Carmel Bakery, established in 1906, one of Carmel’s oldest running businesses has been owned by the Pèpe family for 25 years. Rich Pèpe started working in his uncle’s bakery in New Jersey at the age of 14 and likes to say, “I’m a baker first, a chef second”.
No strangers to getting up early, the motto for Pèpe and his baking crew at Carmel Bakery is “we bake while you sleep”. As Pèpe says, “I am so proud to own this piece of Carmel history”. Equal parts bakery, deli, Starbucks Coffee Bar and neighborhood hangout, Carmel Bakery specializes in Scottish shortbread, English scones, Italian biscotti and giant soft Bavarian pretzels. Deli-style sandwiches, house made soups and fresh salads are also served.