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Where’s the Best Bread in Melbourne?

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published August 17th 2011
Bread by Klaus Hopfner courtesy of Wikipedia
Bread by Klaus Hopfner courtesy of Wikipedia

Bread - so simple and yet so important. I think it's fair to say that good bread matters to Melburnians. Throughout the city and most suburbs there are high-quality establishments creating this easy-to-overlook delicacy.

We're talking proper bread here, of course - fresh, a crunchy crust (if it's the crusty type), it may be white, wholemeal, sourdough, unleavened, possibly with a scattering of seeds - but definitely not the tasteless, stale or half-baked variety.

So where is the best bakery in Melbourne? For me, Loafer offers reliable delight in the bread department. There's also Laurent, who bake excellent bread although they rather unfairly distract the bread-buying innocent with a delightful array of sweet treats.

Let's not be unduly snippy though, since a similar accusation could be made of The French Lettuce and an array of other enterprises around town including Dench, Noisette, Brunetti and Phillippa's, all of whom bake outstanding bread, even if they insist on diverting the weak-willed bread-procurer with afters.

If you have a favourite vendor of bread in Melbourne, or even know how to make a top-notch loaf yourself, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

We look forward to your suggestions.
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If you like europian kind of bread with the thick crunchy crust and long and skinny heavy dough breadrolls then The Sweet Guys in Heidelberg West is the place to visit. You may need to pre-order larger quantities as they have regulars and bread and long bread rolls sell fast (they freeze well!). And.... their cakes are hmmmmmm!!!
By Anonymous
Monday, 22nd of August @ 09:16 am
Baker D. Chirico
By barny - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 09:48 am
There is a new baker in Seddon. Can't remember the shop name but he makes amazing organic breads... so far my faves are his spelt, wholegrain and pumpkin loaves... he also makes a blackberry croissant..... droooool.
By maria - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 10:59 am
The Baker - Baker D. Chirico is pretty good. They make the best challah and all their breads are organic. I love going to the Martin St Cafe too. They have great french sticks that are wonderful to take on picnics with salads etc.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Monday, 29th of August @ 06:55 am
Bakers Bun at The Pines Shopping Centre Doncaster East just perfect can't fault anything we have purchased from this store
By lozzam - reader
Wednesday, 24th of August @ 01:36 am
La Brioche in Bayswater
By dishm - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 02:35 am
The French Lettuce does not bake bread but buys it in !!from Noistte in Bay Street Port Melbourne
By gngab - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 11:00 am
Firebrand Bakery in Glen Firebrand Sourdough Bakery
69 Glen Eira Rd
Ripponlea 3185 VIC

Make real heath baked wood fired sourgh dough, the real deal not pretenders here, no chemicals and no ascorbic acid or any bread improvers, unlike many other so called artisan / organic bakeries. REAL Bread.. REAL bakers and great service, as baker when ever I am in Melbourne this is where I buy bread, only loaf that equals mine.... LOL...!
One of the originals of the bread scene in Melbourne..! true integrity..!
By Anonymous
Monday, 5th of November @ 03:05 am
crumbs bakehouse North Melbourne & Ascot Vale
By vvasi - reader
Sunday, 16th of June @ 11:34 pm
Harvest Bakery in Balwyn on Belmore Road. Great selection of grain breads.
By krist85 - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 03:44 am
The warrandyte bakery.
Their bread is made in a wood fired oven with energy enhanced water. Wonderful olive and cheese pull a parts and you can sit outside and enjoy the river whilst the kids play in the playground.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Saturday, 27th of August @ 02:05 am
Elwood bakehouse, everything is great.
By Victo84 - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 02:42 am
Elwood bakehouse, everything is great.
By Victo84 - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 02:42 am
Zeally Bay Sourdough makes the best bread in Melbourne
By lil-s0 - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 06:30 am
Please tell me where I can find the Sweet Guys in Heidelberg west, as I am truly tired of eating uncooked dough rather than thick crusty crunchy bread
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 23rd of October @ 02:35 am
D Chirico Carlton
By hatzl - reader
Saturday, 16th of February @ 10:37 pm
Artisan Bread StKilda Road- the grainy seedie sour dough is devine!
By cathy - reader
Monday, 27th of May @ 10:21 pm
Hope Farm Bakery
By villa0 - reader
Friday, 25th of April @ 09:58 pm

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