Hofers of Helen GA Carries On German Baking Tradition

If you love wonderful old-world breads and pastries, a trip to Hofer’s of Helen is a must.

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The renowned bakery, which began in Atlanta in 1973, opened its shop here on Main Street in 1993, and it’s been a favorite stop for locals and visitors ever since.

The bakery, which is run by the original owner’s son Ralph, is outfitted with a stone hearth oven that is crucial for producing the quality Old World breads they’re known for. Bavarian rye bread, Swiss Raisin Nut Bread and a hearty round Wendelsteiner Landbrot are just a few of the breads they bake, along with items like Bavarian pretzels and rolls. Stop in to their shop and you’ll find not only breads, but display cases filled with luscious strudel, tortes, pastries and more tempting sweets.
During the holiday season, you’ll also find all those wonderful German specialties, such as spritz cookies and stolen.


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Next to the bakery, is The Café at Hofer’s, featuring a mural by noted artist Joseph Mahler. The menu draws on family recipes brought from the old country, such as schnitzels, wonderful sausage dishes and sandwiches made with their specialty breads. And, of course you need to save room for dessert!

In summertime, the covered front deck of the bakery and café becomes the festive Biergarten. During Oktoberfest and the Holidays Hofer’s has live music there.

Hofer’s of Helen

8758 North Main Street, Helen


Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holidays are a wonderful time to stop into Hofer’s and shop in a village that looks like someplace Old Nick himself would be comfortable. Why not come visit Lucille’s and take it all in?

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