IMAGINE waking up to the smell of warm and freshly baked bread!
Just like rice, bread is a staple in every Filipino home. It’s not only one of the main sources of carbohydrates but it is also a baked treat that is perfect for snacks or pasalubong.
Though local breads such as pandesal, ensaymada, pan de coco, among others, hit different, artisanal breads give a different taste and experience to consumers. This resulted in the rise of bespoke bakeries and cafés in the city to fill one’s bread basket.
Here is a list of where you can get artisanal bread here in Cebu:
Marlo Pimentel Lidot, a baker from Malabuyoc, Cebu turns his baked goods into creative works of art by decorating them with your preferred portrait.
Lidot, an experienced commis baker, started making unique design on his baked goods such as rye bread, sourdough, multigrain breads in 2020 when the pandemic began.
His bread creations include the images of Jesus Christ, the Sto. Niño, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo, Jack and Rose of “Titanic,” and other portraits based on his client’s request. Check out Artisan Bread Basket Online Store on Facebook to see more of his creations and to order.
For classic and reliable French breads and pastries in Cebu, Tymad Bistro, a French restaurant nestled in Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, is a good place to start. It has croissant, sourdough, baguette, crepes, Gallete Des Rois, kouign amann—all baked fresh daily. Owned by a French Chef, Philippe Estienne, who settled in Cebu, Tymad means “good restaurant,” is a go-to place for people who crave authentic French cuisine.
Abaca Baking Company is among some of the big names when it comes to quality breads. Its bakery and café featuring all butter croissants, batars, sesame bread, multigrain pullman, hand-rolled bagels, to name a few, are hand crafted and made with its own starters, unbleached flours and tons of love.
At this specialty coffee shop with a cozy vibe located on the 2nd Street of San Antonio Village Apas, people don’t just go there to get their caffeine fix but also to get their hands on its famous croissants.
Light, flaky, buttery, delicately sweet, properly laminated and fresh are what makes good croissant—5G Coffee House ticks all that to give its customers that perfect morning delight.
Aside from the classic and plain croissant, you can also see eye-catching chocolate-stuffed Pain Au Chocolat, almond, strawberry, matcha, banana croissants in its menu.
This local bakery café in Mivesa Garden Residences, Lahug, Cebu City bakes fresh breads daily in its open kitchen where one can watch and observe how its bakers make its products such as Ciabatta, focaccia, baguette, sourdough using traditional methods. It also customizes breads according to one’s specifications or recipes from size, flavor, content, texture and color. Sounds perfect for business or parties.