Germans are famous for their beer, sausages, and cars. But every German living here will tell you the one thing they miss is the German bread. I’ve lived in Nanaimo for four years and I am still perfecting the German homemade bread baking. Luckily we have the Columbia Bakery on Bowen Rd. So whether you’re craving a German rye bread, a traditional Pretzel (German: Brezel) or some sweet treats, this bakery should definitely be on your radar. The Brezeln are extremely popular and you need to be quick if you want to get one, or order ahead of time.
Insider Tip: you can also get Gelbwurst (German Lyoner sausage) here, that tastes like it does back home. Bonus!
Now. Let’s talk some more sausage.
Nesvog Meats is a pretty good place to start when you’re looking for sausages. They have a whole variety that ranges from traditional German sausages like the Bratwurst, to some more innovative German inspired flavours like the Octoberfest Sausage.
They also have a large store section where you can find European Specialities and Delicatessen (Sauerkraut, pickled beetroots and Sauerkirschen im Glas, to name a few German ones).
During the summer months you can also find some seasonal vendors selling German cakes and treats, such as Oh Happy Cake, at the local farmers’ markets. They specialize in traditional German family recipes. If you get the chance you should try their Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake, it is delicious!
If you know the right spots are can basically get everything German in Nanaimo. If you are looking for anything specific, let me know and I will point you in the right direction.