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Melbourne's favourite local bakers

Whether you’re looking for a sourdough loaf to make epic sandwiches or a cupcake to get you through the afternoon, these local bakers are there for you, always

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Bakeries provide comfort and certainty in an increasingly hectic world. They know that if you mix flour, water, salt and yeast, you’ll get a loaf of goodness to carry you through the working week. Whether you’re looking for a sourdough loaf to make epic sandwiches or a cupcake to get you through the afternoon, these local bakers are there for you, always.  

1. Tivoli Road Bakery

Restaurants South Yarra
Almond croissants. Pain au chocolat. Sugary doughnuts. Hot pies. If these words are making you salivate like a hound, then the Tivoli Road Bakery is the place to get your carb fix if you live southside. While this bakery might use old school techniques, they are thoroughly modern when it comes to payment, accepting card for all payments and not enforcing a minimum spend on their customers who just need a delicious doughnut, pronto.
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2. Five & Dime Bagel

As a self-confessed “big proponent of a cashless society” Zev Forman from Five & Dime Bagel offers bagel-lovers ‘traditional-ish’ boiled-then-baked bagels from a central location in the CBD. You can drop in on the way to work and grab a takeaway bagel to toast back at the office, or become a workplace legend by buying a dozen, because sharing is caring.   
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3. Baker D Chirico

Restaurants St Kilda
People pretty much fall over themselves to get a slice of anything going at cult bakery Baker D. Chiroco. From super-dense just-baked loaves of rye bread to flaky croissants and sweet-as Italian-style bombolone, this bakery café also serves killer lattes to go with your sweet treats.
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4. Loafer Bread

Restaurants Fitzroy North
Using ethically sourced, genuine free range eggs and milk, Loafer Bread’s hand shaped sourdough loaves are made with biodynamic flour and grains resulting in bread perfection. Croissants, cookies, pastries and coffee round out the offering at this little bakery with a mighty big following and a card-friendly approach to business.
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5. The Jolly Miller

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.   

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Photograph: Jo Stewart

6. Filou's Patisserie

Restaurants Carlton North
Filou’s use traditional French methods to make the sweet and savoury masterpieces that thwart the diets of all who dare to enter this popular patisserie located in an unassuming spot opposite a cemetery. It’s the buttery, flaky pastry that stands out here, with sausage rolls, pies and their signature spinach slice winning hearts. Another reason to love Filou’s? They won’t charge you extra or make you spend more if you want to use your card to buy a Saturday morning essential like a warm blueberry danish.

7. Oasis Bakery

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Murrumbeena

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.

Rustica Sourdough pastries
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8. Rustica Sourdough

Restaurants Fitzroy

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.


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