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Recommended Reviews for Falko Konditormeister
48 reviews in English
Review from Tanja R.
Vienna, Vienna......or Haben Sie Wien schon bei Nacht geseh'n!
Two of the above titles have been sung by Falko one of Austria's famous rock stars a few years back!
Fallko Konditormeister serves traditional Austrian and German cakes and coffee, but not only this, they also sell proper dark and other bread of various grain combinations: the outside being crusty with a soft fill, just perfect and tender for a proper continental style breakfast/ brunch. A few slices served with butter, jam, honey or even "Wurst" lets your grave for more.
We went there last Sunday and the front seats out in the sun were crowded with locals enjoying a coffee and cake in the sunshine. Time passed by quickly and before you know it the shadows passed the day.
I ordered a typical cafe latte and it was tasty enough, just perfect. I also ordered a traditional Viennese "Sachertorte" from the famous Austrian Hotel Sacher. Simply speaking, it's a tender chocolate cake. Having said this, it is difficult to get it right. Some coffee shops sell this cake too dry, but Falko Konditormeister just prepared it as it should be using the right amount of ingredients.
Although I did not get cream served with my Sachertorte (as it is tradition in Austria) I forgive the waiter considering that I had already eaten a "Pflaumenkuchen" (plum cake), which also tasted deliciously and has become my favourite cake to buy there.
Apple-cake in Austria traditionally is served with whipped cream and not custard, such I can see that Falko does maintain and value tradition.
They also offer traditional style Continental Breakfast and Brunch served with traditional rye bread and other specialties Austria and Germany has to offer.
My favourite bakery in Edinburgh so far and I just love their rye bread - as you can tell :-) !
Breakfast menu...try something different
Delicious plum cake
Review from Ben B.
Another place that I would really like to give 5 stars, but I'll go with 4 for now.
On the cakes and breads, wow... 5+ stars, no doubt... a friend and I have made the pilgrimage here more than once and only managed to get the end of day scraps and still loved them. (By scraps I still mean glorious pieces of cake, not actual scraps to be fair!) The coffee is also a good compliment, and given I've tended to come later in the day on the weekend there normally isn't a problem finding a few seats despite the place being quite small.
This leads me to my only complaint and the reason I'm going with 4 stars for now... I would love to pop in here after a stressful day for a coffee and one of their heavenly creations, but it shuts painfully early if you don't live in the area.. if they just gave me until 7:30 all would be well, but alas... it isn't meant to be. In their defence one of their staff members did say that they piloted such a thing however long ago, but that no one really came in... a crime, but perhaps good for my waist.
I'm eager to get out and try their brunch one weekend... despite being small they assured me you normally don't have to wait longer than fifteen minutes, so I'll hopefully test that theory sooner rather than later.
Essentially if you like the idea of wonderful cakes and coffees, or want to get some really good breads that shame everywhere else I've been lately, try and drop by this place... I don't think you'll regret it.
Falko Konditormeister may not be big, or flashy, but what they do, they do best, and I suppose that's what matters in the end
Review from Rayan D.
When suffering from a massive hangover on a Sunday morning (okay ..afternoon) and when someone suggest to go for a coffee and a cake, you jump at the chance to do so!
However if this is to be consumed at a 'top rated German Bakery' which is at least 3 postcodes away and (as they do not take reservations) without any guarantee for a place to sit. You might politely tell them were to go.
I went anyway.
And good thing I did.
After a horrendous bus ride we finally arrived (honestly who in their right mind suggested this place.. och my head..why is that yellow thing in the sky?!!)
My friends, whom had secured a sunny spot outside, were already enjoying their coffees and cake.
Even when not in the best moods, I was able to appreciate the cakes and breads on offer. They all looked and smelled delicious and I wanted most of them. Now. My stomach agreed.
The cake I went for was one of the apple creations ones on offer - the "ApfelStrudel mit Sahne" and a white coffee.
I really liked it. It was big, flaky, not too sweet and the rum soaked raisins had some punch. The whipped cream wasn't very sweet and I did prefer warm vanilla custard.. but that wasn't on the menu. Coffee was as coffee does.
