Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
Ah bread, you glorious bastard. While it seems like a simple combination of ingredients, making good bread is a true art form and something that is difficult to perfect (have you ever tried to make your own bread at home? It’s hard work!). We’ve consumed our fair share of carbs over the years and know a good sourdough when we see/eat one.
So if you’re partial to pastries, a lover of loaves and a connoisseur of croissants, these Sydney bakeries are doing it best.
Iggy’s Down Under
Hands down, some of the best damn bread in the country. Seriously, if we could eat Iggy’s bread most days of the year, we would be slightly rotund but happy campers. Baker, Igor Ivanovic creates beautifully artisanal bread in his Bronte bakery including classic sourdough, soft olive bread and breadsticks made with parmesan cheese and chilli flakes (so you get a zesty kick). Get in early, as this place is so popular that if you get there too late, you may just be left with crumbs and an empty space in your belly where some delicious bread could have been.
Started by Paul Geshos, Simon Cancio and Ben Abiad, Brickfields is a little bakery and café in Chippendale that is a hit with the locals. Although specialising in sourdough bread, Brickfields also makes damn fine pastries, cakes and coffee too. We suggest ordering something to eat in their little café and then getting some pastries and a loaf of bread to go. We won’t tell anyone if the pastries “mysteriously” disappear before you make it home/to the office.
Bourke Street Bakery
We couldn’t have a favourite bakeries in Sydney list and not include the infamous Bourke Street Bakery. They’ve been satiating our cravings for sausage rolls, pastries, and meat pies for years. Sure, there’s usually a line, but it moves quickly and, before you know it, you’ll be the proud owner of a delicious baked good. Well, for about five seconds before you devour the whole thing. Grab a fresh loaf of bread to take home and you’ll be finding ways to incorporate bread into every meal. Sandwiches for dinner? Why not?
Us Sydneysiders loooooove our sourdough. And for good reason—it’s delicious. We’ll have it with eggs and smashed avocado, as a welcome accompaniment to soup, and simply on its own with lashings of Pepe Saya butter. The guys at Infinity Sourdough bake nearly a dozen different kinds of sourdough, so you know you’ve come to the right place if you’re seeking Sydney’s favourite kind of bread.
Luxe Newtown is slightly more café than the other bakeries on this list, but the quality of the bready goodness they produce confirms their place on our list. All freshly baked by the team at Luxe, get your hands on their hand made tarts, pies, and bread for a winning breakfast, lunch, or sneaky pre-meal snack (we won’t judge). The bonus of scoring a table in this converted brick house means you can order a coffee and take your time while you embark on your own carb-fest.
We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!
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