Which town is home to the best country bakery in WA is one of the great debates of the modern world. From pies to tarts, there are so many great spots in regional WA, but some rise above in offering the best of all a bakery can produce.
Below are a few such examples...
Well, these guys really have set the bar since making a name for themselves on the national stage back in 2016.
Beautifully light and crispy pastry, a large range of normal and out-of-the-ordinary pies, and a commitment to sourcing local ingredients has made Toodyay Bakery the number one place for pies, pastries, and bread in WA.
Toodyay Bakery uses lots of locally-sourced produce
Their goat pies, their slices, their fig and fennel sourdough... I could go on. The bakery has played a large role in luring tourists to the town's burgeoning foodie and nature tourism scene.
Ningaloo Bakehouse Up in the north of WA these guys reign supreme as baking royalty. All trips to Exmouth start with a stop by the bakery, and most will involve a daily visit for their pies and sweet treats.
The big range of pies is great for brekky, but you just can't go past the slices and cruffins for something a little extra at any time of day.
Ningaloo Bakehouse's second store: Pilbara Bakehouse
Their second store opened in Karratha about one year ago is bloody good too, because of course, it is.
It really speaks volumes of your success when you are open half a day per week and consistently get lines through the door.
Esperance's Bread Local requires you to order by Wednesday arvo to pick up on Friday, and boy is it worth the anticipation.
That feeling of getting your hands on (and sinking your teeth into) fresh sourdoughs is unrivalled, and they have some fantastic sweet and savouries to tempt you when you go to pick up your order too.
This Albany Highway roadhouse never used to be given a second thought by most drivers, but then something remarkable happened. A redesign saw a chic new bakery installed and it has been a must-stop on the Perth-Albany drive ever since.
Controversial, I know, but you can't deny Miami's popularity and the sheer number of awards Miami Bakehouse has to its name. I'd argue many of the detractors just criticise it for no reason other than it is cool to not like popular establishments.
They have the best seafood pie in the game, and their weekly specials are always exciting. Operating at several locations in Perth and Peel now, the best is still the original on the Old Coast Road south of Mandurah.
Wyndham Croc Cafe and Bakery
It is super remote, it is super expensive, it is super good. The croc and barra pies are well worth the detour if you're up that way. They are so good some people even fly them down to Perth on special order.
Others worth noting
Mount Barker Bakery
Yallingup Woodfired Bread
Bush Bakehouse, Hyden
Now I know a lot of you will be thinking 'but Tom, what about Bakers Hill? How about Coral Bay Bakery?'
I hear you, I get they have followings but I have eaten at both a lot and I have never found either to be special. Good, yes. Great, I don't think so. This is a hill I will die on.