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.

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