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The Gold Coast’s Best Hot Cross Buns To Devour This Easter (2024 Edition)

By Isabel Croker

It’s that magical time of year where you can indulge in sweet, sweet chocolate for 24 hours and no one will judge you. It also means that hot cross bun season is upon us (our favourite season) and while supermarkets might have had hot cross buns on shelves since January, good things come to those who wait and, boy, we are ready for hot cross bun goodness.

Soft, pillowy buns. Full of lightly spiced fruit and decadently oozing chocolate. The perfect balance between pillowy and moist. Yes, we are describing our dream hot cross bun and yes, we are drooling. From the doughy to the buttery, the spicy to the sweet, we’ve done the hard work and hunted down the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast to devour this Easter.

Paddock Bakery

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

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We have a longstanding love affair with Paddock Bakery, and when they whip out their straight-from-the-oven hot cross buns, they melt our hearts a little more. They’re keeping it simple with their wood-fired sourdough OG fruit buns or decadent Lindt milk chocolate buns and oh my, they’re simply perfect.

Shiny, sweet, satisfying and perfect served with a generous helping of Pepe Saya cultured butter, it’s guaranteed you’re going to fall in love (and keep coming back for more). And if you're after something more decadent, they've got you covered with their iconic Easter Dippy Eggs—two Cadbury chocolate eggs filled with vanilla whipped cream and a salted caramel ‘yolk’, served with Paddock’s Cinnamon Doughnut Dippy Fries, fresh strawberry, mini marshmallows, malted chocolate & pretzel cookie crumb. Say less.

Cubby Bakehouse

162 Chinderah Bay Dr, Chinderah NSW 2487

Good news for our southern friends—Cubby Bakehouse is dropping more baked goodness in the form of their delicious hot cross buns. Full of fruit or loaded with Sicao chocolate chunks, Cubby has mastered the perfect balance between pillowy and moist.

Best of all, you can score major brownie points and pre-order your Cubby hot cross buns to pick up fresh so you can enjoy them fresh at home, slathered with butter, of course. 

Burleigh Baker

13/50 James St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 &
Shop 7/46 The Esplanade, Paradise Point QLD 4216

This much-loved Burleigh and Paradise Point gem is churning out their rightfully famous sourdough brioche hot cross buns fresh every day and it would be rude not to try them. If the mouth-watering smell isn’t enough to convince you, Burleigh Baker’s buns are made using a brioche sourdough which requires 36 hours of fermentation, free-range eggs, organic raisins and are completely free of preservatives.

The first bite (and every bite thereafter) offers up a melting pot of fruity flavours and dense, buttery dough. It’s so moist you don’t even need to schmear it in butter (but we highly recommend it). You can also cheekily pre-order through Burleigh Baker’s online store.

Bam Bam Bakehouse

2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

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Every Easter the talented crew at this Mermaid Beach eatery whip up some seriously delicious eats in their pastry kitchen and this year they have not disappointed. As expected, Bam Bam Bakehouse is taking things to the next level with their magic hot cross buns.

Their pastry team created not one, not two, but four incredible hot cross bun flavours. Choose between traditional fruit hot cross buns, chocolate hot cross buns, choc-caramel buns or creme-filled mega 'Easter Bombs' oozing divine vanilla custard. Or don’t make the choice and just order them all.

Custard Canteen

1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

biscoff hot cross buns
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Famed for their incredible Portuguese custard tarts, Custard Canteen knows a thing or two about baking, and yes, they are certainly up there as producing some of the Gold Coast’s best hot cross buns. 

This year, their spiced fluffy hot cross buns filled with Biscoff custard and topped with a Biscoff biscuit are a stand out. Secure your spot as the favourite family member and pre-order fresh hot cross buns to pick up over the Easter weekend—it doesn't get much better than this.

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Franquette Bakery

159 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272

Meaning 'without any fuss', Franquette lives up to its name with it's simplistic yet sublime hot cross buns. They're spiced, they're fluffy, they're filled with fruit and they're damn delicious.

If you're looking to go all out with the Easter treats this year, you're certainly covered with their decadent Croissant Loaves which come in the flavours of Biscoff, strawberry, passionfruit lemon curd and more. 

Marie Anita’s

2364 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

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 okay to devour them to your heart’s content. We’ll take three.

Tarte Bakery & Tarte Beach House

1748 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 &
4 Thrower Dr, Currumbin QLD 4223

Image Credit: Tarte Beach House | Instagram

We couldn’t write about the Gold Coast’s best hot cross buns without including Tarte Bakery located on the main thoroughfare of Burls and new sister venue, Tarte Beach House on the shores of Currumbin Creek.

Churning out buns fresh daily until sold out, Tarte specialises in a traditional fruit flavour with spice, raisins, apricots in a super soft, fluffy, pull apart dough. Pre-order now for Easter weekend and earn major brownie points with the family. At Tarte Beach House, they also have created a Easter Kouign Amann—a caramelised, flaky croissant with a creme egg centre. Don't sleep on this.

5B2F Bakehouse

55 Brooke Ave, Southport QLD 4215

52BF Bakehouse never does anything unless it’s done perfectly. So, of course, they produce some of the tastiest and best looking hot cross buns around.

Dive into the soft, milky buns, stuffed full of fruit and you’ll be hooked. Lightly spiced and pleasantly fruity, they’re absolutely worth the jaunt to the north end of town and we guarantee one bite of these buns will have you coming back for more. Drool.

Fuel Bakehouse

44 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223

The talented bakers at this Currumbin favourite have brought so much sweet deliciousness into our lives, so when we heard they’re slinging up their drool-worthy hot cross buns, our day got a whole heap better. If you tend to go for choccy buns over the original version, Fuel Bakehouse’s chocolate-studded hot cross buns  might be for you or stick to the classics with their lighter-than-air semi-sourdough fruit buns. You’ll walk away with at least a dozen buns (maybe two), trust us. 

Well Bread & Pastry

1112 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221 &
1934 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami QLD 4220

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This Palmy hotspot prides itself on creating bakery delights full of nutrients, minerals and microbes so not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also great for your gut. Their hot cross buns are no exception and it’s not surprising they sell out quickly every year. Packed full of fruit, you can pre-order these bad boys through Well Bread’s website. 

The Standard Market Company

107 Ferry Rd, Southport QLD 4215

The Standard Market Company in Ferry Road Markets is truly a gourmet foodie hub, so it’s no surprise that they serve up some of the best hot cross buns on the Gold Coast.

Slinging up both chocolate-studded and fruit-filled buns, these bad boys are best devoured freshly toasted and slathered in butter. Once you’ve snapped up these bad boys, order a coffee from the nearby Merlo store for a supreme pairing. 

Foster’s Bakery

2227 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

This unassuming and unpretentious bakery in Miami has made a name for itself over its (many) years of dishing up divine baked goods for hungry Gold Coasters.

Foster’s classic hot cross buns are simple as expected, because they know not to change a damn good thing. One bite of these fluffy, perfectly moist fruit-filled buns and you’ll be hooked.

If you’re looking to indulge in more chocolate-filled Easter deliciousness, we recommend checking out some more of our team's personal favourites—Baked at Ancora, The Bread Social and Rise Bakery. They’ve got you covered with decadently naughty and oh-so-delicious baked goods to satisfy all of your sweet cravings.

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