I find it hard to imagine my eating life in San Juan del Sur without Pan de Vida. The artisan bakery opened its doors in 2008 and has been turning out gorgeous breads, cookies and cakes ever since. They also run a popular line in briny rosemary focaccias (especially delicious in my view), chewy sourdough breads, plump cinnamon raisin loaves and gutsy coffee cakes.
How did we manage without it? The answer: A four hour round trip to La Colonia supermarket in Managua. Before Pan de Vida, if you lived in San Juan del Sur, that was the only way to get good quality bread.
Now all we have to do is follow the enticing scent of fresh baked bread into downtown San Juan del Sur, push open the swing doors and choose between the loaves piled high on wooden tables or arranged in wicker baskets in an antique cupboard. Even if a loaf is the only thing on your list, you’ll probably walk away with something else bought on impulse – a chocolate chip cookie maybe, perhaps cornbread or a couple of slices of carrot cake, lovingly wrapped in brown paper.
Pan de Vida is brainchild of US expats Eric and Stephanie. The model has proved so popular among both Nicaraguans and expats that Pan de Vida franchises are starting to appear in other locations in Nicaragua. Eric designs a bespoke brick oven, trains the staff, adds a touch of his baking magic and a new artisan bakery is born.
Rest assured this pioneering San Juan del Sur bakery will keep your breadbasket filled with knockout breads.
Located 100 meters west of the Uno gas station, San Juan del Sur. Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm