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Top 5 Hot Cross Buns in Sydney

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Published March 13th 2018
The Best Things In Life Are Cross
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Almost too pretty to eat (by Infinity Bakery)


The hot cross bun, mixed with dried fruit, sprinkled with spices and marked with a cross, has been baked for centuries to mark the end of Lent and commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday.

While superstitious folk have used them to ward off illness, fire and shipwrecks, it's much better to simply eat the fresh, warm bun with a generous spread of butter.

Pick up your next batch of 6 (or more) of Sydney's best hot cross buns at these bakeries.

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Pink Floyd: It's just another bun in the wall (by Brickfields)


Brickfields - 206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale - (02) 9698 7880
The sourdough bun by Brickfields is one of Sydney's sweetest, as you'll discover when gazing at the generous coating of syrupy glaze.

The dough is dense, soaked with the juice from cranberries, currants and orange peel and balanced with sprinklings of cardamom, ginger and Sri Lankan cinnamon.

Avoid missing out and order a box of 6 for $19 online. Brickfields is open Mon to Fri 7am - 2:30pm and Sat to Sun 8am - 3:30pm.

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Follow the black star to holy hot cross buns (by Black Star Pastry)


Perhaps the holiest hot cross bun in Sydney, Black Star's are eagerly sought after by foodies and the faithful, with thousands sold daily as Good Friday approaches.

The densely filled vegan buns are scented with allspice, tasting of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as giant raisins and sultanas burst with sweetness, balanced by zesty orange peel. Take a moment to smell the thick, shiny glaze, infused with frankincense, one of the gifts from the three wise men to an infant Jesus and an oil used in aromatherapy to relieve stress.

Order 6 online for $25 or 12 for $50 to arrange pickup at one of their 3 locations.

Black Star Pastry CBD store is open Mon to Wed and Fri to Sat 10am - 6.30pm, Thu 10am - 7.30pm and Sun 11am - 5.30pm.
Newtown is open Mon to Wed 7am - 5pm and Thu to Sun 7am - 5.30pm.
Rosebery is open weekdays 7am - 3pm and weekends 8am - 4pm.

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S marks the spot (by Sonoma Sourdough Baker)


Sonoma Sourdough Bakers - 32 Birmingham St, Alexandria - (02) 8338 1051
While purists might but shocked by a hot cross bun marked with a large 'S' instead of the traditional 'X', forgiveness is rewarded with a bun that's not too dense or too light.

The Sonoma Specials are just right to hold a generous blend of sweet sultanas and tart cranberries in place of dried citrus peel as aromas of nutmeg and cloves tease the nostrils.

Sonoma Sourdough Bakers at Alexandria is open 7 days a week from 7am - 4pm, with cafes also at Bondi, Glebe, Paddington, Rose Bay, Waterloo and Woollahra.

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Glistening, freshly baked hot cross buns (by Grain Bakery)


Grain Bakery - 4/61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery - (02) 9669 2085
The Grain Bakery have kept the dough in their hot cross buns simple and chewy, allowing the fruit to flavour each bite.

Sweet raisins and currants are tempered with slight scorching to add a mild bitterness. The bun is finished with sticky glaze over the thin flaky crust, encouraging finger licking afterward.

Grain Bakery is open 7 days a week 8am - 4pm.


Infinity Bakery - 6/274 Victoria St, Darlinghurst - (02) 9380 4320; Shop 3, 15a Market Lane, Manly - (02) 9977 4340; 178 Oxford St, Paddington - (02) 8097 1462;
Foodies often say our first bite is with our eyes and Infinity Bakery know how to make that bite delightful. Beautifully formed, it's almost criminal to halve these hot cross buns, slathering with warm butter to actually eat, but it's legal in Sydney.

Enjoy the soft, pillowy dough laced with zesty orange and aromatic cinnamon.

Infinity Bakery at Darlinghurst is open 7 days a week from 8am, closing at 9.30pm on weekdays, 10pm on Sat and 9pm on Sun.


Where do you go for the best box of hot cross buns in Sydney? Please let us know with a comment.


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Why? Enjoy the best Easter baking in Sydney
When: Anytime! (but traditionally Good Friday only)
Where: Throughout Sydney
Cost: Varies per bun - buy in bulk to save
Your Comment
I wonder if anyone remember there was a boulangerie on Oxford st, Paddington. The hot cross bun there is fabulous and the price is reasonable.
its a shame that the bakery is no longer running. :(
by ann07 (score: 0|4) 258 days ago
Best buns north of the bridge please!
by brian (score: 1|10) 613 days ago
On the North Shore, try Inter Deserts at (2/130 Hampden Rd, Entrance on Francis Road, Artarmon). Their hot cross buns are really good!!!
by lfadd (score: 0|2) 266 days ago
Does anyone remember in the 90's a little bakery on Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill run by I think a European baker that sold hot cross buns that were covered in icing sugar and had nuts in the dough? Not sure if he was Portuguese or Russian.You had to get there super early before they sold out. Anyone know where this guy might of went? Looking for something that is amazing thats not from the usual overrated and over priced rated top 5'ish. Is there anything out there thats worth a visit? Help :)
by amand (score: 1|18) 262 days ago
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