It is often said that bread and baked goods are not something that can be purchased for a measly dollar from the supermarket. Tradition, love and butter (a lot of butter!) must be poured into bakery goods in order for them to satisfy our hearts desires and inevitably cause our waistlines to swell. To avoid your disappointment at a soggy sausage roll, a stale loaf or an underwhelming éclair, we’ve brought you the best thing since sliced bread—a bible of Brisbane’s best bakeries.
With weekend line-ups out the door and all the fresh bread, pastries and treats you could ever dream of, this cosy little joint is a one-stop shop for all your sweet-tooth needs. Pop into their James Street digs to see what all the hype is about for yourself and you could be indulging in Sprout Bakery's signature sourdough, delectable range of croissants (our favourite is the twice baked chocolate), or a few flaky tarts, scrolls and danishes.
Superthing comes to us from the team behind NYC Bagel Deli, who, having pretty much taken over Brisbane’s bagel scene, turned their attention to sweeter things, and snapped up a sizable venue on Montague Street in West End. All baked in store from local, organic ingredients (and available wholesale too), flaky croissants are the specialty here, but you’ll also find decadent cookies, pastries and sweets, as well as perfectly golden loaves of fresh sourdough.
King Street Bakery
Croissants are important business at King Street Bakery, which is why the team here do all their kneading in a temperature-controlled room that keeps the butter at a perfect chill. As well as the French faves, you’ll find artisan brioches, baguettes and sourdough loaves on the rack, not to mention a range of sweet pastries that will have you leaving with far more than you bargained for.
Flour & Chocolate
Morningside And Northgate
With a name like Flour & Chocolate, there’s no denying this treasure trove’s main ingredients, and at first mention of baked delights this gem instantly springs to mind. You will be spoilt for choice at Flour & Chocolate no matter what your taste buds desire—gonuts, doughnuts, bear claws, cinnamon scrolls, quiches, specialty sourdoughs, sausage rolls, sweet and savoury tarts and croissants in every imaginable flavour.
Crust & Co
Nestled in the back streets of Newmarket, is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets, Crust & Co. Crust & Co. is the bakery behind the delicious pastries of New Farm's Chouquette, bringing joy and happiness to the welcoming mouths of Brisbane bakery lovers. With a passion for quality and an appreciation for tradition, our friends at Crust & Co serve up sourdoughs, ryes, savoury tarts, flavoured croissants and special weekend treats. One visit will see you tempted at the counter by their perfect pastries and will have you leaving with more than just a baguette tucked under your arm.
Agnes Street Bakery
Judging by the queues forming around the block before opening time every morning, Agnes Street’s Bakery is doing baked goods right. On the racks behind the counter you'll find dense and flaky kouign amann pastries, sugar dusted doughnuts filled with butterscotch custard, charred Basque cheesecakes and pizzettes laden with a rotating list of toppings like smoked potato, raclette and onion. Drool.
Fortitude Valley, Albion And Camp Hill
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing anything from the Brisbane institution that is Jocelyn’s Provisions, you won’t be surprised to find this jewel on our list of Brisbane's best bakeries. Serving up any sweet treat you can think of, the decision becomes extremely hard to choose between a melting moment or a chewy chocolate and caramel brownie. With such a reputation for its skillful staff, quality ingredients and attention to detail, you simply must see Jocelyn’s Provisions for yourself. Whatever you do, don’t leave without sampling a melting moment because they're to die for.
The Baker's Arms
Operating as both a specialty bake house and café, The Baker’s Arms offers Brisbanites the best of both worlds. With everything made fresh daily and sold throughout the morning, The Baker’s Arms have both breakfast and lunch menus, as well as a cabinet and countertop selection, so be sure to stop by on an empty stomach.
Ashgrove, Woolloongabba and Camphill
Adored for its tempting array of artisan breads, pastries and macarons, Banneton has north-siders and south-siders alike rejoicing with their delectable goods. Banneton’s bakers have well and truly mastered the art of wood fired baking and use natural ingredients and traditional methods to produce their enticing loaves. If it’s a sweet treat you’re after, look no further than the tarte au citron, which has a very silky lemon curd with just the right amount of tanginess.
New Farm And Brisbane CBD
The nearest thing to strolling down a Parisian street is stepping into New Farm’s Chouquette. This authentic bakery is our pick of where to go for croissants, baguettes, gougeres and canelles. Tucked away in a side street off Brunswick Street, Chouquette is the perfect Saturday morning coffee and sweet treat spot, and the Edward Street addition is the perfect spot for treating yourself on your work break. Bringing a true taste of France to Brisbane, Chouquette’s authentic tarts and mouth-watering éclairs will have you travelling across town to sample.
Cake & Bake
From the women who brought the iconic Jocelyn’s Provisions, comes another of our favourite Brisbane bakeries, Cake & Bake. Like something from heaven, Cake & Bake is literally a haven of delicious homemade goodies right here in Newstead. Producing signature cakes, tarts and baked slices, Cake & Bake also serves up fresh rolls and salads from seasonal produce and homemade relishes. If you’re yet to visit, we suggest you get yourself to Cake & Bake, stat.
Tucked at the rear of a car park and behind two old garage doors, the delightfully quaint bakery-come-café is not what you’d expect to find. Brewbakers has quietly, but steadily, built a reputation for baked goodness worth driving from all corners of the city for, which is exactly what people do. From melt-in-your-mouth bagels and rustic handmade sausage rolls to sourdough jam donuts and the most amazing chocolate brownies, you'll end up unconsciously buying one of everything.
Danny's Bread is an artisan organic sourdough bakery―music to the ears of every Brisbane bread lover. Though they also serve up a daily range of sweet treats and pastries, their luscious loaves are crunchy carb perfection and a welcome addition to the booming neighbourhood of Teneriffe. If you’re missing your weekly smashed avo on sourdough, how about getting a loaf from Danny’s and turn it into a DIY.
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