So based on the cake I had and the look and smell of the multiple other cakes consumed by my friends (two for some!) I have to give this place 4 stars. I was not impressed by the service and also the state of the furniture left something to be desired, but I may have to put that down as my headspace being used as a continuous gorilla drum solo. 2 stars.
So in total a not unbeatable 3 stars, which possibly will be improved upon on other visits.
Review from Candace B.
- 14 friends
The cake was very good (I was high after two bites), as was the latte (very strong, thank you). The savories looked amazing, though I did not have anything but cake on this birthday outing. My star dock is for the atmosphere/staff. It was a rainy, busy Sunday, and they hate to turn away customers, I get it, but feeling pressure to move on is something I despise.
Instead of lingering to enjoy the slow melting of sugar on my tongue, and laugh when it hits my brain in shocks and I have to make an effort to slow myself down, I must either abandon the jutting creation of pastry and icing, or eat it quickly so that I feel sick. Well, I did neither. We sat there and enjoyed our dessert, though I had to make an effort to ignore the staff.
Review from Murphy S.
My better half is German. That is not to say I wouldn't come here if she wasn't but we do make a special effort to head over to this place, as in her words - 'the bread in the UK is so bad'. Each to their own but we can both agree that Falko is particularly good.
Brunch is keenly priced and they even allow dogs to come in and sit with you in the cafe section. Very friendly staff and I haven't had a bad thing to eat here in several visits.
Sacher torte is delicious (I know, I know that is Austrian...) Pretty much every cake is delicious as well as the savoury items. The 'German' as I call her wants me to remark that the fruit tarts are also very delikat.
It loses one star as like Jenny L said 'The café is always very busy', for me this means I can always sort of smell spilt milk due to the high volume of people in here. I'm sensitive like that but it is a minor annoyance. Oh also the lemon tart is very, very good and they use a layered custard in the cake which is exceptional. Get that, get some bread to takeaway and go and eat in a nice park!
Review from Liza T.
- 3 friends
I always defend british food when it comes to the myth about how bad it is. But regarding the bread: Jesus it's the worst!
It didn't took me long to realise why people toast just every single slice: There is just no other option as every bread is a weird foam and you can reduce the size of it to 1/10 just by squeezing it in one hand. The Rye-bread you can buy in a supermarket needs to be toasted as well (NEEDS) otherwise it moulders into a million pieces before you had the chance to spread butter on it to at least stick it together. My bread nightmare came true in Great Britain!
So thank you FALKO to save my life with a variety of healthy, tasty bread! They have it all here: Black, Rye, Spelt, Multi-grain...etc... Finally my teeth have something to do again and I don't feel like an old woman who has to eat crustless bread that melts in your mouth.
I do like the cakes a lot as well. Like Murphy said the fruit tarts are heavenly. Have it with cream and if you sit in order hot chocolate in addition. This place is supposed to have a really good 'Baumkuchen', which I never tried before as it reminds too much of christmas season but I am sure I am gonna take my favourite Schnauzer and his owner to an advent treat. One has to get over the smell of spilt milk though!
But I am sure we'll be there before that time and enjoy a nice breakfast!
Review from Cressida F.
Welcome, bold adventurer, to Falko Konditormeister, den of marvels.
Do not hesitate at the entrance; do not baulk at the door handle shaped like a giant pretzel. You might wonder at its size, but come in through the door, travelling one, and behold the real pretzels of similar proportions within. Behold the glass counter that miraculously does not fracture under the weight of unimaginably large and intricate-looking cakes. Behold the arrayed bags of exotic teas, or the rich hot chocolate swirling hypnotically in lavish perpetual motion.
Your knees may weaken, but take heed: you may have to wait a while before you can sit down, for many others have already found comfort here. Here, where there is light and cheer. Here, where the denizens are quick and eager to serve. Here, where there is... cake.
Peruse this menu, adventurer. The options may swim a little before your eyes at first. White pomegranate tea. Hazelnut tea. Chocolate tea. And here, look: these gigantic slices of cream and liqueur, of fruit and chocolate, of pastry, of sponge - yes, these colossal confections of bliss - can be yours for less than £4.
Lay down your burden, and loosen your belt. You are welcome here.
Review from Carol W.
