Finding bread in Colombo is easy. All you need to do is walk for a few minutes in any direction your heart desires and we guarantee that you will find a place that serves up roast paan, thati paan, and sandwich paan made from both wood-fired and electric ovens. However, finding artisanal bread can be both hard and expensive.
Nonetheless, if you're one of those people who likes their bread a tad fancier than the rest, we present you this list of places to help satisfy your artisanal bread cravings.
Ever since Baguette opened up shop a while back, we've been hooked. When it comes to having a taste of France in Sri Lanka, this is the best bet. Plus, you don't necessarily need to place an order. All you need to do is pick it up and you're good to go. To pair them with, they've got some amazing homemade jams too. However, we should let you know that like most places, the varieties of bread they do differ from day to day so we suggest calling them up and seeing what they have in store before heading out.
Bread.lk is a delivery based bakery that's specialised in Sourdough and Brioche. They have a bunch of uncommon options like Apricot and Lavender or even Cranberry and Dark Chocolate. We checked them out a couple of months ago and we absolutely loved it. All you necessarily need to do is check the options they have on their website, place your order with your delivery details and wait patiently till your bread arrives. They also have the option of allowing you to pick it up yourself from Dolce Italia (5.30 pm - 10.30 pm) or Park Street Gourmet, (4 pm - 9 pm).
Baker's Choice was a giant hit from when they started a while back at Good Market. They happen to have their own store now, down Kynsey Road and apart from the range of pastries and coffee, they also have a range of bready options you could go with. The best thing about Baker's Choice is that they have the option of going all out with your loaf, i.e: your order can be personalised. The catch is that they tend to all things sourdough - but, at least you can go all out on that. You can easily place your order a day in advance via email.
E-Cafe joined the cafe scene in Colombo as that one '90s themed cafe that almost everyone wanted to go to. But, E-Cafe doesn't limit itself to catering to your nostalgic needs, it also has a range of artisanal bread that you could go with. There isn't a massive variety, but, the next time you're looking for milk, cheese or almond bread, E-Cafe has you covered.
Paan Paan is a strange mix of the artisanal and normal varieties. While they do have the normal options like kadey paan and roast paan, they also have the option of going with Low GI bread, Dark Rye, or Bloomer bread to spice up your meal by just a bit.
For us, The Bread Company is love at first bite. Their ridiculously good sandwiches made us fall in love with this place over and over. From Sourdough to Meditteranean loaves with sundried tomatoes and loaves of Rye with pumpkin seeds or multigrain, The Bread Company does a range of really good artisanal bread as well. We suggest heading out a tad early to get the freshly baked batches.
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