Metro Manila · Fresh Bread from the Bakery

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Rice is the Philippines' all-day basic food, even for breakfast making it difficult to find fresh bread right at the next street corner. This can make it hard for Megacitizens from countries like Germany, Switzerland, and France to get up in the morning. But don't fret because there are actually several bakery chains that provide Metro Manila with delicious whole grain breads, baguettes, and other baked goods.

The French Baker

The French Baker sells a wide range of French-style and international pastries in more than 30 stores, most of them located in SM Malls and big supermarkets in Metro Manila. The wide selection includes walnut, wheat and sourdough bread, whole-wheat baguettes, pretzels, Danishes, different kinds of buns, Philippine baked specialties, and more. Freshly brewed coffee and snacks, pasta, and other meals are also on the menu.

Tel: (63) 2 470 4657, 470 5012, 470 6210

Branches: Click here.

Website: thefrenchbaker.com

Lartizan / Säntis

Much of The French Baker's bread is slightly adapted to the Philippine palate, meaning a bit sweeter and softer than the originals. To provide original European bread as well, The French Baker's owner founded Lartizan, which in our opinion produces some of the best breads in town. The bakery distributes rustic baguettes as well as hearty whole wheat and sourdough breads in several Säntis Delicatessen branches, for example in Yakal Street. At Säntis you also get the 'Dark Multigrain Bread', topped with sunflower seeds and other grains – highly recommended!

Lartizan Boulangerie Française

Serendra, 26th corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City

Tel: 632 511 7866

and

Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City

Lartizan at Säntis

Tel: (63) 2 840 3771

Website: werdenberg.com/santis

Café France

Café France sells baguettes, croissants and a selection of sweet pastries. As the name indicates, though, it is more of a café and bistro than bakery. They serve, cater and deliver sandwiches, pasta, canapés and other Western specialties. It is the perfect place for a quick breakfast before work, for lunch break or for an afternoon kaffeeklatsch. The café has nearly 30 branches in and around Metro Manila, in malls, at NAIA Airport, in RCBC, and even in some schools and hospitals.

Tel: (63) 2 642 0021

Branches: Click here.

Website: cafefrance.net

Tous les Jours

Tous les Jours is a French-Asian Bakery, originally from South Korea. They are best known for their sweet bread and buns, but offer some hearty baguette as well. Eight Tous les Jours stores can be found in the Megacity, mostly in the major malls.

Branches: click here.

Website: tlj.ph

Wagner German Bakery

Freshly baked bread the likes of brötchen, pretzels, and other baked goods are sold at Wagner German Bakery. The German establishment also serves hearty dishes for breakfast and lunch and if you feel like having coffee or Bavarian draft beer, these are available as well. Wagner German Bakery is open from 7 am onwards from Mondays through Saturdays.

Branch: G/F Two Central, 109 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Tel.: (63) 2 772 0955

Website: Facebook

Pan de Manila

Last not least, Pan de Manila bakes the traditional pandesal, the most popular Philippine bread, in old-style brick ovens. Pandesal comes as very soft, sweet and salty buns, coated with bread crumbs. At Pan de Manila you will also find several home-made spreads that go perfectly with pandesal, such as peanut butter, mango jam, and herb cream cheese.

Branches: There are dozens of branches all over Metro Manila.

Website: pandemanila.com.ph

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Staple and Perk Bakery lets you enjoy your coffee and freshly baked goodies 24 hours.