You have to go here now! Bread and cake - what more do you need really? Well I suppose wine but that is beside the point!
This delightful German cafe/bakery is definitely worth a visit for brunch, lunch or a cup of coffee and a cake if you're visiting Bruntsfield. It can be very difficult to get a seat at the weekend though and if you're lucky enough to get one, you may be sat closer to someone than you would necessarily like to be but the Black Forest Gateau will help you forget that. There is a huge selection of cakes and fab German artisan bread too.
Poached eggs, salmon and hollandaise from the lunch menu also very good.
They have just started doing 2 or 3 course brunches which sound great as I hate it when you have to chose between muesli and fruit and the egss benedict that is calling you from the menu!
Seating outside on warmer days so the puppy can come too..
Second course of smoked salmon, poached eggs and dill holla…
Bircher muesli and the Meat and cheese plate plus real choc…
Review from Jenny L.
Apple strudel as big as my face. Seriously. And double whammy on the yum factor.
That perhaps wasn't the most eloquent way to put my admiration, and adoration, for Falko Konditormeister's Master Cake Skills. But the apple strudel elicited such a strong response of "oh mah gah" and "nom nom nom" that I forget myself for a moment.
I had been wanting to come to Falko's for, well, 2 years since I moved to Edinburgh. A German baker and café that produces heavenly cakes. I believe a Konditormeister is a special title given to a Master Pastry Chef - much like a Michelin star for cakes perhaps? And on reading their website, and that they include 10% Kirsch in their Blackforest Gateaux (as this is the minimum you can include if you want to call it Black Forest Gateaux and be a respectable Konitormeister), I know Falko means business.
The cake counter inside is relatively small. No big window display, no song and dance. But housed within this small, square, glass box there is a juxtaposition of ornate, creamy, so-messy-they-have-to-be-good cakes. The infamous Black Forest Gateux towering on high. Many more chocolate tortes. A lemon tart, a cherry and almond tart, a plum cake, a rhubarb and custard tart. And then, hidden on the bottom shelf - the appfelstrudel. It was the biggest of the lot.
We went for one of those *points at strudel* and one of those *points at rhubarb and custard tart*. It should also be noted that we walked from Leith Walk to Bruntsfield to get the apple strudel (I had a craving) and got them to take home for a nice cup of tea.
The apple strudel, oh my. Layers upon layers of thinly cut apple, almonds, sultanas, and of course cinnamon. The pastry, so thin. The rhubarb and custard tart was, well, very tart and so very rhubarby. I adored the apple strudel as it had been the focus of my affection, in thought before in taste, all afternoon. But the rhubarb and custard tart was far better than I thought it could be.
I'm afraid I have no photos to show, especially none to scale, as we ate them so quickly. But they were so good.
I am only lacking a star as we didn't sit in. The café is always very busy, and if I'm honest, doesn't have the sort of atmosphere I look for in a café. It's just quite busy. But the cakes alone deserve 5 stars.
Review from Jonathan M.
- 2 friends
Juniper Green, Edinburgh
Our opinion of this place is much the same as others: go for the food, not the service! I had a lovely butternut squash soup with the great house breads, the cheese in the cheese and chutney sandwich was satisfyingly mature. My picky other half had the salmon brunch, and was more than satisfied, though thought they could have been a little less stingy with the fruit in the muesli. Not to mention the black forest gateau, which is amazing, and the coffee, which is fine.
Service, however, is patchy at best. Several times we had to ask twice for the same thing, and smiles were few and far between.
For us though, the food and coffee was the priority so we came out satisfied.
Review from Elizabeth G.
When my daddy comes to town, we go for breakfast. We often come here for the cinnamon swirls and coffee. This is a German bakery, offering some of the finest baked goods in Edinburgh: think pretzels, sacher torte, rye bread, apple strudel, black forest gateaux, brioche, and a vast array of other exciting delicacies. Also on offer are hot breakfasts, using fresh ingredients such as salmon, local cheeses, poached eggs and freshly made bread.
The coffee always come served with a glass of water, the cinnamon swirl is the best of its type in town. I often take home a pretzel to eat for lunch. The pretzels are soft on the inside, crunchy on the exterior and made perfect by the touch of sea salt. Do you remember how good those pretzels were at the German christmas market? These are so much better!
