Melbourne – Australia’s artisanal baking capital
Melbourne has long been known as the food capital of Australia and in recent years this reputation has strengthened even more. But it hasn’t been the city’s widely celebrated restaurants and cafes getting all the cred. No, of late they have had to relinquish a bit of attention as a whole new gastronomical crew strengthen their grip on the city’s collective appetite. Yep, it’s the artisanal bakers and treat makers who are whipping up a storm.
Doughnuts, croissants, waffles, tarts, you name it, if it’s sweet and delicious you’ll probably find someone who has mastered the art of making it in Melbourne.
To save you the leg work, here we let you in on some of the city’s best artisanal bakeries.
Cavallini – Clifton Hill
A great place to drop by and pick up some traditional Italian and French sweets like biscotti, baci di dama, and delectable macarons. Their specialty however is the famous Sicilian treat, canoli. Choose between a filling of thick chocolate custard or traditional smooth ricotta, both wrapped in a crisp pastry shell. Pair with a coffee, sit back and enjoy. Bellissimo.
Doughboys – CBD (pictured above)
Melbourne has undergone a serious doughnut boom in recent years, and at the forefront of the doughnut revolution was Doughboys. Located on Bourke St in the heart of the city, the store keeps the workaday crowd in a continuous sugar glow with doughnuts flavours including salted caramel with buckini (activated buckwheat) dust; butterscotch and creamed banana; berry compote with vanilla-bean icing and shortbread crumble; mulled wine; strawberry and miso and more.
Chez Dre – South Melbourne
Since opening in 2011, Chez Dre has become one of Melbourne’s favourite patisseries. Though a café as well, its viennoiserie (baked goods) has drawn incredible praise. They are made in-house daily using imported French butter. Croissants, danishes & pastries are folded & laminated with immaculate detail to produce layers of light, fluffy pastry that perfectly compliment any cup of coffee.
Candied Bakery – Spotswood
Like many artisanal food creators, Candied Bakery has taken an everyday thing, a bakery, and taken it to a whole new level, which they describe as an ‘Aussie bakery with an American twist and a dash of European influence.’ Yes you can get lamingtons, fruit buns and cookies but a Candied Bakery cookie (with marshmallow and salted chocolate) is to a standard cookie is what a truffle is to a mushroom. Same family but no comparison.
Lune Croissanterie – Fitzroy
There has been no greater cult food following of late than that of Lune’s croissants. Such are the popularity of Lune’s buttery offerings that when they were at their smaller premises in Elwood people would que before the sun came up. They have now moved to a warehouse in Fitzroy where they are capable of producing many more croissants but still people que. They’ve definitely worked out what success tastes like.