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The Best Bakery Cafes in Melbourne

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published July 19th 2014
Baker D. Chirico, cafe, bakery
Coffee at Baker D.
[ADVERT]With the thousands of cafes in Melbourne, the hardest part is often deciding where to go.

And there are so many elements to sway one's decision.

Location, décor, menu choice. Even lighting.

But lately, I have found a new factor tipping the scale.
The rise of the bakery café.

These are the cafes not only plating up culinary masterpieces of flavour and freshness, but also baking their breads and pastries right under your very nose.

Chez Dre, Cafe, Macaron, Coffee
Chez Dre Macarons


Baker D. Chirico

There's not room for many here and you would almost miss this wee little place if you didn't know where it was.

But whether you're coming to sit down to some pastries and people watch, or just to bag some bread, Baker D. will not disappoint.
Come in early, or don't come at all, for like any great bakery, everything at Baker D. sells out fast.

Baker D. Chirico, cafe, bakery
Baker D. Chirico


Silo by Joost

The baked goods at Silo take me back to my childhood, right down to the crusty brown loaves hot out of the oven and the experimental health sweets nesting on the counter.

Having grown up with European heritage, I was right at home with the enormous jars of preserved lemons and pickled sauerkraut dotted around the shelves.

Top it all off with the open style kitchen and you'll feel like it's Sunday brunch with the family.

Not to mention, if you've been feeling worried about the environmental footprints of our consumeristic lifestyles, you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that Silo is a 'wast free' café.

Silo are kicking it old school and bringing back the days where the friendly neighbourhood milkman delivered the milk and waste was non-existent.

Dench Bakers, Bread and Jam for Frances, cafe, coffee
Bread and Jam for Frances


Bread and Jam for Frances

You'll find this delightful abode tucked behind a dear little bookstore on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn.

This fact alone has probably already gotten many book-loving coffee sippers up on their feet and fetching their coats.

But wait there's more.

Not only is the coffee delish, but you'll also find that everyday, there is a glorious range of fresh breads and pastries from Dench Artisan bakers.

The week I went here, I was trying (with little success) to be gluten free. Surrounded by the smell of glorious pastries I was sure I would crack.

But as luck would have it, I didn't need to in the end.

Both the bread and muffin I had were well at the top of the gluten free food chain. They were so good, I ended up going home with a very fine loaf of gluten free bread, which kept me and my intestines very happy in the days that followed.

Dench Bakers, Bread and Jam for Frances, cafe, coffee
Breakfast with Frances


Rustica

When you return to a café you haven't visited in a while, there's always some mystery surrounding what to expect.

Such was my feeling when I tumbled into Rustica last week after a long stint of being away.
It looked much the same. I could still see the bakers busily humming over their breads in the back room and a glass case laden with decadent sweets.

But would it still be the crème de la crème of the café world as I remembered it to be?

When a leaning tower of Croque-monsieur came out of the kitchen towards me, I knew I could dare to hope. Made on a fluffy pumpkin brioche, it was quite possibly one of the greatest things ever to tickle my tastebuds.

The pastries and cakes were of an equally high calibre and as per usual, I was disappointed with nothing at Rustica.

Chez Dre, Cafe, Cake, Coffee
Chez Dre Cakes


Chez Dre

I have written of the wonders of Chez Dre before.

But with their ever-inventive methods, and fairytale cake styles, they will continue to reign supreme in my culinary eyes.

I am always reminded of the mad genius of Heston Blumenthal when I go there, which in turn reminds me of the great Willy Wonka. This is often followed by the feeling that I am not, in fact, a real person… Just a wonderful character somewhere inside a magical culinary wonderland.

Sometime shortly after this, my husband gently recommends I stop smoking and rejoin the real people on planet earth before it's too late...

Coffee, cafe, latte art
Coffee a la Husband


...but I'd rather live in the world of coffee and pastries.
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Your Comment
Depot de pain on Rathdown st is also delicious!
by Claire Henry (score: 1|27) 2208 days ago
I think the best cafe & bakery is Jahdomes in Mill Park. Harry is the owner and he is a French pastry chef and makes all the artisan bread and pastries. His almond croissant's are the best in Melbourne. ( and I have had many almond croissants). The food is amazing. Already fresh and tasty.
by groov (score: 1|31) 2207 days ago
How is Woodfrog Bakery on Barkly in St Kilda not on this list??

Toasters on tables so you can have their amazing bread exactly how you would prefer it cooked.
by Shaun (score: 0|2) 2205 days ago
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