Travelling to Greece? Don’t Miss This Destination Bakery

Make Red Jane bakery on the Greek Island of Crete, Greece, a must-visit on your culinary travel list.

Article by Gisela Williams

Red Jane Bakery_GreeceThe interiors of the Red Jane bakery in Chania, Greece, were conceived by the lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades. Photograph by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

Seen from the outside, Red Jane, a new bakery in the centre of Chania, a Greek port city on the island of Crete, looks like a Berlin nightclub, with no obvious sign and a concrete facade covered in graffiti. Inside, it might pass for a New York boutique: There are Italian tiles on the floor and an exposed-brick ceiling and on a long red marble counter, lit by minimalist pendant lamps, pastries are laid out like jewels in a glass vitrine. Owned by Nikos Tsepetis, the hotelier behind the nearby beach resort Ammos (a favourite of the art and design crowd), the space is the first fully realised interiors project overseen by the London-based lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades. Eyal Schwartz, the former head baker and co-owner of London’s E5 Bakehouse, created the menu. On its opening day this month, Red Jane sold out of its chocolate-filled croissants, koulouri (Greek sesame-topped bagels) and baklava swirls by noon. Locals lingered for an hour after, despite the fact that Tsepetis and Anastassiades designed the space without tables.