For Your Inner Cheapskate: 10 Great Bakeries in Manila With Closing-Hour Discounts
Freshly baked bread is our favorite scent.
(SPOT.ph) Who can't resist the sublime aroma of bread snatched fresh from the oven? Or, like a very, very warm hug, the heavenly crunch of your first bite? It is, in fact, scientifically proven that the smell of newly baked bread makes us more sympathetic human beings and can put us in the best of moods. Good for you because, chances are, there's a bakery nearby that churns out dozens of glistening breads and pastries by the hour.
But what if you're in that penny-pinching stage between paychecks? Be the smart city-dweller that you are and stop by before closing time to score some discounts. Here's a handy list of bakeries that offer closing-hour sales for your inner cheapskate. End your day right!
Head over to The Breadery for your fill of artisan breads and pastries whipped up fresh every day. Their Emerald Avenue branch is often packed with residents and cubicle-dwellers from nearby condominiums and offices, respectively. From 10 p.m. until they close at 12 a.m., they mark down most of their breads 50% off the original price and 30% off on selected items. Meanwhile, The Breadery at UP Town Center also puts their baked goods on sale an hour before mall closing.
The Breadery has branches at G/F Emerald Mansion, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; and G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
This Singaporean franchise is all about freshness. Peep through the glass walls of their kitchen and you'll see all sorts of bread inside their big commercial ovens. While discounted pastries are only available in selected branches including their Landmark Makati and Gateway Mall Cubao shops, BreadTalk gives up to 30% off on most of their breads 30 minutes before closing time.
See a list of BreadTalk branches.
The French Baker
Hardcore bread-shoppers are a usual sight at The French Baker. There, you'll see them storm to the bakery's clearance bins because, admit it, who'd be crazy enough to miss a 50% off bread sale? Although markdown times depend on the branch, The French Baker makes sure to put all their leftover items on great deals every day.
See a list of The French Baker branches.
With over 10 branches spread throughout the Metro, Boulangerie22 has become a strong contender for excellent handcrafted bread and pastries. At selected branches, this homegrown bakery deducts at least half the original price on all breads and cakes starting 8 p.m. Crazy!
See a list of Boulangerie22 branches.
Created by the group behind The French Baker, the boulangerie-slash-restaurant is home to a plethora of classic French pastries and breads. Choose from their traditional-recipe baguette and sourdough, to a box of confections like their chewy macarons. From 9 p.m. onwards on selected branches, customers can enjoy up to 50% off on all breads.
Lartizan has branches at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City; Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City; Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio; and Century City Mall, Makati City.
Yamato Bakery Café
All roads lead to fresh-out-the-oven, eye-rolling good breads and pastries at Yamato Bakery Café. The bakery is popular for their cult-favorite croissants and ultra-buttery danish pastries, which people often hoard until shelves are clear. Their selected pastry sale doesn't have a definite time as it varies daily, but perhaps the best thing about them is they regularly slash prices over half the original on selected pastries!
See a list of Yamato Bakery Café branches.
Believe us when we say that this Japanese bakery is one of the most underrated in town. After realizing that artisanal bread and pastry shops were lacking in Manila, its founder Hiroko Fijumura moved to the Philippines and brought JiPan to life. Their signature Monroe Bread is light, airy, and simply delightful, especially with a cup of warm coffee. From 7 p.m. onwards daily in selected branches, don't miss out on 20% off selected items.
See a list of JiPan branches.
Wildflour Café + Bakery
If Wildflour Café + Bakery's long table of golden, shiny breads and pastries don't lure you in, we don't know what will. This famous brunch destination prides itself on their freshly baked bread, which you can either have at the restaurant or to-go. Starting at 7 p.m. daily, they mark down all take-out pastries for as much as 50% off so you don't have to wait past your bedtime to get some handmade flaky delights.
See a list of Wildflour Café + Bakery branches.
Baker & Cook
Another worthwhile franchise from Singapore is Baker & Cook, an artisan bakery that specializes in various kinds of delectable breads, pastries, and confections. The boulangerie opened in Manila in 2017 at S Maison and their colorful handheld snacks have been popping up on social media feeds. After 9 p.m., The Bistro Group cardholders can buy breads at 30% off the original price while non-Bistro Group members get up to 20% discount.
Baker & Cook has branches at S Maison Mall, Pasay City and UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
Call your trusted brunch-friends because not only do they serve coffee, sandwiches, pastas, and salads, but they also make all their breads from scratch! When you're on a tight budget, no problem, because you can always wait until 9 p.m. when they cut their prices down by 30%.
Lucca Bakery is at 5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.