I had heard rumours of a few places in Sydney boasting the best sticky buns and pies to die for. So, of course, I thought I should test them out for myself, just to be sure. These are my tried-and-tested picks for the best bakeries in Sydney.
The Fine Food Store
Tucked away down a narrow alleyway in The Rocks, The Fine Food Store is a quaint café and grocery store in one. Known for their sticky buns and open sandwiches, The Fine Food store is also said to serve the best coffee on The Rocks. Proudly serving Campos Coffee (whose flagship I loved in Newtown) as well as Melbourne favourite, St Ali, I would have to agree. They also have a generous range of magazines for customers to browse and the store is full of foodie gifts and treats. Fine Food Store, Kendall Lane, The Rocks
Bourke Street Bakery
I’ve passed the Bourke Street Bakery several times since arriving in Sydney and there is always a queue. I thought I would see what the fuss was about and joined it one day only to get overwhelmed by the choice in the traditional boulangerie style cabinets and ovens. Online reviews rave about their pies and sausage rolls but I was always going to go for a sweet treat. The lemon curd tart I chose was wonderful – a sharp and creamy filling with a crumbly base. I’ll have to go back and try the ginger crème brulee tart I’ve since heard is the best.
There are several outposts of the Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney. I chose the Bourke Street branch in Surry Hills, which has outdoor seating only. Bourke Street Bakery, corner of Bourke and Devonshire, Surry Hills. Also in Alexandria, Marrickville, Potts Point, Neutral Bay and North Sydney.
Infinity Sourdough Bakery
Another bakery that left me overwhelmed with choice. Do I go for a sourdough loaf or a flourless cake or how about a cinnamon scroll? Luckily there were some testers on the counter which helped me make my decision- divine cinnamon scroll won. Infinity’s speciality is artisan bread (you can see them baking it at the back of the store) but I heard more than 1 person order the scones whilst I was in store and they seemed to be regulars! There is a small seating area out the front of the store but most people order their treats to takeaway. Infinity Sourdough Bakery, 225 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. Also in Manly.
(Travel Tip: This bakery is very close to the meeting point for the Urban Adventures Kings Cross Crime and Passion Walking Tour. Grab a pastry before you go!)
Photo courtesy of Paleo Café‘s website.
After all those sugary baked goods I thought I should go in search of some healthier options. The Paleo grain and dairy free lifestyle is very popular in Australia and in Bondi Junction they have a café dedicated to that way of eating. I tested one of their gluten and diary free chocolate muffins and it was impressively good – almost too good to be good for you! They also sell a number of specialised food items in store including carb free dinners and grain free granola. Their sugar-free smoothies are also seriously tasty. There is ample seating at the café but it is not the most atmospheric, we took our breakfast away and enjoyed it on the more scenic Bronte Beach. Paleo Café, Shop 5, 310/330 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
The Grounds Of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria is not so much a bakery as an institution. In a converted pie factory south of Surry Hills, The Grounds is a bakery, cafe, bar, grill, garden and organic market in one. An excellent place to hang out at the weekend (don’t forget to say hi to Kevin Bacon the pig!) the wholesome food and speciality coffee are sensational. Be prepared to queue though, we had to wait 1 hour to get a table in the café, not that we minded spending it wandering the market and garden whilst sipping fresh lemonade and coffee. The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
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