by Janet Stayte May 19, 2023 4 min read
Melbourne is known for having some of the best cafes in the world, as well as being a hub for specialty coffee. But this thriving food scene is not complete without a mention of its exceptional bakeries. From artisanal sourdough to mouth-watering pastries, we've compiled a list of the top 10 must-try bakeries in Melbourne that are worth every carb-loving bite. With an array of baked goods, Melbourne's best bakeries offer something for every palate. We've compiled a list of the top 10 must-visit bakeries in Melbourne, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or indulging in a fresh loaf of bread.
Run by theRumble Coffee Roasters team, Double Dutch Bakery in Kensington is a light-filled spot hidden in the backstreets of Kensington. Offering a wide variety of sandwiches and baked goods, this artisanal bakery is one of Melbourne's finest. As well as it's friendly staff and delicious baked goods, a factor that sets it apart is the coffee - with is exceptionally good coffee. For food, we recommend the Reuben Sandwich; a celebration of all things local, loaded with corned beef from Matthews Artisan Butchers, Gruyere from Savour and Grace, house-made Russian dressing, all packed into the best sourdough baguette around. And for the sweet tooth, the Speculaas Bun or Salted Caramel Brownie has quickly proven a hit.
Cobb Lane Bakery in Yarraville is renowned for its artisanal bread and decadent doughnuts. This wholesale bakery's mouth-watering selection of both sweet and savoury treats, including their famous almond croissants, has garnered a strong following among locals and visitors alike.
Candied Bakery is a family-run bakery, located in Spotswood, and this iconic bakery does all your bakery-classics exceptionally well. It's a must-visit for those with a penchant for creative twists on classic baked goods. Their innovative treats, such as Hot Cross Donuts (you read that right), and Pumpkin Miso Sourdough are just a few of the delicious offerings that set this bakery apart from the rest.
Ovens Street Bakery in Brunswick is a rustic hole-in-the-wall bakery hidden in the backstreets of Brunswick. This spot is a secret gem for locals, and there's good reason why they amass a line down the street every Saturday morning, rain or shine. Their fresh bread and pastries are truly some of Melbourne's best. Offering a small outdoor dining area, it's the perfect spot to enjoy Melbourne's foodie culture, with a leisurely coffee and fresh pastry.
Falco Bakery has two delightful spots in Collingwood. Something that sets this establishment apart, is their commitment to sustainability and reducing their environmental impacts as a business. Their focus is on combining traditional baking techniques with innovative twists. Head baker, Christine Tran, has honed her skills at some of the best bakeries in the world, including Tivoli Road Bakery, and the bread showcases this expertise beautifully.
This European style bakery is an abosolute delight to visit. Just north of the Melbourne CBD, this new kid on the block (which opened at the start of 2022) has quickly become a favourite for residents and visitors to Carlton North. Located within a charming terrace style shopfront, Calle Bakery offers a delicious array of traditional baked goods, carefully prepared croissants, and the best sourdough around. We recommend their filled 'croissant wheels', packed with iconic flavours, such as Matcha Salted Caramel, or Lotus Biscoff.
Bread Club in North Melbourne is known for having some of the best sourdough in Melbourne, as well as a wide variety of sweet and savory pastries. The duo who started this, french bakers Tim Beylie and Brice Antier, have worked at some of Melbourne's iconic bakeries, such as Baker D Chirico, Wild Life Bakery, and Vue de Monde. With a focus on traditional baking techniques, this bakery is a must-visit for anyone seeking a truly authentic bread experience.
Wood Frog Bakery is one of the best sourdough spots in Melbourne. The key ethos at Wood Frog Bakery is that good sourdough takes time to create, and this is evident in every aspect of the process, as well as the resulting loaves. The sourdough starter used for the bread at Wood Frog is 7 years old, and each hand-shaped loaf is allowed to ferment for 28 hours, resulting in a delicious caramelised crust and airy open crumb. Started in St Kilda, they've now got a range of shops right across Melbourne.
Wild Life Bakery in Brunswick East is a popular spot for those seeking delicious bread and French pastries. Their freshly baked country loaves and sausage rolls are just a few of the highlights on their menu that keep customers coming back for more, and the focus on drawing together delicious ingredients results in some truly spectacular menu items.
Located in Prahran Market, Q Le Bakerwas started by Quentin Berthonneau, a french baker and pastry chef. The philosophy at this fine bakery is all about organic and directly sourced ingredients, as well as wild yeasts developed over time which are easier for the body to digest. and dark caramelised sourdough crusts.
This list is far from comprehensive, and Melbourne-dwellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a wide variety of pastries, pies, cakes and croissants, as well as fresh-baked bread. These ten spots are in our opinion, the best places that Melbourne has to offer!
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