From hot-buttered toast to double-decker sandwiches and crusty buns to grilled panini – where would we be without our daily bread? There are disappointing loaves-a-plenty on supermarket shelves, but we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff with our handy list. So look no further than our ultimate bread bible.

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Atta Galatta

try atta galatta's honey and oats gourmet bread

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If you thought Atta Galatta was just about books, think again. While the couple behind the store began baking bread to supply their own café, it was so good that it now retails at supermarkets citywide under the label ‘Bagels and Bakes’. Try their gourmet range, which includes a Honey and Oat loaf as well as Butterscotch and Cherry bread.

Price: INR 39 upwards (gourmet range)

Bangalore Baking Company

try bangalore baking company's olive, pineapple, bell peppers, oregano breads in ashok nagar

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Throw the diet out of the window and indulge in melt-in-your-mouth good Focaccia from BBC. Besides, it’s made with olive oil, so it’s not all bad. You can pick from one with olives, bell peppers and oregano, the slightly more experimental Pineapple and Basil, or one with an distinctively desi twist – topped with onion and mango pickle. The Panini and Ciabatta aren’t half bad either.

Price: INR 75 upwards

Breadworks

try bread works artisan breads

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Known for handmade, artisan loaves, Breadworks has out-of-the-ordinary varieties, including German Kraft Corn and Semolina Oat Bran bread – especially good if you’re trying to moderate your wheat intake. The fact that they’re baked in stone-lined ovens without yeasts, fats, or preservatives is an added bonus. Gluten-free breads and sourdoughs are also available.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Café Cassia

try cafe cassia's freshly baked breads in ulsoor

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The sandwiches at Chef Abhijit Saha’s courtyard café are some of the best in town. Thankfully, you can also pick up their freshly baked bread, and try and recreate them at home. The Parmesan Loaf {crusty on the outside, deliciously soft inside} is our pick.

PriceINR 70 upwards

Café Noir

Café Noir makes the list, on account of having the most authentic Parisian baguette which we’ve tasted outside of Paris. And at INR 60 it’s not too expensive, either.

Price: INR 60 upwards

Desserted

try desserted's whole wheat breads at vasanth nagar

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Aside from a hearty Wholewheat Loaf, Baguette and Garlic Bread, you can order individual subs from here {we rate the Oregano Sub higher than the plain one} – perfect for packing up and taking on picnics. The convenience factor is also great – home delivery is available city-wide.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Foodhall

try foodhall's gourmet bread at mg road

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Being as this is the place to head for all things gourmet, it’s not surprising that we sniffed out some of the city’s best bread here, too. Ever heard of Quinoa Bread? We hadn’t either, but if you want to introduce superfoods into your loaf, then this is where to get it. The Arabic style soft pitas are as authentic as anything you’ll find in the Middle East, best eaten with za’atar, of course!

Price: INR 60 upwards

Ganache

Ganache, at The Ritz Carlton caters to the five-star crowd, and you can’t get much swankier than their Wine and Pecan or Oat and Cranberry loaves. With prices starting from INR 200, the breads have the price tag to match, but are definitely worth it for special occasions.

Price: INR 200 upwards

Godrej Nature’s Basket

try godrej nature's basket's lavash

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Rely on their ‘L’exclusive’ range of breads being freshly baked, with everything from cute mini pita breads, to sandwich bread, hotdog rolls and a wholesome multigrain baguette. The Lavash (which also comes in a multigrain option) is also perfect to serve with dips if you’re getting together with friends.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Lavonne

try lavonne's baguette in domlur

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Apart from having some of the best croissants in the city, Lavonne has a small but mighty selection of breads. Choose from a Sandwich loaf (which they’ll hand-slice for you on request), Focaccia, Baguette or a Multigrain loaf topped with oats, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, linseed and flak seeds.

Price: INR 60 upwards

Lazy Suzy

try lazy suzy's gluten free bread in indiranagar

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The new kid on the block is fast gaining a reputation for standout bread, with bonus points for the fact that they bake a gluten-free option which tastes as good as the regular stuff. With no yeast involved this really is slow bread – and it’s all the better for it. Don’t leave without trying the Pullman’s – perfect for those who just want white bread done right.

Price: INR 80 upwards

Lluvia Bakery

try lluvia's organic, millet based, gluten free breads

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You can’t score a healthier loaf than Durga’s organic offerings at Lluvia. Reintroduce millets into your life with her latest addition to the range – the high fibre Mixed Millet Loaf. We are partial to the Cinnamon Swirl, Cranberry and Walnut and the Sourdough too. There’s even a gluten-free option available. These breads are heavy, so you can get your fill with just a slice or two.

Price: INR 55 upwards

Patisserie Nitash

try patisserie nitash's baguettes, sourdough loafs at cooke town

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Nitash Lalkaka will warn you that his bakes are not your typical ‘airy, shop-bought loaves’, which is absolutely fine by us. Better known for sweet treats, Nitash also creates incredible breads including Walnut Sourdough, Crusty Baguette, and Wholewheat Sandwich bread, as the fancy takes him. Join the WhatsApp group to find out what he’s making in a particular week, then collect from Cooke Town. Batches can be as small as 15 loaves, so get on to it fast!

Price: INR 100 upwards

Smoke House Deli

With just five breads in the range SHD has clearly put all their energy into getting them just right. There’s Baguette, Focaccia, a Multigrain Cob, German Rye, German Pumpernickel {which is less heavy, and perhaps less authentic than we’ve tasted elsewhere} as well as a stand out Corn Bread. You’ll recognise some from the cute aperitif bread baskets which SHD serve up while you peruse the menu.

Price: INR 80 upwards

Soul Bakers

try soul bakers palak bread

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For daily bread needs, served up with guaranteed organic ingredients and a healthy twist, Soul Bakers is a good bet. If we’re in the mood for recreating Mumbai street food, then their Pav in unbeatable. The sliced Palak loaf also makes for a quick but guilt-free breakfast.

Price: INR 39 upwards

The Cake Shop

The Leela Palace’s bakery doesn’t fall below the standards of the rest of the hotel either, so the bread here is pretty special. We can wolf down the Tomato Bocconcini Brioche or Cherry Tomato and Olive Focaccia just as they come – no butter needed! A less indulgent option is the Semolina and Oatbran Loaf. And they’re not too expensive, so don’t shy away.

Price: INR 200 plus tax

The Rolling Pin

try the rolling pin's european bread

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With Café Max one of our favourite lunch spots, we nearly died and went to heaven when they launched The Rolling Pin Bakery. Shweta Gupta and her German business partner Peter Laass have the best selection of authentic European breads, including Sourdough, Rye bread, and it’s slightly sweeter cousin Pumpernickel.

 

Price: INR 45 upwards

Thom’s Bakery

This city institution on Wheeler Road more than proves that Old Bangalore can hold its own against swanky new bakeries. We can guarantee that you won’t find better sliced milk loaf, burger buns or masala bread rolls. We’re not as sure about the bread buns infused with tooty frooties, but they’re certainly one-of-a-kind. Plus, the heavenly smell of freshly-baked bread when you land up there. 

Price: INR 30 upwards

The Baking Company

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A Brigade property, we like TBC for their multi-grain bread and their ciabatta. They do also have white and brown breads for your daily needs, but try and experiment with the garlic loaf or even the Italian herb bread to jazz up that sandwich. Plus, soup sticks, croissants and burger buns for those who like to nibble.

Price: INR 100 upwards