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Joburg’s Gems: A Guide to Sweet & Savoury Delights from Local Bakeries

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Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of South Africa, pulsates with energy. But amidst the hustle and bustle, there’s a haven for every craving – bakeries. From traditional German fare to French patisseries, Johannesburg offers a delightful diversity of bakeries, each with its own unique charm. Let’s embark on a delicious journey through some of the city’s finest.

The Patisserie (Illovo)

Step into a Parisian dream at The Patisserie. This charming bakery, adorned in chic pink and white stripes, offers delectable French pastries. From decadent cakes and lemon sponge loaves to delicate mille-feuille slices and colourful macarons, it’s a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Details: helen@thepatisserie.co.za | 011 268 0044 | Post Office Centre, 30 Rudd Road, Illovo.

Fournos Bakery

A Johannesburg favourite, Fournos Bakery has multiple locations, making it easy to find your bread fix. Their offerings cater to every taste. Start your day with a fresh croissant or savor a savoury quiche. Indulge in their selection of cakes and cupcakes, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Details: marketing@fournos.co.za | fournos.co.za | Locations.

De la Creme Patisserie

Johannesburg boasts a delightful selection of bakeries, some reaching the status of “crème de la crème” (French for “the best of the best”). Established in 1987, they are a family-run bakery, cafe, and deli that has proudly served the community for over three decades. They prioritise fresh, high-quality ingredients in all their offerings, from their daily-baked croissants and breads to delectable pastries, sweets, breakfast creations, and lunch options.

Details: melville@delacreme.co.za | 011 726 7716 | No 12 7th Street Melville, Johannesburg.

PAUL

Johannesburg has a gem for those seeking a taste of France: PAUL bakery. Renowned for their classic French offerings, PAUL is the city’s go-to spot for indulging in delectable tartlets, toasted sandwiches, and steaming mugs of double-thick hot chocolate. This established bakery chain goes beyond these favorites, offering a wide selection of breads, pastries, and savoury delights, all crafted with high-quality ingredients.

Details: paulsa.co.za | 010 020 3002 | Locations.

Oregano Bakery And Pantry

This neighbourhood gem offers fresh-baked breads, pastries, and delicious savoury pies. They also have a pantry stocked with artisanal goods, making it a one-stop shop for your gourmet needs. There’s always a great selection of cakes to choose from. From Carrot Cake and Apple Crumble to Milktart, freshly baked scones and Cinnamon Rolls, there’s something for all tastes.

Details: info@oreganobakery.com | 083 260 6582 | 7 Grafton Avenue, Craighall Park, Sandton.

De Baba Eatery

A fresh face on Johannesburg’s bakery scene, De Baba Eatery isn’t afraid to push boundaries. They experiment with bold flavours, reinterpret classic favorites, and even whip up decadent “dare-to-dream” creations. Still, they haven’t forgotten the basics – you’ll find an array of delicious fresh croissants, pastries, and sweet treats alongside their innovative offerings.

Details: ansievdm1@hotmail.com | 074 890 0990 | 11 7th Street, Melville.

Pantry

This is not your average garage! In the heart of Johannesburg, on Jan Smuts Drive, lies The Pantry, a haven for all-day convenience. Nestled under the acclaimed Marble restaurant and occupying the forecourt of Sasol’s flagship petrol station, this 1000-square-metre haven offers a new generation grocery experience. Craving something sweet? Don’t miss Doughnut Wednesdays! Every week, the talented pastry team unveils a brand new donut flavour, from classics like jam to decadent creations like Nutella. With a range of pastries and sweet treats beyond their Wednesday specials, The Pantry is your one-stop shop for satisfying any craving.

Details: info@pantry.co.za | 010 594 5404 | Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes and Jellicoe Avenue, Johannesburg.

Muse Bakery

Born from a home baker’s passion, Muse Bakery creates beautiful and delicious cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, macarons, and more. After outgrowing their home studio, they’re excited to open their second store in Founders Hill. Pop in to browse fresh-baked goods, from croissants and cupcakes to artisan bread, or watch the magic happen through the bakery window. Don’t forget to snap a pic on their famous macaron swing!

Details: 1 Main Street, Founders Hill, Modderfontein.

Johannesburg caters to all your bakery needs, whether you’re a traditionalist or an adventurous gourmand. So, explore, indulge, and discover your new favorite bakery in the City of Gold!

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