Freelance writer living in and reviewing Melbourne's West.
Published August 29th 2011
Sunshine is a surprising a little suburb full of some amazing places tucked away in unlikely spots.
That is the case with the South American Bakery in Sunshine North, sitting discreetly in a nondescript street and strip of shops. Who would ever think that The South American Bakery is the home of such exquisite delicacies?
Operated by the Segovia family, the bakery specialises in French/Spanish puff pastry desserts featuring caramel and custard, as well as South American bread.
Patriarch Washington Segovia brought his family to Australia from South America in 1973 and opened Melbourne's first South American bakery in Yarraville in 1983.
The family went back to Chile and Uruguay in 1993 so Washington could study further as a pastry chef.
In 2003 they returned and opened the South American bakery in Sunshine where it enjoys a cult status. The family also owned and ran the recently closed and well regarded Juanita's Cafe in Brunswick St Fitzroy, which served their latin delicacies.
Son Eduardo Segovia, currently runs the kitchen while his father is overseas training further.
Not only are the desserts amazing, they are very reasonably priced with caramel palmera's, vanilla slices, and fruit danishes starting from $1.00.
If you are after something savoury, bread rolls are 50 cents. Empanadas (south American pastie) are $2.80 for beef and vegetable, ham and cheese or plain mozzarella are $2.20.
It is too hard not to walk out of there with a lot of food.