Sometimes, you just need a hit of old school pastry in your life. The Jolly Miller in Essendon understands this and that’s why they keep things simple. At the Jolly Miller there’s no hype, no fuss or bother, no queueing for hours on end – just freshly-baked lemon tarts and the mostly insanely cute Cookie Monster cupcakes in the world – all easily picked up by card without minimum purchase rules.
This modern Middle Eastern bakery, café and supermarket has become a bit of a cult foodie destination. Last year, its owners celebrated its 18th anniversary by transforming the suburban shop into a one-stop-shop open-air marketplace, known as a souq. Here, locals enjoy falafel plates piled high with creamy hummus, neon-pink radish pickles and tabouli and Lebanese doughnuts straight out of the deep fryer. Of course, one thing about Oasis hasn’t changed, and that’s the quality of the house-baked bread, made the old-fashioned way using just sour starters and natural leaven made by head baker Shane Wulf.
This Fitzroy bakery and café has developed a cult following since opening in 2012. Baker Brenton Lang now supplies his artisan breads, tarts and galettes to eateries all over town. Visit often and work your way through Lang’s tasty carb creations, from organic white sourdough and seedy whole wheat to olive with fresh basil and spicy fruit buns.