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Traditional Wood Bakery in Naxos

When we stumbled upon this small, traditional bakery in the heart of Naxos, we had no idea the trip would remain one of the highlights of our trip to Naxos even years later.

I am a bread lover, plain and simple. I will happily consume nearly all types of bread from sweet, fluffy brioche to hardy rye to sourdough...and everything in between. My favourite type of bread, though, has got to be fresh bread that's crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside - you know, the type of bread that brings an aroma as it bakes that makes you want to cut open the loaf and dig right in? Imagine my thrill as my partner and I were taking an early morning stroll through Naxos town and came across Velonis Bakery ( Φούρνος Βελωνη in Greek). Without even seeing a menu or knowing what was baking, we knew we had to stop inside!

The bakery space is compact with a simple layout. Spectators can literally watch the breads bake just by peering inside the doorway. There is a sign outside the front door in Greek which states the bakery's name and another sign that indicates that the business is a traditional bakery. There was no time schedule or phone number posted when we visited.

We bought two of the fresh wheat loaves (pictured left), and when they handed us the bread, it was still warm to the touch! We walked to a shop nearby and picked up some fresh tomatoes to eat with the bread. If you visit at a time when there are more shops open, I suggest you try the bread with some traditional, local cheese from Naxos, such as graviera Naxou or kefalotyri Naxou.

Throughout Naxos, it's easy to find fresh bread and pites - there are dozens of shops that provide these products; however, to come across a traditional bakery that makes the products by hand is a rarity in today's world. I wish I could visit this bakery every day and support the family that provides this wonderful artisanal product to the people of Naxos. One taste of this fresh bread is all it will take for you to understand why I wrote an entire blog post about it!

Directions to Bakery from Xora (City Center):

Φούρνος Βελωνη Naxos 843 00, Greece

If you're interested in paying the bakery a visit, I've put the address above in case you prefer using an app or maps. However, the best way to find it would be to ask someone local how to get there ;)

If both Google/Apple maps and the locals fail you, assuming you're confident enough to try and find it based on my directions, you can start from the port area. Walk towards the alley in front of the church of Myrtidiotissa and then proceed towards the Castle. When you approach the tourist/souvenir shops, turn left and then continue down the street in the old town, until you see the street ending in shops. At this point, you will turn right and notice a grocery store in front of you. There are plenty of other small shops around the bakery. Proceed left until you see the bakery signs. Take a whiff of the air around you and when you smell the aroma of freshly baked bread, you'll know you're in the right place! If you got the chance to visit, I'd love to hear about your experience!


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