Sachers Café, Conditorei, Bäckerei, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

September 15, 2009 at 9:08 am 21 comments

Brigitte CummingsCafé Sachers in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar is a great example of how much a charismatic owner can add to the whole Café atmosphere. Indeed, if you ever happen to visit this Café, make sure to ask for Brigitte Cummings as she is an extremely nice, well connected and chatty person and certainly will keep you entertained with great stories about her Café and about life as a German in Ulaanbaatar.

Having been a long term resident all over Asia, Brigitte became a co-founder of Café Sachers in 1997 by pure accident. Originally from a totally different trade and also not very fond of confectionery nor bread (apparently she hardly eats bread), she was asked by friends if she was interested in helping opening a bakery. Brigitte found great support in SES, Germany’s Senior Expert Service, an organisation that offers interested retirees the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to others, both within Germany and abroad. Since Sachers foundation, a SES pensioner baker comes to Ulaanbaatar every couple of years and teaches local Mongolians over a 3-6 week period how to make bread.

Cafe SachersCafé Sachers is Mongolia’s first genuine German bakery and offers filter coffee, pretzels, pastries and excellent fresh bread. It has a nice outdoor patio and a lovely seating area inside, where you can enjoy reading the local English newspapers or German magazines. Over and above bakery products, the menu includes hot soups, sandwiches and other dishes. Most ingredients have to be imported from Germany, as according to Brigitte Mongolia’s suppliers tend to be a bit unreliable. Everything on the menu is made by the 7 people Sachers team. Only sausages are sourced from Khan holding (see Leibspeise article about Khan).

Cafe Sachers is not to be mistaken for Sacher’s (the one with the Sacher Torte). The Cafe derives its name from  Helmut Sachers Kaffee, an Austrian coffee producer and bakery supplier. Most of Café Sachers clients are diplomats and foreigners, but also Mongolians started to have a great interest in German bread as many Mongolians studied in Germany. Leibspeise loves the cosy atmosphere in this little bakery. Make sure to try the Krapfen as Brigitte is very proud of them and believes they are better than in Germany (the dough is made by hand not by heavy bakery machines and therefore is much fluffier). Also have an eye for Bella’s Hundekuchen, Brigitte’s latest bakery invention for dogs.

Yummy KrapfenCafé Sachers can be found on Baga Toiruu west, opposite the Central Bank of Mongolia, very close to the UB guesthouse.

Sachers Café, Conditorei, Bäckerei, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ron  |  September 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hi Brigitte.
    My first view of your Cafe. It looks and sounds really very good.
    If I win the lottery I shall call in for a coffee and eats.
    Have a good day.
    Warmest regards
    Ron

  • 2. Judy Burch  |  September 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Brigitte is a jewel and exceedingly well connected in UB.
    When I was doing an Inuit exhibition in UB- we became friends and have since stayed in touch. Everyone who goes to UB- I rec. the cafe- good food and a delightful atmosphere- also easily located.

    I am ready to return to UB, her dacha and the Gobi.

    Spectacular person, cafe and city/country.
    I have lectured all over ther world- tomorrow to Paris again, my favourites are Salekhard, Siberia, Jaipur, UB…of course many wonderful people and places throughout the world!

  • 3. Judy Burch  |  September 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    yummy German foods

  • 4. Karl  |  September 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Greetings Brigitte,
    It good to see you and the café looking so well. The review was very good too. Congratulations.
    Be well and stay happy.
    Karl

  • 5. Nuri Yildirim  |  September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Dear Brigitte,

    You are such a wonderful woman full of energy and a mission to make othe rpeople happy.
    Your Cafe in UB is like an Oasis in UB.
    with our best wishes of health, happiness and success for you all through your life.

    Nuri an his clan

  • 6. Lyn  |  September 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Finally, I get to see the new cafe interior! How beautiful it is with booths and lovely new wall textures.
    Anyone who lives in UB always goes to the Cafe for a bite to eat and to visit with Brigitte. This is the absolute best place to go; how I miss the round brown bread covered with sunflower seeds…my favorite. Nothing like it anywhere around here in Arizona!

  • 7. Trev and Anne  |  September 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The article reminded us of the very happy times we had at your cafe —the warm welcome and the glorious food. Someday we will be back!! Best wishes

  • 8. Jim Healy  |  September 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Brigitte,

    I am going to have to plan a trip to Mongolia to sample the fare. I have know you for eons and you never cease to amaze me. From high tech to dough; the ideas just flow.

