Love it or loaf it, there is no doubting that baked goods can be to a destination what an Australian Rules Football team is to a Melburnian. Defining. Tribal. Intense.
These eleven bakeries found in and around Melbourne provide a veritable round-the-world tour for visitors with a yearning for yeast.
1. Gontran Cherrier - Citing similarities with the home of his first boulangerie in Montmartre, Gontran Cherrier chose the creative hub of Collingwood for his first Australian store. Now the popular fourth generation Normandy baker has expanded east to Hawthorn. Monsieur Cherrier uses flour and butter imported from Paris to make a full range of delicious and authentic breads, croissants, pastries and sandwiches. 696 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, +61 (0) 3 9419 1518
2. Q Le Baker - Of French heritage and with a pedigree that includes Vue de monde, Chez Dré and Baker D Chirico – Quentin Berthonneau and partners new bakery is set up for success taking up pole position in Prahran Market. Using locally sourced grains and flours and specialising in whole-wheat flours with naturally forming wild yeast, Q Le Baker offers loaves such as rye and lemon; twisted brioche; and chocolate sourdough. The sweets are also popular with mini pavlovas, apple turn-overs, galette des rois, tarts available. 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, +61 (0) 3 9973 3069
3. Cobb Lane Bakery - Visitors will find Matt Forbes’ UK heritage on full display at Cobb Lane Bakery in Yarraville with breakfast items such as smoked eel, pork belly, black pudding and scotch eggs on the breakfast menu. The Bakery is also famous for its donuts which can be found at quality cafes around Melbourne. 13 Anderson St, Yarraville VIC 301, +61 (0) 03 9687 1538
4. Baker D. Chirico - As Easter the crowd spills out onto the street, such is the demand for baker’s delectable fruit buns. The casalinga bianco, wholewheat loaf and white sourdough are also favourites. This uber stylish traditional Italian bakery has a shop in St Kilda and another in Carlton. 149 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda +61 3 9534 3777 and 178 Faraday St Carlton +61 3 9349 3445.
5. Agathé Pâtisserie - The elegant and ornate Royal Arcade was the perfect city centre location for popular French baker Agathé Kerr. Kerr trained at prestigious cooking schools in Paris before moving to Melbourne and setting up shop at South Melbourne Market. Her delectable range includes - of course - croissants, but also Aussie cruffins (ham, cheese and vegemite in a cross between a croissant and a muffin), cakes, tarts and more. South Melbourne Market, 322 Coventry Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205. Shop 49A, Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, +61 3 0403 222 573
6. All Are Welcome - Transformed from the 1950’s Christian Reading Room where this Northcote bakery got its name, this north side local gem by the guys from Everyday Coffee offers freshly baked daily loaves of Sourdough, and treats from the west to the east of Europe including ensaïmadas (a sweet spiral pastry from Mallorca in Spain), medovnik (a Czech honey cake) and khachapuri (a traditional cheese-filled bread from the Republic of Georgia). Non-sweet options, such as savoury tartines and tarts, as well as housemade jams, chutneys and pickles. 190 High Street, Northcote.
7. Babka – This bustling Brunswick Street institution has been serving up Russian-inspired rustic bread and sweets in eclectic Fitzroy for 15 years. Visitors will queue to squeeze into the intimate space for egg brioche, sourdough, shoo fly buns, home-made pies, sandwiches or challah – a braid of soft, sweet bread. 358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy +61 3 9416 0091
8. The Convent Bakery – This gem is nestled within the walls of the Abbotsford Convent’s kitchen wing. Artisan bakers produce a variety of old-fashioned bread in the two wood fired mansory ovens built in 1901. Popular for the white sourdough and light rye sourdough. The venue also offers bread-making classes and workshops . Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers Street, Abbotsford +61 3 9419 9426
9. Dench Bakers – The bakers at Dench have been selling artisan-style bread from their Fitzroy North shop since 2005. Customers return for the grain loaf, house stone loaf and the ciabatta. Popular at all times for a sit down breakfast or a takeaway coffee with an egg and bacon pie. Dench Café, 109 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North +61 3 9403 5333 and now at
10. Noisette – Noisette founder David Menard is a 5th generation baker with his family in the traditional French baking business since 1825. His passion for baking is poured into the bread, brioche, cakes and croissants at this Port Melbourne shop and cafe. A newer outpost in the thriving hub of Bentleigh offers a larger space for groups and is near the train station - perfect for the morning coffee. 84 Bay Street, Port Melbourne +61 3 9646 9555. 412 Centre Road, Bentleigh VIC 3204 + 61 3 9557 7110
11. A1 Bakery - Originally established as a small family business, A1 is Melbourne's first Lebanese Bakery ,opened in 1992 in the commercial heartland of Sydney Road, Brunswick. Lebanese bakery and Middle Eastern grocer, A1 sells white, wholemeal, organic seeded & Turkish bread (khobz), pita, pies, Lebanese pizza, kibbie, dips and Baklava. 643-645 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, + 61 3 9386 0440
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