Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published July 7th 2012
Situated in Perth's northern city of Joondalup, Sugar and Spice is one bakery that is worth making the journey for. Celebrity visitors include Elle McPherson, John Howard and former WA Premier Richard Court so head north to find out what all the fuss is about.
Awarded the Best Bakery in Australia accolade in 2010, this is a great spot for lunch or the ever popular coffee and cake date. The variety of cakes is vast, with popular choices being Death by Chocolate, home made macarons and the new menu item of the Whoopie Pie. You can opt for the large slices of the cakes and gateaux items or if you're after something smaller, there are some mini options in the form of individual sweet tarts and pies. The mini banofee pie and lemon meringue pie are bites of heaven.
Opt for an individual sized treat so you don't have to share
But it's not just about the sweet treats. Come for lunch and you can choose from a selection of beautiful sandwiches, savoury croissants, quiches, savoury muffins and a great range of pastries and pies. As a previous winner of Australia's best pie, try any one of their savoury pies and you won't be disappointed. My own taste buds stay loyal to the hearty steak pie; delicious.
This is a great spot for a coffee and cake date, and I've grown very fond of anticipating what coffee art my latte will present me with. The bakery has a great outdoor terrace for enjoying your savoury or sweet treats on, as well as a few tables indoor as well for when the weather isn't being so kind. If you've got kids with you, I'd recommend sitting indoors next to the viewing window. Kids can look directly into the decorating kitchen and see the patisserie chefs perfecting their masterpieces. The chefs love to see the kids and they'll get lots of waves and interaction. If you're with kids who don't especially enjoy having to sit still in a restaurant, never fear; grab your treats as a take away option and head to the nearby Neal Hawkins park with a picnic and a play. . This seems a popular option favoured by local mums.