Warning: It is advised to only read this article on a full stomach because it contains descriptions and photos of delicious baked goods!
It is no secret that the Inner West is home to some of the best bakeries in Sydney, so we thought why not try a couple – all in the name of research, you understand – and make a handy list for our community? The things we do…!
Bakeries and patisseries are a big hit with the whole family as there is always something for everyone to enjoy – whether you lean savory or sweet: baked goods come in all shapes, tastes and sizes. From artisan sourdough to gluten-free doughnuts and buttery croissants, here are some of the best of the Inner West!
Baked by Keiran is a tiny bakery in Dulwich Hill; famous for their 72-hour sourdough, which flies off the shelf before midday. After working in high-end restaurants, Keiran started his own bakery and they have now opened their second store in Elizabeth Bay – but their plan is to keep it small and stay unique. They offer a range of bread, cakes, pastries, pies and sausage rolls. All freshly made by hand. Aside from their 72-hour sourdough, our hot tips include: raspberry mousse lamingtons, canele, lemon tart and salted caramel chocolate tart.
The original Black Star Pastry is located, in a small character-filled shop in Newtown and has cute make-shift crate chairs and garden gnomes outside. Black Star are the creators of the famous and probably the most-instagrammed cake in Sydney – the Strawberry Watermelon Cake. Layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream and watermelon, topped with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. It has now become a national treasure! They also make delicious savoury goods – like the fabulous slow-cooked lamb-shank pie. All pastries are made by hand, using fresh seasonal ingredients. Our hot tip: whilst you are indulging in the Strawberry Watermelon Cake (which is a one-person, non-sharing portion!), the kids will love the Ginger Ninjas!
Address: 277 Australia St, Newtown
Phone: 9557 8656
Now an established heavyweight on the Sydney foodie scene, Bourke Street Bakery has opened up multiple branches in the last few years. Thankfully the Inner West is home to two! Favourites include sausage rolls filled with lamb and harissa, chicken and pumpkin, pork and fennel to sweet treats including the lemon and ricotta slice, chocolate sour-cherry cookies and pear Danish. Bourke Street Bakery also offers a range of organic sourdough in flavours such as apple and raisin, fig and cranberry, and potato and rosemary. You can also get fresh loaves of brioche on the weekend. Top tip: They have a great catering menu for mini-sweet and savoury pastries, which are a great for birthday parties!
Address: 1A Booth Street, Balmain
Phone: 9810 8822
If you’re looking for the best bagel in the Inner West, then head over to Brooklyn Boy Bagels drive-through in Marrickville! Here, they use traditional New York City methods to guarantee that bagels are perfectly chewy with great flavour. There’s a huge selection of bagels to choose from including poppy, sesame, onion and our favourite – the Everything Bagel. Top tip: they also make fantastic, traditional Challah bread – which is great to eat fresh, toasted or if you’re feeling ritzy, make French toast with!
Remember walking along the Seine with the other half (pre-kids of course), munching on the best croissant in the world? Well, the bad news is flights overseas are challenging right now. The good news? Five Dock is home to this fantastic croissant-specialist! Using only the best and freshest ingredients, they serve up all the classics like pain au chocolat and almond croissants to sweet, savoury and everything in between. Our top tip: they bake a special cube croissant called ‘Buttercubes’ – choose from vanilla, matcha, pistachio and strawberry yoghurt.
Whilst their HQ is located in Woolloomooloo, Flour and Stone are regulars at Orange Grove Market every Saturday and their panacotta lamington is simply spectacular! Vanilla sponge soaked in pannacotta, berry compote centre, dark chocolate and flaked coconut, you will be going back again and again.
Other favourites include: flourless (and gluten free) chocolate, raspberry and buttermilk cake and lemon drizzle. Top tip: be quick, because the lamingtons sell out early!
Address: Orange Grove Market – corner of Balmain Road & Perry Street Lilyfield. Bakery – 53 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
Again, a visit to La Bancz is like stepping foot into a Parisienne boulangerie, sans airfare! Glass cabinets lined with trays of fantastic French pastries. The menu is very traditional and includes many French favourites such as plain croissants, almond croissants, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisin and rhubarb Danishes. Whilst they also have a wide bread selection including sourdough rolls, multigrain and spelt loaves and baguettes that are baked in-house daily. Savoury options include old favourites like chunky beef pies, croque monsieur and a selection of baguettes, salads and quiches.
When something is this good, you don’t need to change it! The 64-year-old family-owned Italian cake shop in Leichhardt still uses Mezzapica’s original recipes from 1952. Mezzapica sells a range of traditional Southern Italian sweets including the deliciously crispy custard or ricotta-filled cannoli. Top tip: if you are looking for a special celebration cake, Mezzapica Cake Studio is their sister store and sells the most amazing masterpieces!
A feast for your eyes and your stomach! Nutie bake coeliac-friendly gluten free and vegan doughnuts. Their most popular items at the moment are the banana puddings and dessert tubs, their baked cake donuts and the Twix. They have an evolving range of over 30 options every day, so there’s always something exciting to discover. All of Nutie’s doughnuts are baked not fried – so there are no nasty oils. Nutie uses only the best ingredients which makes sure that their delicious treats can be enjoyed by every tummy! Each batch is made fresh daily and hand dipped and decorated!
Simply an institution in the Inner West! With bakeries in Haberfield and Five Dock (and now further afield in Bondi), Pasticceria Papa’s famous homemade ricotta cannoli are out of this world. They are also home to Sydney’s famous ricotta cheesecake – made with short pastry casing and soft ricotta centre, finished with icing sugar and cinnamon. For those with less of a sweet tooth, their pistachio biscuits are a top choice.
Address: 145 Ramsay St, Haberfield
Phone: 9799 9531
Penny Fours is a little traditional bakery, owned by a pastry chef who had stints at landmark Sydney restaurants, Tetsuya’s and Sepia. From tarte tatin, lemon meringue tarts, chocolate finger buns with peanut butter frosting to delicious sourdough and quiche, Penny Fours is well-worth a visit! Our top tip: the toffee apple croissants are sensational but are now only available at the weekend – so go early!
Sonoma’s compact branch in Glebe is well-positioned across from Foley Park. From the wide selection of artisan sourdough breads (now in several supermarkets), to a range of handcrafted pastries and muesli, everything is created with fresh, wholesome ingredients. The chocolate croissants, fruit Danishes and the banana bread are excellent. Their impressive range of bread made a daily includes the regular country white sourdough, soy and linseed, kalamata olive and wholemeal polenta loaves.
Another Sydney institution and a reminder that France certainly does not have the monopoly on baked goods! Sweet Belem is a Portuguese pastry boutique specialising in traditional and modern Portuguese tarts and pastries. Once you bite into the flaky outer shell of these Portuguese tarts to the warm custard inside, you’ll understand why people queue around the block for these on weekends! There are many other delicious options, such as Portuguese donuts, brioche croissants, corn bread and many of the traditional cakes. Top tip: early bird catches the tart!
Victoire has a loyal following of customers and are recognised for their heavenly sourdough loaves and baked goods, favoured by some of Sydney’s top chefs and restaurants. From rustic baguettes, savoury pastry tarts, stone fruit croissant pastries, Danish tarts and all the classics including cinnamon scrolls and palmiers. There are often special French treats like jams and cordials in store. Also, check out their cute, very photogenic bakery van in Balmain.
Address: 660 Darling Street, Rozelle
Phone: 9818 5529