If you cannot be bothered to walk up to Bruntsfield (though you should, this is foodie heaven), Falko have a stall every saturday morning at the farmer's market on castle terrace. Go!
Review from Angela P.
This place is pretty spot on.
The selection of fresh baked breads, pretzels, cakes, streudels, etc. is mind blowing. They also have a very good selection of hot breakfast menu items. Extra points for fresh pressed coffee in a pot. The atmosphere is cozy and the service is very good.
The only thing I could fault is the small, cramped space which means that not very many people can sit at a time, leaving awkward moments when people are just standing at the door staring at you, watching you eat, and waiting for you to leave. Probably best to just take something to go. Also, if you have a dairy allergy like me this place is a nightmare and doesnt have much for you. Not their fault, just a heads up. Otherwise, a really cute, lovely little cafe.
Review from Alex J.
I don't know if it's just me, but you know how cake almost always looks better than it tastes? And the prettier the cake, the more disappointing it is when it turns out to be a bit mediocre-tasting?
Falko's cakes are not like that. They look stunning, but they actually taste even better. I was sceptical when a friend dragged me here recently (having been horrified to discover that I'd never been before). She was raving about how great the cakes were and I was thinking 'yeah, but it's just cake - how good can it really be?' The answer, it turns out is 'really incredibly mind-blowingly good'.
I must qualify this by saying that I love whipped cream. I would put it on EVERYTHING if my waistline would allow it. I can neither confirm or deny rumours that I've been known to squirt the canned stuff straight into my mouth. And there is a LOT of whipped cream in some of these cakes. If you're not a fan, then firstly - what's wrong with you? And secondly, you may want to take a look at the cakes at the counter before ordering to see which ones are full of the stuff.
Before I came here, I thought I liked Black Forest Gateau. I now realise that I had never really tried Black Forest Gateau. Not properly. Falko's Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte is the stuff of legends, and with good reason. The choux pastry cake and apple strudel are also excellent (incidentally, the latter is served with a healthy dollup of cream. After I'd finished my own cake, I started eating the cream off my mum's plate with a spoon. I told you, I love the stuff).
The only thing holding me back from giving a fifth start is that it's far too cramped in here, and the service is a little erratic. But that's easily forgotten once your cake arrives.
They do proper lunch food too, but who cares about that? Don't be silly. Get some cake.
Review from Jurgen D.
Great coffee, great cakes BUT sadly the service leaves a bit to be desired. As this is a takeaway as well selling cakes/bread and coffee the staff seem to get a little overwhelmed at times.
You can find yourself sat for 20 minutes before being acknowledged and even if you are there's no guarantee you'll get a menu. BUT, when you are served and you do get your coffee and come on now your cake as well you will be happy.
Classic treats such as apple strudel that don't hold back on portion on flavour. Really worth a visit if you find it on a quiet day.
Review from Jenn F.
- 16 friends
My 1st "Average" review, and feeling a little bit guilty as we all have Off Days (some more than others!) ...however, I have given Falko 3 chances which is more than reasonable!
Positives: Cakes look A-Mazing, the Sandwiches are pretty darn delicious (I had the amazing pork, apple & rocket), quaint interior and good Bruntsfield location.
Not so positives (I don't really like using "Negatives", however, guess I have now, inadvertently...): Service, 3 times I've been there and 3 times I've felt as if I was intruding... they seem friendly enough, when they were talking amongst themselves. Lacks warmth in atmosphere, and just didn't get a positive overall vibe...
So, if you would like a nice piece of cake and don't care about service - by all means visit... I won't be back. 3 strikes, you're out Falko.
Review from Emily H.
A friend told me ages ago about this bakery about near Yellowcraigs which had the best German biscuits he'd ever had. I put the weird name in my phone so I wouldn't forget - Falko Konditormeister.
So, when a branch opened up practically across the street from where I work, I was on it.
I went here for lunch with my man one day. He ordered soup and I had a sandwich, we each had tea.
