If you know me, you’ll know just how much I love bread. And when I say I love bread, I mean I could actually say no to chocolate in favour of bread (woah).
I was never a sourdough fan, though. Walking through the streets of San Francisco a few years ago, Fiancé was amazed at my reaction to the smell and taste of sourdough. We were in the capital of sourdough bread, for goodness’ sake! Yet there I was, dismissing one of the breads I would come to love.
Without further ado, here’s my list of the best bakeries in Sydney:
Puns. Bread. Redfern. My 3 favourite things combined. When Breadfern first opened, I went over and chatted with one of the bakers. He assured me that their olive sourdough was the best thing (since sliced bread). He suggested that I toast it, and add butter. If it didn’t taste great, I could come and tell him. Needless to say, I didn’t have to go back to tell him, but I went back several more times for that olive sourdough.
Organic Bread Bar
I’ve never been a fan of the word ‘organic’ in a business’s title, but oh well. Their focaccia (though it’s technically a flatbread) is topped with olives, tomatoes, capers, garlic, oil, and salt. And it’s TO DIE FOR. Note: Okay, I wouldn’t literally die for it, but I have been known to finish the whole flatbread in one day.
Brooklyn Boy Bagels
Yes, yes, technically not a bakery because they don’t have a bricks and mortar cafe, but they used to have one in Matraville. Now, they go to markets and have their bagels and pastries in several well-known cafes in Sydney. Yum, garlic bagels with schmear. Drool.
Bourke Street Bakery
I mean, this is just a given. Bourke Street Bakery, time and time again, gives us amazing baked goods. From the green olive and rosemary flatbread (you’ve probably guessed that I love olives…) to the sausage rolls, I usually feel like I have to be rolled out of there.
Black Star Pastry
The sweet tooth rears its ugly head and chooses Black Star Pastry! Salted caramel chocolate tart. Orange cake with Persian fig. The infamous watermelon cake. Yes, yes, no bread of any sort there, but it’s difficult to pass up on this one as a special mention.
What’s your favourite bakery in Sydney?