Australia's best bakeries and where to find them

Crunchy croissants, hot pies, bread, tarts, and dreamy doughnuts—we break down the best spots for the ultimate baked goods fix in Aus, city by city.

What is it that makes one pastry layer more delectable than another, one piping hot meat filling tastier, or one crunchy bread top crust infinitely more satisfying?

The title for Australia's best croissanterie, best pie, or best sourdough loaf is contentious. So we've gathered the best of a very good bunch from each capital city and included a few honourable mentions to add to your list to try too. 

From our vibrant cities, here are our favourite bakeries and the fresh-out-of-the-oven specialities you need to taste on your next visit. 

Sydney: Pannacotta lamington, Flour and Stone

 

 

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Operating out of a pint-sized cafe in Sydney's harbourside city suburb Woolloomooloo, Flour and Stone has our vote for the best baked goods spot in town. While there are many highlights on owner and head baker Nadine Ingram's menu, it's the pannacotta lamington that has our hearts.

Nadine's sublime upgrade on the classic includes vanilla sponge soaked in pannacotta, berry compote centre, dark chocolate, and layers of flaked coconut. 

Honourable mentions: The ginger brûlée at Bourke Street Bakery, strawberry and watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry, and croissant from Brickfields.

Brisbane: Blond brownies, Jocelyn's Provisions

 

Located in Fortitude Valley in a shop painted pale pink, Jocelyn's Provisions is an unmissable stop on the Brisbane foodie map. As well as peddling their own house-made provisions (think lemon curd, almond bread, rocky road, oatcakes, and granola) the team of bakers make delicious sweets, savouries, and bread. 

Try their special blond brownie, a fairer coloured cousin to the regular chocolate brownie, made with sweet white chocolate chunks and crunchy macadamia nuts. 

Honourable mentions: Caraway and rock salt sourdough at Flour and Chocolate, pistachio and chocolate croissant from Crust & Co

Melbourne: Traditional French croissant, Lune Croissanterie 

 

 

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Aerospace engineer turned baker Kate Reid knows the precise mechanics of a perfect croissant. Delicately prepared over three days, the croissants Kate serves at her Melbourne bakery, Lune Croissanterie, are hard to beat.

"An excellent croissant is super light, with an open inner honeycomb structure," she says. "The butter taste must be prominent, but not leave a greasy taste in your mouth. Finally, the outside shell of the pastry must be delicate, with an audible crunch when you bite into it, and you should end up covered in shards of pastry.” 

Honourable mentions: Whole wheat breads from Baker D. Chirico, vegan lamingtons at Wild Life Bakery, the bagels at 5 & Dime, and organic olive loaf from Dench Bakers

Adelaide: Wakefield Grange Hereford beef pie, Red Door Bakery

 

 

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Owners Gareth and Emma Grierson were inspired by the bakeries of Paris, and the focus at their two Red Door Bakery outposts in Adelaide is on quality, local ingredients. Their piping hot meat and vegetable pies come served with house-made chilli jam or tomato chutney, which can be bought by the jar to take home.

Honourable mentions: Nutella doughnuts (or 'bronuts') at Boulangerie 113,  and sfogliatelle at Abbots and Kinney.  

Perth: Special stuffed doughnuts, Mary Street Bakery

 

Now with four locations in Perth, Mary Street Bakery's delicious and dreamy special doughnuts are a little easier to find. Think cherry glaze, coconut drizzle, coconut chips, glazed cherries (pictured above), or chocolate glaze and mint crumb. They've also got classics like cinnamon-dusted doughnuts, salted caramel, and strawberry jam. 

Honourable mentions: Canele at Chu Bakery, sourdough from New Norcia Bakery, and cakes adorned with fresh flowers at Bittersweet Bake.

Canberra: Bagels, Bean and Grain

 

Canberrans flock to Bean and Grain for the classic Brooklyn-style combo: hot coffee and one of their famous fresh baked bagels. 

Honourable mentions: Vegan cakes at Sweet Bones, danishes and croissants at Croissant D'Or, and macrons from Dream Cuisine

Hobart: Chocolate croissant, Jackman and McRoss 

 

 

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This beautiful artisan baker is set on the hill at Battery Point, peering down across Salamanca Markets. Croissants are the hefty, country baker style and will leave you feeling immensely satisfied. There are fantastic meat or vegetable pies served too, served with house-made relish. 

Honourable mentions: Sausage rolls at Daci & Daci Bakers, whole wheat bread at Pigeon Whole Bakers

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