Trying to find where the best vanilla slices are in Australia? We’ve got you!
Nothing tastes as good as creamy custard sandwiched between layers of puff pastry, topped with a generous coating of icing sugar. A quintessential summertime staple!
The best treat to come out of France, now, thanks to Wotif’s Uniquely Aussie Awards – an annual guide to Australia’s best local secrets, as nominated by Aussies – we finally know where to find the 10 best vanilla slices across Australia. They are so well executed, so perfectly layered and flavoursome that you can’t call them “just another vanilla slice”.
Wotif’s Uniquely Aussie Awards aim to encourage Aussies to explore their own backyard and support their favourite businesses – which is necessary right now as Australia slowly emerges from its COVID slumber.
Did your local make the list? Read on through for Australia’s best vanilla slices of 2021!
Bridgewater Bakehouse makes a vanilla slice that is kept simple. It consists of smooth vanilla custard, centred between two layers of puff pastry and topped with sweet glossy icing. A delectable treat that is well worth the two-hour road trip from Melbourne to Bridgewater – or you could visit their other establishment in Bendigo. Interestingly, it’s not the first time their vanilla slice has won awards, having secured glory in 2018 and 2019. Topping the list, this is Melbourne, Victoria’s and Australia’s best vanilla slice of 2021!
Ross Bakery Inn
Ross Bakery Inn is perhaps best known for it’s wood-fired pizza, but their delightful vanilla slice is just as amazing. In fact, they have a sign calling it the “world’s best vanilla slice”. It’s a decent serving of creamy vanilla and puff pastry, giving a soft crunch as you bite into it. And it’s made all the more special when it’s served to you on nanna’s fine china. Ross Bakery Inn resides in rural Tasmania, perfect for a day trip or weekend away!
Banana Boogie Bakery
When it comes to sweetly baked goods in South Australia, you cannot look past Banana Boogie Bakery. They sell all sorts of everything: from tarts to doughnuts, to mince pies and anything else they feel like making. But it’s their vanilla slice that has captivated Australia. As well as the usual creamy vanilla custard sandwiched between puff pastry, Banana Boogie Bakery tops them off with glaze icing and squiggles of chocolate.
Vanilla Slice Cafe
Named after the thing they are most famous for – it’s no wonder they made the list of Australia’s best vanilla slice! The Vanilla Slice Cafe is a fancy little spot on the main strip of Sorrento, Victoria. And as well as showcasing a menu fit for a royal, they also serve one of the best vanilla slices in the country. It shares crispy pastry layers, plum jam, succulent custard cream and topped with a generous coating of icing sugar. Matched with a coffee or hot chocolate and you’ve got the better part of an afternoon.
The French Lettuce
With vanilla slices being a French invention, it’s no surprise that a French patisserie and bakery made this list. The French Lettuce, in Carlton, serves a vanilla slice that is filled with fluffy vanilla custard pressed between layers of puff pastry and sprinkled with icing sugar. It’s ridiculously good – just like the rest of their menu that features the likes of cannoli, fruit danishes and a smorgasbord of croissants.
Flinders Vanilla Slice
Victoria is winning in this list of the best vanilla slices. At Flinders Vanilla Slice, you’ll find a truly traditional French vanilla slice – think creamy vanilla custard and crunchy puff pastry, topped with icing sugar. They’re most famous for holding the Guinness World Records for the largest vanilla slice that weighed in at 508.11kg. There are a few of their cafes scattered around the Melbourne metropolitan area, with Cheltenham being their most popular spot.
If you want the best vanilla slice in Sydney, you need to venture out to Mittagong, Bowral or Berrima. But, trust us and Wotif, it’s worth it! Gumnut Patisserie makes a truly unique vanilla slice, featuring three layers of puff pastry, with fluffy vanilla custard squeezed between and topped with vanilla fondant feathered with chocolate. Go for a day trip or weekend away, come back with a belly full of vanilla slice and other delicious treats!
Preece’s at the Jetty
Say hello to the best vanilla slice in all of Queensland, and it’s not that far from the city! Sitting on the edge of the wharf in Redcliffe is Preece’s at the Jetty, and their vanilla slices are mouthwatering. Made the traditional French way, with two layers of puff pastry and vanilla custard in between, it will take your mind off the summer heat. Grab a takeaway slice and lap it all up under the summer sun on the beach opposite.
Café Bear & Scoobs
Geelong is famous for sports and recreation, but they also make one of the best vanilla slices. And you can find it at Café Bear & Scoobs. While you can purchase a slice from their counter, we recommend booking in for one of their high teas, sampling all the best they have to offer – including those delectable vanilla slices. It’s vanilla cream squeezed between two sheets of puff pastry, and goes well with a barista coffee!
Our final amazing vanilla slice is in Woodend, northwest of Melbourne. Their vanilla slice is crisp with puff pastry and vanilla custard, topped with a few dashes of icing sugar. And this isn’t the first time it has been praised, having won two awards in 2010. Bourkies’ is also famous for its meat pies, and even their range of bread. In our view, Bourkies Bakehouse is a worthwhile road trip, especially now as everything is opening up again.