Who doesn’t love freshly baked sourdough bread, exquisite cakes and mouth-watering pastries? I certainly do! And there is certainly no dearth of bakeries in Sydney that churn out these simple pleasures of life.
Here are my favourite 5 bakeries in Sydney:
Nestled on the corner of Bourke St and Devonshire St, there is always a line of people that runs out the store. This is my favourite bakery in Sydney – absolutely love everything from the freshly baked sourdough, to the flatbread pizza to the…TARTS. I have not had tarts this good!
Must try: ginger brulee tart
Located in the heart of touristy Sydney, La Renaissance is one of those extremely busy French patisseries where the attitude rivals the quality of the food. Good news is that the food is amazing and it’s worth putting up with the rude folk behind the counter to have your taste. In my opinion, their cakes are hands down the best in Sydney! Every single creation is so pretty – the attention to detail and artistry is really striking.
Must try: the Mousse Picasso is just divine – it’s layers of white and dark Valrhona chocolate mousse, wrapped in folds of milk chocolate
I love the original Zumbo Pattisserie in Balmain, for the best macaroons in Sydney! While Mr Zumbo is now (in)famous for his crazy and ambitious creations (remember the Croquembouche and the Gingerbread House?) – and the patisserie certainly does have some fancy cakes – what I really love about Patisserie is the zumbaroons. They have an ever-changing list of new and inventive flavours on offer, ranging from bread and butter pudding, to caramel banana balsamic, to salted butter caramel on toast!
Must try: the zumbaroons – my fave is the lychee & coconut and the salted caramel
I absolutely love Sonoma sourdough and get really excited when a cafe I go to is serving it. Did you know that it’s the bread of choice for many of Sydney’s top restaurants including Quay and Tetsuya’s? Often too lazy to go to the Sonoma Bakery Cafe to get the bread, I try to just go to my local Thomas Dux Grocer with the hope of scoring my favourite Sonoma Miche sourdough. More often than not, it’s sold out, so I usually get there early. Another Sonoma product I absolutely LOVE is the Spelt Maple & Almond muesli…my favourite muesli of all time, albeit not cheap at ~$14 per 500g.
Must try: Sonoma Miche sourdough & the Spelt Maple & Almond muesli
Another gem of a cafe that I frequent in the CBD, the produce is very similar to that of the Bourke St Bakery. They have really yummy cakes, pastries and sandwiches and great coffee! Often will find a crowd during lunch time – if you’re lucky enough to work close to here, you’d probably put on a few kilos in your first few weeks :)
Must try: the pannacotta tart