El Pan de la Chola, San Isidro

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LIMA | El Pan de la Chola is an award winning cafe and bakery in Lima’s San Isidro district that has a reputation for selling some of the best bread in town. It’s owned by baker Jonathan Day, who transitioned from a career in Engineering to baking, by way of acting. It was while he was studying acting in London that Day discovered the joys of properly made, artisan bread. When he returned to Peru he couldn’t find the bread that he had learned to love in Europe, so decided to start baking his own. The bread, which Day sold from a food cart at first, became so popular, that soon enough he had to open a physical space.

The cafe is modern and welcoming, with natural materials like timber and steel combining with concrete and high ceilings for an airy, light filled atmosphere. The star is, of course, the bread, and it’s used in many of the items on the menu. The bread uses only three ingredients – water, flour and yeast, and is served warm and fresh. We opted for a delicious sandwich when we visited, filled simply with roast beef, rocket, cheese and a house made aoili. The bread was divine and the quality of the ingredients apparent with each bite.

El Pan de la Chola also offer an assortment of pastries – their croissant and morning bun are divine and highly recommended. Coffee is fantastic, and uses Peruvian beans roasted from an independent coffee roastery nearby. There’s also an assortment of house made juices, made using only raw fruit and vegetables, and smoothies. For those wanting something boozy, a small selection of wine and a surprisingly decent range of local craft beer on tap is also offered.

The original, smaller El Pan de la Chola, in Miraflores, is also fantastic. And of course, you can buy whole loaves of bread to take home with you.

El Pan de la Chola (San Isidro)

Calle Miguel Dasso 113-115
Miraflores
Lima 15073
Peru

Telephone: +51 1 2415953
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00am
Sun: 9:00am to 7:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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