Rüdi's Bakehouse

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MondayClosed.

Tuesday7:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Saturday8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

SundayClosed.

The Riverbank Lane 298 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

0274 113 887

In the heart of Hamilton's vibrant Riverbank Lane, with its cosmopolitan Melbourne-like ambience, you'll discover Rüdi’s—a micro-bakery that perfectly marries Nordic minimalism with artisan passion. The interior, painted in serene shades of deep blue and pristine white, resonates with a cool, understated elegance. Concrete floors contrast with warm wooden accents and fresh botanicals, creating a space that feels both modern and welcoming. 

After spending over a decade abroad working in other fields, Stefan (architectural and interiors photographer) and Fern (director in innovation) returned to New Zealand in 2021 with their young family. Armed with Stefan's training from well-known London and Nottingham bakehouses and Fern’s acute business acumen, they decided it was time to build something unique to them. Beginning with a series of pop-ups in coastal Whangamata, baked from the basement of the family’s bach, Rüdi's quickly grew an avid following. Recognising a gap in the Hamilton market, they took the bold step to relocate.

The bakery's name, ‘Rüdi's’, is a tender nod to Stefan's German heritage and his late father, who instilled in him a passion for well-made bread. While rooted in tradition, Rüdi's offerings are undeniably global. From pastries influenced by a sojourn in Scottsdale, Arizona, to twists on Swedish classics, each item is inspired by the couple’s international adventures. 

As you step inside, an arresting display of pastries beckons, from the sought-after cinnamon swirls to the best-selling Nordic knots. Look further, and you’ll spy shelves laden with their rustic sourdough loaves. The Spelt & Sprouted Rye loaf, with its dense sprouted grains and seeds, has developed somewhat of a cult following. 

What sets Rüdi’s apart though isn’t just their world-class baked goods—it’s their thoughtful approach to the customer experience. Recognising the universal weekend desire to sleep in, they’ve introduced Saturday pre-orders, ensuring that patrons can indulge in a leisurely morning without the fear of missing out on their favourite weekend treats.

Having recently graced Hamilton with its presence, Rüdi’s has already etched its mark, continuing to evolve from its Whangamatā origins. From cinema-building pop-ups on the coast to serving the discerning folk of Hamilton, Rüdi’s remains steadfast in its mission: to offer premium artisan bakes that bring a spark of joy to your daily life. When in Hamilton, a visit to Rüdi’s isn’t just recommended—it’s essential.

Words by Nicola Amy Hinman & Photography by Anna Briggs

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Location

The Riverbank Lane 298 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

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