A great tasting cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry can turn your usual morning routine into something sweeter. However, what marks the difference between the daily norm and a moment of sophistication and taste is the quality and preparation of the ingredients. To kick-start your day in Mexico City, pay a visit to one of the many artisan bakeries that are slowly popping up in various parts of the city, bringing with them an array of aromas, tastes, and sensations.
Once upon a time, a permanent fixture of daily life in the Mexican capital was the sight (and sounds) of the delivery men who would travel the city’s neighborhoods on bicycles, carrying baskets, announcing to residents at the top of their lungs which breads and pastries were for sale that day. Nowadays, however, these characters form part of the city’s vibrant history, and their memory is being replaced by artisan bakeries offering rustic, rye, and sweet breads adorned with figs, mangoes, and guavas, among other special ingredients.
One such place is Panadería Rosetta. Everything began six years ago in the district of La Roma, at a restaurant that made such delicious and popular bread that the owners decided to open an independent artisan bakery. The first lucky customers were the residents of La Roma itself, however, three years later, another branch opened in Colonia Juárez. The guava and ricotta roll was the main attraction.
Bread at Rosetta is made using 100 percent Mexican products and high-quality ingredients, including the interesting use of fresh herbs for which they’re famous. At Rosetta, you will find an enticing range of products on the menu, including everything from bread made using the ancient Aztec brew pulque to sweet rolls with rosemary syrup. And while you are on the subject of sweet breads, Rosetta’s rolls made with guava, cardamom, cinnamon, and almonds are one of their most popular creations. And that’s not even to mention the fig and hazelnut baguettes or the delicious vanilla and chocolate scones! As if that wasn’t enough, there are also vegan, regular, and wholemeal breads and a tarragon variety that’s exclusive to Rosetta bakeries.
Another artisan bakery in Mexico City, Delisa, provides both locals and tourists with high-quality products made with love and dedication. This brand, which has a slightly more European style, offers its customers a wide range of options, such as fresh loaves, French baguettes, rye bread, and, that Old World favorite, crunchy bread. Delisa also transforms bread into a delicacy with their baguettes stuffed with caramelized tomatoes.
The head chef at Delisa, Elisa Pérez Salinas, worked for many years in French baking. Nevertheless, the reason for the outlet’s huge success and popularity is undoubtedly the Mexican touch that she gives all of her creations. It is not only the sweet and savory pastries at Delisa that attracts customers time and time again, but also its retro-European style. Although not a large space, the impeccable French decor of Delisa is inviting any time you’re looking to drop in for coffee or a hot chocolate. While you’re there, why not pick up some bread with blueberries, raisins, or nuts?
Another of the artisan bakeries in the Mexican capital that has grown significantly in recent years is Da Silva, which now boasts eight branches across the city. What sets the bread and pastries at Da Silva apart from the competition is their long fermentation process, which can last up to 72 hours, allowing them to produce much crunchier bread. To get an idea of the huge selection available at this bakery and to find your nearest branch, visit the Da Silva website and start picking your favorites!