Olde Beach Bakery, Waikanae
This is another of my must-do-this-summer places, as they have quite the following. It’s not quite summer, but was a sunny day, so that counts right?
Olde Beach Bakery is owned by the folks who have Long Beach and the North End Brewery at Waikanae Beach (their salt and wood barrel aged beers sound interesting). So a good bit of customer and food experience on board.
The kitchen of the bakery is open, and partly in the front window so you can see the bakers at work (you can wave to them through the window from 4am!). They like to use local and seasonal, including from their own vege garden, and hand craft right down to the milkshake syrups.
I was there at breakfast time so after much eeny-meeny-miny-moeying, I settled on a northern Brittany (French) kouign-amann – a light sourdough with sweet apple that’s created like a croissant with buttery layers, crispy on the outside, and softer on the inside. It was a revelation, and I’d most definitely have one of these again (didn’t help much with the elimination process for next time!).
They also make a range of fresh artisan breads, cheese scones that are highly sought after (verified by a local I was chatting with), miles of pastries, sweet cakes and indulgences, and some very appealing-looking filled baguettes and sandwiches.
The staff were all really friendly, informative and helpful and I’m sure as eggs, that if I lived anywhere near Waikanae, I’d be here more days than not.