Brisbane's Best Bakeries

It must be said that the best thing since (and before and during) sliced bread is a warm freshly baked loaf from one of Brisbane’s best bakeries. 

For anyone who has recently enjoyed a casa di pana, baguette, sourdough ficelle or similar from some of the serious bakehouses that are popping up around town would confer that sliced bread has passed its use by date as a way to measure life quality or for any other purpose (with the possible exception of kindergarten sandwiches).

Indeed some would argue that sliced bread is as dead as the day it arrived after a long journey from Ireland to the shelves of a supermarket-that-shall-not be named. RIP.

Which brings us back to Brisbane’s best bakeries (and a couple of beachside ones that are worth leaving Brisbane for), and, more importantly, who, what and where they are:

Crust and Co 

Since the day French/Italian baker extraordinaire Seb first fired up the ovens in the old Red Brick Bakery in the back streets of Newmarket, there’s been a steady stream of discerning customers to the side door, anxious to snap up a still warm pain de compagne, flaky croissant or baguette before they all sell out. Note this one is only open Fri-Sun...more

Chouquette

The nearest thing you’ll find to a real French boulangerie in Brisbane, Chouquette dispenses an inordinately large number of light crusty baguettes, ficelles, buttery croissants and other melt-in-the-mouth French morsels to the customers that travel to New Farm from all over Brisbane to get their fix...more

Brewbakers 

For years now, Albion’s fabulous bakehouse and café has been a quiet drawcard for north-siders seeking artisan sourdough bread in loaf or roll form, divine rye bread, dark and light, and all manner of pastries, doughnuts, filled rolls and the like....more

Flour and Chocolate

The east side’s leading bakery specializes in sourdough, with a variety of daily loaves both savoury and sweet, along with the popular Vienna, country rye, ficelle and Simone rolls. On weekends there’s a special line of semolina loaves and on Sundays only, warm Spelt loaves...more

Banneton 

One of the first bakeries in Brisbane to entice locals away from the sliced bread mentality, Banneton’s delicious wood-fired breads are now a staple of life, with their chic bakery cafes thriving in Ashgrove, Woolloongabba and New Farm.

Burleigh Bakery & Cafe

It may be an hour’s drive from Brisbane but this bakery’s products all but justify the trip. An ex-agricultural scientist-turned baker brings his expertise to the sourdough bread baked here, which is unlike any other. Must try are the signature loaf – the hand-fashioned boules...more

Paddock Bakery Café

Another Gold Coast star that is worth leaving Brisbane for. This one’s a working artisan bakery inside an old Queenslander cottage that doubles as a gorgeous garden café. Take away loaves or dine in and order anything that involves bread or baking...more

Other honourable mentions must go to Brisbane bakery cafes like The Baker’s Arms in Woolloongabba, Ashgrove’s Brot for its German sourdough ryes, cobs and pretzels. Lift Bakery Cafe in Highgate Hill and Bardon newcomer Saba Artisan Bakery.

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