At a recent brunch with the girls, the addition of Nutella Hot Cross Buns to bakery chain menus was a hot topic. Though a great idea in theory, upon inspection of the buns in question, the consensus was a resounding “nice try”. The spread to bun ratio was less than ideal, the presentation abysmal and overall satisfaction levels were disappointing. As fans of the good old-fashioned sugar pilgrimage, it was decided nothing beats independent, local bakeries that bake their goods in house, from scratch. This lead to a road trip across the Brisvegas cityscape and a skyrocket in blood sugar levels to discover the best Brisbane bakeries and the sugar filled morsels they have to offer.
Jocelyn’s Provisions, Fortitude Valley
Arguably the matriarch of the Brisbane bakery family, Jocelyn’s Provisions is tucked away behind James Street in New Farm. Filled to the brim on a Saturday morning, Jocelyn’s are known for their signature chocolate layer cakes and delicious preserves. Not a place for a sit down meal but perfect to pop in before a last minute dinner party or for a post work treat.
Chester Street Bakery, Newstead
A comprehensive Brisbane-focused list would be incomplete without a Damian Griffiths contribution. Chester Street Bakery is a popular haunt for brunch goers and doubles as a hip bar by night. More recently, Doughnut Time has opened its door up the road in Fortitude Valley, nestled in between Griffiths’ Constance Street bars and restaurants. The doughy morsels are baked in the ovens of Chester Street and transported across to DT. What on earth will Damian Griffiths do next? We can’t wait to find out!
Flour & Chocolate, Morningside
This sequestered gem is one for the Southsiders. Not only do they boast the introduction of the Cronut to Brisbane, Flour & Chocolate have also received gongs for Best Providore and Best Croissant, to name a few. Some might say that’s a big call, but a test of their delicious free samples will sweeten even the harshest critic.
Banneton Bakery, Woolloongabba & Ashgrove
With shopfronts in both Woolloongabba and Ashgrove, its fairly safe to say that Banneton Bakery is a household name for a reason. During my last visit, whilst tackling the arduous task of deciding what to get, I couldn’t help but notice the warm, friendly attitude of the Banneton staff. I overheard regulars and tourists chatting with staff like old friends. Add coffee and the most delicious almond croissant, that’s Saturday morning sorted.
The Bakers’ Arms, Woolloongabba
I really love being overwhelmed with displays of aesthetically pleasing food, so The Bakers’ Arms was always going to be a good spot for me. Thick crusty bread, sweet baked goods and fresh sandwiches packed with colour line the cabinets and entice the senses. A child-friendly spot that is great to show visiting relatives or people watch over coffee.
Hidden in the Graceville backstreets, Miettes had a line out the door and around the corner when I visited one chilly Sunday morning. Apparently, this is not an uncommon occurance. There are stories of fights across midweek peak hour Brisbane traffic, all for one of their famous vanilla slices. I personally enjoyed some of their mini Danishes as a side dish to the Campos blend coffee. The flavours all looked amazing, so minis were a perfect substitute.
Chouquette, New Farm
If you’re thinking of a trip to Chouquette, early is best. By 11am on Sunday morning, the cabinets are almost empty. If that’s not a testament to their quality, I’m not sure what is. Chouquette pride themselves on a dedication to authentic French cooking; a dedication that is further reflected in their sister store, Crust and Co. I sampled a macaron, one of the few items that hadn’t sold out, and wished I had stopped by sooner. Perfect for a coffee catch up, or if you’re wanting something a bit fancy for a trip to the nearby cinema.
The Standard Market Company, Newstead
With baked sweets for every occasion, the Standard Market Company will always have your back when a special event looms or your mother-in-law invites herself around for a cuppa. The best part is, while you’re there picking up a freshly baked cake with beautiful embellishments, you can grab everything you need for dinner too.
We’d love to hear your go-to place for fresh, baked goods in Brisbane! Tell us in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!