The tea was weird. You just got a small amount of loose leaf in this strainer which fit in your tea cup. But, it was too much leafy tea for the size of the cup and as a result your first cup was mega strong but every subsequent cup was too weak. Clearly tea drinking here is an art that must be learned.
BUT the food was really lovely. The soup was compared to home made (which is major) and my sandwich had salad with a very tasty dressing.
I wanted to have dessert but we needed to get back to work so we grabbed an apricot pasty to share, to go. Holy jeebus was that thing good. Thinking back on it, I don't know why I've not been back to eat more pastries because, wow.
I've heard their other food is great, and I'd really like to get some of their gorgeous bread some time as well.
And the German biscuits - must.try.german.biscuits.
Review from Stuart B.
- 7 friends
Sounds like the name of German fighter plane and tastes just as sweet.
This place is going to make me fat, but happy. Jolly even. They have a great selection of light bites, but why fill up on waste? Let's get straight to the cake.
The black forest gateau should be a class A drug. By the time I had swallowed the final spoonful I was in tears. You will NEVER taste anything this wonderful again.
The Pretzels are great too.
Review from Sarah-Jane B.
- 317 friends
Spanish Almond Torte
Black Forest Gateau
& Pear & Sour Cream Cake
All hand-made by award-winning German baker Falko Konditormeister and his small team of artisan bakers. If you still have a room after a slice or two - and the portions are so generous, you really shouldn't have any room! - they also sell pretzels, stollen and lovely loaves of hazlenut and raisin, fennel seed, pumpkin and rye bread.
Review from Gavin M.
- 107 friends
Despite having a name which sounds more akin to a store selling high-end stereo equipment, I was utterly delighted to stumble across Falco's. Even though it's a bit off my usual beaten track I'll definitely be back sooner rather than later.
I'm a big fan of Ze Germans and grew quite attached to their bakeries on my many visits there last year. I am delighted to confirm that so far, this is the only shop in the UK where I have managed to find a full on, proper pretzel. While Pret a Manger do an acceptable imitation covered in sesame or poppy seeds, it's the bad boys in here, sprinkled with a bit of rock salt, that really do it for me. You really wouldn't believe that a lump of doughy, stodgy bread can taste so good.
I would rather that they were 40 cents like in their homeland, but I suppose you pay extra for quality imported goods.
Review from Steph D.
- 52 friends
So, my MOM actually told me about this place because she wants me to eat Hannakah food on Hannakah even when I have no idea how to celebrate it, or how to spell it for that matter. But apparently, Falko Konditormeister has unlevened baked goods for the (one) Jews in Edinburgh.
I'm a little terrified of the evilness and the backlash that is going to ensue if I say this But I'm going to do it. I have a right to my goddamn opinion too (smiley face).
I think, and it's just ME, I think I might like... falkocoffeebetterthanartisanroast.
There. I said it.
It was the. best. coffee.
It was the. most. awkward. german (austrian). unwarm. nerve-wracking. service.
It was the. best. coffee.
It was, and is 250 miles away (or something like that) from where I live.
but, it was the. best. coffee.
The cakes looked life-changing but all the skinny hot Austrians behind the counter put me off ordering them as I felt they were judging me as a human, to my soul... I didn't want them to judge my cake order.
Review from Anna F.
A German bakery with oh-so-delicious coffee and the perfectness that describes German sweet-making. These guys know how to make pleasure in the form of an apple tart fresh and waiting for you on a plate whilst you attempt to constrain yourself from taking it all in one mouthful.
Whether you sit in or take away you are in for a treat!
Yes I am slightly in love with this place.
Review from Michelle P.
- 5 friends
I lived in Edinburgh and this was one of my favorite treats along with Plasir du Chocolat for our sweets (which I read is now closed: those chocolates really were little pleasures) but Falko is still open at several locations: Bruntsfield, Gullane and at the farmer's market.
Falko is a German bakery and patisserie and has delicious pretzels and Christmas stollen that were reminiscent of the goodies I used to snack on in Germany. They also make cakes, tarts, and lots of breads.
They also have a stall at the Edinburgh Farmer's Market on Saturdays right under the castle near Castle Terrace. Visit this market and try the hog roast rolls, the Laprig apple juices, Abroath smokies (not always there), and so many more fresh and interesting selections. During the summer, the strawberries are the freshest and sweetest we've ever had! They are open from 9am-2pm.
