The Best Bakeries in Melbourne for the Ultimate Sweet Tooth
From crusty cobs to the doughiest of donuts, these are the best bakeries in Melbourne.
To satisfy your/our addiction, we've done the research and found the best bakeries in Melbourne. You're welcome!
The Butter Room
A Korean and French influenced bakery, The Butter Room is our pick for best new bakery in Melbourne. Seriously, if you love butter (who doesn't?) you'll love The Butter Room. The magically delicious range of baked goods that star here include the theatrical lava pandoro (Instagram it, you'll see) matcha-chocolate canelés and cream cheese garlic bulbs, croissants that melt in your mouth in an array of flavours from matcha to Injeolmi, Injeolmi buns, more beautiful cakes towering with fruit and cream, angel chiffon cake, black sesame scones....and then there's the drinks list. Run, don't walk, to try their strawberry matcha latte. Theatrical, fun and incredibly tasty, this is a must when sugar cravings hit in the city. Oh, did we mention the next level brunches too?
The Archway, 16 Katherine Place, Melbourne
A new classic has landed on Barkly Street in Brunswick East. Think small warehouse vibes and minimal signage, where you head in beyond a roller door and forest green exteriors to a long coffee bar with attached pastry kitchen. Core Roasters is so much more than your standard coffee and croissant place though, as alongside classic almond croissants and carrot cake you'll find pandan and coconut jam squiggled on toast, pastries filled with a mushroom rendang, espresso banana bread and tiramisu cookies. Core Roaster's coffee is exceptional and worth venturing out for on the weekend, but if you are looking for something a little different, try their housemade hot chocolate or a brewed Taiwanese tea, that's then iced and lightly gassed, sweetened and fermented into a fruit syrup sipping confection.
14 Barkly Street, Brunswick
Roll into Rathdowne Street for a taste of Calle's exceptional croissant wheels. A cult-favourite item at this Carlton bakery, spirals of glossy pastry are wrapped around oozy fillings ranging from black sesame and chocolate, biscoff and pistachio. Flavours change every month, and other pastries on offer might include almond croissants, chocolate-filled pain suisse, escargots and fruit danishes. They also have a range of impeccable artisan sourdough and baguette sandwiches if savoury is more your schtick.
649 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
Via Porta is both a family run empire and a must-try for coffee and croissants, with three outposts found in Mont Albert (the OG), Hawthorn and Kew. Their almond croissants? To die for.
The pastry offerings in general have been a major drawcard for the cafe and bakery since opening days, with the croissants in particular considered some of the best in Melbourne's south-east. So cult-followingly good, in fact, that they’re now also stocked at several top cafes scattered around Melbourne
677 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert
646 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
7 Fenton Way, Kew
Armed with an impressive repertoire of fresh baked goods, this westside neighbourhood bakery is also renowned for the scrumptious array of in-house made pastries. While savoury bites are available, peeling your eyes away from the likes of cream cheese and custard, pistachio cream and peaches and cream pastries is a mighty task. We're partial to their range of delicious croissants, like these earl grey and lemon golden wonders. Keep an eye out for their tiramisu ones as well.
81A Hudsons Road, Spotswood
Housed within the heritage-listed Windsor Hotel, Kudo Bakery is a charming, hole in the wall find in the city. It's also a celebration of all things gluten-free, winning rave reviews for its sweet and savoury offerings. Established by husband and wife team Felix Goodwin and Elena Nguyen, it’s an artisanal bakery not just for those with a coeliac lifestyle, but also those they wish to celebrate and break bread with.
With a rotating selection of gluten-free breads, rustic sourdoughs, baguettes, sandwiches, brioche and Danish-style seeded loves regularly presented, the bread here truly has main character energy. Especially the sourdough; it's as close to the real-deal as you can get here in Melbourne.
There's also Ona coffee to-go, plus plenty of delicious sweets, with cookies, chiffon cakes, choux pastries and caneles flying off the shelves.
Windsor Hotel, 8 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Maybe it's Mabels! Find celebration cakes to suit every occasion at this gorgeous Toorak local, serving up a nostalgic slice of classic confection. You might enjoy a decadent choc-raspberry cake or a classic carrot cake number - all layered up with thick, colourful icing, and sold from cake stands in the front window. There are also regular gluten-free carrot cake and vegan chocolate cupcakes, as well as lamingtons piled high, marshmallow slices, lemon tarts, and gingerbread people. The lamington sponge cake and traditional Victorian sponge are quintessential (and nostalgic) birthday cake numbers that in our book, are a must-try.
