To the Europeans living in Asia, the lack of a decent loaf can leave a bread shaped hole in our lives. Often you’ll find us wandering around the aisles of our local supermarket hoping to come across something that might make a decent piece of toast. But luckily for me, I don’t have to suffer. Because I happen to live within ten minutes of the best bakery in Daegu.
Opened in October 2013, Volks Brot (translated as “bread for the people” in German) is an independent bakery and coffee shop in Sangin-dong, Daegu. Hard to spot in passing, but easy enough to find if you have google maps, the café is located down a suburban side street off of a main road. This set back location means you can really relax and enjoy your time here with less influence from the chaotic world outside.
From plain white loafs, baguettes and pretzels to scones and pain au chocolat, VolksBrot is a haven for the more sophisticated palettes of Daegu with a taste for bread and cake at their finest. What puts Volks Brot on the map of ‘must go’ coffee shops in Daegu is the Carrot Cake, which I can personally vouch for as being the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. Flavoured with cinnamon and moistened with a not-too-sweet cream cheese filling, it’s a mouthful of perfection – three layers of bliss not to be missed.
The coffee served here also deserves a mention, which is certainly one of the best cups I’ve found in South Korea so far. I spoke with the café’s manager Jong Won, who told me that the beans are sourced from both Ethiopia and Guatemala. The Guatemalan beans in particular are harvested at the famous El Socorro farm, and can only be purchased by advance booking. The quality is very high, in fact the first time I tried it I was reminded of home.
Volks Brot’s décor is effortlessly cool, with a balance of wooden and leather furniture, exposed lightbulbs and wide open spaces. Earthen homewares adorn several shelves and across the café you’ll find a display where the most loyal of customers get to place their outdated stamp cards.
Jong Won runs the café with his brother Jong Ha and surprisingly they acquired all of their skills in South Korea. You would think that they had spent an extended amount of time training in Europe to create this kind of quality, but they have only travelled there for a short time. The inspiration for Volks Brot comes from their liking towards German culture (Jong Won made sure to mention to me that he drives a Volkswagen!) and everything came together to create a unique name for their café.
The thing that is really clear to see though is that their is so much passion within the business and it shows on their Facebook page which has videos of the making of Stollen for Christmas 2016 as well as how to make the perfect Aeropress coffee. There’s even a sweet little custom made pop song with the cutest ever animated video “pang-ee-joa” (“I like bread”). Check out the facebook page for lots more info: https://www.facebook.com/volksbrot/
The café is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm, but make sure to arrive before 1pm if you want to make sure you get your fill of baked goods. It’s often the case that they will be completely sold out of bread by mid afternoon, especially at the weekend. If you take the subway it’s about ten minutes from Wolbae Station, here’s the address: 달서구 상원로 3길 7
Go. Eat bread. Enjoy.