Tuesday8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Wednesday8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Thursday8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Friday8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Saturday8:30 am – 2:00 pm.
36B Arun Street
022 037 0916
Pass by Vinbrux Bakery and Kaffehaus on Arun Street and the smell of homemade baking, the sound of pianola music and the sight of the shop’s warm yellow interior will all beckon you inside. Here, Richard and Christel Vinbrux handcraft German style sourdough, homemade cakes, beautiful pastries and an array of delicious breakfast and lunch dishes.
The Vinbrux children are also very much involved in the business and many of the items you’ll find in the bakery and café incorporate ingredients grown on the family’s 34 acre farm. Everything served here is made from scratch and that which the family doesn’t grow is sourced as locally as possible. The difference that this hands-on approach makes to the end products is hard to miss and has earned Vinbrux a loyal following over the years.
Richard, a fourth-generation baker, heads up the bread side of things and mills the wholemeal flour that goes into his organic, German style sourdough breads himself. He begins baking on-site at 4 each morning with son, Jan, and the well-stocked shelves reflect their hard work. The ever-popular farmhouse wholemeal sourdough is joined along the café’s back wall by other loaves like the ‘Sunpumped’ sunflower and pumpkin seed rye.
Daughter, Judy, handcrafts the cakes and pastries that fill the cabinet and lets the seasons lead her creations. Rhubarb crumble cake, black forest gateaux, lemon and almond meal cake and apple tart made with homegrown, spray free apples have all featured in the past. A slice of cake with a coffee is a simple joy that is executed perfectly here. Judy also doubles as the Vinbrux barista and even the milk served in their coffees, comes from a nearby farm and is available by the bottle in store.
While a visit to Vinbrux is a chance to stock up on staples and grab a quick nibble, it’s also an opportunity to slow down and recharge with a nourishing, delicious meal. Christel prepares the breakfast and lunch menus which include German classics like sausage with sauerkraut on a homemade bread roll as well as scrambled egg crepes, fresh fruit pancakes, potato salad and hearty soups. In the same way that Vinbrux breads and pastries are made with local, seasonal components the brunch options reflect the best of what’s growing on the Vinbrux property and other Waitaki farms at any one time.
Whatever you choose here, you’re in for a treat so sit down at the cafe’s stunning macrocarpa tables and enjoy the cosy atmosphere. An old pianola takes pride of place in the seating area. While it doesn’t necessarily require an operator, locals get together to ‘play’ it during the lunch hour on Fridays which only adds to the jovial atmosphere at Vinbrux.
Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou
36B Arun Street