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Published July 29th 2022
Hurry in to Hakko for a sweet taste of Japan
When you step inside Hakko Bakery in Dickson, you'll be transported from Canberra to Japan as you step through the door. The sweet smell of bread wafts around the light-filled bakery which is neat as a pin, all light wood and pristine displays.
The display cases are full of bread, pastry and cakes that have the ability to take your tastebuds on an express trip to Tokyo in no time at all. The bread itself is made in the classic sweet, white, fluffy Japanese style and the fillings and toppings range across the entire sweet and savoury spectrum. There's pork floss, curry croquette, brown sugar espresso, custard, cream and plenty more. Decadent and delicious, this is a bakery for anyone who loves a carb-filled indulgence. The cakes, too, are magnificent. Pretty and perfectly formed, they take photogenic food to the next level with delicate, rainbow-hued layers stacked with precision.
I tried the curry croquette bun, the brown sugar espresso bun, the doughnut and the rainbow cake. The bread and cake were light, fluffy and super fresh. The soft layers were puffed with tiny pockets of air and the flavours were just right. The bakers here have struck the magical balance of just enough filling so you can still taste the bread without it being bland.
Fill your tray with treats at Hakko bakery in Dickson
If you're on the lookout for photogenic food, you can even have your photos printed into your coffee foam (yes, really!) to create a picture-perfect caffeine hit, maybe making this the perfect example of life imitating art? As well as bread and cakes, Hakko offers a small selection of packaged Japanese sweets, confectionery and drinks as well. Once you've made your selection, everything is carefully packaged so you can savour every bite of baked goodness.
You can find Hakko Bakery on Cape Street in Dickson (known as Canberra's Chinatown), part of the new wave of restaurants and cafes springing up below apartments adding another layer to the Dickson food scene. If you love bread, and cake, Hakko is well worth a visit next time you're in Dickson.