    Ciao,
    Jim

  • 9. Betty  |  September 17, 2009 at 2:41 am

    What a wonderful article with grand photos of, Brigitte and the Cafe! We have heard so much about the cafe over the years and is fun to see photos. The bread looks yummy — anyone have some good butter to go on it? Congratulations.
    Betty and Rog

  • 10. Kirril  |  September 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I can say my sanity in Ulaanbaatar was saved by a daily dose of morning coffee and some freshly baked bread rolls from Sachers.

    This is one blissful oasis in a fairly arid city, and that’s coming from somebody who wrote the restaurant reviews for the English language newspaper in Mongolia.

    I think Lyn will agree…

  • 11. Charlotte K. Droeger  |  September 22, 2009 at 3:06 am

    New York City, Sept.21st. 09

    Do you ever make Pflaumenkuchen?-
    What a great testimony to a German/American transplant with a lot of spunk, brains and perserverance.
    Few people know, there’s lots more to admire you for.
    Proud to be your friend. Love, Charlotte

  • 12. Bunty  |  September 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Dear Brigitte, glad to see the cafe,it is very nice… sausages look
    yummy… I believe you need an assistance !
    Take care and stay in touch
    Bunty

  • 13. How To Make Coffee - Finding Best Coffee Maker For You  |  April 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

    How To Make Coffee – Finding Best Coffee Maker For You…

    For the coffee, a cheap & very good way to make it is with a moka pot. It’ s as close to espresso as you can get without a good machine & they cost between 25 & 150 instead of 700. The smaller ones actually work better than the big ones. You have to re…

  • 14. Howard Stauffer  |  October 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Brigitte,

    I am a California rotarian who traveled with Leo Murray on a Nomad Tours and Expeditions horseback riding trip, led by Helge Reitz, in central Mongolia this past August. One of the tour guides was a young Mongolian women Tumee who was very helpful throughout the trip.

    Near the end of the trip, in my talks with her, I learned that she is hoping to go to England and attend a graduate program in tourism, with plans to return to Mongolia afterwards and help to advise tourism businesses to be successful in Mongolia. She already has an undergraduate degree in tourism. She is applying to universities in England and raising funding for her two years of graduate work. I discussed possibilities with her and offered to have my rotary club here in california help her with her expenses for the two years: $1000 USD for each of two years, subject to her being able to raise the remaining funds through donations and loans.

    It would be most helpful to have a partner rotary club in Ulanbaatar to join with us in this venture. I have been told you are a rotarian friend of Helge’s who might be able to convince your club to join us. Your club would be the sponsor of the scholarship project, with my Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club in Arcata, California, USA, serving as the international co-sponsor. We would provide the total $2000 funding over two years. Your club could monitor the project with Tumee in Ulanbaatar and perhaps contribute $100 USD towards the project.

    Please get in touch and let me know whether you might be interested. Helge and Leo can provide a reference for me and provide further contact information on Tumee.

    Best wishes,
    Howard Stauffer
    HowardStauffer@gmail.com

  • 15. Nene Nene  |  October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Contrary to the article, I have heard that this Brigitte has a very nasty temper and wicked character.

  • 16. maral  |  November 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

    dear Brigitta
    all the best to you

  • 17. Pam Eglinski  |  January 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Brigitte, This is a delightful article. Love the photos! Your cafe is truly unique in UB! — pam

  • 18. Paul Wilderbeek  |  February 8, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I am travelling to UB next month to teach bread making skills to orphans and can not get any good info on the local flour or yeast etc. Would be willing to share some knowledge with me to help these kids?

    Thanks

    paul

  • 19. leibspeise  |  February 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Paul. You need to contact Brigitte directly at ubcummings@gmail.com
    Please say hello from me.
    Cheers,
    Timo – Leibspeise

  • 20. Anonymous  |  July 12, 2011 at 3:28 am

    This place is really expensive. I have visited the cafe couple of times and did not really enjoy my time there. I would recommend NAYRA’S CAFE for you. Just check it out and you will understand me. Compare the prices and the food.

  • 21. Anonymous  |  June 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Brigitte,
    Ron and I are back in UB visiting Shastin and NCC.
    If time permits we’ll drop by for a real cup of coffee.
    Cheers
    Peter

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