Review from Fiona H.
- 8 friends
Finally... a coffee/light lunch place that's a little bit different from all the millions of others in this area.
Yes, they do cakes, pastries, coffee and tea. But as far as I know this is the only swiss café in Bruntsfield, which means that instead of the same old muffins and cookies you get in most other places, here you get stollen and pretzels. What's more, this place prides itself on making everything from scratch and on-site, or rather, "Qualität aus Meisterhand" as they put it.
The other great thing about them is that they'll also bake you an entire cake exactly to your liking if you order in advance. So next time you're trying to show off your domesticated baking skills, but accidentally forget to turn the oven on or use the wrong type of flour, this place will save the day.
My only criticism? It's too far from my new flat!
Review from Sam C.
- 19 friends
This appealing German bakery/cafe houses some hanging Bretzels and a tempting Kommiss Brot. These traditional German baked goods are super tasty and smell divine.
Delicate teas and strong coffees compliment some rich, freshly made slabs of cake. They do some interesting sandwich platters too all of which are an interesting alternative to the usual deli style baguettes.
Falko's is located in Bruntsfield, and thus isn't the easily accessible from the centre, nonetheless its worth the trip.
Review from Qype User (es…)
- 15 friends
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Falko is a master baker of fine, fine, FINE artisan bread.
Everything sold is baked fresh on the premises, making Falko one of the only places in Edinburgh to buy genuine & fresh German pastries which I adore more than my limited vocabulary can express.
Review from Katherine R.
- 1 friend
They are famous for their bread and cakes. I went on a Sunday and had a delcious brunch for an amazing low price of £10, this included tea/coffee, juice and plenty of food. Attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere.
I can never resist coming here when in Edinburgh and always end up buying something to take back to London.
Review from Qype User (ec…)
- 2 friends
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Falko Konditormeister Feinbackerei at 185 bruntsfield place is a well-known bakehouse that has a justly deserved great name for baked goodies, from beefy breads to fruity flans.
for the coffee lovers amongst us the joy is not balanced out by a gutsy coffee.
the latte was sadly in a bucket-sized cup, and, despite asking for two shots, was weak. there is hope, however, in that the milk and temperature were good and the flavour promising in a puny kind of way. trusty partner totally enjoyed the single shot cap in the normal size cup.
just imagine, though, if you could wash down a dense, sticky, cinnamony, berry pie with fabulous, creamy but strong coffee that both compliments and cuts through the sweetness?
go for the cakes and see if you can convince them to bump up their attention to the coffee.
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Review from Qype User (hibber…)
- 2 friends
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I love Falko Konditomeister in Bruntsfield and Gullane. Fresh ingredients , no nasties and great taste. My girlfriend and I love going and having a lovely coffee with a tasty cake, whether it's Bruntsfield or Gullane we always leave pleased.
One thing I really like is that they bake and source everything they use and are proud not to buy in cheaply made rubbish. If you ask them about their cakes, breads, ice cream etc they will tell you all about the bakery in Gullane where everything is made. We should support local businesses like this and avoid the big global chains.
The staff are friendly and there is a great atmosphere inside, Falko Konditormeister is fantastic .
Oh and look out for local celebrities like J.K.Rowling as I saw her recently having coffee in there, possibly working on a new book. I tried to have a sneaky peek but resisted the temptation.
Review from Nic G.
- 6 friends
Falkos was one of the first cafes i visited on moving to Edinburgh and i was very impressed. the inside certainly gives yo that feeling that your being transported back to Germany with the interior, the german staff and of course the fantastic bread, pastries and cakes. The cakes are a big favourite with my son he would recommend the chocolate gateau , for me the best thing is there Hot Chocolate the best i have ever tasted it is fantastic made with the best quality chocolate, full cream milk no sweetners or anything else it is superb! The only negative for me is the service and the atmosphere. the service isn't that great the staff aren't really friendly don't really make conversation with you and so the atmosphere isn't up to much. and for that reason i don't go in there as much as other cafes in Bruntsfield!
Review from Tony L.
