Craving a crisp croissant, buttery brioche or soft sourdough? We take a look at Brisbane’s best bakeries, which sell the kind of bread that turns the everyday sandwich into a gourmet indulgence.
With two bakery/café locations in Brisbane and cameo appearances at the Kelvin Grove and Boggo Road Markets, Banneton Bakery crafts an array of wood-fired breads and delicate pastries that are worth writing home about. We love the decadent brandied fruit loaf, which is packed full of brandy soaked fruit including figs and toasted nuts in a sourdough loaf. The New York Deli Rye is also a winner made with a wheat and rye combination which is the perfect vehicle for a slice of pastrami.
25 Balaclava Street, Woolloongabba and 584 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove. Tel: 3393 2111/ 3366 0611.
Miettes Boulangerie Patisserie
For anyone even remotely close to Brisbane’s western suburbs, a trip to Miettes is a mandatory journey for a loaf you won’t soon forget. I have driven across town on many an occasion for their mint and halloumi sourdough which features more halloumi cheese than a Greek wedding. Anyone with a sweet tooth is well catered for as well, with passionfruit curd mille-feuilles, salted caramel cupcakes, and giant melt-in-your-mouth cinnabuns. To offset these temptations, a seasonal array of tasty salads are also available which have included a kale, cashew and honey mustard offering. Proof that you can get excellent bread in the ‘burbs.
158 Graceville Avenue, Graceville. Tel: 3379 7737.
Hidden behind a nondescript roller door, is one of Brisbane’s bakery gems; Brewbakers. Every surface of this cosy nook supports a freshly made baked good from cheesy bagels to sourdough jam doughnuts to buttery quiches. Even the biscuits are given the gourmet touch with wholly satisfying wholemeal spelt, cinnamon, sultana and honey cookies or delicate coconut macaroons on offer. Don’t go through summer without trying the seasonal special white chocolate and pecan sourdough brownies. Delicious!
337 Sandgate Rd, Albion. Tel: 3262 9400.
Crust & Co
The longest I have ever waited in line at a bakery was here at Crust & Co, with lines that consistently sneak around the corner and down the road on weekend mornings. It is worth the wait here though for the flavourful pistachio croissants alone, which are a nice change to the normal almond variety. Other decadent delights include the sour cherry brioche slice, raspberry and custard filled brioche and the fennel and raisin sourdough. Now open Thursday to Sunday mornings due to popular demand.
140 Edmonstone St, Newmarket. Tel: 3162 2468.
A new kid on the block, Danny’s Bread has already made a name for itself during its short Teneriffe tenure. Choc-a-holics will go nuts for the dark chocolate and macadamia brownies which is worth suspending the diet for. Locally sourced ingredients include salt from the Murray River basin and flour from Gunnedah, which work to create some of the most beautiful sourdough in town. The rye beer bread is made with locally brewed Green Beacon craft beers, giving it a lovely, earthy taste. This bread rises to the occasion.
113 Commercial Rd, Newstead. Tel: 3040 9424.
What’s your favourite Brisbane bakery? Who’d we leave off the list? Have your say in the comments below!