There’s no denying Easter will be our most unorthodox holiday to date. With our favourite restaurants and bars on a temporary hiatus, physical distancing a must and social gatherings a no-go, there's never been more desire for consistency and normality during these times we usually spend socialising and celebrating with one another.
So luckily for us, there’s an array of Gold Coast old faves still whipping up delicious, freshly-baked, hot cross buns—and it doesn’t get more normal than enjoying a delicious, freshly-baked hot cross bun at Easter time. So, in true Urban List fashion, we’ve done the hard work and hunted down the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast. You can thank us later.
When an artisan baker labels himself a “Bread Nut” and decides to make hot cross buns in his signature style and with the finest ingredients, it would be rude not to give them a whirl. Handmade on the daily, the smell alone of a Burleigh Baker hot cross bun is enough to get you salivating. The first bite (and every bite thereafter) offers up a melting pot of fruity flavours and dense, buttery dough. It is heaven in a mouthful with absolutely no need for a slathering of butter. Big call, but these just may take the cake for the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast.
The Bread Social
Made up of Tom Scott, Sam Saulwick and Paul Giddings, The Bread Social serves up everything from organic sourdoughs to light buttery pastries, and of course, hot cross buns. Their ingredients are Australian, organic and as local as possible, which means you can feel good tucking into one of their fluffy, tasty creations. While these guys are based just over the border in Tweed Heads, you can get the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast delivered to your door for all orders over $20 (selected suburbs only). Easy done.
Bam Bam Bakehouse
Every Easter the talented crew at this Mermaid Beach eatery whip up some seriously delicious eats in their pastry kitchen. And this year, more than ever, we need a little of their magic in our lives. Enter: Bam Bam Bakehouse’s hot cross bombs. Available over Easter long weekend, you can choose between three epic flavours—the OG, choc cherry or coconut salted caramel. Or, even better, don’t choose and just order them all.
The Pastry Emporium
Thank the Lord Adrian Grazioli decided to start making the sweeter things in life. With numerous years of training and experience under his belt, he has definitely nailed top quality pastries and cakes. Traditional French baking at its best, The Pastry Emporium is a hidden gem nestled away from the normal hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast. More of a Parisian-style patisserie than a bakery, Adrian is still baking up bulk hot cross buns for your snacking pleasure. Shiny, sweet and satisfying, these buns are full of fruit and spice and all things nice.
For the ever-increasing number of gluten-free folk among us, you do not have to miss out on the joys of baking—or Easter for that matter—because Marie Anita’s are bringing you the goods. This is where honest flavours and healthy foods are in abundance. Marie Anita’s hot cross buns are completely free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar as well as being organic and vegan—yep, it’s a miracle they taste the way they do. With a background in artisan baking, the buns are certainly free of nasty preservatives and additives too, and we can safely say it’s ok to devour them to your heart’s content. We’ll take three.
Horner’s Of Sorrento
The Horner family has been baking from the heart for over 50 years, dishing up everything from artisan breads, savoury sensations, sweet treats and even delicious birthday cakes. With endless accolades and a deliciously-stellar reputation, it’s no wonder Horner’s Of Sorrento plate up some of the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast. Located in the Sorrento Shopping Centre in Bundall, you’re going to want to make sure to snag a bag of these freshly-baked buns before the Easter festivities are out.
Looking for more things to do this April, other than feasting on hot cross buns? Check out our guide to iso-life on the Gold Coast.
Image credit: Ben Tyres