There is nothing sweeter than to know how one of Playa’s favorite businesses came to be. The beautiful thing about Playa del Carmen is that there are still so many local businesses. Das Brot Bakery (“The Bread” in German) has a lovely story and evolution to where it is today. It’s German twist gives it a signature flair that has many becoming fans of this yummy, but also, healthy store of goodies. It is not something you want to miss on your vacation.
Anja, a German-born ex-pat, started baking vegan bread for the store and coffee shop at her daughter, Luna’s Waldorf school in Cuernavaca. Little did she know the impact that this would have on her future. Once she moved to Playa, Luna’s school would have a small market and Anja would bring her Strudel and other goodies which immediately were loved by students and parents alike. This lead to a Facebook page called THE BAKERY.
Even the page, THE BAKERY, has an interesting background. Anja was inspired by the movie “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. In the movie, there was an amazing bakery and home and this fueled the fire in Anja’s heart to create her own bakery even though she knew it was going to be a hard road ahead.
Here in Playa del Carmen, Anja was supported by some key people in the community. If you are a repeat offender for visiting Playa, you know that is has a wonderful and supportive group of locals, as well as, vacationers who come back year after year. Anja began showcasing her homemade goodies when she was invited to sell them at Alizes Condos once a week in high season. This was the beginning of a team that would start the Coco Beach weekly market that is well known today. Other supportive stepped in to turbo boost this project that has been a success for two years now. Anja was asked to help with and sell at the Kava Kasa Market, another successful weekly market here in Playa which paved the way for the next obvious step, open up her own bakery!
With the local support and her business partner, Julia, of course, Anja was able to open her bakery on February 6 of this year (2016). A few yummy items from the large menu are apple-Strudel, cinnamon buns, wheat multigrain bread, and Rey bread. You can pop in to enjoy an apple Strudel or a vegan bread with a side of organic coffee Monday-Friday 6:00 am-8:00 pm. Saturdays 8:00 am-2:00 pm. She opens early so that early risers can get their day started in a special way. Das Brot is located on 40th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street.Read more about the Coco Beach Market.