It was a secret shared only among bread lovers in Johannesburg, but word is out. Babette’s Bread in the Maboneng precinct of the city centre has built up a reputation as one of the best artisanal bread bakeries in the city.
The shop takes its name from owner and baker Babette Kourelos, a law graduate who learnt her trade at the hands of a French baker in Vermont.
She bakes and sells most breads, such as rye, ciabatta and French sourdough, and the shop in Maboneng is also a small café serving good coffee and sandwiches.
Depending on the quantity, there is also a delivery service.
Kourelos also hosts regular workshops and classes aimed at the home baker.