Easter is pretty much the best holiday of the year; a four-day weekend, gluttonous amounts of chocolate, Easter egg treasure hunts, and one of our favourites—the humble hot cross bun.
There are plenty of legends and myths surrounding the origin of this sweet little bun, but the general consensus is that they are traditionally eaten on Good Friday to mark the end of Lent in historically Christian countries. Varieties abound; fruitless, sticky date, caramel and chocolate versions, and we do not need an excuse to indulge in them from New Year’s Day onwards. We’ve done the hard work and hunted down the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast. You’re welcome!
No surprises here with Paddock Bakery making yet another shortlist; this time for their semi-sourdough, wood-fired hot cross buns. Perfectly formed, these sticky, finger-lickin’ buns are far too good to toast and best eaten straight out of the paper bag—probably before you even make it out of the gate. Reminiscent of a fruity Christmas cake, we dare you to try and walk out with just one bun and not the rest of the luscious-looking sweet treats on offer. Maybe the word “moreish” is an apt description for everything on offer at this cute establishment.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami
Beautifully packaged just like everything else in this European-style deli, Golosi’s hot cross buns are a no-brainer addition to their exotic foodie wonderland full of local and international gourmet foods. Delivered by their resident baker, their buns have hints of orange and citrus with the perfect ratio of fruit to spice, and you are truly getting a bargain with the remnants of your parking change at just $1.50 per bun. More moolah for spending up large on the rest of this emporium’s fine produce; after all, Golosi is Italian for greedy…
Where: 3/45 James St, Burleigh Heads
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 is enough to get you salivating! At Burleigh Baker, you can get a six-pack from the supermarket for the price of ONE of these bad boys, but quality over quantity right? The first bite (and every bite forthcoming) 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.
Where: 13/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Max Brenner is a well-known institution for all the chocolate fiends out there. It’s common knowledge that they definitely have a magical side when it comes to desserts; and Easter time is no exception. The Not Cross Bun is a sweet surprise consisting of smooth vanilla ice-cream sandwiched between a chocolate chip-spiced bun, with a decadent pot of melting chocolate that you can pour over the top (or just eat by the spoonful). Insert clapping hands emoji! Max Breanner is the perfect place for an Easter date.
Where: Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
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 still offers hot cross buns alongside decadent desserts. Shiny, sweet and satisfying, these buns are full of fruit and spice and all things nice. It’s worth making the trip to find this quaint place, because, ya know, when in Rome…
Where: Riveria Plaza, Campbell Street, Bundall
Located in Coolangatta’s beachside plaza, The Strand and also in the new and improved Pacific Fair, Sunbaked Bakery is a fusion of a bakery and a café that offers daily baked goods, light lunches, and a wide selection of artisan breads and pastries. They also cook up a plethora of gluten-free options. It’s refreshing to see the typical haunts of a food court expanding to places we actually want to eat at! For those that like their buns traditional, this is your best bet. No bells and whistles, just a good ol’ fresh, soft hot cross bun at a reasonable $2 a pop.
Where: Level 1 The Strand, 72—80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta and Ground Floor, Pacific Fair
Marie Anita’s Café
For the ever-increasing number of gluten-free peeps 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. Carbs = energy for all your Easter weekend activities!
Where: 1863 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Unassuming Foster’s is a traditional hole-in-the-wall bakery that pumps out the softest and fluffiest hot cross buns on Earth; it’s obvious they are made fresh each and every morning. Such is their loyal customer base, they don’t need a website or any form of social media in fact. If coming across a sultana is almost like eating a dead fly to you, then these will be your new favourite. At a decent size to fill your belly for morning tea with subtle hints of spice, and only a fraction of dried fruit, these buns are still worthy of a taste test—maybe alongside your midday meat pie.
Where: 1/2227 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
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