In Portuguese, pão means bread—but it is also an acronym for Padaria Artesanal Orgânica (“Artisanal Organic Bakery”), the name of this charming little shop. Owner and expert baker Rafael Rosa turns loaves into fine art: salt is sourced from the Himalayas, yeasts pass through a long fermentation process and the bread itself is baked on hot stones.
PÃO’s intimate (read: tiny) setting means you can watch as your crusty rolls emerge, piping hot, from the oven. In fact, you might even find yourself scoffing the whole batch on the way home. The sandwiches, quiches, salads, cakes and pies often prove equally irresistible: since organic, sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients are the secret to PÃO’s success, its products change with the seasons. There’s always something new to taste!