525 Malvern Road, Toorak
Home is where the tart is. This cult Instagram bakery (born in lockdown) recently opened their second bricks and mortar store in Collingwood and are more popular than ever - for good reason`! Serving up a slice of the sweet life, their retail shops serve slices and coffee until sold out; or you might fancy pre-ordering a half or whole tart online. The choc-caramel is the cult-favourite on the menu, but the signature pear, lemon-rhubarb and cherry-almond versions are also to-die-for.
Pre-orders open each week on Monday at 6pm.
29A Gwynne Street, Cremorne VIC 3121
44 Sackville Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Who says you can't have cake for breakfast? Former Lune pastry chef Audrey Allard is behind the wheel at Holy Sugar, refashioning her former online cake box business into a homey bricks and mortar destination and serving up her magnificent creations on charming vintage china. Her famous crullers are now shaped into flowers and her citrus tart - with lime, lemon and mandarin - is now topped with delicate quenelles of cream. Pecan tart, dulce de leche tarts and glossy chocolate eclairs also round out the menu and there are even focaccia sandwiches to enjoy now too, including a delicious mortadella option. Let them eat cake!
236 High Street, Northcote
Bistro Morgan Bakehouse
Nutella scroll anyone? Serving up doughlicious delights to Melbourne's southside sugar addicts, Bistro Morgan’s drool-worthy creations are only the second most impressive thing about this Windsor bakehouse. The flagship shop on High Street offers light bites and brunch plates but make no mistake, the sweets are still the star of the show. ?
190 High Street, Windsor
If it's sweet, doughy, and deep-fried, you better believe we're lining up to try it. Like a doughnut but sexier, Moon Cruller’s crispy rings of pastry perfection come in 6 flavours with cinnamon sugar, chocolate, and vanilla glaze always on offer.? As for the other three, you'll have to wait and see but with the Lune team behind it, you know they'll be good. ?The future of doughnuts is here! ?
50 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Young and old, friends and families, rusted-on locals, and new migrants are all brought together to break delicious bread at beloved institution A1. For little more than the change in your pocket, you can walk out of this always-bustling bakery with freshly made flatbread scattered with za'atar, pillowy halloumi-filled pies, and juicy chicken tawouk wraps overflowing with crunchy pickles and garlic sauce.
643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick
From elegant interiors to an impressive offering of artisanal treats, there's a lot of love about this bayside café come bakehouse. Before you've even set foot inside The Hamptons Bakery, the smell of fresh bread lures you in. Serving up modern brunch plates with a focus on its in-house bread and pastries, this Hampton's foodie oasis is all about our three favourite things: good food, good coffee, and good vibes!
427 Hampton Street, Hampton
If there is one thing that needs to be fresh - it's pastries. Flakey on the outside and soft buttery goodness on the inside, a great pastry can brighten even the somberest of moods. If you're in need of a sugar fix, Monforte Viennoiserie has you covered with their rotating assortment of sweet, melt in your mouth bites. Choosing only local organic ingredients like butter from Bellarine Peninsula's LardAss, flavour explosions like their honey, sea salt and chocolatine croissants are born.
585 Canning Street, Carlton North
Juliette Coffee & Bread
Joining the cafe ranks in Malvern's East is the newest project from the team behind Bentwood, Glovers Station, and My Other Brother. Serving up doughy snacks and Inglewood Coffee, Juliette Coffee & Bread is a peachy pink paradise for bread lovers. Sweet treats like Nutella donuts tease you from the counter while fresh, crusty loaves decorate the walls behind the state of the art coffee machines. While their takeaway model was a serious drawcard throughout COVID, there are a couple of seats out the front for you to enjoy your coffee too.
360 Wattletree Road, Malvern East
All you need is a love of carbs to join this particular club, where the rewards are awe-inspiring breads, pastries, and pies. The two Frenchmen behind the venture have worked e at Vue de Monde, Woodfrog Bakery, Tivoli Road Bakery and Baker D. Chirico. Classic sourdough and baguettes are a given, while creative turns results in delights like Banana Split croissants, toffee custard doughnuts and saffron buns. Park yourself in Bread Club’s soothing mint-green space for a leisurely breakfast or lunch alongside Inglewood coffee. Savoury options include Persian potato salad baguettes, Croatian pork and pickled cabbage sandwiches, and kolokythopita-inspired pies filled with zucchini, mint and feta.
