With Easter just around the corner, the sweet smell of hot cross buns is starting to waft out of bakeries across Melbourne. With so many on offer, it’s hard to know who makes the best hot cross buns in Melbourne. We’ve done the hard yards and rounded up some of the top tier buns for you, so come Easter, all you need to do is dig in. These are Melbourne’s best hot cross buns, hand-picked just for you.
A local favourite, Falco is a small-batch bakery known for their rustic loaves and flakey pastries. Their hot cross buns are some of Melbourne’s finest, and if there’s one thing this city needs in 2021, it’s a healthy dose of wholesome baked goods from some small businesses. Give these guys some love this Easter.
Woodfrog Bakery is known for crusty baguettes and hearty sourdough loaves, but their hot cross buns are a seasonal treat we simply can’t resist. The sweet syrupy buns are perfectly filled with fruity goodness. Buy them in a pack or individually—we dare you to stop at just one.
Black Star Pastry
This Sydney bakery is famous for their Strawberry Watermelon Cake, but they make a pretty mean hot cross bun too. This year will be the first time we can get these buns here in Melbourne, and we reckon they’ve been worth the wait. Black Star Pastry’s buns are 100% vegan and beautifully glazed in frankincense syrup, creating the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. They’re only making 350 a day so make sure you order with 48hrs notice or get there ASAP.
This Austrian-style bakery is a local gem, serving up incredible desserts and traditional treats of both the savoury and sweet varieties. Specialising in Austrian patisserie, Zimt make traditional hot cross buns that are fruity and fluffy—definitely a sure-fire winner come Easter weekend.
This organic bakery makes some seriously drool-worthy hot cross buns. It’s no secret that Candied Bakery specialise in the sweeter side of baked goods, so they really know how to do a hot cross bun. They fill them with Australian dried fruits and oranges, along with spices and they use free-range eggs. The husband and wife duo put a whole lotta love into their bakery, and it definitely shows in these beautiful buns.
Not really a fan of hot cross buns? Prefer a hot cross donut? That’s right, these folks do donuts for Easter, as well as the traditional bun and a decadent dark chocolate variety. They also have a super indulgent Easter egg dessert available atm that we’re dying to try. Ditch tradition this year and try something a little different at Rustica.
Q Le BAKER
Prahran stalwarts Q Le BAKER does a classic HCB damn well. Currants, sulatanas which are soaked with candied orange and lemon peel, orange juice and a combo of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg. Get these sourdough numbers for $4 a pop or six for $22.
Hope Farm Bakery
Various Market Locations
Gluten-free hot cross buns are the name of the game at Hope Farm Bakery. You’ll find these glazed delights at farmers’ markets around Melbourne in the lead up to the Easter weekend. The bakery is family-owned and based in Gippsland, and every item is hand-molded which makes all the difference. See when they’ll be hitting up your local farmers’ market here.
Cannoleria are giving the hot cross bun a cannoli-style twist by slicing them open and filling them with a hefty amount of their signature Sicilian Ricotta. You can get them to go as singles or sort yourself a DIY kit for some fun over Easter weekend.
Special Mention: Hot Cross Bun Baos at Din Tai Tung
Go decadent this Easter with the new creation from Din Tai Tung—hot cross bun baos. These delightful little buns are steamed to perfection and filled with molten chocolate for the ultimate Easter treat. It’s like a self-saucing bun, a donut and a chocolate lava cake all in one. Anyone else drooling yet? Get your hands on these gooey parcels of goodness before they sell out.
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