Haifa boasts more than 70 bakeries for a population of 270,000. By contrast, Tel Aviv has just over 50 bake shops for twice as many people.

The mouthwatering morsels for sale comprise a broad range of pastry traditions: Parisian, Hungarian, German and Swiss as well as Middle Eastern.

Haifa became Israel’s baking capital in the 1930s, when a group of immigrants from Eastern Europe settled in the northern city and quickly became known for their fancy cream cakes, fresh yeast buns and old-fashioned breads.

Today, the city’s top pastry chefs are opening signature shops across Israel, so you don’t have to go to Haifa to get a taste of baked goodness.

Video by Elahn Zetlin

Music by Hicham Chahidi – http://www.musicscreen.be

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