Ever so often, we need a bakery to run to – for last-minute birthday cakes, early-bird birthday cakes, the perfect buns, all other tea-time savoury snacks. While these home bakers are superb, we love our old-school bakeries, too. Here are our top picks to score some bakes and goodies to gift to your Dads this year.
Hit Up These Bakeries Across Delhi-NCR For Cakes This Father's Day
They almost never get it wrong, from their cakes, freshly-baked bread, madeleines, and tarts, to their savoury offerings. L'Opera's macarons have always had a special place in our hearts.
L'Opera offers home delivery through its website and other outlets.
Price: INR 350 (approx.)
One of the oldest players in the game (established in 1962), Defence Bakery has many a memory intertwined with it. Defence Bakery has it all — breads, desserts, muffins, cookies, quiches, pizza, kathi rolls, foccacia, hot dogs, and hummus. They get major points for their express bread counter.
If you’re feeling lazy, you can order yourself some baked goodness, and they’ll have it delivered straight to your doorstep and delivery is free at the moment.
Price: INR 45 upwards for a pastry
Altogether Experimental Cafe
An addition to the Delhi cafe/bakery scene that we love, Altogether Experimental Cafe is an all-girls kitchen with some of the prettiest and most delicious cakes we've had. They've got dark chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, cheesecakes and they all look so fancy, well worth the occasion.
Price: INR 190 upwards (approx.)
Bread & More
We remember them fondly as Hot Breads, when that tong meant unlimited donuts, sausage in a bun, croissants and a mean pack of miniature dinner rolls. The name might have changed, but don’t underestimate the power of those tongs. Bread and More has only upped their game, retailing a wide variety of dinner rolls, soup sticks, savoury goods, and that good ol’ chocolate-frosted donut, the worthy successor of the Chocolate Whoopie Pie.
Their Vasant Vihar, Noida and GK outlets are open for delivery.
Price: INR 250 (approx.)
Okay, they’ve really upped the ante over the last few years, and for that, we’re tipping our hats. Head to Maxim's for well-priced desserts and very ornate cakes. They do designer cakes on request in case all the flounce doesn’t cut it. We’ve been loyalists of their footlong for years and nothing can ever replace that.
Maxim's is only open for takeaway so based on lockdown rules keep this on the back burner.
Price: INR 150 (approx.)
Elma's is a classic, and they seem to have a permanent place in the hearts of the city’s folk. Perhaps because they pioneered the red velvet movement in the city. We, however, love their Victorian Sponge. Their breakfast menu, comprising freshly-baked croissants, eggs, pancakes, and the choice of buying freshly baked oatmeal, wheat germ, daliya, ragi, garlic and multi-grain bread, also deserves a special mention.
Elma's is open for delivery, and take away at both its outlets.
Price: INR 250 upwards
We have to give them points for consistency, not just of their velvety Mango Cheesecake but also in terms of performance –rarely have we heard of a soul who wasn’t pleased after a visit to the aptly named Binge. We love the eggless Oreo cake, the dry Apple Upside Down, the Banana Walnut as well as the savouries like their ready dinner rolls, soup sticks, and pizza bases.
Binge is open for delivery, and take away at all its outlets.
Price INR 100 upwards for a pastry
The Kahlua Mousse cake from Whipped is the stuff of birthday legends, but this bakery isn’t a one-trick pony. They do cheesecakes supremely well, so get yourself a slice of their blueberry specifically. If you’re loyal to chocolate, however, we recommend their Mud Pie.
You can order Whipped's baked goods online through their website.
Price: INR 200 upwards for a cheesecake slice
The Big Chill Cakery
Big Chill can do no wrong and the Cakery is proof. Their display cases are lined with cheesecakes, eclairs, brownies, cakes, and cookies, and it looks exactly like our happy place. We’re partial to their ginormous Chocolate Fudge cake with buttercream frosting and the Iced Lemon cookies.
The Big Chill Cakery outlets in Khan Market and Cyber Hub are both open for dine-in, delivery, and takeaway.
Price: INR 300 (approx.)
The Artful Baker
From cruffins to dry cakes and fresh breads, they've got some extremely delicious stuff. We say you give it a try, and while you're placing your order, don't forget to get their sesame burger buns. Light, airy, and so so good!
The Artful Baker is taking online orders across South Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, while their Khan Market outlet is open for takeaway as well.
Price: INR 200 (approx.)