Yes it's popular. And yes, there's a very good reason. Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills is what a bakery should be Ė fresh, quality produce that is unique and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. Nestled in a sunny pocket of Bourke St, this frenetic little hub of baked goodness is a favourite amongst locals, especially since the recent addition of outdoor seating up the sidewalk.
Serving excellent coffee and organic juices and soft drinks makes it a great alternative to the surrounding cafes as you'll rarely need more than $10 for a lovely lunch or afternoon tea, and while there's very often a queue snaking out of the tiny business, the food is fast and you'll be inside grasping your croissant-heavy paper bag before you know it.
While the Parisian style setting and decent prices are enticing in themselves, Bourke St Bakery is really all about the food. Think melt-in-your-mouth raspberry and chocolate mousse tarts, tasty pork and fennel sausage rolls, uniquely yummy sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, perfect sourdough and fresh fruit muffins that are dangerously addictive. It's not hard to see why the founders, who started the bakery in 2004, now have three different locations, soon to be four with the opening of a Potts Point bakery, as well as a popular book hailed as the ultimate baking companion.
Bourke Street Bakery is great anytime of day, just remember they bake fresh daily so the selection dwindles somewhat in the last few hours, and it's worth mentioning not to expect a table on a weekend morning as these are the most popular times. Luckily it's right next door to a park, and everything's easy to take away. Just up Devonshire St from Central, and in a great spot for shopping and people-watching, it's a quintessential Surry Hills experience.
I can absolutely recommend this place! I'm not from Sydney, but when there this year I visited both the Marrickville location while working on a photo shoot, and the Alexandria location while on internship. Straight away I fell in love!
I found I was buying a chocolate milk and a lemon juice, plus a pastry and a sandwich. I'd have one drink and one bit of food for lunch, and save the other two for later because I just couldn't get enough.
I still haven't had a chance to try half of their things. I was also all too sad somedays to get there and find out they'd run out of what I wanted.
Can't wait to get back to Sydney to visit the Surry Hills and Potts Point locations. Great write up!
Love their pies and sausage rolls. I'm not a local but my wife and I are happy to travel into Surry Hills from the inner west just to enjoy their baked goods on a Sunday morning. Be prepared to line up however.