Cakes, pastries, bread and much more – make your dreams come true at Melbourne’s best bakeries and bread shops!

What’s better than a hot and flakey pastry with a freshly brewed coffee to start your morning? We’ll wait…

When it comes to bread, pastries and other sweet treats, Melbourne pretty much takes the cake. But, with so many options it can be hard to know exactly where you can get the best baguettes or the most sensational sourdough. 

So, to help you out, we’ve tracked down the best bakeries in Melbourne you need to try in 2024. Because life’s too short not to enjoy your carbs, right?

<strong>All Are Welcome</strong>
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All Are Welcome

You always leave All Are Welcome with a smile and, most importantly, a bag full of baked goodies. This Northcote bakery offers a relaxed and approachable atmosphere as well as consistently delicious bread and pastries. From bread to coffee, to specialty celebration cakes and viennoiserie, this artisan bakery in Melbourne has it all. They also sell a range of fresh coffee beans from local producers and various fine foods and ingredients in-store. Famed for their celebration cakes, be sure to order one to share for your next occasion or to enjoy by yourself (we won’t judge).

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190 High St, Northcote, VIC 3070
<strong>Baker Bleu</strong>
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Baker Bleu

Mike and Mia Russel first opened Baker Bleu in 2016. Their desire was to provide delicious and ethically produced bread to the local community. This bakery is known for its exceptional sourdough bread and pastries using the highest quality ingredients that have been sustainably and locally sourced. To bake their sourdough, Baker Bleu uses a traditional long fermentation method resulting in a high-quality product that is not only delicious, but also more sustainable. Whether it’s their classic sourdough loaf, bagel, baguette or beautifully golden pastry, it is always baked with care.

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<strong>Ket Baker</strong>
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Ket Baker

This Melbourne based bakery has developed a cult following for its delicious 100% sourdough breads and pastries which are made with high-quality, local and nutritious ingredients. At Ket Baker you’ll usually find a long line of eager pastry lovers waiting to get their hands on one of these sourdough sensations. Head baker, Miek Paulus, started her pastry journey in Belgium, then travelled to France to learn about the world’s best cuisine (and drink wine of course). Eventually, she moved to Melbourne and opened her bakery which was her way of giving back to the Bellarine community.

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377 Grubb Rd, Wallington, VIC 3222
<strong>Lune Croissanterie</strong>
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Lune Croissanterie

A Melbourne institution, this is probably one of the most top rated bakeries in Melbourne. Lune prides itself on crafting a croissant unlike any other. With each bite you can taste the precision, care and passion that has gone into baking it. Start simply with their traditional French croissant that has been prepared over a three-day period. Once inducted, try their Pain au Chocolat, Persian Love Cake, Cheese and Vegemite Escargot or their famous Lemon Curd Cruffin. Always creating limited-edition items or bringing back vintage cult classics, Lune is a must-visit for any Melburnian.

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119 Rose St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
<strong>Penny For Pound</strong>
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Penny For Pound

Start your weekend off right with a pastry from Penny For Pound. Located off Bridge Road, this family-run business makes everything in house – from jams to puff pastry, confectionaries, cakes, cookies and, not to mention their famous pastries. You’ll be salivating just looking at their wide selection of baked goods on offer! To ensure their croissants are endlessly fresh, Penny For Pound bakes them every 30 minutes – hot and flakey every time!

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410 Bridge Rd, Richmond, VIC 3121
<strong>Rustica Sourdough</strong>
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Rustica Sourdough

Located on the ever-so bustling Chapel Street, this iconic bakery and cafe is the perfect spot for brunch. Not only are their artisan breads and sourdoughs to die for, but each venue exhibits a customised menu that reflects the unique charm and feel of the location. You’ll be captivated by their array of perfectly baked breads, pastries and sandwiches; each one as tempting as the next. Watch on as the skilled bakers craft each sourdough that takes up to 48 hours to ferment. With an emphasis on sustainable farming and showcasing local produce, Rustica’s offerings are always delicious, memorable and will always leave you wanting more.

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501 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC 3141
<strong>Tivoli Road Bakery</strong>
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Tivoli Road Bakery

This cosy bakery and cafe serves up fantastic sourdough, pies and delicately crafted cakes and pastries that are baked fresh every morning. Whether you’re into traditional sourdough, soy and linseed, multigrain, fruit and olive or even spelt, they’ve got it all. A classic loaf is their stone-ground sourdough with a caramelized crust and a perfectly chewy centre. Or, try one of their croissants, fruit Danish or heavenly morning buns. Another stand out about this bakery is their artfully crafted pastries, cakes and tarts that are simply too pretty for consumption. One of the best bakeries in Melbourne!

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3 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141
<strong>To Be Frank Bakery</strong>
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To Be Frank Bakery

Tucked away in a quiet side street in Collingwood, To Be Frank Bakery offers delightful breads and pastries that have been slowly fermented and naturally leavened, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable ingredients. They work with local producers to select ingredients that have been responsibly produced and farmed. With their 18-hour-long fermentation technique and the amount of yeast used in their dough, To Be Frank Bakery is famed for their distinct tasting sourdough you can’t get anywhere else. One of the best bakeries in Melbourne!

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1/4 Bedford St, Collingwood, VIC 3066
<strong>Wild Life Bakery</strong>
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Wild Life Bakery

Located in the heart of Brunswick, Wild Life Bakery serves up high-quality seasonal produce that shines through their sourdough breads, pastries and cakes. Each time you visit, you’ll instantly feel the warm ambience and sense of community about the place. Grab something on the go or try their fantastic dine-in menu. Wash your visit down with a coffee supplied by Market Lane Coffee or a devilish dark hot chocolate from Mörk Chocolate. It’s no wonder why they’re one of the best bakeries in Melbourne for 2024!

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90 Albert St, Brunswick East, VIC 3057
<strong>Woodfrog Bakery</strong>
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Woodfrog Bakery

This quirky bakery knows a thing or two about taking time to carefully craft the perfect sourdough. The Woodfrog bakers ferment their sourdough for 28 hours, resulting in a caramelised crust and fluffy open crumb. In the early days of Woodfrog Bakery, these guys were baking out of a vacant furniture store in St Kilda. Nowadays, they have over 10 locations in Melbourne, serving up some of the best sourdough you can get. Their selection includes a plethora of options like their pumpkin loaf, soir or olive loaf. For something a little less traditional, try their Honey Oat Yeasted Sourdough.

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From French patisseries to some of the city’s top-rated cakes, tarts and all things sweet, be sure to check out this list of the 10 Best Patisseries in Melbourne of 2024. Better yet, wash it all down at with these Bubble Tea Shops in Melbourne.

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This article was first published on November 16 2020. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on February 29 2024.