Spoil Yourself Silly at these Iconic Bakeries in Mumbai

Say hello to freshly baked ladi paos and mawa cakes!

Shraddha Varma

A few years ago, when the iconic Mumbai bakery B Merwan & Co brought down its shutters for good (only to reopen again), the whole city was in an uproar! The centennial bakery was a true landmark in Mumbai’s culinary heritage. As a matter of fact, most born-and-raised Mumbaikars swear by the delicious bakes from these bakeries. For some it’s the wafting warmth of freshly baked delicacies, for others, it’s the comfort amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Here are Mumbai’s legendary bakeries that have a home in every Mumbaikars heart:

B Merwan & Co.

B Merwan & Co. reopened with all its glory in 2015 and has continued to be a go-to place for the most affordable and best breakfast. The 105-year-old Irani establishment, located on the east exit of the Grant Road station, is best known for its dense, buttery mawa cakes, which are often sold out shortly after they open early in the morning. During the day, you can step in for a lavishly buttered brun maska and Merwan’s version of the Irani chai.

Where:
Shop No 24, Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Opposite Mahadev Temple, Colaba, Mumbai 400005

Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery, Fort

Don’t be fooled by its ramshackled exteriors, Yazdani Bakery, established in 1953 by Irani baker Meherwan Zend, has some of the best dry baked snack items as well as cookies and sponge cakes in south Mumbai and that too, at affordable rates. It started out as a café, which served Parsi delicacies such as kheema pao and dhansak. In the 80s, it turned into a full-time bakery. The 66-year-old institution has been a go-to place for ginger cookies, buns, egg puffs, and maska chai. The highlight this quaint bakery, however, is its legendary apple pie.

Where:
Fountain Akbar Ally, Saint Thomas Cathedral, Fort, Mumbai



J Hearsch & Co. Bakery, Bandra

Situated near the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, Hearsch’s is frequented by suburbians and townies alike, for its burgers, puffs, and fresh lemonade. What makes the bakery one of the finest in the city, is its old-world charm and the friendly service. It was launched in the early 1920s by a German baker named J. Hearsch only to be sold to the Fernandes family after the World War I. While the Fernandes’ still remain the proprietors of Hearsch, it is currently run by entrepreneur Melvin D’Sa.

Where:
Holy Family Hospital, Near, 90/ A, Hill Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050

Theobroma, Colaba

Founded by pastry chef Kainaz Messman, Theobroma has been serving up a range of breads, sweet treats, and sandwiches to a loyal clientele in the city since 2003. But it’s the large variety of brownies on that helped Theobroma build a set of strong loyalists, not just in Mumbai but across India. Over the years, the bakery has grown from a single outlet in one city to multiple outlets, but it is the original Colaba outlet that still is the star. Our favourite is the overload brownie, what’s yours

Where:
Shop No 24, Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Opposite Mahadev Temple, Colaba, Mumbai 400005



American Express Bakery, Bandra

American Express Bakery has been drawing the people of Bandra and beyond with the sight and smell of its range of bread loaves, snacks, and confectionaries. No doubt it makes to the list of some of the best bakeries in Mumbai. The quaint little joint’s most popular items include the cheese straws, chicken roll, rye bread, chicken and cucumber sandwich, and lemon cake. In case you wish to try one of the bakery’s breads, we’d suggest you call beforehand because they offer different breads on different days.

Where:
Plot 87, Villa Sushma, Hill Road, Bandra West

City Bakery, Worli

If you’re passing through Worli Naka, you can’t miss the aromas of the freshly baked ladi pao, loaves of breads, and confectionaries at the City Bakery. A popular landmark at Worli, City Bakery (well, it’s actually the chimney) was set up by entrepreneur Haji Mohammed and is currently run by his grandchildren, the Dashti brothers. A must-try items at the bakery include its mint chutney croissants, jam Danish pastry, naankhatais, and the chocolate eclairs.

Where: Number 204, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Worli Naka, Mumbai 400018

Gaylord, Churchgate

For the uninitiated, the iconic Gaylord restaurant in south Mumbai has a bakery attached to it. If you fancy a croissant or a good sandwich on a budget, this is the place for it. If you’re a fan of savouries, then ask for one of their homely pizzas or quiches, if not, there are cakes, pastries, mousse, puffs, and the crowd-favourite apple pies! The overall experience will be summed up by the calming ambience and the charming interiors if you relish it at the bakery.

Where:
Mayfair Building, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020




Kyani & Co., Marine Lines

Another bakery that takes pride in its minimalism and affordability, Kyani is frequented by customers of all age groups for some chai and khari. It was established in 1904 and currently stands tall and strong as one of Mumbai’s oldest Irani cafes. It serves gastronomic delights such as the Parsi-style scrambled eggs, kheema pao, chicken roll, wine cakes, and biscuits. If you ever get a chance to visit this bakery, we’d suggest you don’t miss the coconut and jam milk biscuits.

Where: Jermahal Estate, 657, Jss Rd, Tak Wadi, Lohar Chawl, Mumbai 400002.

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