With over 70% of its inhabitants speaking Spanish as a first language, Miami is rightfully dubbed the capital of Latin America. Needless to say, the community’s influence manifests on many levels, including hospitality. As its name implies, Caracas Bakery has Venezuelan roots. Founded in 2020 by Manuel Brazón and his son Jesús Manuel Brazón who, with their entire family, fled their homeland over the many kidnappings, and found a new home in the biggest city of the Sunshine State. The Venezuelan-inspired offerings have resonated well with local gourmets, and following the very first Caracas Bakery in the suburban Doral neighbourhood, a second outpost has opened its doors in the leafy MiMo area of town. The new outpost, designed by Miami-based architecture practice Acta Studio, occupies a 3,000 sq.ft. (279 sqm.) unit on the ground floor of a modern commercial building. The settings are understated, revealing much of the structure’s concrete shell, and thanks to an infusion of timber, the design has a slight Nordic edge.
Caracas Bakery‘s patrons venue experience three different spaces, including the open kitchen and workspace which provides ample peeks of all the action. An elongated service counter with latticed wood a colourful concrete terrazzo top and glass cabinet is laden with a wide range of tasty offerings. A wooden display where the bread is placed was actually handmade by a local carpenter, as well as the majority of the woodwork. Latticed wood also covers an opposite counter and extends all the way towards the seating area, basically tying in the entire premises. The timber adds a warm and welcoming touch to the otherwise industrial backdrop. Furnishings comprise an elongated wooden bench lining the wall, paired with matching tables and chairs. Additionally, a wooden counter, intended for short-stay patrons, has been added in between two concrete support beams. The offerings at Caracas Bakery are French, but with a bold and distinct Venezuelan twist, featuring various tasty breads, classic croissants and delicate pastries, but also campesinos and pastelitos, and all paired with your favourite coffee.
Designed by Acta Studio
Images © Acta Studio
Photography: James Jackman
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