558 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
With several shop fronts around Melbourne, we sleep easy knowing that a Rustica Sourdough isn’t too far away. Half bakery, half café, Rustica is responsible for some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever tasted. There’s no doubt that the bread at Rustica is the star of the show (the olive with fresh basil is our favourite) but they also do a mean pastry – the offering changes daily.
Multiple locations around the city
Another café that errs on the side of bakery is Chez Dré. Tucked down a little alleyway, you’ll find a ridiculously good café and an excellent bakery all in one. On the bakery side of things, Chez Dré offers pastries and sandwiches to takeaway. If you nip around the corner to its sister venue, Bibelot, you’ll be able to get baked goods that lean more towards ‘dessert’.
285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Cremorne Street Bakers
Tapping into our nostalgia is Cremorne Street Bakers, who put a modern spin on time-worn favourites in cakes like Anzac caramel slice, chocolate whisky cake and sour cherry pie. They supply many of Melbourne’s favourite cafés, but now with their own storefront, you can drop by and peruse their whole collection before leaving with a slice or three of the good stuff.
The innovative team have also recently launched Cremorne Street Hampers, a luxe gifting service full of yummy treats from the iconic bakery and other local suppliers. Including chocolates from Cremorne neighbours Hey Tiger, ceramics from Armadale’s made and more, homecooked meals from Pearsons and Gron Haus, handmade body products from the Grampians Goods Co and botanical skincare from Myrtle & Moss. So, if you're looking for the perfect 'just because' gift - look no further than Cremorne Street Hampers.
135 Cremorne Street, Cremorne
Obviously Lune needs no introduction, it’s Lune after all; the home of the best croissant in the world. Owner Kate Reid reverse engineered the croissants from Paris that she was obsessing over to come up with her own. Acquiring a Lune croissant requires commitment; lines are often long and they always sell out. There are eleven different flavours to choose from, but the classic is still our favourite.
Multiple locations around the city
Agathé Pâtisserie has earned itself a near cult-like following. No trip to the South Melbourne Market is complete without stopping by Agathé’s little stand to get your hands on a chocolate croissant (or three.) Demand is high, and stock is always limited, so get in early. Better yet, order online to avoid disappointment.
South Melbourne Market: 322 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Baker D. Chirico
It’s with good reason that people flock to Baker D. Chirico for their loaves and pastries. The three venues around inner-Melbourne supply discerning carb-lovers and restaurants alike. While there’s no question that bread is their specialty, we also highly recommend, nay, we insist you grab a tart while you’re there.
Carlton and South Yarra
Tivoli Road in South Yarra offers the perfect bread and coffee pit-stop. There’s a small brunch offering, but for the most part, bread is where it’s at. There’s an extensive range of all the usuals, as well as gluten-free options. All freshly baked on site, head in early and your loaf will still have that heavenly ‘just baked’ feel.
3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra
Not your average bakery, Noisette in Bentleigh and Port Melbourne opts for a sleek shop front and French-chic interior. Home to a fifth-generation baker, you know you’re in safe hands at this Melbourne bakery. You’ll find a fifty-fifty split between bread and sweets; the traditional French macarons are a must.
Bentleigh and Port Melbourne
Sitting on Scotchmer Street, Dench Bakers is a firm local favourite. Part café, part bakery, it’s the perfect spot to grab breaky and a loaf. For those that know their wholewheat from their light rye, you won’t be disappointed with their varied offering. Regardless of what you order, you better take a vegemite scroll for the road.
109 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North
Mister Nice Guy’s BakeShop
For those with food intolerances, you are in luck! Mr Nice Guy’s BakeShop is allergy friendly with a variety of egg-, dairy-, lactose-, gelatine-, gluten-, soy- and wheat-free creations. Their cupcakes are the highlight but that’s not to say their bread is anything to be sneezed at. With a strong preference for kosher, locally sourced ingredients, this is your ultimate ethical bakery.
151 Union Road, Ascot Vale