Looking for Babka? Here's Where You Can Get the Chocolate-Swirled Bread in Manila
Plus versions filled with ube and cheese, Nutella, and more!
(SPOT.ph) Bread has been all the rage lately, with more and more home bakers venturing out to make all sorts of baked goods. In particular, one kind of bread we’ve been seeing a ton of in the local scene is the Eastern European loaf known as babka. Though traditionally made with challah dough with jam or cinnamon (or according to other sources, seeds and nuts), the babka of today tends to be on the sweeter, richer side, and commonly contains swirls of ooey, gooey chocolate. If you’re looking for babka in Manila, you’re in luck. You don’t even have to leave the house to get your fix, as you can get these loaves delivered.
You can count on these stores for great babka in Manila:
The Crumb Shop
The Crumb Shop makes babka with a brioche base using French butter, farm-fresh eggs, whole milk, and honey, resulting in an especially soft, pull-apart texture and oh-so-buttery flavor. Aside from the Chocolate Babka (P400), they also make Matcha and Red Bean Babka (P400) and even Ube Cheese Babka (P400). Cut-off for orders is every Wednesday, for pick up on Sundays or Mondays. Note that you’ll have to book your own courier to pick up your order from their Kapitolyo outpost.
You Deserve Butter
This Quezon City-based baker makes soft, buttery babka with a brioche base, braided with chocolate in the Chocolate Babka (P350) and cookie dough in the Cookie Babka (P380). You can send them a message on Instagram to place your orders, and pay via GCash or BPI or BDO bank deposit. From there, you can pick up or book your own courier to get the breads delivered from their Tierra Pura Homes headquarters.
For orders, send You Deserve Butter a message on Instagram.
The Giving Bread
The Giving Bread makes a classic, hand-rolled Chocolate Babka (P380), but also gives the bread a local twist with their Coco Babka with Latik (P380) made with homemade coco jam and latik streusel. They deliver every Monday and Saturday; just fill out their order form, then wait for their SMS confirmation.
Tilde Bakery & Kitchen
Located in Poblacion, Tilde braids together a brioche base, dark chocolate, and Nutella for an ultra-luscious Chocolate Babka (P250) with twice the chocolatey hit. They’re open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and you can place your orders by sending them a message on social media. Payment options include BPI or BDO bank transfer, GCash, and credit card.
Amy’s Oven’s take on babka stands out for its use of a sourdough-brioche base, lending a tangy, complex note that complements the fillings—whether you go for the Chocolate (P700) variant with Auro Chocolate, or the Coconut (P500) version inspired by pan de coco. The babkas are available on Wednesdays and Fridays. You can send Amy’s Oven a message for orders, pay via BDO or GCash, and book your own courier to get it delivered to you.
Petrir Manila explores the many possibilities with babka, offering them in both sweet and savory flavors. They’ve got Chocolate (P420), Cream Cheese (P450), Black Sesame (P450), Garlic Parmesan (P420), and even Brown Butter Cinnamon (P450) variants. Send them a message to try them for yourself; they accept payments made via BPI or BDO bank deposit, or GCash. Your orders can be picked up from Katipunan—you can either drop by personally, or book a courier.
The Daily Knead
Beyond great sourdough loaves, The Daily Knead also offers a hefty Chocolate Brioche Babka (P650) that’s pillowy soft and loaded with gooey chocolate in every bite. They’ve got pickup points in Parañaque and Makati; you can simply message them on social media or Viber to place your orders.
Babka and Co.
In the Diliman area and looking for great babka? Look no further than Babka and Co. They make Classic (P320) and Premium (P350) Chocolate Babka, with the latter having an extra crunch from bits of buttery walnuts. Their bread is made to order, and they take orders from Mondays to Fridays for pickup or delivery the next day. Just send them a message on their social media accounts to get your fix.
Desserts & Co
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy babka, Desserts & Co. gives the classic bread luscious twists in the form of their Nutella (P295) and Pork Floss (P350) Babka. You can send them a message to order; there’s a weekly cut-off of Thursdays for orders to be delivered from Sundays to Tuesdays. They accept payments made via GCash, Paymaya, or BPI or Metrobank bank deposit.
Driftwood Bakeshop is best known for their sourdough loaves, but they make a mean Babka (P380), too, that’s perfect paired with coffee. Get your fix by sending them a message; you can pay via online bank transfer, GCash, or cash on delivery. The cut-off for orders is 7 p.m. every Mondays and Thursdays for pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You’ll have to book your own courier to get it delivered to your doorstep.