- 2 friends
This is a lovely and I believe only German cafe in Edinburgh. I am not surprised that the baker has won so many awards for his food. The bread and cakes are truly delightful. The salads also looked delightful. Try the Swabian apple tart. The vanilla cream custard is amazing.
Review from Qype User (starry…)
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One of the best food shops in Edinburgh. The bread baked here is really outstanding. He bakes a large variety of different breads using all kinds of flours and with the addition of various seeds. My favourite is the pumpkin bread. He also bakes a very wide range of cakes , in the German style as that is where he is from. I think the Linzer torte is particularly good.
He usually has a stand at the Farmer's market in Edinburgh, every saturday, but if you are looking for something in particular you need to get there early.
Other favourites are the delicious pretzels. And a simliar item with cheese. If you miss proper bread then this shop is definitely worth visiting and it doesn't take too long to walk there from Princes Street.
Review from Qype User (sas…)
- 6 friends
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I have been visiting Falko since he opened and have not been disappointed. Carrot cake, baked cheesecake, poppyseed cheesecake, you name it, he makes it, and it's gorgeous!
Falko makes challah bread, especially for the Jewish community, that can be bought on a Thursday or Friday (if you're quick!), and it is worth the trip.
Also, the cheese tongues are one of the best things ever.
*EDIT* Ended up here for lunch on Saturday (after disappointing effort at Monteiths), and it did not disappoint! We had the goats cheese and red pepper sandwich plate. Basically, you are given a bread basket and your sandwich plate of choice and left to get on with it! Get in early though, as trying to get a seat can be murder.
Review from Qype User (jenny…)
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I nearly cried when I saw Falko's shop boarded up and closed. Luckily, walking further up Bruntsfield, I saw that although the old bakery was closed, a new one had opened that was much larger and had a proper seating area.
The real star at Falko is the bread. It's so far removed from the sliced white you get in the supermarket. It's dense and chewy, and packed full of flavour. I have been known to just eat it with a smear of butter and call it lunch.
The cakes are spectacular, although I find many of them too rich. They are very generous with the cream! As other reviewers have said, it's quite a bit more expensive than other bakeries, but the quality is high enough to be worthy of the price tag.
Review from David L.
What an adorable little German Bäckerei -- I'm a carb-aholic so once I found this place I couldn't be separated from it... One visit I had a plate of cheeses with roasted peppers that came with a big basket of freshly baked bread, and a slice of the best carrot cake I've had in years... Another visit I had a terrific Linzer Torte and some fantastic Baked Cheese Cake... This place is absolutely great!
Review from M M.
Review from Brad G.
- 17 friends
Now I see what all the fuss is about. Delicious German cakes (the apple cake is just as I remember my grand mothers!) home baked bread (including hard to find dark rye!) and sehr guten Kaffee! Lecher!!!! One thing to bear in mind though, they do not accept credit cards (but do take debit cards). Very good Falko, I'll be back.
Review from Angela W.
- 7 friends
I lived in Germany for some time, and I definitely recommend their breads. We had a marzipan hoernchen (amazing) and also sampled their brioche (so-so) and croissants (again, amazing). Their sweet treats looked incredible, but we were seriously disappointed by the schwarzwaldkirschtorte (blech, could barely finish the soapy thing). But we may be picky, as that was our wedding cake. Their other cakes looked quite tasty. We got some absolutely delicious jaegerkruste to go (a light rye bread with seeds). Finally, some real German bread! Do yourself a favor though, and just drop in to get your breads to go. If you stay in, the prices are marked up beyond their value--not worth it.
Review from Sharon G.
So far I've only tried the cake and their giant pretzels but they are outstanding. Each time I've visited they've had different flavours of cake and although the prices for the big slices are around £3.60, the slice is so huge that it's worth it. Not too sure what savoury options they have but behind the counter there are loafs and what I think is more cakey things and you can sit in for a bite to eat too.
Review from K N.
- 0 friends
I lived a long time in Germany and Austria. The food at this cafe is truly good, and the staff are ok. The down sides are the price and the air of pretension. I guess that may come from the neighbourhood in which it is located, and that it is one of the few Germanic cafes in Edinburgh. Overall, pretty good.
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