Before I left for my vacation to the Philippines, I already saw a building along King Fahd Road that’s being set as a fashion beacon on that side of Riyadh’s most famous highway. It has MANGO and ZARA, two of the biggest names in high street fashion. And an oddball in the corner called Kamps. Kamps? Is that one fashion boutique too? Kamps turns out to be a name of a bakery that started in Friedrichstrasse in Düsseldorf, Germany that’s older than me! The first branch opened in 1982 and now, they have over 400 bakeries in Germany alone. Wow! No wonder it arrived in the sands of Riyadh. It’s about time! Or maybe long overdue.
Kamps promises bread and pastries that are freshly-bakled every day. They managed to bring together a “bakery” (which we all know what it’s about) and a “noshery”, an informal place/restaurant where little tasty mills are served. In the case of Kamps, that’ll be their sandwiches, pizzas, and pitas. Ever since this German bakery put up their opening soon sign in their branch, I have been waiting for it to open because Kamps has such a stellar reputation when it comes to their bread. So who’s not excited? That’s why my eyes went wide when I saw that they finally opened last week! We were there on their first day! But we didn’t know it was their opening night when my husband and I went, haha! We just saw that they’re open while cruising along King Fahd Road.
I was instantly smitten with the breads and pastries on display. They all look so inviting, especially the ones with fruits. The fruits glistened under the warm lights and they’re so vividly colorful and beautiful to eat! I saw some of their rustic breads on display at the racks behind the counter. They have their famous German Crusty Bread, Miller’s Bread, and Traditional Wheat Bread. They also have mini sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, and cold cuts. Eating healthy has never been this beautiful to look at! (However, I wasn’t enticed to choose anything healthy, lol, but that’s just me.)
I don’t know what to choose! Instead I asked the staff what’s highly recommended. He pointed at the heart cheesecake and the cream pretzel so I asked for one of each. I saw a salted pretzel which reminded me of Kamps’ logo so I chose one too. I added in a slice of Grandma’s Apple Pie (I was looking at the cherry pie at first). My husband (it still feels a bit weird writing “husband” already haha!) chose a cup of yoghurt and fruits (he’s the healthy eater) and a meatball sandwich (and he’s the non-sweets eater). He was looking at my choices with a little bit of contempt. But you now what, he actually ate more of the cream pretzel than I did. We were in the taxi going to Tamimi Dabab when I got the cream pretzel and uncovered it (I was hungry). I took a bite and was pretty impressed! The pretzel was actually a bit chewy but the custard was smooth, soft, and not so sweet! I was pretty much enjoying my pretzel when my husband asked to take a bite. I indulged him and… he finished the custard pretzel! Wow, thank you for giving me half of it! LOL.
That’s okay, it’s a testament to how good the breads and pastries are of Kamps. They’re freshly-baked, wonderful to the eyes and easy on the stomach. Feast your eyes on their offerings:
See more of their menu here. They have a family area on the second floor of their restaurant and I heard that their pizzas are good. They also have coffee and other drinks. Next time you want to just chill and have a light snack, lunch, or dinner, then try Kamps. I adore their baked products and you will too. Just remember, they have 400 branches in Germany alone. That’s enough reason to try it in Riyadh. Haha! Go on, explore the world of wuppis, crogetts & pastries! I am leaving those pictures of baked goodness for you to ponder life’s blessings. 😛
Kamps, the German Backerei
Meem Plaza, along King Fahd Road (opposite Faisaliah Tower)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia [MAP]
T: +966-59-099 0906
Saturday to Thursday – 06:30 am – 12:00 midnight
Friday – 06:30 am – 11:00 am / 01:00 pm – 12:00 midnight