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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

Photograph: Jo Stewart

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.  


Tivoli Road Bakery

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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South Yarra

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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Baker D Chirico

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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St Kilda

Loafer Bread

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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Fitzroy North

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, hangover-busting pies and sausage rolls 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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Filou's Patisserie

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.

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Carlton North


Gilles F
Gilles F

Thanks TO for making sure that Melbourne's bestest bakers remain a well kept secret ;-)