If you live in the Triangle and you haven’t been to Guglhupf yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. I’ve lived in this area for almost a decade, have tried countless local restaurants, and Guglhupf is easily one of my favorites. My husband and I both always choose Guglhupf as the place to have our birthday breakfast. Maybe that’s what makes it so special to me, aside from the fact that we only tend to go there without our kids in tow. After we eat, we drive the short distance to Duke and walk off our meal in the gardens. My idea of the perfect day…
I fondly remember the last thing I ate at Gughupf with a measure of nostalgia and a slight sense of yearning. Before I became a grain-free kind of gal, my favorite breakfast item to order there was the french toast ($7.50). Y’all…this ain’t your mama’s soggy sad excuse for french toast. At Guglhupf, they use thick slices of baguettes to make this dish. Served alongside is a heaping helping of seasonal fruit. I always ask for a side of bacon ($4.00) to offset the sweetness of the fruit and syrup. Perfection! If I’m feeling particularly indulgent, I’ll order one of many decadent bakery items available in the case. The Berliners are to die for. And, I always take forever to savor the obligatory mocha ($4.25) I always get. I’m still sipping long after my husband has finished his meal and we’ve run out of conversation. For the two of us to have breakfast, it usually comes to around $30. More than worth it.
Guglhupf (a German word for “Bundt or marble cake”) opened in Durham towards the end of 1998 by owners Claudia Kemmet-Cooper and Hartmut Jahn. Kemmet-Cooper wanted the share the German tradition of making food the center of every social occasion. After training in baking and pastry in Munich, she felt she was ready to share her skills and knowledge in the US. Since opening, Guglhupf has expanded throughout the portion of the building that originally housed the book store.
Now, if you happen to be a loud-talker, you may want to skip Guglhupf. The atmosphere is very chill, and rowdy patrons are not appreciated by the other diners. A lot of folks camp out at this establishment with their laptops and their lattes and so create an almost library-like atmosphere. That said, I’ve never eaten outside on the patio, so maybe that’s where all the raucous party people congregate.
Guglhupf is also perfect to visit if you happen to be thirsty. They have a wide variety of coffee, teas (green, herbal, iced, organic, etc.), soda, juices, cocktails, beer, etc. And if you’re a locavore, you’ll be happy to know that the majority of Guglhupf’s food and drinks are sourced locally. One issue to be aware of is the parking. It can be a little rough, and there doesn’t seem to be enough spaces to accommodate their popularity. However, there does happen to be street parking behind the building on the other side of the fence. If you haven’t already, you must try Guglhupf out. It’s truly a treasure of the Triangle!
Lauren has lived in the Triangle for almost a decade and has been a freelance writer for almost as long. She loves going out to eat, supporting local farms, hanging out with her husband and three daughters, and exploring the great state of North Carolina. If Lauren loves a restaurant, she’ll tell the world, so writing restaurant reviews has become a passion!