London's best German bakeries
Discover where to find the greatest Deutsch delights in the capital
Whether you're looking for a proper pretzel or pumpkin seed-studded kürbiskernbort, there are few places that do them better than these authentic bäckereien
By Anne Faber
Backhaus BakeryJubilee part of Borough Market (8948 6040/www.backhaus.co.uk). London Bridge tube/rail. 11-5pm Thur; noon-6pm Fri; 8am-5pm Sat. Richmond branch: 175 Ashburnham Road, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7NR. 7:30am - 5pm Mon-Fr, 7:30am - 4pm Sat
German breads in all shapes, forms and flavours are made by the Backhaus (‘baking house’) team, and sold on weekends at Borough Market. A favourite is the moist, dark vollkornbrot (wholewheat bread, stuffed with all kinds of wheats), so heavy you could knock someone out with a loaf. Make sure you also try the streuselkuchen, topped with buttery nuggets of crumble. And, if you happen to to be near Richmond, stop by the Backhaus bakery shop.
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71 King St, London, W6 9HW (3490 3231/www.bakehaus.co.uk). Hammersmith tube. 7am-7pm Mon-Fri; 8am-7pm Sat; 9am-5pm Sun.
In typical German chain bakery style, you'll find a vast selection of self-service baked goods at the Hammersmith Bakehaus. From Berliners (deep-fried doughnuts filled with jam) and nut-nougat-filled croissants to spelt and rye breads - there's plenty to make the German expat heart beat faster. Lunchtime options include sandwiches with German fillings such as fleischkäse (slices of baked meatloaf) or schnitzel (flattened, breaded and fried veal), but there's also weisswurst (Bavarian sausage) and currywurst (sausage and curry sauce).
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DitschEntrance to Victoria station, SW1V 1JU (7828 7317/www.ditsch.de). Victoria tube/rail. 9am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat; 9am-6pm Sun.
Comparable to Greggs in the UK, this pretzel bakery is a common sight in German high streets and train stations. For the past four months, Ditsch has been targeting London’s hungry commuters with its warm, soft pretzels. Grab an excellent cheese and bacon pretzel from the stall outside Victoria station, or go for a more unusual sweet cinnamon pretzel – not made using the traditional lye solution, but instead topped with cinnamon sugar. Ditsch pretzels can also be found in the bakery section of most Waitrose stores.
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German Deli3 Park St, SE1 9AB (7378 0000/www.germandeli.co.uk). London Bridge tube/rail. 10am-7pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat.
This little shop near Borough Market caters for German expat cravings. Products range from Ritter Sport chocolate to German baking essentials such as Dr Oetker vanilla sugar. The smallish bread selection includes roggenmischbrot – a light rye and wheat sourdough loaf – and pumpkin seed kürbiskernbort. While you’re there, get some German wurst or a jar of pflaumenmus (plum jam) to spread on your brot. There's also a stall at Broadway Market on Saturdays.
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20 Camden Passage, London, N1 8ED
Not German but Austrian, this Islington café has a dlsplay of Viennese delights to welcome customers. Juicy apfelstrudel (a thin, elastic pastry, wrapped around a tangy apple compote) competes with dark chocolatey sachertorte. But it’s a humbler, moist topfentorte that is the real star. Austria’s version of a cheesecake is made with topfen, which has a more grainy texture than the cream cheese used in the US version. Kipferl also has semmel (breadrolls) and laugensemmel (a bread boiled in lye solution, studded with salt beads), which you can enjoy for breakfast with spreads.
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