It’s Christmas Eve! Along with attending mass, exchanging gifts, and the general festivity that seems to have seeped into the very air we breathe now, there is also a lot of sumptuous, sugar-infused food awaiting us. From Red Velvet cake to blueberry cupcakes, from chocolate truffle to customised ice creams – savour all of these, and more this Christmas. Bayside Journal tells you where!
When you enter this iconic bakery that was established way back in 1956, you feel you’re a part of history, too. The bakery is infused with aroma of plum cakes and freshly baked patties. The bakery is generally crowded on all other days, but during Christmas, it’s much more so. One has to wait in line for about an hour or so till one gets their hands on the goodies that Vienna has been selling over the years now. While the hot dogs are a hot sell and the patties is quite satisfying too, one cannot get enough of their range of cakes – be it plum, wine, or fruit cake.
Address: 125, Behind St. Anthony Church, Siddharath Nagar, Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai.
A–1 Bakery is situated on the busy, fashionable street of Hill Road, Bandra. This is the only bakery in Bandra that opens at 5.30 am for foodies all over the city. While they are especially famous for their hot dogs and burgers, their mini cupcakes, mawa cakes, chocolate bars, and apple pies have made their way into the stomach of many a sweet-tooth. What’s more is that they are strictly budget-friendly. Anyone can eat to their heart’s content for less than Rs 150.
Address: 89-B Ramdas Nayak Road, Bandra West.
American Express Bakery
Just next to A–1 in Bandra is another iconic food-joint: American Express Bakery. It’s quite well-known and very popular for its hot breads among those living in Bandra. Every Christmas, the bakery comes up with a list of sweets on offer. This year, savour the Dundee cake, steak and kidney pie, and chocolate hazelnut babka. Besides that they also have coconut toffee, marzipan, and plum cake to get you all set for this festive season. This place is small and built-in the style of old Portuguese architecture, and is quite a hit among youngsters and tourists.
Address: Hill Road, Next to A–1 Bakery, Bandra West.
Theobroma Cafe has a menu that is influenced by European and American desserts. It has carved its name among food lovers for its great pastries, brownies, and cakes. Bannoffee pie, Tiramisu, cupcakes, and Macaroons are a must-try if you love European and Americans desserts.
Address: Ground Floor, 29/30 Link Square Mall, 33rd Road, Off Linking Road, Near KFC, Bandra West.
J. Hearsch & Co
One of the most popular and favourite among the crowds is J. Hearsch & Co, situated right opposite Holy Family Hospital. Along with A–1 Bakery and American Express Bakery, J. Hearsch together forms the Trinity of food paradise for food lovers in Bandra. Red Velvet cakes, double chocolate, bread puddings and chocolate eclairs are some of the hit favourites among the crowd and you should definitely not give them a miss. Even though the place is not equipped with a seating arrangement, the good food is enough to draw people in. Amidst a background of trees and chirping birds, it’s the best place to savour on some burgers, cakes and caramel custards this December.
Address: Hill Road, Bandra West
Sucres Des Terres
Located in the posh area of South Mumbai is Sucres De Terres – a popular ice cream shop that has made quite a name for itself considering how young the shop is. It serves customised ice creams that cater to your taste buds and personal likings. Don’t forget to try Salted Caramel, Sweet Heart Lemon Tart, Espresso Croquant, and Cinema Paradise. They may be a little heavy on the budget, but you won’t regret spending money over here.
Address: 2A Rashid Mansion, Samunder Point, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.
Croissants serves some rather delicious mousse and macaroons. They also have a small place with three tables to sit outside, so that you can savour their delicacies just the way they are supposed to be savoured. The service is also quick. The chocolates here are from another world altogether. Coconut macaroon, butterscotch mousse, and almond and cashew chocolates are worthy of every rupee spent.
Address: 2, Khanna Apartment, Opposite Diamond Garden, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswat Marg, Chembur, Mumbai.
A well-known place in Ghatkopar, Tinge serves some delicious cupcakes that you not only can feast upon but also take home for family and friends. From chocolate truffle to Ferrero Rocher, from lemon cheese cake to classic red velvet dark cake – don’t miss anything from here! If you want to take home some customised cupcakes for your near and dear ones, then don’t you worry as they cater to all your needs starting at as low as Rs 75.
Address: 14 A, 1st Floor, Sindhu Wadi, MG Road, Ghatkopar East.