Bakeries. Just reading the word conjures up dreamy images of early morning fresh bread runs; a mid-morning meat pie with buttery, flaky pastry; a lunchtime sausage roll dripping with tomato sauce; or an arvo finger bun, jam and cream going everywhere.
Things are evolving though, especially here on the Coast, with new establishments regularly popping up offering some seriously impressive baked goods. Read on as we eat our way through six of the best bakeries on the Gold Coast, so you know where to get your next fix.
Just like its no nonsense name (who has time for vowels?), this bakery gets straight to the point with some damn fine baked goods. Giant choc-chip cookies infused with Nutella; coconut, lime, and mango muffins clearly too big for one serving (we’re not complaining though), and good looking sourdoughs in all shapes and sizes are just some of the delights on offer. Forget your usual pies and sausage rolls often filled with unidentifiable meat, BKRY got the memo with creations like pulled pork pies and beef with caramelised onion, beetroot, and goats curd sausage rolls. The team here have nothing to hide with the whole bakery on display. Rock up, watch the masters at work, eat three cookies, two pies, a breadstick, and thank us later.
Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Social Grains Bakery
We know it wasn’t just us that got a little teary upon hearing gorgeous Mermaid Beach café, Vivré a Vie was closing their doors. Though all is not lost, as the team behind their beautiful baked wares, Social Grains Bakery, are still going strong! Hurrah! Locally-made raw desserts, cakes, biscuits, and an impressive range of breads—including masterpieces such as pumpkin and white bread, seeded rye, Turkish bread, and organic sourdough can be found at Gold Coast Essential Organics (next door to where the café used to be) along with a number of cafés and markets around the place including The Village Markets. Keep an eye on their Insta page to see where this delicious range is popping up and a keener eye on your iPhone screen for when the drool hits. Chocolate and beetroot cake with cacao fudge frosting and walnuts? BRB, just ordering cake!
Where: Gold Coast Essential Organics, Shop 1/2364 Gold Coast Highway, 4218 Mermaid Beach
On more than one occasion we’ve tried to buy bread here, only to have arrived too late and everything has sold out. Annoying? Yes. Good sign? Absolutely. Specialising in sourdough, Burleigh Baker offers a fantastic range, more than enough to satisfy your particular bread needs. When you can have a conversation with the baker about varying degrees of bread softness versus crust crunchiness, you know you’re onto a good thing. Also on offer is a damn tasty breakfast and lunch menu, killer cakes, and strong coffee. Pull up a seat inside or outside; you might even feel a little regal perched there at the top of James Street, overseeing the passing Burleigh crowd.
Where: Shop 13/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Now, don’t get us wrong, we love a fancy artisan bakery as much as the next Gold Coaster, but sometimes we just can’t go past a classic old-school bakery. Obvy, it still needs to be amazing, selling a ridiculous range of delicious sweet and savoury treats as well as the essential perfect white loaf. Enter Foster’s Bakery, a Nobby Beach institution and a firm favourite among the best bakeries on the Gold Coast. You’re not going to find a swanky feed of Instagram posts coming out of here (hell they don’t have an online presence, period), but what you will find is a line of locals out the door, every single day. Think old-time faves like strawberry tarts (a bestseller), rhubarb pies, rum balls, finger buns, apple slice, lamingtons, doughnuts… Just don’t miss ordering a lamb and rosemary pie while you’re there, you hear?
Where: 1/2227 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Panya Artisan Bakery
Nestled in the industrial end of Currumbin Creek Road is an unassuming-looking shop front with some unbelievably good treats hidden inside. We’re talking bread and we’re talking pastries—custard, pear, apple, rhubarb, and apricot Danishes as well as plain, chocolate, and almond croissants all so good (and very reasonably priced) you’ll definitely not want to share. You might also start to see Currumbin’s industrial area as you new fave hangout. Up until recently, Panya has only sold wholesale to the likes of Bazaar at QT, The Fish House, and Blackboard but luckily for non-industry chumps like us, Panya now sells retail! Get in early because word is Panya sells out on the regular.
Where: 42 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Oh Paddock, you have our hearts. No list of best bakeries on the Gold Coast would be complete without you. Folks, if there’s a prettier bakery on the Gold Coast, then you must tell us immediately so we can chastise you for lying, as no such place exists (okay, perhaps Paddock’s younger sibling Bam Bam Bakehouse puts up some solid competition). Magestic old Queenslander with gorgeous outdoor seating under dappled sunlight? Check. Stunning indoor glass-walled bakery perfect for staring awkwardly at bakers while they bake? Check. Ridiculously delicious everything (and we mean everything) including teeny Nutella-filled doughnuts so small and cute surely the calories don’t count? Check. Drool-worthy sausage roll flavours like pistachio, pork, and apple? Check. Beautiful salads for when you need that healthy interlude between cookie and cruffin? Check. Umm, also one time Hugh Jackman went there. Chances are he loved it. Chances are he’ll probably return. So, have a salted caramel doughnut while you’re waiting. Sorry not sorry, waistline.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami
Did we miss your favourite among our pick of the best bakeries on the Gold Coast? Let us know!
Photo Credit: Daniel Hine and Brooke Darling for Metropolist