Give us all of the baked goods! From classic French delights, to matcha-flavoured croissants, to a bagel lover’s dream – we’ve rounded up Melbourne’s best bakeries to sink your teeth into.
Making the cut for Gourmet Traveller’s ‘100 things to eat, see, do and watch in the world’, Lune Croissanterie has garnered quite the following – literally. These guys have customers following one by one through an epic queue every Saturday and Sunday, just to nab some quality pastry. Previously Elwood-based but soon to find its new home on Rose Street, Fitzroy, Lune is your go-to for twice-baked goods and cruffin heaven.
While naturally offering a range of sweet eats, sourdough is the item of choice here. Boasting 13 types of this organic, savoury delight, Dench Bakers have become a bit of a staple for fine sourdough in Melbourne. Take your pick of the house stone, superseed, walnut and apricot or (an Urban List favourite) olive loafs for some stellar sandwiches or the perfect addition to a tapas plate.
From their first venue on Toorak Road, Laurent has gone on to open another 14 stores across Melbourne. The cafés serve a range of sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and the classic macaron, but the cherry on top are those classy interiors which feel as though you are tucked up in a gorgeous little patisserie in France.
That matcha-flavoured croissant we mentioned? Yeah, that’s Agathe Patisserie. These guys are taking things to a whole new level with the aforementioned flavour, amongst pistachio and almond, turmeric and caraway seed, and the customer favourite ‘Black Pearl’ – a croissant coloured with squid ink and flavoured with nigella seed. Whaaaat. Get your mouths around one of these crazy concoctions at the South Melbourne market.
5 & Dime
This one’s for the bagel lovers. 2014 saw Melbourne welcome its first ever bagel café, 5 & Dime in the heart of the city. Offering a range of spreads (hello bacon maple chipotle), housemade cured meats and a variety of vegan friendly options, the café is a no-brainer for those after a quick bite in or something to eat on the go. For the sweet tooths, 5 & Dime also serve a selection of pastries daily with the likes of delectable cakes and peanut butter donuts.
It wouldn’t be a list of Melbourne’s best bakeries without celebrated patissier Adriano Zumbo. The croquembouche connoisseur’s patisseries are packed full of mouthwatering treats sure to make your eyes pop. Tarts, pastries, cakes, macarons, macaron cakes - we just can’t get enough. Dig in at Claremont Street, South Yarra or Emporium Melbourne.
Baker D. Chirico
Ok, with interiors this striking, it’s easy to get distracted upon entering Baker D. Chirico. With all their breads cocooned within the wave-like wooden panels of the bakery and soft lighting throughout the space, you’ll be charmed by both the details and the produce. Some of the standout eats that have had locals and newcomers alike raving are the delish fruit buns and nougat that will have you savouring every last bite.
For those high up north, we recommend a (regular) visit to Parisian Patisserie for all your sweet indulgence needs. Run by passionate patissier Neil McKenzie, this cute little Parisian-style café is brimming with tantalising cupcakes, puffed pastries, donuts and macarons. Kick back with a coffee onsite or go all out, swing by on your bike and cycle off with a baguette in your basket. We are embracing all the Parisian vibes here!
Another nod to the art of sourdough is Fitzroy classic Rustica. Sourcing fresh and local produce from Spade & Barrow, they are all about supporting sustainable farming practices and working with only the finest ingredients. Customers can’t go past the quinoa soy and linseed, fig and fennel, or the vine fruit and rosemary for some alternative sourdough flavours. Too good!
Image credit: Sabine Legrand for The Urban List