Given that I'm writing about a bakery, I feel a little personal disclosure is in order before we proceed. I am one of those annoying people with several food intolerances. I don't eat wheat, dairy, or sugar. What, you ask, am I doing writing about an establishment dedicated to these delicious and forbidden ingredients?
Well, I'll let you in on a secret. Ever since a trip to Paris, in which I thoroughly indulged in about a million croissants and didn't suffer my usual tummy troubling consequences (turns out that when flour is combined with a high fat content it is much easier to digest—the jury is out as to whether this is good or bad news!), I have been searching for Brisbane's most authentic example.
In my opinion, I've found it at West End Bakery—a thoroughly unglamorous location in the middle of Boundary Street. While other local patisseries get points for excellent effort and looking the part, West End Bakery is a no frills, old-fashioned establishment that puts all of its love into the baked goods themselves. Behind the scenes you'll find a Frenchman, Sylvain, producing the holy-grail: a Parisian style croissant in Brisbane. Get there early to sample them at their warmest and freshest. I try to limit my visits to about once a month.
Alongside the coveted croissants are a selection of excellent and authentic danish, as well as an array of other treats. There's even a few gluten-free cakes. Inexpensive and even a bit daggy, West End Bakery certainly doesn't have gourmet written all over it, and while nothing looks particularly flash, the proof is in the taste, so don't let the humble surrounds fool you!
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TUL Note: Nadia Buick co-directs The Fashion Archives, is a freelance fashion curator, and recently submitted a PhD at QUT, so it's no surprise that she knows a thing two when it comes to art and style. Nadia is an avid wearer of vintage (just ask for her best spots about town), collects old paintings and postcards and can always find the beauty in a little clutter.