All people seem to go on and on about these days is doughnuts (guilty), and we get it, they’re dayum good. But you can’t forget all those other delectable things on offer from the humble bakery. First things first, there’s bread. Tasty, carby, bready bread. Then there are masses of pastries and baked goods like croissants, eclairs, sausage rolls and quiches. So carby and so tasty.
In Perth of late there has been a bit of a bakery uprising (see what we did there). With so many new places having opened up shop, we thought it was time to take stock of what’s on offer. Here are Perth's best bakeries.
Healthy morning walks at Hyde Park have now been made unhealthy but a whole lot tastier thanks to Chu Bakery in Highgate. Aside from cooking up some of the best doughnuts in Perth, Chu’s organic sourdough bread is incred. While you can opt for the healthier thick cut toast with avo, feta whip and Siracha, you’d be bonkers not to grab a twice-baked croissant, eclair or doughnut on the way out.
If you’re one of the poor souls whose stomach does not agree with bread (you poor, poor thing), you might want to head to Wild Bakery in South Fremantle to give their sourdoughs a try. Baked using traditional fermenting methods, these babies are easier to digest than regular bread, but just as tasty, unlike the cardboard-esque gluten free junk you’re probably used to. There are plenty of different loaves to try, as well as savoury and sweet pastries, as well as sweet treats.
Mary Street Bakery
Carbs, glorious, buttery carbs. This is what Mary Street Bakery does best. Actually…everything they do is the best, but my job right now is to talk about the carbs so I won’t get distracted. Here’s the run-down. Bread = amazing. Danishes = amazing. Escargots = amazing. Doughnuts = amazing. Chocolate croissants = amazing. Mary Street Bakery = one of Perth's best bakeries.
Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker
Everything The Print Hall touches turns to gold, so it’s no surprise that Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker serve up some of the best baked goods in Perth. Sourdough, multigrain and rye breads are all baked in house, along with pastries, baguettes, muffins, pies, pasties and sausage rolls. It’s everything you would hope for in a bakery and more, because they also serve up some of the best coffee in Perth. Winning!
Mount Hawthorn, Subiaco and Claremont
It’s impossible to write a round-up of the best bakeries in Perth and not include New Norcia Bakery. Their authentic artisan loaves are slightly smoky to the taste with a chewy, golden crust—which is all code for delicious. Initially baked out in the wood-fired ovens of New Norcia’s monastery (after being granted permission by the monks), New Norcia bakeries have now popped up in four locations around Perth, with the Mount Hawthorn bakery and cafe becoming a real Perth favourite.
Choux Cafe and Patisserie
The French know pastry well, and French chef Emmanuel Mollois from Choux Cafe and Patisserie in Swanbourne is no exception. Hop to this charming little patisserie tout de suite for decadent treats like pain au chocolate, eclairs, tarts and quiches.
Bread In Common
A visit to Fremantle is no longer complete without a stop over at Bread In Common on Packenham Street to pick up some of their woodfired, organic bread. These lovely loaves are cooked in ovens named Hansel and Gretel, built from volcanic rock and designed to gently disperse heat. The best way to enjoy carbs from Bread In Common is with their house churned butter.
Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop
For a whole lotta retro American bakery vibes head to Maylands sweet spot, Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop. With tasty treats for days, the red velvet layer cake is what it’s all about at Sherbet. Best enjoyed with a seat in the sun, a cup of tea and a friend to share your gigantor slice with. Sugary perfection!
Lawley’s Bakery Cafe
No matter how many new combinations of a doughnut are cooked up, there is nothing better than a simple loaf of freshly baked bread, and that’s what is done best at Lawley’s Bakeries, easily one of Perth's best bakeries. Baked fresh on premises each day, Lawley’s bread can also be found in supermarkets around Perth, so you don’t have to go far for a carby fix. Lawley’s rye sourdough is best enjoyed lightly toasted with lashings of butter (the good quality kind).
Sugar & Nice
If you’re next celebration cake isn’t made by Sugar & Nice then you might as well give up on life. Haha, no really. These decadent, incredibly decorated creations are taking Instagram by storm and we’re convinced no future birthday will be complete without one. If there are no celebrations on the horizon (create one, duh!) you can always pop into Sugar & Nice for one (or two, or three) of their delish cronuts, cupcakes or brownies.
Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie
Just in case you're not quite up to speed with your French, a boulangerie is ‘a place where baked goods are sold’ aka; a bakery—and that’s just what the Harvest Boulangerie is—funny that. The smell of freshly baked baguettes is reason enough to visit this one and you won’t miss it because there’ll likely be a queue out the door—the bread is seriously that good.
Mosman Park's Bittersweet Bake has to be one of the best bakeshops in town. Walking in you'll be overwhelmed by the glass cabinet filled with beautiful sweet treats and lunchtime eats. Baking fresh baguettes, French sticks and bread, the guys here also make special order cakes for all your big occasions, but they also have a few take-away goodies if you don't have time to plan ahead. The baguettes are out of control and the quiches will knock your socks off!
The Woodfired Baker
After doing the rounds at farmers markets and health food stores in Perth, The Woodfired Baker will be opening its doors in Maylands any day now. The guys here are on a mish to be the most tradish! Handcrafting artisan breads, pastries and organic, additive free sourdough. We cannot wait to get our hands on their freshly baked loaves from their 100-year-old woodfired oven.
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