar) are not to be missed. Albery bakery is located at Frazer town. Do visit its authentic outlet for tasting the savoury foods offered fresh from its oven.
Smith Field Bakery in Chennai
Established long back in 1885, one of the oldest bakeries in India; Smith Field Bakery has been fascinating foodies for a whopping 135 years. Ponnuswamy N is phenomenal in gifting this wonderful bakery to the locals and visitors of Chennai. The unique baking technique of the bakery is the usage of the natural wood fire. That imparts a special flavour to its food items. People prefer buying its authentic bakery products for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Cookies, biscuits. tea cakes, plum cakes, fruit cakes, chicken puffs, veg puffs, egg puffs, buns, and bread form part of its menu. They bake and sell almost 150 to170 loaves per day, and is quite popular in the city.
Karachi Bakery in Hyderabad
Visit the grocery stores and malls in any part of India and you will find boxes from Karachi bakery adorning the shelves. The cookies packed in them are mouthwatering and delicious. So why not visit the original store in Hyderabad and witness the savoury items fresh-baked from the oven. The bakery is located at Moazzam Jahi market in the city, serving customers since 1953; founded by Sri Khanchand Ramnani. Currently, it has 14 branches in Hyderabad, alluring the foodies from India and abroad. Cakes and biscuits are the unique products of Karachi bakery; being exported in different countries of the world especially the US, UK and the Middle East.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the bakeries I have visited in India. Do please share your experience of visiting bakeries in any part of the world.
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